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Fishing Report

Harbour Chandler Fishing Report

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Grand Slam Salmon

Fishing Department - Saturday, August 19, 2017

Nanaimo fishing is on fire. There are big Chinook, big Coho and plenty of Pinks. I had my first customer of the year catch all three species on one trip (Good job Cash Gray!) There are big Chinook deep off Entrance and Thrasher. Gold Stars in Pink Sink pattern, and Razor Backs in Outfitter are working at 150-200ft.

Around the Fingers there are loads of undersized fish, but also some really nice ones. I got my fish at 30 ft on Thursday jigging for greenling with my four year old. I was using a green little Nibb in a big bait ball. That's two weeks in a row I've hooked a nice spring while jigging for little cod in shallow water with my daughter. Both on the same lure, the same depth, but at very different locations. At least I landed this one; the last broke my rod and then my line. There is loads of bait around everywhere, so find the bait and you'll find the salmon.

The Pinks are here, between Hudson Rocks and Pipers Lagoon. Troll pink hootchies at 40ft for them. Hopefully they will head into Departure Bay and provide a good shore fishery.

Lingcod fishing is still very hot, better than usual.

Tips up, jigs down

Steve Vavrik


Pre-Smoked Salmon

Fishing Department - Sunday, August 06, 2017

  The wind has finally dissipated and people are out fishing again! However, after a week of high winds, I've lost track of where the fish are and nobody has brought me any great fishing reports. So get out there, catch some fish and send me a report. (Plus the jumping salmon should be pre-smoked due to the forest fire smoke.)

 Around 5 Fingers doesn't sound too great for bigger fish. There are tons of small Chinook and Coho there, but not too many larger fish getting caught. They may be there, but it's hard to get past the little fish.

There are some bigger Chinook getting caught off the East side of Gabriola, but they are very deep. Try to troll glow spoons (Yellow Tail, and Cop Car), and blue hootchies 200 feet deep or more.

Another idea to avoid the smaller fish is to run large spoons, and even plugs. I normally fish small 3" spoons, but might make an exception right now.

Tips up,

Steve Vavrik

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