Chinookapalooza! The last two weeks has been the best fishing I’ve seen since coming to Nanaimo 15 years ago. There are more Chinook swimming past us than I thought was possible. However, I’d expect it to be a little slower this weekend, and early next week due to the...read more
Nanaimo fishing is still phenomenal. It's some of the best fishing we've had in decades as far as quantity goes. There are not too many big fish yet but I've never heard of so many fishermen catching their limits so quickly. We are starting to see larger white springs...read more
This years salmon season has kicked off with a bang. The big schools of early season fish are passing by Nanaimo right now. The guys that have gotten out between the wind storms did very well for Chinook in the 15 pound range. Many fisherman got their limits. Most the...read more
Jamie Doward with a nice 15.5 pound spring caught this weekend North of Five Finger Island on our Harbour Chandler custom designed spoon Killy Magee. Thanks Jamie for the fishing report and picture. Tips up, Steve Vavrikread more
Spring has sprung and boats are on the water. On the herring front I was told there is a small spawn going on this morning (March 23) off Rocky Point. This is good news for Nanaimo fisherman as it will bring and hold fish in our area. As for Chinook fishing, South of...read more
Just a quick note to say that as of today, March 12 the herring have not had a major spawn in Nanaimo. They have been around Nanoose so they could be here any day. Or not at all, you just never know. You can jig them from boat, but not from shore so far. If you see a...read more
Herring season is hitting the East Coast of Vancouver Island. There has been a big spawn off French Creak and Qualicum. They could be in Nanaimo any day. I’m watching the commercial herring fleet on https://www.vesselfinder.com/ and they are fishing right off French...read more
Happy new fishing year to all Vancouver Island fishermen. I haven't had too much to write about for the last couple of weeks, as I haven't been getting very many reports. Not too many guys have been heading out due to the foul weather we've been having. However from...read more
Seasons greetings, I'm back in town after a nice vacation, and it looks like the Winter Springs arrived while I was gone. Four guys I know nailed 14-15 pound Chinook this weekend. Some got their limits, with a mix of smaller fish. All where fishing fairly deep, right...read more
October is Chum season in Nanaimo! We have a large run of these hard fighting salmon entering the Nanaimo river right now. The commercial fleet was hard at it all day yesterday right in front of the Nanaimo estuary. While traditionally underutilized by sport...read more
The winter springs (Feeder Chinook) have arrived in Nanaimo waters. And due to the rains being late, some of this years fish are still out there. To target the winters fish right on the bottom off Neck Point in 180-200 ft. of water. Needle fish patterns are always a...read more
The salt water salmon season is winding down, but there are still fish to be had. Guys have been getting their limits of hatchery Coho around the fingers. They are very deep, 180 ft or so. There are also huge schools of anchovies for the first time in decades. They...read more
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