There are larger Chinook showing up off Nanaimo. Just as we have been limited to one fish, these bigger salmon have showed up right on cue. So don't bonk that 10 pounder you catch right at the beginning of your fishing trip (unless its a bleeder), or else you might be...read more
Just a fast update, as the store is too busy to hang out on a computer. Fishing is still absolutely great! The fish are closer to shore and sometimes very shallow. Jigging is still hot, trolling is great too. Best lure is still "Herring Aid" 3.5 spoon and Coho...read more
It's almost Coho season on the coast, and it's looking like the best one we've had since the blue-back fishery ended in the mid 1990's. Last weekend I had costumers complaining that they can't get past the Coho to catch any Chinook. In my mind that's not the worst...read more
Chinook fishing is still very very hot. The general consensus is it’s as good as we’ve ever seen it, at least in the last 30 years or so. That being said you still need to fish where the fish are, and it helps if you get there when the bite is on. I am hearing great...read more
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
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