My apologies for not reporting for the last couple weeks as I was out fishing. Remember, 'if all your fishing buddies are not at home at the same time, you might want to see if your trucks are all at the boat launch'. The fishing in the Nanaimo area is on fire. We...read more
The fish are deep! I am getting reports of good fishing 200 ft. down and deeper on small 3” Green glow and Pink sink spoons. So if you have a new digital scotty, or at least braided line and a 15 lb. cannon ball then you can reach them. If you have steel line on your...read more
The fishing report for the last week can be summarized with one word; windy. It’s been way too windy for most fishermen, although I hear the clamming is excellent. Very few brave/foolish fishermen have ventured out and been successful, but I suspect they were very...read more
Another lucky Nanaimo fisherman caught a nice 55 lb. halibut while trolling for salmon off Neck Point. Similar area to where many others have been caught. If you get a Nanaimo halibut take a picture with a recognizable landmark (e.g. 5 Finger Island) in the...read more
We are still experiencing an unusual distribution of salmon for this time of year. Basically they are everywhere. I have heard good reports from almost all Nanaimo spots, ranging from 80 ft. to 220 ft. The deep water (800-1000 ft.) off 5 Fingers and Gabriola is...read more
There has been very scattered fishing reports this last week. The big tides in the afternoon have interfered with late in the day fishing. The early bird fishermen have done well, with limits of large Springs and are basically back at the dock by 8 am. However, next...read more
For the last couple weeks we have had wonderful salmon fishing in the Nanaimo area. Many fisherman are limiting out on nice sized Chinook. Averaging around 15lb-18lbs, but lots in the 20lb+ as well as quite a few tyees. Top producing lures are anchovies and small...read more
The Nanaimo salmon fishing season has started! The large schools of salmon that were up near Campbell River/Comox have started moving into the Nanaimo area. These are the big white springs and are my favorite fish of the year. With more fat than the red springs, they...read more
This season’s winter spring salmon is the best we have seen in 3 or 4 years. Both for quality and quantity of the catch. Fishermen are reporting most fish in the 10-14 lb. range, but an increasing amount of 17-20 lb. are being boated. Quite a few larger fish in the...read more
Coho fishing is hot right now in Renfrew!! Just back from the derby weekend, and very excited to report that it was nothing less than spectacular. Fishing was by far the best on Saturday morning, running out to the 400ft contour lines early in the morning and trolling...read more
Salmon fishing has slowed significantly, the odd fish still being caught, but with Lingcod set to close at the end of the month I've focused my efforts on bottom fishing. The end of September is an excellent time to target Lingcod. The ocean conditions are seldom more...read more
A large group of Chinook salmon have migrated south and appear to be holding in the Nanaimo area. These fish are nearing sexual maturity, and as such they are reluctant to take a lure presented by trolling. With a jig you are able to keep your lure in the strike zone...read more
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