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Smoked Fishermen

 Local fishermen that are braving the smoke are being rewarded with finally being able to retain large Chinook. Tyees have caught both at the Five Fingers and French Creek areas. Darker coloured spoons have been effective. Cop Car, or Purple Haze would be my choice....

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Late Summer Fishing

Local fishing action has slowed over the past week. Recent heavy rains have sent mature fish closer to their rivers and streams of origin. This leaves undersized as the majority of our cast until a fresh run arrives. Action has been pretty good north of us, so we...

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Chinook & Coho off Nanaimo

Chinook catch and release fishing continues to be good around Nanaimo. The usual small spoons fished at 120 to 180’ are producing well. Jigging has started and anglers are reporting some of the best fishing in years especially up around Sangster and Texada. There is a...

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A New Fishing Season

A New Fishing Season

Welcome to a brand new fishing season. There are good amounts of Chinook in the 10-18 lb range showing up at Clark Rocks and Five Finger Island. Coho Killers and Skinny G spoons have been best, in Irish Cream and Bon Chovey patterns. The fish are still deep, 140-180...

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Christmas Salmon

Christmas Salmon

Merry Christmas to all. I hope everyone gets a chance to take their boats out over the holidays. Its a perfect time as the salmon are at their absolute peak for eating quality,  and you can even keep them. We have big schools of feeder Chinook around Nanaimo. Most are...

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Mid December Report

Mid December Report

Just a quick update on local fishing. French Creek, Kitty Coleman and Campbell River have both been reporting excellent fishing for Winter Springs. The fish are generally right on the bottom, as usual for this time of year. Use Glow Cop Car or Cookies and Cream Spoons...

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Big Winters

Big Winters

The local Winter Springs have moved to the Five Finger Island/Hudson Rock area. They have been fattening up, and there are some fairly large ones out there right now. Local High-liner Black Jack caught a 18 pound Chinook at only 75 ft near Hudson Rocks. Several other...

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Georgia Straight Winter Report

So far it's been a good winter for Chinook fishing. Most locations from Campbell River to Saltspring Island are reliably producing feisty Winter Springs. The best locations have been Sampson Narrows, Tent Island and Campbell River. Bowen Island and Howe Sound are also...

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Ocean Fishing In November?

Ocean Fishing In November?

Reports are still very good from Campbell River To Porlier Pass. In and around Nanaimo fishing has been really hot from Tinson Point up to the gap at Entrance Island. Fishing has been especially good near bottom as the winter spring are holding in the area. The Snot...

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Long Weekend Fishing!!!

Long Weekend Fishing is my favourite. If you're heading out, these are my choices for this weekend. Shore fishing continues to be productive in the Nanaimo River as well as Nanoose Bay for Coho. Try using Twitching Jigs (Glow Popsicle or Glow Intruder) in the river...

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