November Fishing The best Chinook fishing season in 25 years is winding down. We have seen more Chinook than I can remember, or at least since the mid 1990’s. (Despite what you may have seen on Facebook…) I’ve never seen so many rookie fishermen go out and actually be...read more
The summer season is warping up and the rivers are starting to fill up with water. But for a while yet there are is still good fishing to be had. While some of the Springs have darkened up, it looks like a batch of fresh chrome ones have showed up around 5-Finger...read more
The air is starting to feel crisp and the Coho (and Chinook) are starting to stack up off our local rivers. While its a little quiet out in the deeper salt water, the in-shore fisheries is good. French Creek is reporting lots of nice big Coho, and a decent amount of...read more
The fishing is still a little scattered around Nanaimo. Lots of nice fish are coming in, but no one area has been consistent. The Coho have decided to swap places with the Chinook and are now fairly far off 5 Fingers and up to 200ft deep. This is rather deep for Coho...read more
Nanaimo fisherman are reporting mixed results, but some big fish are coming in. The best Chinook are in tight and shallow. Trolling 200ft down in 1000ft of water is not the best plan right now. Get in close to shore and structure, and try there. Best lures are Wee G's...read more
While the local Chinook fishery has been spotty for a few days (for most people) the coho fishing has been great. While coho move around a lot, the best locations have been 5 Fingers and Entrance Island. Coho are my favorite salmon to fish for, and to eat. Most small...read more
I'm getting reports of Sockeye about a mile East of Thrasher Rock. Only two reports so far, but four years ago we had them there also. Somebody please go catch one and send me a pic to confirm this! Steve Vavrikread more
Five Finger Island was incredible this week for big springs. I have multiple reports from people saying it was one of their best fishing days in a lone time. (and that's saying something considering how many good days we've had this year). Many large Chinook and lots...read more
Harbour Chandler Staff Levi went to Entrance Island.... 30 lb Chinook, caught jigging on a light spinning rod, and carefully released.read more
It is the weekend of Nanaimo's great bathtub race so the launch ramps will be busy. But if you can get your boat in the water the fishing is picking up again. The baby herring from this years spawn have moved out of the bays and into deeper water. There are large...read more
Entrance Island has been on fire for the last couple weeks. There have been large schools of actively feeding Chinook and Coho. There have been decent fish averaging high teens, but also many larger ones up to 30 lbs. Best locations has been the far (East) side of...read more
Jeff Armstrong with a solid 21 pounder from Hudson Rocks arearead more
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