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Coho Crazy!

Coho Crazy!

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...

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Sockeye are Here!

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 Vavrik

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Big Springs are Here

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...

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Bathtubs and Baby Herring

Bathtubs and Baby Herring

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...

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Entrance Island Extravaganza

Entrance Island Extravaganza

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...

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Wind Wind Go Away

Wind Wind Go Away

Its been too windy for many people to get our this week. Plus there have been huge tide swings that have dispersed the fish. As such I've just heard very mixed reports, as the people who found fish did well. And those that didn't find fish...well they didn't find...

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Bigger Chinook

Bigger Chinook

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...

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New Chinook Regulations

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...

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Coho Season’s Coming!

Coho Season’s Coming!

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...

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Hot as Hades

Hot as Hades

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...

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