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Bonking Time!!!

Chinook retention season has started with a bang. Chinook opened in Area 17 on July 15th. With possession of one Chinook in a slot size between 62-80 cms. Which means anything over about 17 pounds has to go back. Luckily there are lots of fish in that size range in...

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Coho Opening

Just a short update on current fishing conditions. There is excellent catch and release fishing for Chinook in most locations. Fish up to 25 pounds have been caught around Entrance Island. Loony Spoons and silver knight Gold star spoons have been best. The big news is...

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HERRING UPDATE

There is an active spawn on the long sandy beach north of Neck Point. It is assessable by shore fishermen via Blue Back Park at Icarus and Blueback road. March 12/2021

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HERRING SPAWN UPDATE

There is a large herring spawn going on right now March 11 2021 between Nanoose and Pipers Lagoon. It should continue for a few days. Get your dip nets and herring jigs out and hit the water. Check out my herring article for tips on harvesting herring....

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The Spring Season is Here!!

The Spring Chinook season has arrived in Georgia Straight! The weather has warmed up and the salmon are here in better numbers. The recent lucky spot is around the freighters anchored between Newcastle and Snake Island. Glow, Herring Aid Loony Spoons with Glow Green...

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Herring Season

Late February and March is herring season on the Coast. Large schools of herring are staging off their spawning beaches along the coast and drawing the salmon in with them. Now is the time for fishermen to harvest herring for all their bait needs for the year. We have...

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More salmon on the way

Nanaimo: We have a lot of fish moving around our area. The majority are undersized and most fishermen are averaging 5 undies for every legal. They have moved back out into deeper water as per normal for this time of year. 3” Irish cream behind a chartreuse glow...

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A Brand New Fishing Season!!!

 The 2021 fishing season is off to a great start. Since Christmas, the winter spring salmon fishing has been very productive. With reference to fisherman in Nanaimo, French Creek and Ladysmith, interestingly, the fish have been much shallower and closer to shore than...

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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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