Just a quick up date before the weekend. Chinook fishing is incredible right now. Catching 30 legal fish a trip is a possibility, with one local charter guide saying he had 53 to the boat. Average fish is mid teens, with some much larger fish starting to show. There...read more
Coho has opened and Georgia Straight fishermen are finally able to retain salmon! The current limit is 2 hatchery Coho, 12 inches are larger. The only issue is there are so many big Chinook also in our area that you may have trouble getting your gear past them. There...read more
Local catch and release fishermen are doing very well off Nanaimo. There are loads of mid-sized Chinook passing by right now. They are not too deep and closer to shore now. Try Five Fingers instead of heading all the way out to Spoil Grounds or Double Bumps. Best lure...read more
I've had several fishermen report Coho showing up Off Five Finger Island, Entrance Island and down at Porlier Pass. While not yet open for retention, this is still a great sign for us. The Chinook run is incredibly good right now, with 20 fish trips very possible. The...read more
Just a heads up that Lingcod and Rockfish are scheduled to open May 1st. Last year was a great year for Lings and I'm sure this year will be too. Swim-baits are your best bet for hooking your fish and chips supply for the year. Remember you now must have a Rockfish...read more
The Chinook are here in abundance, and they are biting. While DFO has closed Chinook retention until July 15th, I strongly encourage you to keep fishing. Be as gentle as possible when releasing salmon, but don't let the regulation changes keep you off the water....read more
This years fish have arrived. The big white springs and marble springs are out on the salmon highway. These are some of my favorite salmon to catch and eat. Head out past Five Fingers to the 'Double Bumps' or the 'Spoil Grounds'. If you don't know where that is, check...read more
Winter has finally ended, we seem to have skipped over spring and gone straight into summer. The salmon however are still on their normal schedule. While it has been hit and miss locally for the last week there is a large school of Chinook heading our way. At the time...read more
Finally we have Spring weather and and more fisherman are hitting the water. Our local feeder Springs are moving around and feeding heavily. There where quite a few fish in the 8-9 pound range taken around Five Fingers yesterday, with lot's of undersized Springs in...read more
Just a heads up to all my fellow herring jiggers, the spawn has started. As often is the case they are hitting the spawning beaches with the foul weather that's blowing in.The commercial boats are fishing off deep Bay and French Creek. The guys casting from shore in...read more
This years herring spawn is fast approaching, and our local feeder Springs are fattening up on them. The salmon are moving around with the bait, so if you are not getting hits where you are, change location. Nice sized fish are being taken from Entrance Island,...read more
Just a reminder, the Vancouver Boat Show has arrived. Feb 6th-10th. Check us out in booth 188. As usual most deals available there will be matched here in the store. Fishing is still simpler to my last post. The salmon keep moving around following the herring....read more
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