east coast Vancouver Island BC
Fishing Report - Gabriola Island, Nanaimo, Valdez Island, Mudge Island, Galiano Island - Jun/24/2014
by Regan & Sylvie - Go-Fish-Charters
The Silva Bay Salmon Derby
Wow.. what a weekend we had for the Silva Bay Derby! Big rolling seas with up to 5' seas at times. 335 fishers toughed it out for the most part. There wasn't a lot of big springs this year, a 31.48 #er was the 1st place Spring caught early Saturday morning with the 2 place coming in at more than 10# lighter at 21.18 #, your's truly was 4th with a 19.75 and my wife was 17th with a 15.85, not too bad for 155 Springs caught. And not a hatchery Coho was weighed??? A lot of wild were out there.
Bottom fishing is good with at least a couple of Lings and Yellow eyes caught per trip. I think it will be safe to start dropping our prawn traps again.
Chinook Salmon Fishing:
As forecasted the Chinook are starting to show up in very good numbers. The
past few years Chinook fishing has been pretty good, but now it is just
going bonkers, literally. We have been getting them in the 10-25lb range
as expected and we think this is just the start. To tell you how good it is, the commercial fleet is
usually given just a few days opening each year but this year they have
been going for a couple months and there are no signs of closing. There
are fish for everyone and this town is buzzing with all the good numbers
of Chinook coming back. The usual suspects are working. 3-3.5 inch Coyote and Silver Horde Spoons from 80-120 feet down. Green and Blue colors are very consistent here and again are working. Glow needlefish hootchies are working as well. Great Bear, Sail Rock and South Bank are all producing well.
Halibut are also showing up in good numbers and this is the best early season halibut fishing we have seen in quite some time. We are mostly bottom bouncing for halibut and action has been good.
Check out our early season fishing packages for good deals. Chinook are close to shore and this means you get a better deal!
Mid Island Fishing
One of Nanaimo's best kept secrets has to be it's superb year round fishing opportunities.
During the winter months, when there is fantastic clarity, chinook
salmon can be seen fighting the line 30 feet below the surface... a real treat!
May and June, however are the best months for trolling for larger chinook. Top
water trolling in the spring also produces coho which are very aggressive
feeders and are known for their aerial displays when hooked. July, August and
September produce adult chinook and coho both by trolling and drift fishing
(jigging with lead lures on light tackle). Fall offers fishing for northern coho,
chum salmon, and the first wave of winter chinook. The reef structures at
Entrance, Snake and Thrasher Islands offer great bottom fishing.... ling cod, and
yelloweye offer easy quarry. The angling pressure compared to more
"renowned" areas is light.... 10 to 15 boats in the area is considered a crowd.
the fish are bright and hard fighting, and the beauty of the landscape is second to
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