east coast Vancouver Island BC
Fishing Report - Gabriola Island, Nanaimo, Valdez Island, Mudge Island, Galiano Island Mar/11/2013
by Regan & Sylvie - Go-Fish-Charters
we are just back from fishing Winter Springs (our American friends call them “Sanity or Blackmouth”) what ever you call them they are the most feistiest and tastiest Spring Salmon you can find. They seem to be hanging around Porlier Pass just east of Galiano Island. 20 minutes from our docks at Silva Bay or 1 hour from Vancouver. We caught a couple of 8 -10 #ers. Which 1 was a hatchery stock (missing adipose fin). Always try to save the head, just a couple inches of the snout. Tag it with your contact info, the area and the length. Most marinas have a freezer or a brine bucket supplied by the Salmon Head Recovery Program. If you can’t find one right away take it home and toss it in your freeze until you can find a depot. There is a list in the regs book or on line at “www.pac.dfo.mpo.gc.ca/recfish”. This is a great program as it lets everyone know where the Salmonids started out and help track it migration. You get a report mailed back. It shows to the governing bodies that this works and it easier for the hatcheries to get funding. And that is good for everyone involved. Prawning is also fantastic this time of the year.
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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