Summary of 2015 Fishing Season in Nanaimo:
Another season of fishing in Nanaimo comes to a close for Reel Time Fishing Charters. I am happy to say that it was our busiest season yet. And here are the numbers: From April 20 through to June 6, we logged in a total of 29 charters. During those 29 charters, we hooked into a total of 76 Chinook salmon. We lost 23, landed 43 keepers and released 10 undersized fish. Most of our fish came from the deep water just off the Five Fingers and out NW along the deep ridge by and past the second hump (NW of the Fingers).
Toward the end of May, we were catching most of our fish on the NW side of Entrance and the “gap” between Entrance and Gabriola Island although fish were still being caught off the Fingers and by what is known as “the boot”. Baits that worked for us this season where small spoons (Kitchen Sink, Cop-car, and Irish Cream) and hootchies (white, green/black/white, and white with black stripes).
Compared to Other Seasons:
I would have to say this year was comparable to others although I believe there may have been a greater number of fish moving through our waters in 2014. It’s hard to say. However, it will be interesting to see what my local fishing buddies have to say and what the rest of the summer will bring for Nanaimo waters. Many believe there are a greater number of fish moving through the inside rather than the outside due to warmer water conditions on the west coast.
For the Rest of the Season:
We have a few more charters booked for June. After that, Reel Time Fishing Charters heads to Ucluelet for the months of July and August. I, and many others, are hoping this year will be better than last year. Stay tuned. We’ll be writing reports on a weekly basis. Until then, safe travels and great fishing.
Owner and operator of Reel Time Fishing Charters.