Fishing Report for October 25, 2016

Bob Meyer

Tuesday, October 25 2016

There is a chum salmon gillnet opening off Nanaimo Harbour and in front of Gabriola, including the Rockfish Conservation Area that runs from Tinson Point, to Snake Island, to Jack’s Point. It is very bad optics watching a commercial fishery where no sport fishing is allowed, and was constructed to protect fish populations. However, the gillnets most probably won’t engage any rockfish or ling, so it is actually more of a visual problem than one of consequence. However, an RCA should be an RCA for all types of fishing. Just a typical DFO oversight.

There are numbers of undersized chinook from the Grande through Whalebone. However, it is almost impossible to find one of legal length. The T-Rex hoochie, Evil Eye spoon, or anchovy in the Rhys Davis clear green scale are good lures to troll. Depths range 100 to 200 feet in 100 to 200 feet of water.

I haven’t heard any recent reports of coho. These huge rains probably moved them up the rivers.

Obviously there are still waves of chum coming through. Try pink/purple small hoochies on short leaders, and troll very slowly. Depths range 60 to 120 feet.

Prawning is good off the Flat Tops; DFO was out the last time I fished doing their spawning index. Hopefully the Flat Tops will remain open over the winter.

Good fishing!

Bob Meyer is the owner/operator of Silver Blue Charters. 250-247-8807,