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Oct 12, 2010 5:10AM Post #1
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Anyone been to the estuary recently? Just wondering if the chum have made their way into the mouth yet. Thought it would be fun to fly fish for them inbetween classes.
Oct 13, 2010 1:47AM Post #2
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I worked at Nanaimo hatchery last 3 weeks.
Swim counts have had lot in the river, lots are already spawning too.

Also a ''record'' amount of coho in one count last week.
Oct 13, 2010 2:26AM Post #3
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Cool. What do you figure the eschuary down by the reserve looks like right now?
Oct 13, 2010 7:33PM Post #4
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Most likely prett good but I'm not sure if it is open.
Make sure you check your regs, could be the 15th of October but I may be wrong. I know it is closed most of the year below the Cedar Road Bridge.
Oct 14, 2010 12:10AM Post #5
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I'd like to try for them, can you cattch them on a fly towed behind a float? That's what I used for pinks.
Oct 14, 2010 1:44AM Post #6
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sure. Same thing as using wool pretty well. Went down there today, there were quite a few jumping around, not sure if its open so, but it seems to be open below the boundary signs. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/0911/fish-synopsis_2009-11_region1.pdf
id check yourself though.
Oct 14, 2010 12:38PM Post #7
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The Nanaimo river is full of closures. Its a tough one to figure out sometimes so consult the regs and call the office for clarification.

BC Freshwater regs / synopsis - scroll down to Nanaimo River
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/0911/fish-synopsis_2009-11_region1.pdf

DFO Freshwater Regs supplement - scroll down to Nanaimo River.
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/fresh-douce/region1-eng.htm

Nanaimo Harbour Notice Aug 4 - Pink Salmon opportunities until Sept 30th!
http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=view_notice&lang=en&DOC_ID=126473&ID=recreational

Nanaimo Tidal Area Regs
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/tidal-maree/a-s17-eng.htm

DFO Office Contact Info
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/locations-bureaux-eng.htm

Edited: Oct 15, 2010 7:55AM
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Oct 15, 2010 2:54AM Post #8
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The Nanaimo river estuary is saltwater zone. So a saltwater license is required. The tidal zone goes almost to the bridge, so of you can catch chum in the saltwater in Nanaimo then you can catch chum in the estuary. I fished it a lot last year. Just drive down the side of the river and fish out of the reserve.
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Oct 15, 2010 4:20AM Post #9
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sounds good.
Oct 15, 2010 4:37AM Post #10
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I drove down that road last year to have a peek at the river and noticed a sign where the reserve starts which stated that all trespassers would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By the way the regs seem to say that the tidal portion of the river below the white marker opens on the 25th of Oct.
Oct 19, 2010 9:09PM Post #11
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went down to the Cedar bridge this morn...there is a lot of nasty old chums all around
Oct 20, 2010 1:31AM Post #12
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Yes. Lots of chums either side of
the bridge yesterday as well.
Oct 20, 2010 1:52AM Post #13
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Are you guys just looking? or are you fishing? According to what I read in the regs, that area is currently closed.
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Oct 20, 2010 6:50AM Post #14
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Looking!!!!!!!Nothing for hooking anyways
Oct 20, 2010 3:25PM Post #15
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Just looking on the way to work. Just letting folks know there's lots of them around but thanks for the heads up Cory.
Oct 20, 2010 9:34PM Post #16
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tractortime wrote:
Just looking on the way to work. Just letting folks know there's lots of them around but thanks for the heads up Cory.


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Oct 24, 2010 1:06AM Post #17
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Hi,
Are all the chums toast now? or are there any new ones heading up the river that are worth fishing for? I heard that a bunch of guys were fly fishing up by the highway bridge today, didn't hear if they were hooking anything though.
Oct 24, 2010 1:18AM Post #18
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chum will still be good right now, it opens up below the birdge i think on the 26th.
Oct 27, 2010 3:34AM Post #19
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Hi,
Spent a couple of hours tossing flies with a weight and flies with a float into the river today.Nothing took it though. The water was moving pretty fast. There were a few fish jumping on the far bank, nothing much on the road side. Any tips anyone. I know I read on here to try down by the reserve but, I heard there wasn't any where to park down there anymore. Also anyone ever get any coho out of nanaiomo river or is it just the chums. Thanks
Oct 27, 2010 4:04AM Post #20
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go to the reserve man, they have put some trees up saying that its private property but its useless. Just park down a little further by the BC parks trail.
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