Written by Julie Jaworski

March Marina Newsletter


Each year, an increased number of salmon have been holding in the Strait of Georgia rather than migrating to the open Pacific. Last year, we reported that the quantity and availability of herring were assumed to be the reason that we had a notable year for Winter Chinooks and an early start to our fishing season. This year, there is an increasing concern over the stocks of herring and the decrease in numbers will undoubtedly impact early-season salmon fishing

The DFO’s salmon forecast notes a number of stocks at risk and a decline in returning numbers for many salmon species. That said, those dropping lines in the Nanoose Bay area should expect to see similar results to recent years. Nanoose area fisherman are seeing the most success prawning. Many of our area residence favourite this time of year to drop traps as prawns are in abundance before the commercial boats come in early spring. At present, we have only seen a few shakers come to the docks. Just recently we have heard reports of more sizeable salmon being caught just north of us
around Sangsters Island.


Considerations: While in the straight, Chinook Salmon spend most of their time following herring (which spawn in March). We see large groups of herring school near our facilities, particularly between Dorcas Pt. and Schooner Cove. The easiest way to mark where the early season salmon are, is by finding the baitfish. Watch for the local sea lions and the swarms of seagulls. The majority of the fish caught in our area are found between 120 – 160 ft deep. Pull out your sea charts to find features which allow you to run at these depths near to a shelf or steep ledge.


Tips: Small spoons are a simple and very effective way to catch fish and keep your lures in the water. Spoons are very low maintenance and will almost always travel through the water correctly. Unlike fishing with bait, which can also be highly productive, you will not have to reset wobbling lures. Some notable colours favourited in our area are: Cop Car, Night Rider, Glow Kitchen Sink, Irish Cream, & Glow/Green. Spring fishing in Nanoose Bay is highly regarded by anglers from all over Vancouver Island.
Recreational fisherman, guides, and outfitters flock to our waters with hopes of accessing the staging Chinook Salmon that meander through the Strait of Georgia. Fish running during the Spring are in top condition; they are known to strike hard and run deep. This exciting and early season fishery results in some hard fought battles. The spring Chinook fishery in the Nanoose area starts in April and lasts through mid-June.
Tips Up & Tight Lines.

Dave Kratt. Marina Manager

Don’t Forget to renew your moorage contracts, as of 2019 all contracts will require the purchase of Hydro (electrical). 

The fees are as follows:

  • Monthly $35+tax
  • Semi-annually $200 +tax
  • Annually $300 +tax
  • NOTE: All slips without electrical receptacles will NOT be charged these fees.

Annual renewal dates as follows:

Annual Moorage= Invoices to be sent March. 1 (Net 30 Days)
Semi-Annual Moorage= Invoices to be sent March. 15 (Net 30 Days)
Monthly Moorage = Invoices to be sent April. 1 (Net 15 Days)


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