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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Nanaimo, British Columbia are: Full list of top fishing charters in Nanaimo

The average price for a private 4 hour Nanaimo fishing trip is $447, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $593 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Nanaimo that received great reviews from families are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Nanaimo are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $523
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $783
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $958

When you’re in need of the ultimate Salmon showdown, there’s no better place to go than Vancouver Island. And where better to begin than Nanaimo? Just a two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver, this town is the perfect mix of civilization and wilderness. The city life is full of diverse events and festivals, while the mountain forests of central Vancouver Island lie only a few minutes away. Nanaimo has long been the underdog of the area when it comes to sportfishing, but the locals know that this place has amazing Chinook Salmon fishing year round.
 

What to Expect

Chinook Salmon is the main star of the show, being the most consistent and biggest species in the area. You’ll usually target them by drift fishing with a weighted line or trolling with planer boards and downriggers. Chinook Salmon is an aggressive, feisty, and tasty trophy worth fighting for. But if you really want a challenge on a higher level, get into the Tyee Club – this prestigious membership is earned by catching a Chinook over 30 pounds.
 
Salmon follow migration patterns, which makes their timing and route very predictable. The early run starts at the end of June, when they pass right in front of Nanaimo. The peak season lasts until the end of October, which is when you can catch all types of Salmon, including Coho, Sockeye, Chum, and Pink. Being right on the Strait of Georgia pass, Nanaimo gives you the chance to catch all this without traveling far.
 
But it’s not all about Salmon. Crab fishing and prawning are great year round, especially during winter. You also have great chances of catching Halibut, the main prize of bottom fish, especially in the spring and summer. Don’t let Lingcod’s monstrous looks discourage you from targeting it, as its white meat is a true delicacy. 
 

Need to Know

Fisheries in Canada are divided into areas, each with their own regulations. Nokomis falls under area no. 17 – make sure you’re familiar with the current rules before heading out on the water since these can change every year.
 
All locations in British Columbia require a valid fishing licence, which you can get online from the Canadian National Recreational Licensing System. If you want to keep some Salmon you catch, you’ll need to include a Salmon Conservation Stamp.
 
The Nanaimo fishing scene offers great trips for both novices and experienced anglers, you just need to decide how long you want to stay on the water. After an exciting day of fishing, treat yourself with the famous three-layered Nanaimo Bar trail and try one of the local craft beers!
 
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January

January is great for crabbing and prawning. At this time of the year, Chinook Salmon feeds aggressively, although they are not big in size.

February

This is still the peak season for crabbing and a favorite family activity. It’s best to start early, especially near piers.

March

March marks the beginning of peak Halibut season. Besides fishing, you can also enjoy the Nanaimo festival and celebrate the end of the winter with locals.

April

With Chinook Salmon still growing and feeding aggressively, you can expect some great fishing action. Halibut and Crabs are still good targets.

May

May brings something new to the table – Lingcod! You might not like the look of their faces, but you’ll surely enjoy their meat. Reel one in and see for yourself!

June

June brings an interesting mix of Chinooks – this is when both “feeders” and mature fish start migrating in from the north!

July

Slowly, all types of Salmon start to show up. There’s also the Marine Fest with lots of fun activities to try when you’re not fishing. Does a bathtub race sound interesting enough?

August

This is the peak season for almost every type of fish you can catch in these waters. Lots of mature Salmon are in the area and you’ll find some big specimens to catch.

September

This is the time to become a member of the Tyee Club and catch a 30-pounder! The water is bursting with mature Salmon everywhere. In the evening, enjoy Longwoodstock, Nanaimo’s music festival.

October

Early fall sees the arrival of  Chum Salmon. Other Salmon species are still high in numbers but their peak season is slowly coming to its end.

November

Aggressive “feeder” Chinook show up again and dominate the area until the end of April. Chum Salmon is still great to target.

December

Crabbing is at its peak during winter, so drop some traps and try your hand at catching some. Chinook Salmon fishing is great, as always.

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Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We did a half day trip with captain Neil and had a 10/10 time. Neil was not only professional and knowledgeable but he was also so much fun to hang out with. We will be back again next year!
Melissa  M.
Melissa M. Millet, AB
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Fishing with Captain Turk was a great experience! We had a fun morning on the boat and reeled in 4 nice salmon! Even managed to lasso a small shark, saw some sealions, and caught a couple crabs. Will definitely go out with him again and would recommend him to anyone.
Caleb  C.
Caleb C. Wahpeton, ND
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Again it was another great trip with Captain Turk. We caught some nice fish. He’s great with the kids and has a real fun personality. Looking forward to another trip next year.
Rob  I.
Rob I. Agassiz, BC
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Had a great day with Captain Neil. Would highly recommend and we will be fishing if with him again next year. Great day on the water, good conversation and the equipment was in top notch condition. See you next summer for a couple days of earlier season fishing.
Dallas  G.
Dallas G. Vancouver, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Beautiful and calm waters!!! Captain Neil was a great host!!! Amazing day!!!
Doug  S.
Doug S. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Very good
4.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Our 14 year old had been looking forward to this all summer. Unfortunately, he didn’t catch a fish.
Bart  M.
Bart M. Nanaimo, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Was a fantastic time out with Neil, really cool guy and knows his stuff. Great conversations and totally worth the money you spend for the charter. Was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever done
Christian  V.
Christian V. Toronto, ON
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Neil was excellent!! This was a last minute booking for us and Neil did not disappoint. From start of booking to walking away all smiles with our days catch’s ready to eat Neil provided an incredible fishing experience. The knowledge and passion he shared to make the day a success was awesome!! Definitely will be heading out again with Neil for more great catches
Dave  K.
Dave K. Parksville, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(24 reviews)
Hi, we had a nice fishing trip with captain Neil. We went to two spots, but unfortunately we catched only two salmons - too small to keep. At the end it was a nice morning, captain Neil took care on us, He was very friendly and experienced. Because we did not catch a fish - he gave us two crabs - expertly cut up. Many thanks for that. Best Regards, Katrin and family
Falko  G.
Falko G. Revelstoke, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Such a good trip! Captain neil was great with the kids even when the fish weren't biting tons. Smaller boat which gives more opportunities for getting your hands on a rod. Highly recommend!
Valerie  H.
Valerie H. Vancouver, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We had an amazing trip with captain Neil in Nanaimo. My 5 and 7 year olds both got to reel in chinook salmon. Neil was amazing with our kids and made sure everyone had a great time. We will definitely look up Salmon City Charters next time we are in Nanaimo.
Kirk  T.
Kirk T. Parksville, British Columbia
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
It was our first time salmon fishing and we had a wonderful experience! The captain did everything to make our experience memorable. He even put up a crab trap to amuse the children and made them feed seals, which they greatly appreciated! We recommend it without hesitation!
Audrey  R.
Audrey R. Vancouver, British Columbia
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Andrew is a great Captain! He knew where the fish were and gave us the best opportunity to hook-up. "Turk's" experience on the water shows and he treated our family to a good morning of fishing and stories. Definitely recommend him to others going to Nanaimo,
Gene  C.
Gene C. Edmonton, Alberta
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We had a great day out on the water. Our captain was very informative and took great care of us and our dog Lizzy. We went home with a great catch of crab Highly recommend this fishing charter
Rhonda  D.
Rhonda D. Vancouver, British Columbia
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Neil from Salmon City Charters definitely knew what he was doing and was very familiar with the best waters to catch Salmon. He was great keeping my 10 year old son engaged too. Caught our fill for the day during a 4 hour morning tour. I would highly recommend!
Anders  L.
Anders L. Parksville, British Columbia
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(78 reviews)
We were on the go from the start and given the short time we had, it was packed and filled with great tips and tricks for us newbies. Thanks Captain Turk for a memorable trip out to sea and hope to come back again when it's a tad cooler out;)
Jessica  F.
Jessica F. Burnaby, BC
Salmon City Charters
Salmon City Charters
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Neil is a great guide. He’s very professional, has a great boat and gear and really good with kids.
Michael  G.
Michael G. Surrey, British Columbia
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Thanks to Andrew for a great day at sea and for the great service. We were really happy that we caught a 1 shark (Spiny dogfish), 1 scorpionfish and 22 Chinook Salmon (18 released and 4 we kept). Kindly regards Fam. Andersen
Torben  A.
Torben A. Otterup
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Captain Turk was awesome, despite fishing closures, Turk got us out to the best location and worked hard at getting us our legal take home dinner fish. We landed and released many Giant Chinook Salmon so everybody in our party of 6 got to have the Best fishing experience ever!!! The icing on the cake was the crab pot retrieval at the end of the trip. Turk was a fantastic guide and made this trip an exciting experience for all of us, I would definitely book him on future excursions.
Ken  N.
Ken N. Ladysmith, British Columbia
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo
Fishing charter in Nanaimo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
Captain Turk was awesome we all had a really good time. Right from the beginning he greeted us with a smile and shook our hands. Fishing was awesome we did catch 3 chinook that we had to release. All in all a very good time catching fish was the icing on the cake.
Steffen  V.
Steffen V. Nanaimo, British Columbia

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