At Island Outfitters, we understand the importance of your catch. That is why we take deliberate care to handle your fish properly, ensuring its freshness for your dinner table. Your entire catch will be carefully cleaned, dressed, and bagged by your guide promptly upon arrival back at the dock.
If you would like further processing, we recommend St. Jeans Cannery; all you have to do is drop your fish off at our store: 3319 Douglas St.
What Salmon Species Do We Fish For?
Heart-pounding Chinook Salmon are waiting to challenge you! Or, fish for acrobatic Coho Salmon, some of the most sought-after angling species on the West Coast. Other Salmon fishing opportunities include Pink, Chum, and Sockeye Salmon. Great fun for the whole family and any seasoned angler!
We are lucky enough to have Chinook Salmon available year-round in our waters. We fish for feeder Chinooks in the late fall, winter, and the early spring. There are many of these eager fish which are typically 4- 20 pounds. In the Spring, we start to see Chinook ranging from 9-25 pounds from the migratory grounds. They come in large numbers, and by the summer months, our waters are full of migratory salmon, ranging from 15-30 pounds, with only a limited number of feeders. Although there are fewer of them, the largest Chinooks of the year come through July – September. These fish range from 15-45 pounds, with a few being over 50 pounds. Chinook put up a great fight so be ready for long running times!
Our local coho fishery starts in mid-July and goes until the end of October, with the peak falling between late July and late August. The average weight of a Coho Salmon ranges between 4-13 pounds. Coho are the most acrobatic of the salmon and are very exciting to fight once hooked.
Sockeye season is typically between mid July and early September - however, this varies year to year. Sockeye tend to swim in schools, so it is common to have multiple hookups when fishing for these salmon.
Pink Salmon are very fast and scrappy, and often fight at the surface of the water. Pink years are odd years (2015, 2017 etc.), which means it is these years that they are around our local waters before they head up to the rivers. Although Pinks usually range between 4-8 pounds, double and triple headers are often common. When you troll by a school, you can't keep them off your line!
Chum salmon are in our waters from September to early November and are very good fighters.
Looking for monsters from the deep?
As well as Salmon, we also target the magnificent Pacific Halibut. Often overlooked, Halibut offer exciting angling opportunities, not to mention the culinary benefits that this fine game fish has to offer. Halibut is one of the most prized meals of the Pacific Ocean. Halibut can be caught through much of the year, as with other bottom fish, although the peak season for halibut occurs during the spring and summer months. Other bottom fishing opportunities include fishing for Lingcod, Rockfish, and Yellow-eye Rockfish (also referred to as Red Snapper).
For a full list please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/identify-identifier-eng.html
Below is a table identifying the daily and aggregate (possession) limits per person for Victoria. Always remember that this chart is only a guide; for full regulations please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/tidal-maree/a-s19-eng.html
Always check the regulations in your area before you head out fishing.
|Species||Daily Limit||Possession Limit|
|Chinook (King) Salmon||2||4|
|Coho (Silver) Salmon||2||4|