Fishing Report for Week Ending July 15, 2018



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Saltwater Overview

The Salmon fishing has been GOOD this past week around the South Island. We have had reports of larger Salmon being caught over the week, into the mid-twenties. When the tides were good, the Halibut fishing was GOOD. Get out fishing and don’t forget to bring a kid!

Port Renfrew

Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT at Swiftsure Bank and along the shoreline of Vancouver Island. Springs into the mid-twenties are being caught. The hot lure in Port Renfrew lately is the Gibbs Skinny G in Herring Aid. The halibut fishing was also EXCELLENT. At this time, Port Renfrew is the most productive place to fish for both Salmon and Halibut.


The Salmon fishing has been GOOD this past week in Sooke, especially in the afternoon. The most productive spot this week has been Beechy Head to Otter Point.  Anglers have been fishing a large depth range, between 35’ – 85’. There have been reports of hatchery fish sizing anywhere from 12 – 20 pounds being caught, with larger fish into the high twenties caught and released as well.  If you are looking to target Bottom Fish or Crab, Sooke is a great place to go. Anglers have been successful catching Salmon trolling with small anchovies in Blue Green Chrome or Purple Haze teaser heads.  If you would rather fish spoons, the Gibbs Skinny G’s in Irish Cream or Herring Aid have been producing well trolled behind the Gibbs Guide Series flasher in Madi or Bon Chovi colours.

Beacher Bay

Salmon fishing has been GOOD in East Sooke. The hot spots lately have been the Bedford Islands and inside the bay near Aldridge Point. Most of the fish reported have been from 9 – 20 pounds. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70’ – 95’ and fishing close to the bottom off the Bedfords. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Silver Horde Coho Killers and Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colours the favorites. Anchovies have also been working well lately with Bloody Nose a good teaser head choice. The Gibbs Highliner Guide Series flasher in Outfitters, Madi, and Lemon Lime have been working well over the last few weeks.

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay has reported salmon fishing to be GOOD over the last week. There have been reports of Salmon weighing in in the mid-teens with the odd one over 20 pounds.  The best depths to fish in Pedder Bay have been 60’ – 90’ in 100’ – 140’ of water.  The Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom; therefore, when the tides allow, jigging has been a great option. Good jigs to try are the Gibbs 3oz Minnows or P-Line Jigs.  When trolling, anglers have found that squirts in Purple Haze or UV White and Gibbs Coho Killers in Silver or Glow have been producing the best. Another good choice would be to use small anchovies in UV teaser heads.  Flashers that have been working well in Pedder Bay include the Gibbs Guide Series Outfitters and Madi.


Fishing for Salmon was GOOD when the tides permitted. The most productive area in Victoria was Constance Bank this past week. While fishing Constance, fishing the bottom in 70’ – 120’ of water was working the best.  There were also a few Salmon caught off the Break Water.  In shore, try trolling anywhere between 60’ and 80’ in water depths of 80’ – 120’.  On average, the Salmon have been ranging in the low teens; there are also reports of larger salmon into the twenties.  Spoons that have been successful this past week have been the ones with needlefish patterns such as the Gibbs Skinny G’s and Silver Horde Coho Killers in Irish Cream and Herring Aid colours.  Flashers that have been working well lately are the Gibbs Madi or Bon Chovi Guide Series Flashers.

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing has been FAIR in Oak Bay this past week. Each day was different depending on the currents so be sure to check your tide book when looking to get out for the best times. Anglers have reported that the Flats have been a good area to fish this past week.  There have been a lot of smaller bait fish throughout Oak Bay, so using small anchovies in Mint Pearl Glow or Bloody Nose teaser heads has been working well.  When trolling, troll faster than usual to stay away from the Dog Fish that have been showing up.  Fishing the bottom in 90’ – 110’ of water has been the most productive lately.  On average, Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 13 pounds in size.  If fishing with anchovies doesn’t suit you, using squirt hoochies in UV or Glow have been a good option, as the fish are feeding on small bait fish.  Jigging with Point Wilsons Darts or Stingers in Chrome and Green colours have also been working well lately in Oak Bay as well.


Sidney has been OKAY fishing for Salmon this past week. The most productive areas to fish for Salmon in Sidney are Hamley Point and Coal Island.  Fishing the bottom in 90’ – 110’ of water seems to be working the best in Sidney as the Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom. The average range for Salmon has been 7 – 14 pounds. Anglers that have been fishing with spoons found that AP Sandlance spoons, Silver Horde Coho Killers and Gibbs Needle G spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream.


Halibut fishing has been OKAY over the past week. When the tides allowed, there have been reports of Halibut being caught in Albert Head, East Constance and Oak Bay.  The Dog Fish have been making Halibut fishing a bit tougher lately.  The best option when fishing for Halibut the past week was fishing in depths of at least 350 feet.  Using a Delta Hali Hawg tipped with a piece of herring or octopus has been the most productive in getting Halibut hookups throughout the South Island lately.

Saltwater Notable Catches

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Our group with their catch out of Port Renfrew!


Freshwater Overview

Fishing was GOOD in most lakes for trout and REALLY GOOD for bass.

Cowichan River

The water level is good for those anglers wading in the river. Fishing for trout above Skutz Falls has been good as well. Anglers are reporting good action on both dry flies and nymphs. Good dry flies have been the Elk Hair Caddis and the Goddard Caddis. Pheasant Tail Nymphs have also been good. It’s a great time of year to fly fish the river for Trout.


Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout to at the local lakes due to the recent trout stockings and as the weather warms up. That said, as a thermocline is established, look for the trout deeper than earlier in the spring. The mornings and evenings should produce surface action for fly anglers. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms while fishing close to the bottom. Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Muddler Minnow patterns on full sink fly lines most of the time to get into the lower water levels. There have been some Chironomid hatches too. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. 2” Tomic Plugs have also been working well for trout.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocking report of Rainbow Trout into Southern Vancouver Island lakes is as follows: On May 25th, Elk Lake received 4,834 all female triploid Blackwater River stock rainbow trout averaging 69.84 grams. On April 23rd, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout, Glen Lake 500 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout weighing and average of 181.51 grams. To find out about stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link


Bass fishing is EXCELLENT on Island lakes. Most lakes are producing large fish as they are in the shallows for spawning. Soft plastics are a great choice when fishing structure close to shore. The most productive colours in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can also be very effective this time of year if you find fish in deeper water. During the day, spinner baits and crank baits are working well. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

Freshwater Notable Catches

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Keep your rod tip up to increase your chances of landing a fish. This lets the rod tire the fish out and provides flexibility to counter sudden movements by the fish. The best way to keep your rod tip up is by keeping your non-reeling hand away from the reel and far up on the rod handle while the rod butt is kept low.

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Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with our free, for fun and prizes, Salmon, Trout and Halibut Leader Boards. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st win a special prize.


1) 8 lbs 8 oz – Rob Waldner – Langford Lake – Fly – March 31st

2) 5 lbs 4 oz – Kayden Howes – Elk Lake – Corn – February 12th

3) 4 lbs 11 oz – Allan Edgar – Langford Lake – Powerbait – January 12th

4) 4 lbs 5 oz – Tyler Clough – Langford Lake – Powerbait – April 2nd

5) 3 lbs 4 oz – Jeremy Allen – Elk Lake – Powerbait – May 27th


1) 23 lbs 8 oz – Sonia Benedic – Clover Point – Mint Tulip Hoochie – February 26th

2) 18 lbs – Martha George – Oak Bay Flats – AP “Chatham” spoon – April 22nd

3) 18 lbs – Don Boyd – Sooke – May 30, 2018

4) 14 lbs 8 oz – Hannah Cottier – Constance Bank – Skinny G – February 11th

5) 10 lbs 8 oz – Grace Cottier – Constance Bank – Skinny G – February 11th


1) 73.8 lbs – Brian Dow – Constance Bank – Herring – March 16th

2) 70.7 lbs – Ray Hawthorne – Discovery Island – Herring – March 10th

3) 66.3 lbs – Seth Papineau – Church Rock – Herring – March 12th

4) 64.1 lbs – Chad Dobranski -– Discovery Island – Herring – March 10th

5) 61.1 lbs – Trevor Walton – Oak Bay – Mackerel – March 10th

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