Fishing Report for the Week Ending June 17, 2018


Week Ending June 17, 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!


The Salmon fishing has been GOOD this past week in Sooke. The most productive spot this week has been the Trap Shack and Secretary Island.  Anglers have been fishing 75’ – 90’ depths in 100’ – 120’ of water. There have been reports of fish in the size range anywhere from 10 – 20 pounds with larger fish reported as well.  If you are looking to target Bottom Fish or Crab, Sooke is a great place to go. Anglers have been catching Salmon mostly on anchovies with straight UV teaser head reported to be working well.  If you would rather fish spoons, the Gibbs Skinny G’s in Irish Cream have been producing well.  Gibbs Guide Series flashers in Madi and the Bon Chovi have been producing well this past week in Sooke.

Beacher Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY 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 8 – 21 pounds. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 75’ – 90’ 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 VERY 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’ – 80’ in 100’ – 140’ of water.  The most productive areas off Pedder Bay are heading out west of the bay as well as William Head.  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 6oz – 8oz Anchovies. 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 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 VERY GOOD when the tides permitted. The most productive area in Victoria was Constance Bank this past week. Fishing the bottom in 75’ – 110’ of water was working the best for anglers fishing in Victoria. On average, the Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 20 pounds. There are also reports of larger salmon into the twenties starting to show up in Victoria, as well as Salmon showing up near the Water Front.  An average day of fishing off Victoria lately has been getting up to 10 hook ups.  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 Outfitters colours.  Flashers that have been working well lately are the Gibbs Madi or Bon Chovi Guide Series Flashers.

Oak Bay

Salmon fishing has been OKAY TO GOOD 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 the best spot to get out again this past week with the average hook ups up to six fish. The Salmon have been feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom so fishing the bottom in 75’ – 115’ of water has been the most productive lately.  On average, Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 15 pounds in size with the odd one over 20 pounds starting to show up as well. As the fish are feeding on needlefish, using squirt hoochies in UV or Glow have been a good option.  Jigging with Point Wilsons Darts or Stingers in Chrome and Green colours have also been working well lately in Oak Bay.


Sidney has been SPOTTY fishing for Salmon this past week. The high slack has been the most productive time to get out fishing in Sidney – make sure you check your tide book for your best times. 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 – 20 pounds with some Salmon into the twenties also being reported in Sidney. 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.  There has also been reports of oversized Halibut being released near Pedder Bay.  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

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to to be featured on our fishing report.

A big congratulations to Ward and his son Jon that took home first place in the Pacific Gateway Marina’s Father’s Day Salmon Championship in Port Renfrew this weekend!  Always exciting to win a derby, but what a way to do it on Father’s Day together!  Their winning fish weighed in at 26.7 pounds.

Moby’s fishing derby was held this past weekend on Salt Spring Island raising $12,100.00 for the Pacific Salmon Foundation!  Congratulations to Darren Lee who won the derby with a 26.4-pound Spring.  For more details click here:



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. Ryan Arsenych and friends have reported Trout fishing in Elk Lake very good lately.  They have caught Trout up to 3.1 pounds this past week.


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

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to to be featured on our fishing report.



After you reel in your catch, always remember to check your leader for tooth marks or scratches.  This will help to prevent losing the next big one to a broken leader.

Does your boat need a service before summer gets into full swing?  Check out Alpine Marine!  At Alpine Marine, they service all makes and models.


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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