Fishing Report for Week Ending August 5, 2018

SALTWATER

 OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing remains SPOTTY to GOOD around the south Island when the fog isn’t too heavy. Chinooks over 30 lbs have been taken in several areas now that the size restriction has been removed. Sockeye are now open with the best action taking place from Sooke to Port Renfrew. Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend.

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PORT RENFREW – Salmon fishing was GOOD for springs at Swiftsure Bank and along the shoreline. The springs are averaging from 12 – 18 pounds with the odd one into the thirties. Along the shoreline, Walbram to Logan has been good when trolling at depths of 35’ – 50’ in water from 40’ – 70’.  The hot lure in Port Renfrew lately has been the Gibbs Gold Nugget or Blue Nickel Skinny G and for Teaser heads with bait, the Chrome Joanne or Bloody Nose Teaser Heads. Sockeye fishing has been PHENOMINAL for those targeting the fish in deeper waters. The Halibut fishing was also GOOD. At this time, Port Renfrew remains the most productive place to fish for both salmon and halibut on southern Vancouver Island. 

SOOKE–The salmon fishing was FAIR TO GOOD this past week. Sockeyes have started showing up and many anglers have been getting limits. The best sockeye fishing has been out in the strait in 300’ or more of water.  The area from the Bluffs to the Otter Point closed area was producing most of the action for springs. The winner of the Sooke Salmon Enhancement salmon derby held this past weekend was Ron Triggs who caught a 29.8 lb chinook. Good choices for teaser head colors are Peanut Butter, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose.  Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good too. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. For flashers, Red/Glow Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was GOOD in East Sooke. Sockeyes have started showing up and many anglers have caught them. The best sockeye fishing has been out in the strait in 300’ or more of water. The springs are closer in and tighter to the shoreline. The hot spot for springs this past week was from Aldridge Point to the Trap Shack. The best depths to fish have been between 40 to 60 feet. There have been good bites late in the day and very early in the morning.    Anchovies are the bait of choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers and Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Betsy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports OFF AND ON salmon fishing during the week, mainly because of fog preventing anglers from ranging too far from the bay. Most of the action has been late in the afternoon or evening. There is lots of bait in the bay and there have been a lot of springs as well. The majority of the springs retained have been from 12 to 19 lbs in size, but there have been many small springs just around the minimum size too. Best trolling depths have been 20- 40 ‘and 70-85 ‘. The anglers most consistently catching springs have been jigging rather than trolling. GIBBS 4 oz to 8 oz anchovies have been the best jigs to use here. Most anglers are using anchovies for bait with teaser head colors are Mint Pearl, Chartreuse and Bloody Nose. Squirts were good lures as well with green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white are good color choices. Spoons have been producing well and the Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week with the big currents. East Race and William Head were the most productive spots.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Constance Bank this past weekend.  Anglers were catching springs into the teens as well as smaller feeder springs. In closer, it’s been SPOTTY at best for anglers trolling. There were some springs caught from Esquimalt to Trial Island but the big August run has not shown up yet. Anglers jigging with the 5 oz Delta Mac fish in 40’ of water close to kelp beds have been catching springs from 11 to 20 lbs.  Spoons that have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s and Green/Glow,  AP Tackleworks 3” Neon Army Truck Herring spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons. Sockeyes have not shown up in good numbers but they should appear soon.

HALIBUT – Fishing was GOOD for halibut this past weekend. Fishing has been best at Constance Bank and the Mud Hole.

OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. The Flats was producing the best in the afternoon on the end of the flood tide. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and small squid, close to the bottom. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs and Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are doing best with Deep Stingers and Point Wilson darts. One angler picked up 2 sockeyes on the flats Sunday while trolling Coho Killers for springs.

HALIBUT – Fishing was GOOD for halibut this past week.

Haley Fraser with her first salmon, a 30.5 lb spring!

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in the Sidney area, especially with all the closures now in effect. Prior to the Inlet closing, Wain Rock was good for springs in the teens. Hamley Point has been the best spot recently, especially in the evening. Haley Fraser caught her first ever salmon on Saturday, a 30.5 lb spring caught while fishing off Hamley Point. Haley was using an anchovy in an army truck head at 100 feet in 150 feet of water, trolling quickly. Her brother Devin also caught a 14 lb spring. Anglers jigging have been having some success off the north end of Sidney Spit in 70-80 feet of water. Anglers using spoons found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Herring Aid and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Notable Catches – The winner of the Sooke Salmon Enhancement salmon derby held this past weekend was Ron Triggs who caught a 29.8 lb chinook. Haley Fraser caught her first ever salmon on Saturday, a 30.5 lb spring caught while fishing off Hamley Point. Haley was using an anchovy in an army truck head at 100 feet in 150 feet of water, trolling quickly. Her brother Devin also caught a 14 lb spring.

 Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

 

FRESHWATER

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

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level is low at summer levels. There are a lot more people float tubing in the river than fishing. Anglers are reporting action on both dry flies and nymphs very early in the morning and late in the evening. Good dry flies have been the Elk Hair Caddis and the Goddard Caddis. Pheasant tail nymphs have also been good. Watch out for tubers drifting in the river.

TROUT – Trout fishing has been FAIR for trout at the local lakes due to water temperatures warming up. That said, if you fish the thermocline you should get good action. 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.

To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link http://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx

BASS– 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 colors 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 at times. 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.

Notable Catches Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Catching too many dogfish?  Try increasing your trolling speed to a little bit faster than normal to cut down on the number of dogfish hook ups. Be sure to check your baits action too, especially if you’re using bait, to make sure that it’s got the correct action at the higher speed.

 

2018 Island Outfitters Leader Boards

Trout

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 9 oz – Joshua He – Elk Lake – White Garlic Powerbait – June 9th

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

 

Salmon

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 30th

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

 

Halibut 

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

 

Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the 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.

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