Fishing Report for Week Ending July 1, 2018


 OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing has been PICKING UP around the south Island when the wind wasn’t howling. Hatchery Chinooks weighing into the upper teens were caught this past week and quite a few oversize, unclipped springs were caught and released. Coho have been plentiful in the Sooke area. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. 

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PORT RENFREW – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT both at Swiftsure Bank and along the shoreline of Vancouver Island. Springs into the mid twenties are being caught. The halibut fishing was also GOOD. At this time, Port Renfrew is definitely the place to fish. 

SOOKE–The salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. There have been lots of coho out in the strait in water from 275 to 300 feet deep. Many of the coho are hatchery clipped fish.  It was spotty for springs but some nice larger ones have been caught. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained. The area from the Bluffs to the Otter Point closed area was producing most of the action for larger springs. Anglers are getting good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.  Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait. 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. Some nice springs and coho have been in the area. The hot spot this past week was from Aldridge Point to Beechey Head.  Most of the clipped chinooks have been from 8 to 17 lbs and there have been some larger unclipped springs up to 85 cm and occasionally larger. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70-80 feet and anchovies are taking over as the bait of choice. 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, Madi, Lemon Lime and Red/Glow Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports VERY GOOD salmon fishing but not too many anglers were out due to the wind during the week. The majority of the salmon have been from 5 to 12 lbs in size but there have been some high teen’s hatchery fish being caught. The inside of the bay fished well and there were also fish in whirl Bay. Best trolling depths have been 20- 40 ‘and 70-85 ‘.The anglers catching most of the fish have been jigging rather than trolling. GIBBS 4 oz to 8 oz anchovies have been the best jigs to use here. Squirts were the hot lures again this past week if you’re trolling and 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. Anglers are also starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. East Race and Constance Bank were the most productive spots.


VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Constance Bank this past week when it wasn’t too windy.  Anglers were catching clipped springs in to the upper teens. In closer, there weren’t too many springs from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island but there were a few, as well as some coho. The best depths to fish were 45 to 85 feet. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Green/Glow AP Tackleworks Anchovy 3” Herring spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons popular choices. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained.

HALIBUT – Fishing was SLOW for this past week. Halibut fishing has been best at Constance Bank and the Mud Hole.

OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. At the beginning of the week there were springs into the teens being caught but then it slowed down into the weekend. The Flats was producing the best on the tail end of the ebb. The Gap was good on Friday evening. 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. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained.

HALIBUT – Fishing was SLOW for halibut this past week. Border Bank was where most of the halibut were caught.

SIDNEY– tAnglers using spoons found that AP Sandlance spoons, Coho Killers and Gibbs and Needle G spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads. From June 29th to July 31st only chinooks from 62 cm to 85 cm can be retained.

Notable Catches – Last Monday, Mark Kosick caught a 31 lb spring on bait near Coal Island.

 Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email



Southern Vancouver Island has some great bass fishing!


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

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level is low but the end of June is a great time to fish the river. Fishing for trout above Skutz Falls has been best. 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 – 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

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



At this time of the year you have to pay particular attention to fishery openings and closures. There were several new changes taking effect this past week, so before you go salmon fishing, phone federal fisheries or visit their web site or check out the map on our facebook page to find out what opportunities are available and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

2018 Island Outfitters Leader Boards



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


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


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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