Fishing Report for Week Ending July 8, 2018

SALTWATER

 OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing has been SPOTTY around the south Island when the wind wasn’t too bad. The Sooke and East Sooke areas were good while it was either slow or spotty elsewhere. Hatchery Chinooks weighing into the low twenties were caught this past week and quite a few oversize, unclipped springs were caught and released. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained. Coho have been plentiful in the Sooke area. Halibut fishing was GOOD 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 hot lure this past week was the GIBBS Skinny G in Herring Aid and/or Gold Nugget. The halibut fishing was also EXCELLENT. 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 in the strait in water with many of the coho clipped fish. From June 29th to July 31st unclipped springs up to 85 cm can be retained. However, there have been quite a few over that size being caught and released. The area from the Bluffs to the Otter Point closed area was producing most of the action for larger springs. The Vancouver Island Rangers held their annual salmon derby this past weekend and Glen Varney was the winner with a 23.9 lb spring. Roy Carver came in second with a 23.8 lb spring.  Anglers are getting good results using anchovies for bait. 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. Some nice springs and coho have been in the area. The hot spot this past week was from Aldridge Point to Beechey Head and by the Trap Shack. The best depths to fish have been between 40 to 79 feet. There have been good bites very early in the morning and late in the evening.  Most of the clipped chinooks have been from 8 to 20 lbs and there have been some larger unclipped springs well over 85 cm. 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.

An absolute beauty of a fish caught by one of Pedder Bay Marina’s regular rental boat customers, Bob B. The fish measured in at 84 cm and tipped the scale at 20 lbs. Bob caught his Chinook at Aldridge Point trolling a herring in a bloody nose teaser head.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports SLOWER salmon 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 was slower than last week but there were salmon in whirl Bay. Best trolling depths have been 20- 40 ‘and 70-85 ‘.Coho salmon have also been coming in from Whirl Bay to the Bedfords islands, and not too far out either. 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. Anglers are also starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Tiger Prawn, Peanut Butter and Bloody Nose. Squirts were good 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.

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

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was FAIR off Constance Bank this past week when the current wasn’t too strong.  Anglers were catching clipped springs in to the teens but most of the springs were 4-6 lb feeders. In closer, there weren’t many springs from Esquimalt to Trial Island but there were a few. I did hear of a pink salmon caught off Esquimalt on Sunday. The best depths to fish have been 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. 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. The Flats was producing the best on the tail end of the ebb. 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.

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

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in the Sidney area. There were springs being caught on an evening bite near Hambley Point. Anglers jigging have been having some success off the north end of Sidney Spit in 70-80 feet of water. Coal Island has been slow and so has been the Powder Wharf. Anglers 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.

Notable Catches – The Vancouver Island Rangers held their annual salmon derby this past weekend and Glen Varney was the winner with a 23.9 lb spring. Roy Carver came in second with a 23.8 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 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. 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

Sawyer Nottelman with a nice smallmouth bass.

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

Sun glasses! With polarized lens! Don’t go fishing without them.  Not only do they make it easier to spot fish and check your gear in the water, they protect your eyes. And don’t forget to use sunscreen as well.  It’s not healthy to come home looking like a cooked lobster at the end of the day.

 

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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