Fishing Report for Week Ending June 3, 2018

Week Ending June 3, 2018



Important Notices

For the latest details on recreational fishery openings and closures in your area:

A) Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line);

B) Visit the DFO web page: find applicable fishery notices; or

C) Follow the sport fishing Twitter account:

D) Download the new FishingBC app

Saltwater Overview

The Salmon fishing has been GOOD this past week around the South Island. Fishing many areas has been dependent on the tides. We have had reports of larger Salmon being caught over the week. Halibut fishing wasn’t targeted as much as Salmon over the last week however, the tides look good for this coming week, so get out fishing and don’t forget to bring a kid!


The Salmon fishing has been VERY GOOD this past week in Sooke. The most productive spot this week has been the Trap Shack. Anglers have been fishing 60’ – 90’ depths in 120’ of water. There have been reports of fish up to 30 pounds being caught in Sooke; however, on average the size range has been anywhere from 12 – 20 pounds. Don Boyd caught an 18-pound Salmon in Sooke on May 30. 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 teaser heads in the colours Frog and Bloody Nose with Gibbs Guide Series flashers in Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse.

Beacher Bay

Salmon fishing has been GOOD in East Sooke. The hot spots this past week were the Bedford Islands and inside the bay near Aldridge Point again this week. Most of the fish have been from 9 – 21 pounds. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70’ – 80’ and 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 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

Salmon fishing in Pedder Bay has been GOOD over the last week. There have been reports of Salmon weighing in between 7 – 18 pounds coming from Pedder Bay. Jigging has been a great option in Pedder Bay as the Salmon are feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom. 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. Flashers that have been working well in Pedder Bay include the Gibbs Guide Series Outfitters and Madi and good colour choices for teaser heads include Bloody Nose and Chartreuse when fishing with anchovies.


Fishing for Salmon was GOOD when the tides permitted. The most productive area in Victoria was Constance Bank this past week. Fishing the bottom in 80’ – 120’ of water was working the best for anglers fishing Victoria. On average, the Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 15 pounds. Spoons that have been successful this past week have been the AP Tackleworks Anchovy 4” spoons and Silver Horde Coho Killers in UV and Glow colours. Flashers that have been working well lately are the Gibbs Madi Guide Series Flasher and the Oki Big Shooter Green/Silver Flasher.

Oak Bay

When the tides allowed, Salmon fishing was 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. The Salmon have been feeding on Needlefish close to the bottom so fishing the bottom in 80’ – 120’ of water has been the most productive in the past week. On average, Salmon have been ranging from 8 – 17 pounds in size. The best lure choice for Oak Bay has been Gibbs Skinny G’s, Silver Horde Coho Killers or AP Tackleworks spoons. For colours, UV and Glow colours have been reporting well.


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. In the evening, Coal Island has been producing the best when fishing for Salmon. There has also been reports of Salmon coming from Sidney Spit. Fishing the bottom in 100’ – 120’ 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 8 – 13 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. The tides were spotty so more anglers were targeting Salmon over the last week. When the tides allowed, there have been reports of Halibut being caught in Albert Head, East Constance and Oak Bay. There was also a Halibut trolled up in Sooke in 60 feet of water.

Saltwater Notable Catches

Here is a group from the Pacific Salmon Foundation Committee with a nice Salmon caught fishing out of Oak Bay.

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


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

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


Fishing many areas rely on the tides being good, so don’t forget to check your tide book for your best times to get out fishing and remember to bring a kid!

Don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up on June 17. Set Dad up with some great gear he will love – Scotty gear is a great way to go! They have quality products for any price range. Or, set him up with a Fishing Charter for an experience he won’t forget!


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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