Fishing Report for Week Ending May 27, 2018

SALTWATER

OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing remains SPOTTY to GOOD around the south Island when the wind wasn’t howling. Hatchery Chinooks running into the upper teens were making up the catch this past week. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.

Urgent!! Possible fishing closure from Otter Point to East Point in Port Renfrew for ALL FINFISH!

Send a letter within 24 hours to Minister Dominic LeBlanc at min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca  or phone (613) 992-1020. Also, please cc or contact Regional DFO Director General Rebecca Reid at Rebecca.Reid@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or phone (604) 666-6098. Go to our website and/or facebook page for further information.

Subject: FN0346 – RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish – Lingcod and Rockfish – Areas 12 to 20 and 29 – Open Times and Limits – May 1, 2018 – Amendment to FN0343

LINGCOD Effective at 00:01 hours May 1 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2018 fishing for lingcod will open in the following areas: Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.Daily limit: one (1) Possession limit: two (2)  Minimum Size: 65cm Annual limit: ten (10)Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving. Areas 28 and 29 (except of Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for lingcod, this includes catch and release.

ROCKFISH (Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish in the aggregate): Effective at 00:01 hours May 1 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2018 fishing for rockfish will open in the following areas: Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.Daily limit: one (1) Possession limit: two (2) No size limit or annual limit is in effect. Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.Areas 28 and 29 (except of Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for rockfish, this includes catch and release.  

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SOOKE–The salmon fishing was FAIR on this past week. Most of the fish are from 5 to 10 lbs in size with the occasional larger one into the teens. Otter Point provided the best catches this past weekend. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water but there are some at mid water depths. There has also been some wild, oversize fish into the 20’s caught and released. Anglers are starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse 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 PICKED UP in East Sooke. The hot spots this past weekend were the Bedford islands and inside the bay near Aldridge Point.  Most of the fish have been from 8 1/2 to 14 lbs. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70-80 feet and close to the bottom off the Bedfords. The majority of 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.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports FAIR TO GOOD salmon fishing but not too many anglers were out due to the strong winds all 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 anglers catching most of the fish have been jigging rather than trolling. GIBBS  6oz 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.

 

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

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SLOW off Constance Bank this past weekend due to the currents and strong winds.  In fact, the winds were too strong form most boats all week. In closer, there weren’t too many springs from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island but there were a few into the teens hanging around. The best depths to fish were still 90-140 feet but we’ve heard of some larger fish being caught at mid-water depths. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Green/Glow AP Tackleworks Anchovy 4” 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 FAIR in Oak Bay. Early in the week there were quite a few in the teens being caught. Then it slowed down into the weekend. The Flats was producing the best on the flood tide, while the tail end of the ebb produced the best at the Gap. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and close to the bottom where the feed is located. 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 SLOW for halibut this past week. Border Bank was where most of the halibut were caught.

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in the Sidney area. Coal Island was good the most productive location to catch springs into the high teens. Dan Fears caught a 69 cm spring off Coal Island Tuesday morning while jigging from his kayak and using a P-Line Laser Minnow. The Powder wharf area has been holding lots of bait and fish into the mid teens have been caught there as well, just not as many. We’ve also heard of springs up to 10 lbs coming from the Pender Bluffs, 135 feet down on Cop Car spoons. 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 –  Dan Fears caught a 69 cm spring off Coal Island Tuesday morning while jigging from his kayak while using a P-Line Laser Minnow.

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

 

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.

4 year old Abby Kramberger caught her first trout, a nice rainbow at Cowichan Lake.

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. On April 19th, Elk Lake received 1,900 trout weighing an average of 191.95 grams. On March 26th, Lookout Lake received 225 trout averaging 263.58 grams. On March 21st, Shawnigan Lake 304 trout and Dougan Lake received 500 trout averaging 263.58 grams. On March 13th, Shawnigan Lake received 600 trout, Thetis Lake 1,000 trout and Spectacle, Glen and Dougan Lakes 500 trout weighing 249.33 grams. On March 9th, Elk Lake received 1,800 trout, Prospect Lake 1,000 trout and Ida Anne Lake 250 trout averaging 255.17 grams.  On March 8th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Shawnigan Lake 829 trout, Kemp and Matheson Lakes received 500 trout and Poirier Lake 300 trout averaging 246.87 grams. On March 3rd, Elk Lake and Prospect Lake were each stocked with 1,800 trout weighing 247.48 grams each. To find out about 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 – Jeremy Allan caught a 3 lb 4 oz rainbow trout on White Garlic Powerbait at Elk Lake. 4 year old Abby Kramberger caught her first trout, a nice rainbow at Cowichan Lake.

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

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Urgent!! Possible fishing closure from Otter Point to East Point in Port Renfrew for ALL FINFISH! Send a letter within 24 hours to Minister Dominic LeBlanc at min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca  or phone (613) 992-1020. Also please cc or contact Regional DFO Director General Rebecca Reid at Rebecca.Reid@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or phone (604) 666-6098. Go to our website and/or facebook page for further information.

 

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 5 oz – Tyler Clough – Langford Lake – Powerbait – April 2nd

5) 3 lbs 4 oz – Jeremy Allen – Elk Lake – Powerbait – May 27th

 

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) 14 lbs 8 oz – Hannah Cottier – Constance Bank – Skinny G – February 11th

4) 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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