OVERVIEW – Poor weather made for miserable fishing conditions most of the week around the south Island, sp very few anglers were out. The Chinook fishing was FAIR TO GOOD with most of the Chinooks have been from 4 to 10 lbs in size.
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SOOKE– Once again, there’s not much new happening here. The salmon fishing has been FAIR over the last few weeks when you could get out. The keepable fish were from 4 to 8 lbs in size with the occasional larger one up to 15 lbs being caught. The best location to fish for winter springs was in front of the harbour and along the Bluffs. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water. The most productive lure combo has been a white hootchy fished behind a Red/Gold flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 3.5″ G Force spoons have been good. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Army Truck, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. For flashers, Red/Gold Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was GOOD if you could get out in the stormy weather. That said, not too many anglers were out during the week. Those that did, however, stayed fairly close to the marina and did well there. Anglers have been having the most success in Becher Bay between Frazer Island and Cheanuh Marina on the top of the flood tide. A few anglers have also had some success in Whirl Bay as well. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 100 to 160 depths. We haven’t heard of any salmon over 10 lbs here this past week. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, Madi, Lemon Lime and Green/Glow Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits.
PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD fishing in Pedder Bay near the Green Can and in Whirl Bay. Of course, not many anglers were fishing in the bad weather this past week. Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom in 100 to 140 feet of water. The salmon have been from 3 to 7 lbs in size with the occasional larger fish. Spoons have been producing the best and the Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices for plastic baits. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime.
VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SLOWER off the waterfront this past week when the weather wasn’t too crazy. Most of the fish are still small, from 3 to 7 lbs in size, but a few larger ones are hanging around. Constance Bank has been the best spot to fish for numbers of fish. Trolling just off the bottom in 85 to 140 feet of water has been the way to catch salmon there. Closer in, salmon were caught near Clover Point. In most locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet although they are often found in shallow water near the harbour entrance. 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.
OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay this past week. There were a few salmon coming in from the Gap and from the Flats but they were mostly small, under 10 lbs in size. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and have been close to the bottom where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay lures are needlefish spoon and squirts.
SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in the Sidney area but few people were out fishing. There were lots of immature herring off Fairfax but only small springs were being caught. On Monday, Nolan Walker and his fishing buddy caught 15+ small springs and limited out in less than 2 hours with springs between 5-8lbs in the Sidney channel. Last week there were some keeper springs up to 12 lbs being caught near the Powder Wharf. Jigging has been the best way to catch springs near the Powder Wharf. We also heard of some springs near Hambley Point and Fairfax Point. Anglers using spoons found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and 3.5″ G Force spoons the most productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish with teaser heads in Glow or UV Purple.
Notable Catches – On Monday, Nolan Walker and his fishing buddy caught 15+ small springs and limited out in less than 2 hours with springs between 5-8 lbs in the Sidney channel.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing was SLOW in most lakes for trout and bass and SLOW in the rivers for steelhead.
COWICHAN RIVER – The water level on the river is continuing to drop. Over the last three weeks it’s gone from 3 meters from near the lake down to 1.16 meters and near Duncan it’s gone from 3.4 meters to 1.26 meters. The water is slightly cloudy right now and is excellent for steelhead fishing. There are steelhead in the river and we have heard of some being caught in the Riverbottom area, but not too many. For steelhead, jigs and pink worms have been productive. Fishing for trout in the fly only area had been SLOW. Now is the time to fish egg patterns for trout.
TROUT – Trout fishing has been SLOW for trout to at the local lakes. 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 though. 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.
BASS– Bass fishing is SLOW. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well at times. Soft plastics rigged “Texas Style” are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and deeper structure. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can also be very effective this time of year. 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.
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2018 Island Outfitters Leader Boards
1) 5 lbs 4 oz – Kayden Howes – Elk Lake – Corn – February 12th
2) 4 lbs 11 oz – Allan Edgar – Langford Lake – Powerbait – January 12th
3) 1 lb 14 oz – Brock Heppell – Langford Lake – Powerbait – January 4th
1) 14 lbs 8 oz – Hannah Cottier – Constance Bank – Skinny G – February 11th
2) 10 lbs 8 oz – Grace Cottier – Constance Bank – Skinny G – February 11th
Halibut fishing is closed and we hope to hear when the season will open soon, hopefully opening next week.
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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