Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending December 5, 2021

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Very few boats were on the water fishing this past week. Winter spring fishing was SPOTTY with Pedder Bay the hot spot. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Crabbing was GOOD

Our Christmas Flyer will be delivered with this coming Friday’s Times Colonist. Look for our flyer and advertised specials on our facebook page.

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Chinook fishing was SPOTTY recently There are winter springs weighing into the teens in the area with the best fishing near Possession Point and the Bluffs. Most anglers are fishing spoons or hoochies since there are abundant small shakers. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for coho. Green and glow white have been the hot colours in spoons. Anchovies and herring were good baits for all salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Betsey, the Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Gold Fever Hot Spot. Crabbing has been GOOD in the basin.

Becher Bay

Chinook fishing was SPOTTY on the weekend. Chinook fishing in the bay has been producing winter springs up to 8 lbs. It was slow outside the bay. Effective spoons for salmon have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green and glow in the colour mix. White and green hoochies have also been good for coho. Anchovies are now the most popular bait for springs and good colours for teaser heads were Chartreuse, Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Madi, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well. Halibut fishing was SLOW, and no halibut were brought into Cheanuh Marina.

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing has been FAIR TO GOOD at Pedder Bay. The best fishing has been for winter springs was inside the Bay. It was slow by Whirl Bay. Most successful anglers are using spoons and hoochies and are trolling around the Can Buoy at the mouth of the bay. Spoons that have been effective are Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons in green and glow white in the color pattern. Anchovies and herring ae always good baits for chinooks. Good choices for teaser head colors were Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. The 300+ depths east of Race Rocks, the Mud Hole, the 27 Fathom Reef and the outside of Race Rocks are the best areas for halibut.


Fishing was SLOW fishing along the waterfront. The best fishing has been at Constance Bank. Some winter springs up to 6 lbs have been caught recently. Spoons have worked well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Outfitters, Irish Cream and AP Tackleworks Neon Army Truck spoons worth trying. Crabbing has been GOOD. Halibut fishing was FAIR with the best fishing at the Mud Hole.

Oak Bay

Fishing for salmon was SPOTTY again this past week.  Some anglers are catching springs up to 10 lbs while others are getting skunked. There are lots of small springs as well. Weather kept most boats on shore though. Halibut fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been GOOD.


Salmon fishing was GOOD recently. Although most of the salmon are below legal size for retention, there were some nice keepers being caught. The best fishing was in Sidney Channel. Prawning has been EXCELLENT. Crabbing has been FAIR out by Sidney Spit.


Effective September 11, 2021 until December 31, 2021: The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of:

---- One (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off), OR

---- Three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

Saltwater Notable Catches

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has been GOOD for trout and SLOWER for bass. 

Our Christmas Flyer will be delivered with this coming Friday’s Times Colonist. Look for our flyer and advertised specials on our facebook page.

Cowichan River

The water level has been dropping over the las four days. Today it is at 2.2 meters near the lake and 1.82 near Duncan. Steelhead should be in the river now, as well as late running coho. Anglers drifting the river should be cautious as they may encounter new sweepers. There should be good trout fishing in the top end.


Trout fishing has been GOOD at 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 mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding Bands behind Gang Trolls. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout. 

Here are the Vancouver Island Fish hatchery fall releases of triploid fall catchable rainbow trout in south Island lakes so far. On November 4th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 247.57g in size. On November 3rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 224.45g in size. On November 3rd, Poirier and Ida Anne Lakes received 100 trout averaging 241.45g in size. On October 21st, Thetis Lake received 2,000 trout and Elk Lake 1,500 trout averaging 247.24g in size. On October 20th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,000 trout, Spectacle Lake 1,000 trout and Dougan Lake 500 trout averaging 2331g in size. On October 15th, Thetis Lake received 1,750 trout, Kemp Lake 500 trout and Ida Anne Lake 250 trout averaging 260.78 grams in size. On October 14th, Matheson Lake received 500 trout and Poirier Lake 300 trout averaging 260.78 grams in size. On October 7th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Durrance Lake 1,000 trout and Dougan Lake 1,000 trout averaging 233.7 grams in size. On October 5th, Shawnigan, Langford and Prospect Lakes each received 2,000 trout averaging 233.59 grams in size. On September 30th, Prospect Lake received 1,042 trout averaging 704.41 grams in size and Langford Lake received 1,000 trout averaging 687.86 grams in size.

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 

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 fishing has SLOWED DOWN on Island lakes. The fish have been in deep water around reefs and structure. Soft plastics fished in Texas, Ned or Carolina rigs have been effective. Yum Dingers and Line Tug soft plastics have been effective. Blade baits have also worked. 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

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Fish Tip of the Week

Think pink for steelhead! The first runs of winter steelhead are now starting up the Cowichan, the Stamp and other rivers. And one of the most successful colors to use on the island is pink.  Whether it’s a worm, yarn, or Spin ‘n Glos, think pink when you tie on your lure. 

Be sure to check our facebook page for daily specials leading up to Christmas. Look for our ads on our facebook page to discover great bargains.

2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards

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.




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