Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending May 22, 2022

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Halibut fishing was PICKING UP by the weekend. Lingcod and Rockfish anglers reported GOOD success. Chinook retention is closed for all areas except the small area inside Becher Bay. A13 lb hatchery chinooks was caught there. Crabbing has been GOOD to SPOTTY, depending on the area.

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Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):

RECREATIONAL - General Information

Subject:

FN0243-Important Information on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence Conditions for licence year April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023


BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences for the upcoming licence year, starting on April 1, 2022, will be available towards the end of March; a subsequent Fishery Notice will be posted to advise the actual date of availability.

New and significant conditions of the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence for April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 are as follows:

NEW FORMATTING:

--The licence is now a two page licence; you must print both pages and attach/keep them together - OR - have your licence immediately available to be viewed on an electronic device. Note that we were unable to keep the expanding number of conditions of licence on one page. Fishers are reminded that catch records must be immediately permanently recorded on the paper licence (on page 1), or in their NRLS account, for the following species and areas: Chinook and halibut retained in any Management Area, and lingcod retained in Areas 12 to 19 (excluding Subarea 12-14), and Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
  
CRAB & PRAWN/SHRIMP TRAP FLOATS:

--Floats must be made of a durable material and designed for operation in marine waters. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and foam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. This change supports improved enforcement, the removal of junk from marine waters, and supports cleaner oceans.

SALMON HEAD RECOVERY PROGRAM:

--The conditions of licence detail the equivalent head-off lengths for Chinook and coho salmon that may be retained during openings as described in the BC Sport Fishing Guide http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html. The online BC Sport Fishing Guide also provides details on overall length restrictions, how to make length measurements, packaging instructions and the Salmon Head Recovery Program.

--Fishers are encouraged to return Chinook and coho salmon heads to Salmon Head Recovery Depots for analysis by the Department; the recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. More information on this program can be found in the online BC Sport Fishing Guide or by contacting the toll free phone number at (866) 483-9994. 

SPECIAL NOTES:

1) Under recent regulatory changes, violations of conditions of licence may be subject to a ticket/fine of $750, plus a 15% processing surcharge.

2) EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. 

- Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. 

- Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.   

These changes have been reviewed and approved by the Sport Fishing Advisory Board. 

OTHER NOTES:

--Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at 
https://recfish-pechesportive.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm

--Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336.

--For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH(3474).


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Feliksas Markevicius, 
Recreational Fisheries Advisor (Pacific Region) Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Feliksas.Markevicius@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0243
Sent March 16, 2022 at 1152

 

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0311-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective April 1, 2022 - Amendment to FN0288

This Fishery Notice is an amendment to FN0288 to include measures for Subareas 20-1 and 20-2. The complete notice is as follows:

To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in recreational fisheries to support conservation of these stocks. This Fishery Notice provides the interim recreational fishery management measures to provide protection to at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks in Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5.  The interim measures to start the 2022 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2022) are the same measures that were in place at the beginning of last season. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions will be announced in a subsequent Fishery Notice.

This notice also announces the mark-selective fisheries (MSFs) that were approved in the 2021/22 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) and that will be re-opening April 1, 2022.

Management measures to protect Fraser River Chinook stocks of concern:

Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait - Area 12 (excluding Subarea 12-14); and Northern Strait of Georgia - Areas 13 to 17, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-2:
00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 14: Chinook non-retention.
 
For clarity, in Areas 11 and 111, and Subarea 12-14, the daily limit of Chinook is two (2) per day, with a minimum size of 45 cm.

Southern Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait (west)- Area 18, Subareas 19-1, 19-3 to 19-12, 20-3 to 20-7, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 (excluding those portions listed as closed below):

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 31: Chinook non-retention.

Reminder: Subarea 19-2 (Esquimalt Harbour) is closed to all fishing activity.

Those portions of Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 that lie east of a line from Gower Point (49 23.021'N, 123 32.166' W) near Gibsons to Shah Point on the southern tip of Valdes Island (49 01.695'N, 123 35.721'W):

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 31: No fishing for Chinook.

Juan de Fuca Strait (east) - Subareas 20-1 and 20-2:

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022: Chinook non-retention

Mark-selective fisheries:

Area 12 (portions of Broughton Archipelago/Knight Inlet):

Subareas 12-27, 12-28, 12-35, 12-38, and 12-40; and

That portion of 12-26 north of line from Dinner Point on Village Island (50°37.628'N, 126°30.322'W) across to a point on the opposite shore on Turnour Island (50°37.536'N, 126°29.845' W); AND east of the Lower Clio RCA boundary line at 50°35.397'N, 126°31.982'W; 50°34.943'N, 126°32.080'W; and

That portion of 12-39 northeasterly of a line from Gordon Point on Broughton Island (50°45.885'N, 126°44.158'W) across to the RCA boundary on Eden Island (50°45.510'N, 126°42.831'W);  AND those portions of Subarea 12-39 east of the Eden-Bonwick-Midsummer-Swanson Islands RCA; and

That portion of Subarea 12-41 north of a line from Popplewell Point (50º50.756'N, 126º57.317'W) to the RCA boundary at Bourmaster Point (50º50.700'N, 126º55.574'W):

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 12 (excluding Subarea 12-14).

Area 13 (Portions of Bute Inlet and Ramsay Arm):

That portion of Subarea 13-19 northerly of a line that runs from 50°19.584'N, 125°00.292'W (on Raza Island) to 50°19.9463'N, 125°01.9274'W (southeast of Frances Bay); and

Subarea 13-21:

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 13.

Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet):

That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.731?N 124°57.980?W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.287?N 124°55.177?W); AND northerly of a line from Dean Point on West Redonda Island (50°17.147'N, 124°47.172'W) across to a point on East Redonda Island (50°17.145'N, 124°46.989'W); AND north of a line from Price Point (50°09.399'N, 124°39.165'W) to East Redonda Island (50°10.075'N,124°41.763'W); and

That portion of Subarea 15-6 (in Toba Inlet) west of a line from a boundary sign at Snout Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore:

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 15.

Area 16 (portions of Sechelt and Jervis Inlets):

Subareas 16-6, 16-9, 16-12; and

That portion of Subarea 16-7 westerly of the Salmon Inlet RCA boundary following a meridian passing through at 123°43.00'W (near Black Bear Bluff); and

That portion of Subarea 16-8 west of a line from a point on land at 49°41.5'N, 123°48.4'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°41.1'N, 123°47.7'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-10 north of a line from a point on land at 49°40.0'N, 124°04.3'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°40.0'N, 124°05.1'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-11 north of a line from a point on land at 49°44.99'N, 124°15.57'W, across to Ball Point (corner of the Hardy Island RCA) at 49°45.100'N, 124°13.750'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-13 south of a line from a point on land at 49°50.7'N, 123°55.2'W then across to a point on the opposite shore at 49°50.2'N, 123°52.9'W:

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit on Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook and the minimum size is 62 cm in Area 16.

Subarea 20-5 (portion of Beecher Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 31, 2022, the daily limit of Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day, hatchery-marked only, in the following waters:

That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W.

Reminder: The minimum size in Area 20 is 45 cm.

Variation Order: 2022-RFQ-064
	
Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters.

Variation Order: 2022-RFQ-009

Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished.

Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.  

The term "hatchery marked" or "marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. This is also referred to as an adipose fin-clipped (AFC) fish. Unmarked fish still have an adipose fin present.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho Salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0311
Sent March 25, 2022 at 1542


 

Sooke

Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend, with arears west of Sooke the most productive. Many anglers are travelling all the way to Jordan River and beyond for halibut. Catch and release fishing for chinooks was FAIR.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOWING DOWN in the open area. Most of the fish have been around 5-7 lbs. in size, but a 13 lb hatchery spring was caught jigging in front of Cheanuh Marina. There has been some catch & release fishing for chinooks outside the bay and we’ve heard of some large springs released. Lingcod fishing was GOOD off Aldridge Point. Crabbing has been EXCELLENT at the north end of the bay. 

Subarea 20-5 (portion of Beecher Bay): Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 31, 2022, the daily limit of Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day, hatchery-marked only, in the following waters:

That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W.

Reminder: The minimum size in Area 20 is 45 cm.

Pedder Bay

Halibut fishing was PICKING UP this past weekend.  Most fish were coming from Constance Bank, and the 17 Fathom Bank. We haven’t heard of anyone doing nay catch and release salmon fishing this past week in the bay. Rockfish and Lingcod fishing was GOOD this past week. Crabbing has been GOOD in Pedder Bay.

Victoria

Halibut fishing was PICKING UP this weekend. Constance Bank, the Mud Hole and Border Bank produced fish. Most of the halibut did come from Constance Bank. Catch and release fishing for springs has been SLOW. Lingcod fishing was GOOD Crabbing has been FAIR. Commercial prawn boats are now working off the waterfront and that’s had a negative effect on recreational prawning.

Oak Bay

Halibut fishing was FAIR south of Discovery Island and near Zero Rock. Lingcod, greenling and rockfish fishing was GOOD. There has been some success for anglers doing catch and release chinook fishing in the Gap. Crabbing was GOOD near Willows Beach but slower in Cadboro Bay.

Sidney

Catch & release fishing for springs remains GOOD near Sidney. The Coal Island area was productive on the weekend. Some of the salmon were nice large ones. Lingcod fishing was GOOD with fish coming from Coal Island, Mandarte Island and Halibut Island. Prawning in Saanich Inlet was closed for spawning index sampling. Halibut fishing has been SLOW in the Sidney area.

Halibut

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0067-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - Fishery Opening February 1, 2022

Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2022 until further notice recreational fishing for halibut will open coast-wide with the following measures in effect as noted below: 

Licensing:

The 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, are in effect until March 31, 2022. The 2022/2023 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence will be in effect from April 1, 2022 until March 31, 2023. 

A subsequent Fishery Notice will be released prior to the start of the 2022/2023 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence which will announce the recreational halibut fishing measures from April 1, 2022 onward

Limits and sizes:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2022 until March 31, 2022:

The daily limit is one (1) halibut per day.

The 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

---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

No person shall retain a Halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off).

Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.

Annual Limit:

No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. 

All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 shall be immediately recorded on the 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, or, if mobile access is immediately available, the licence holder may record catch in the National Recreational Licensing System. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121: No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

Areas 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank. Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.000 minutes W, then true east to 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.200 minutes W, then southeasterly to the International Boundary, outer perimeter at 48 degrees 29.618 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.553 minutes W, then westerly following the International Boundary perimeter to 48 degrees 29.605 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.190 minutes W, then northwesterly to the beginning point.

Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions:

1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca

2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge

Variation Orders 2022-RCT-080 (Close Time) and 2022-RFQ-081 (Quota) are in effect.

Anglers are reminded of the mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0067
Sent January 28, 2022 at 0949

Saltwater Notable Catches

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing is IMPROVING for trout and bass. 

 

Cowichan River

Trout fishing has been FAIR in the fly only section of the river. Good insect hatches are occurring every day.  Rolled Muddlers and bead head nymphs have been the best fly patterns.

Here is the link for the real time water level at Cowichan Lake: 

Here is the link for the real time water level at Cowichan Lake: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08HA002

Here is the link for the real time water level near Duncan:

https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08HA011

Trout

Trout fishing has been IMPROVING at local lakes as the water warms up. Some lakes are having good chironomid hatches. 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. 

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has started the spring stocking of catchable triploid rainbow trout into Victoria area lakes. Following is a list of the local lakes receiving stocked catchable triploid rainbow trout and the total number released so far this year, as of May 16, 2022.

Elk Lake – 4,000

Shawnigan Lake – 2.397

Prospect Lake- 2,000

Durrance Lake – 2,000

Langford Lake – 2,500

Thetis Lake - 779

Spectacle Lake- 1,000

Kemp Lake - 750

Lookout Lake - 700

Matheson Lake – 1,000

Glen Lake - 500

Colwood Lake - 250

Poirier Lake – 250

Ida Anne Lake -350

Bass

As water temperatures climb, bass fishing is PICKING UP. The bass are moving into shallower water for spawning and can be targeted in the shallows. Largemouths bass are being caught in better numbers and chances of catching a 5+ lb fish are good right now. Anglers have been having good luck with swim jigs, crankbaits, and finesse fishing with soft plastics. Wacky rigs have been the favorite for lots of anglers. Elk Lake, Beaver, Quennell and Shawnigan Lakes have ben very productive. 

Dave Peterson from The Canadian Bass Fishing League writes:  The 3rd stop of the CBFL Small Craft Series was held this past Saturday on Long Lake in Nanaimo. At 7am, the anglers set out in near perfect conditions on a lake notorious for wind and a tough bite.  Reports throughout the day had some into fish right away, others took awhile to locate some fish and some with no luck at all. By the end of a challenging day, the photos were submitted, verified, tabulated and the top 3 were by way of tiebreaker (largest fish submitted) Casey Godin pulled off a impressive 1st place win with a 3 fish total of 52.25 inches, the tiebreaker fish being 18.25 inches and Casey also takes home the big fish of the tournament pot 2nd place went to Jeremy Herron with a equally impressive 3 fish total of 52.25 inches 3rd place goes to Aaron Broadbent, who is no stranger to the CBFL podium, with a 3 fish total of 47.75 inches. Next stop for the series will be Langford Lake on June 25 Bass fishing is picking up in all lakes,

The unseasonably cold temperatures have had fish holding in a suspended pattern. Warmer weather these past couple weeks have the bass in more of a spawn pattern and spawning beds have been reported in most lakes. Right now that fish have moved up, anglers have been having success with spinnerbaits, swim jigs, soft plastic worms and now the addition of topwater bite has anglers throwing frogs, poppers and wake baits in the morning and evenings

Here is the remaining schedule for The Canadian Bass Fishing League 2022 events:

 Boating Series schedule: Elk /Beaver Lake -June 4th, Shawnigan Lake – July 23rd, and the Championship on Quennell Lake – Aug 20/21.

 Small Craft Series schedule: Long Lake – May 21st, Langford Lake -June 25th, Prospect Lake – August 6th, and the Championship on Elk/Beaver Lake – September 3/4.

Freshwater Notable Catches

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

 

Fish Tip of the Week

When bed fishing for bass, jigs with bright color plastic trailers work well. Cast your lure 3 to 4 feet past the bed and slowly retrieve the jig to the center of the bed, spending time twitching and hopping the lure. If you do not have immediate success, change colors to find the one the bass will attack.

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