Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending September 20, 2020
Overall, salmon fishing has DROPPED OFF, especially for chinooks. There still some unclipped coho in Juan de Fuca Strait, but not as many as in previous weeks. Anchovies were the most popular bait for chinooks and spoons have been the choice for coho. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Crabbing is HIT OR MISS.
2020 so far has been a crazy year, and we think that it is time to share some good news…
We are reopening, and soon! Coming Fall 2020, we will be back up and running. We cannot be more excited to get back to what we love.
We will be in a new location that we are overly excited about located in the Westshore at 1681 Island Highway. We hope that you love the new location as much as we do.
Thank you for your patience over the last few months; we cannot wait to see you all soon. Have a wonderful summer ahead and stay tuned for more news and updates from Island Outfitters!
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This notice provides the Fraser Chinook fisheries management measures for the 2020 fishing season. Chinook Conservation Measures: To address conservation concerns for Fraser River Chinook salmon, DFO is implementing updated fishery measures to support conservation of at risk Chinook. Updated management measures for Fraser River Chinook are outlined below. Northern Commercial Fisheries Area F Troll - Chinook non-retention in effect until August 15, 2020. Southern BC Commercial Fisheries Area G Troll: Delayed start for WCVI AABM Chinook fishery until August 1, 2020. Southern BC Recreational Fisheries: This Fisheries Notice supersedes FN0322. The following measures are now in effect for WCVI Subareas 20-1, 20-2, Areas 121, and seaward of a 1 nm Boundary Line (defined below) in Areas 123 to 127: - Effective immediately to 23:59 hours July 14: Chinook non-retention; - 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours July 31: 2 Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm. - 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day Please refer to the relevant Fishery Notices outlining fisheries management measures in place to support the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales for any additional fishing restrictions in the areas listed above. The Boundary Line is approximately 1nm seaward of the surf line and is defined as follows: A line that begins at Pachena Point lighthouse at 48 degrees 43.327' N 125 degrees 05.855' W then to 48 degrees 42.456' N 125 degrees 06.583' W seaward of Pachena Point, then to 48 degrees 46.420' N 125 degrees 13.997' W seaward of Cape Beale, then to 48 degrees 54.572' N 125 degrees 33.622' W seaward of Amphitrite Point, then to 49 degrees 05.100' N 125 degrees 54.646' W seaward of Cox Point, then to 49 degrees 10.280' N 126 degrees 04.790' W seaward of Blunden Island, then to 49 degrees 16.472' N 126 degrees 15.140' W seaward of Rafael Point, then to 49 degrees 20.008' N 126 degrees 17.188' W seaward of Sydney Inlet, then to 49 degrees 23.807' N 126 degrees 24.483' W seaward of Hesquiat Point, then to 49 degrees 21.620' N 126 degrees 28.478' W seaward of Matlahaw Point, then to 49 degrees 22.113' N 126 degrees 33.508' W seaward of Estevan Point, then to 49 degrees 23.869' N 126 degrees 35.333' W seaward of Homais Cove, then to 49 degrees 27.766' N 126 degrees 35.971' W seaward of Split Cape, then to 49 degrees 31.494' N 126 degrees 35.669' W seaward of Escalante Point, then to 49 degrees 34.042' N 126 degrees 41.611' W seaward of Maquinna Point, then to 49 degrees 36.254' N 126 degrees 50.538' W seaward of Bajo Point, then to 49 degrees 39.892' N 126 degrees 55.125' W seaward of Skuna Bay, then to 49 degrees 44.400' N 127 degrees 00.289' W seaward of Ferrer Point, then to 49 degrees 50.767' N 127 degrees 10.151' W seaward of Tatchu Point, then to 49 degrees 59.142' N 127 degrees 28.125' W seaward of Lookout Island, then to 50 degrees 06.948' N 127 degrees 41.617' W seaward of Jackobson Point, then to 50 degrees 03.599' N 127 degrees 47.722' W seaward of Clerke Point, then to 50 degrees 05.868' N 127 degrees 57.906' W seaward of Solander Island, then to 50 degrees 19.284' N 128 degrees 00.130' W seaward of Lawn Point, then to 50 degrees 31.501' N 128 degrees 14.238' W seaward of Topknot Point, then to 50 degrees 35.683' N 128 degrees 19.249' W seaward of Cape Palmerston, then to 50 degrees 39.280' N 128 degrees 23.459' W seaward of Winifred Island, then to 50 degrees 41.116' N 128 degrees 24.166' W seaward of Cape Russell, then to 50 degrees 44.137' N 128 degrees 26.559' W seaward of Strange Rock, then to 50 degrees 47.926' N 128 degrees 27.363' W seaward of Cape Scott, then to Frederiksen Point. Chinook daily limits remain at 2 per day shoreward of this Boundary Line, and also in Areas 21 to 27. Fishery Management measures to support the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales will be announced in a separate fishery notice. Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait (Area 12, excluding Subarea 12-14): - Immediately to 23:59 hours July 14: Chinook non-retention in the majority of Area 12: - 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 16: 1 Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm. - 00:01 hours August 17 to 23:59 hours August 31: 1 Chinook per day - 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day A small number of terminal and non-Fraser Chinook retention opportunities are under consideration and may be announced in a separate Fishery Notice. For clarity, Chinook daily limits remain at 2 per day in Area 11 and Subarea 12-14. Strait of Georgia - North - Areas 13 to 17, Subareas 29-1 and 29-2: - Immediately to 23:59 hours July 14: Chinook non-retention. - 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 31: 1 Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm. - 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day A small number of terminal and non-Fraser Chinook retention opportunities in Areas 13 and 15 are under consideration and may be announced in a separate Fishery Notice. Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca - Areas 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, Area 28 and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 (with the exception of those portions of Areas 28 and 29 listed in the section below), and Subarea 29-8: - Immediately to 23:59 hours July 31: Chinook non-retention; - 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31: 1 Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm; - 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day. Fishery Management measures to support the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales will be announced in a separate fishery notice. Portions of Southern Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet - Subareas 28-7 to 28-9; that portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies southerly of a line drawn due east from Halkett Point on Gambier Island (49 26.735'N, 123 19.302'W) to a point (49 26.550'N, 123 14.317'W) on the mainland corresponding with the southeast point of the Lions Bay RCA; and those portions of 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) - Immediately to 23:59 hours August 31: No fishing for Chinook; - 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day. Approaches to Fraser River - Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 to 29-17 and the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River from Mission Bridge to the confluence with Sawmill Creek: - 00:01 Hours January 1 to 23:59 Hours November 1: No fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date) Freshwater Regions 3,5,7 & 8: - Year round: Closed to fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date) Variation Orders: 2020-RCT-311, 2020-RCT-312, 2020-RFQ-0197, 2020-RFQ-148 Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries: For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) in all tidal waters coast-wide. Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-190 Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished. Southern BC Food, Social and Ceremonial Fisheries: Priority access will be provided for First Nations Treaty and FSC harvests in South Coast marine waters and the Fraser River. South Coast FSC fisheries opportunities on mixed stocks will be permitted in marine areas with the exception of the approaches to the Fraser River (Subareas 29-6, 29- 7, 29-9 and 29-10). Very limited Fraser River FSC fisheries will be permitted into July to reduce encounters of at-risk Fraser Chinook, with opportunities to target healthy Summer 4(1) Chinook in August. Variation Order: 2020-305 Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices at: http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact your local DFO office http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0565
Sent June 19, 2020 at 1917
This notice provides information on planned fisheries management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales that will be in place from 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 October 31, 2020. For management measures for Fraser Chinook stocks Southern British Columbia, please reference https://www.canada.ca/en/fisheries-oceans/news/2020/06/government-of-canada-takes-action-to-address-threats-to-struggling-fraser-river-chinook.html Juan de Fuca Strait: In Subareas 20-3 and 20-4, and that portion of Subarea 121-1 inside a line drawn from Bonilla Point Light at 48°35.732' N and 124°43.063' W, then southwesterly to a point at 48°29.618' N latitude and 124°43.553' W, then northwesterly to a point at 48°34.000' N and 124°54.200' W, then northeasterly back to the point of commencement, there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020. In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, 2020 until November 30, 2020 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2. More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice FN0491. Gulf Islands (Pender Islands): In Subarea 18-9 and those portions of Subareas 18-2, and 18-4 inside a line drawn from a point located along Wallace Point on North Pender Island at 48°44.167' north latitude and 123°13.917' west longitude southwesterly across Swanson Channel to a point located on the shoreline of Moresby Island at Parkin Point located at 48° 43.885' north latitude and 123°18.666' west longitude, thence northwesterly to northeastern extremity of Beaver Point on Saltspring Island at 48°46.518' north latitude and 123°21.997' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point along the eastern shoreline of Prevost Island at 48°49.285' north latitude and 123°21.301' west longitude, thence northerly along the shoreline to 48°49.656' north latitude and 123°21.110' west longitude, thence northerly and westerly along the shoreline around Portlock Point to 48°49.944' north latitude and 123°21.468' west longitude, thence northerly across Trincomali Channel to a point on Galiano Island located at 48° 51.583' north latitude and 123°21.128' west longitude, thence across Active Pass to Helen Point on Mayne Island at 48°51.449' north latitude and 123°20.719' west longitude, thence southerly along the shoreline to the western extremity of Dinner Point at 48°50.010' north latitude and 123°19.675' west longitude, thence southerly, across to Stanley Point on North Pender Island located at 48°49.141' north latitude and 123°19.632' west longitude, and thence southerly and easterly along the shoreline of North Pender Island back to the point of commencement there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020. In addition, all fishing is prohibited (with some exceptions) from June 1, 2020 until November 30, 2020 in the Interim Sanctuary Zone located in a portion of Subarea 18-4. More information on this area can be found in Fisheries Notice 0491. Gulf Islands (Saturna Island): Portions of Subareas 18-4, 18-5 and 18-11 are no fishing for salmon including Recreational and Commercial fisheries effective August 1, until October 31, 2020. Full coordinates can be found below. In portions of Subareas 18-4, 18-5 and 18-11 inside a line drawn from Murder Point on Saturna Island located at 48°45.811' north latitude and 123°09.318' west longitude easterly and northerly along the shoreline to a point on northern shoreline of East Point 48°47.150'north latitude and 123°02.733' west longitude, thence northwesterly to a point in water at 48°47.367' north latitude and 123° 02.915' west longitude, thence northeasterly to a point in water at 48°47.617'north latitude and 123°02.483' west longitude, thence southeasterly to a point in water at 48°47.473' north latitude and 123°01.975 west longitude, then southwesterly to a point in water at 48°46.558' north latitude and 123°03.147' west longitude, thence southwesterly to a point in water intersecting with the international boundary with the United States of America at 48°44.866' north latitude and 123°04.638' west longitude, then southwesterly along the international boundary with the United States of America to a point in water located at 48°42.928' north latitude and 123°11.505' west longitude, then northeasterly in a straight line back to the point of commencement there will be no fishing for salmon (including Recreational and Commercial fisheries) from August 1, 2020 until October 31, 2020. Variation Order: The Southern Resident Killer Whale population is small and declining, with only 72 remaining, and is exposed to a number of anthropogenic threats, including underwater noise and disturbance from vessels. Given the imminent threats whales are facing, the Government is also asking vessel operators to respect the following voluntary measures: -Stop fishing within 1,000 metres of killer whales and let them pass; -Respect a "Go Slow" zone around whales by reducing speed to less than 7 knots when within 1,000 metres of killer whales; and -Reduce noise by turning echo sounders and fish finders off when not in use, and turning engines to neutral idle when within 400 metres of a killer whale. For further information on the suite of Southern Resident Killer Whale mandatory and voluntary management measures, please visit: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/whales-baleines/srkw-measures-mesures-ers-eng.html FOR MORE INFORMATION: Marine Mammal Team DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0561
Sent June 19, 2020 at 1642
Continuing conservation concerns for Interior Fraser Coho require that 2020 Coho management measures remain precautionary. Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for Coho is two (2) per day, (hatchery marked only) effective 00:01 hours June 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Areas 11 to 20, 111 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5. These measures exclude finfish closed areas and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs). Please check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further information. Area 111 and Subareas 11-1, 11-2 and 12-14 (Portion of Queen Charlotte Sound): Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subareas 11-3 to 11-10 (Inside Nakwakto Rapids): Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2020, until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (Hatchery marked or unmarked). Subareas 12-3 to 12-13, 12-15, 12-16 (except for the Hardy Bay portion described separately below) 12-17 to 12-19 and 12-21 to 12-23: Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Area 12-16 (Hardy Bay): Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay, inside of line from Duval Point to Daphne Point) you may retain four (4) hatchery marked Coho per day. Subareas 12-26 to 12-48 (Portion of the Mainland Inlets): Effective June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subareas 13-20, 13-21, a portion of 13-22 (East Side of Stuart Island and a portion of Bute Inlet): Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2020, in Subareas 13-20, 13-21 and that portion of Subarea 13-22 (described as those waters in Bute Inlet from the RCA boundary sign at Littleton Point across to the opposite shore at 50 degrees 49.900' N and 124 degrees 51.6290' W) you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 14-11 (Baynes Sound): Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 14-11 Baynes Sound inside a line from the Cape Lazo Light, then to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 15-1 (Lang Creek): Effective 00:01 hours August 15 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 15-1 east of a line from Albion Point (locally known as Black Point) to Scotchfir Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Subarea 16-5 and Portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay): Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Subarea 16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay - southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore) you may retain four (4) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point): Effective 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). No salmon fishing - Portions of Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5, 18-9 - dates to be announced in June A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures. Area 19: Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Area 19, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light): Effective 00:01 hours September 5 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Subarea 20-2, and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only two (2) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7: Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 20-1 (seaward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point) and Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. No salmon fishing - Subareas 20-3 and 20-4 - dates to be announced in June A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures. Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): Effective 00:01 hours September 15 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49 degrees 27.625'N and 123 degrees 45.903'W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49 degrees 25.875'N and 123 degrees 42.824'W), you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-0194 Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. 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: Erika Watkins, ECVI Recreational Fisheries Manager, Erika.Watkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0492
As Canadians continue to adjust with life under Covid-19 conditions, recreational fishers are reminded to follow the guidelines set out by Public Health Officials when taking part in recreational fishing activities in British Columbia waters to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The Public Health Officer of British Columbia has asked British Columbians to limit non-essential travel within the province, especially to smaller communities. Consistent with the Orders and Guidance for Fishing and Hunting from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia, fishers are expected to only fish in their local area. Fishers should also be aware that many coastal communities in BC have closed access and services to visitors to help protect their residents. Access to fuel, supplies and other services in these communities may not be available. Recreational fishers should be vigilant to follow the general recommendations from the Government of Canada for the Canadian public, see official advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html or call the information line at 1-833-784-4397 Updates and changes that were recently announced by the Province of British Columbia regarding recreational fishing in BC at the following webpage: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing-and-hunting-covid-19-updates . Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is keeping the health and well-being of all Canadians in mind as we work together in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). To slow the spread of COVID-19 we ask that recreational fishers keep a physical distance between each other. Physical (social) distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. DFO's Conservation and Protection Program continues to provide a critical function in the Federal Government's management of Canada's marine resources. Regular integrated patrols by fishery officers on land, sea and air are ongoing. Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to supporting our fisheries and aquaculture industry during these difficult times. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to keep you informed of the latest developments. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Greg Hornby, A/Regional Recreational Fisheries Coordinator, Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0818-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - Changes to Daily Limit - Effective August 14, 2020
The DFO and Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) Halibut Committee meets monthly throughout the season to review estimated catches. At the most recent meeting, it was determined that the recreational fishery harvest to June 30, 2020 was approximately 116,276 pounds of the recreational fishery's Total Allowable Catch of 877,750 pounds. Given the current management measures in effect and catch forecasts to December 31, 2020, DFO is proceeding with a change to the daily limit of halibut measuring under 90 cm in length. This Fishery Notice supersedes FN0156 and provides updated coast-wide daily limit measures for halibut as noted below: Open time: Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2020 fishing for halibut was opened coast-wide until further notice. Licensing: The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect on April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021. Limits and sizes: Effective 00:01 hours August 14, 2020 until further notice: - The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off). - The daily and possession limit for halibut is either of: ---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR ---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off). - The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. - All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence. - 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. 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. Area 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement. Variation Orders 2019-RCT-201 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-420(Quota) Note: 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 Anglers are reminded of 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: Contacts: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Fishers are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations: 1. Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9 (Stuart Channel); 2. Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive (Saanich Inlet); 3. Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive (Alberni Inlet). These areas will be closed for the following periods: from 00:01 hours September 8 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2020; from 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2020; from 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours November 15, 2020; from 00:01 December 1 until 23:59 hours December 15, 2020; from 00:01 hours January 1, 2021, until further notice. Decisions will be made and announced in December on the possibility for further openings or the need for winter closure from January 1 through to March 31, 2021 to allow the prawn spawning cycle to complete. The 3 month winter closure protects large, mature egg-bearing female prawns as their eggs prepare to hatch.
Coho fishing has been FAIR, especially out in the shipping lanes. Some of the coho have been as large as the mid-teens. Most of the coho have been unclipped, about a 5 to 1 ratio of unclipped to clipped. Chinook fishing was SPOTTY this past week. The best locations to catch a spring were Possession Point, Secretary (Donaldson) Island and the Sooke Bluffs. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for all salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for coho. Herring Aid has been the hot colour pattern in spoons. Popular flashers have been the Betsey, the Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Gold Fever Hot Spot. Halibut fishing was SLOW. Crabbing has been SLOW in the basin
Coho fishing has been EXCELLENT out of Port Renfrew. There are lots of coho there and many of the coho are fin clipped and eligible for retention. Chinook fishing has been SPOTTY along the beach. Halibut fishing has been EXCELLENT on the bank.
Hudson Campbell was fishing in his first ever derby (The Port Renfrew Kinsmen derby) with his dad and took first place! They caught the winner at the rock pile on August 23!
Coho fishing was FAIR, especially off Beechey Head and out deep in the strait. There are more unclipped coho than clipped. The average size has been good with many coho weighing into the teens in weight. Most coho anglers are using either spoons or hoochies and fishing from 30-60 feet on the downrigger. Chinook fishing was SLOW this past week. That said, Tom Cole landed a 39.8 lb white spring on Monday while fishing near the Bedfords. Tom was using an anchovy in a Tiger Chrome bullet roll teaser fished behind an OKI Purple Haze flasher at 90 feet on the downrigger. The other springs caught during the week were much smaller than that! Anchovies are now the most popular bait for springs and good colours for teaser heads were Chartreuse, Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose. Good spoons for coho have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green in the colour mix. White and green hoochies have been good for coho. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Madi, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well.
Chinook fishing was SPOTTY near Pedder Bay. Most of the springs were caught near the entrance to the bay or between Church Rock and the Bedford Islands. Coho fishing has been FAIR to GOOD south of Church Rock in 500’ of water. The hatchery coho have been from 7 to 14 lbs in size. Spoons have been highly effective for coho with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons all catching fish. The most effective spoons have green in the color pattern. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for chinooks. Good choices for teaser head colors were Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Coho have been hitting both spoons and hoochies and bright colors seem to be producing the best results. Halibut fishing was SLOW. The 300+ depths east of Race Rocks and Albert Head, and the 27 Fathom Reef have produced the most halibut recently. Crabbing has been FAIR.
It was VERY SLOW salmon fishing for most anglers this past week. The tide changes have been the most productive times. Constance Bank and the Yellow Can Buoy produced a few fish. It was awfully slow from Saxe Point to the Breakwater, but a 25 lb spring was taken late in the week. The best lures this past week were small anchovies in Bloody Nose teasers or Chartreuse teasers. Spoons have worked at times with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Outfitters, Irish Cream and 3” AP Tackleworks 3” spoons worth trying. Lingcod and rockfish fishing was SLOW. Crabbing has been POOR.
Fishing for salmon has been VERY SLOW at best in Oak Bay this past week. We have not heard of any springs caught in either the Gap or the Flats in a couple of weeks. Small spoons and squirts had been the best lures in this area historically. Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been FAIR in Oak Bay.
Fishing for chinooks was SLOW this past week. We have only heard of one legal spring caught near Coal Island. Halibut and lingcod fishing was SLOW. Crabbing has been SLOW and there are lots of traps out by Sidney Spit.
Halibut fishing has been SLOW. All reas have produced a few hallibut. The dogfish have migrated and are not as big a problem as they were before.
Saltwater Notable Catches
Tom Cole landed a 39.8 lb white spring on Monday while fishing near the Bedfords. Tom was using an anchovy in a Tiger Chrome bullet roll teaser fished behind an OKI Purple Haze flasher at 90 feet on the downrigger.
Fishing has been FAIR for trout and GOOD for bass.
Low water conditions and warn water temperatures have discouraged most anglers from fishing in the river.
Trout fishing has been FAIR 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 is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC spring stocking report for the Greater Victoria area. On May 5th, Langford Lake stocked with 1,250 catchable rainbows with an average size of 242.59 grams. On April 22nd. Langford Lake received 1,000 trout, Colwood Lake 200 trout and IDA Anne Lake 2450 trout averaging 216.6 grams in size. On April 21st, Matheson, Glen and Kemp Lakes received 500 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 226.79 grams in size. On April 20th, Prospect and Elk Lakes were stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows with an average size of 227.44 grams. On April 19th, Prospect Lake was stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows, Spectacle Lake with 1,000 catchable rainbows, and Glen Lake with 500 catchable rainbows with an average size of 203.5 grams. On April 14th, Lookout Lake was stocked with 500 catchable rainbows with an average size of 236.3 grams. On April 8th, Elk Lake was stocked with 1,000 catchable rainbows and Durrance Lake with 500 catchable rainbows averaging 207.07grams in size. On April 7th, both Elk and Thetis Lakes were stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows averaging 210.27 grams in size. On March 18th, Langford Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 245 grams in size. On March 13th, Dougan Lake received Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 238.14 grams in size. On March 12th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 223.4 1 grams in size. On March 5th, Ida Anne Lake received 200 trout and Colwood Lake received 50 trout averaging 249.85 grams in size. On March 4th, Matheson and Kemp Lakes received 500 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 239.53 grams in size. On March 3rd, Elk Lake was stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows averaging 232.89 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 http://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx
Bass fishing is GOOD! Lots of bass are being caught and some large ones too. Yum Dingers, Tubes and other soft plastics have been highly effective. Crankbaits and surface lures have also worked. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. Outside of Victoria, St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island and Quennell Lake are also great lakes for bass fishing.
Freshwater Notable Catches
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Fish Tip of the Week
Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one Coho, you hit another Coho, and then another. This is because Coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some Coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide.
2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards
- 5 lbs. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
- 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
- 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
- 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
- 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
- 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
- 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
- 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
- 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
- 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th
- 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
- 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
- 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
- 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
- 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th