Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending April 18, 2021

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Crabbing was FAIR TO GOOD. Prawning was FAIR. Since April 1st, retention of chinooks is prohibited in South Island waters, so almost all anglers have stopped fishing for them.

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For the latest details on recreational fishery openings and closures in your area:

       A) Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line);

       B) Visit our web page http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfmto find applicable fishery notices; or

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Visit our Facebook page to see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips.

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is no longer providing printed BC Sport Fishing Guides from previous years or link to access an online PDF version. 

Interest in the Guides has diminished and there is an increasing gap between the information in the paper guides and the actual online fishing regulations.
 
For current fishing regulations in your area, please see the online Sport Fishing Guide at: https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact your local fisheries office at: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html 

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Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0345-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Areas 11 to 28, 29, 111, 121 to 127 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective April 1, 2021

To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First Nations' 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 28, 29, 121 to 127. The plan is to start the 2021 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2021) with measures in place at the beginning of last season, until further notice. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions will be announced in a subsequent fishery notice. The management measures for Fraser Chinook are outlined below. Southern BC Recreational Fisheries: West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Subareas 20-1 and 20-2, Area 121, as well as Areas 123 to 127 seaward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile from the surfline: 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. For the full definition of the Boundary Line in Areas 123 to 127, please see the bottom of this fishery notice. Chinook daily limits remain at two (2) per day shoreward of this boundary line. Queen Charlotte and Johnstone Straits (Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. Strait of Georgia - North - Areas 13 to 17, Area 28, and Subareas 29-1 and 29-2 (excluding those portions listed as closed below): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention; Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca - Area 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, 20-3 to 20-7, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 and 29-8 (excluding those portions listed as closed below): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. Portions of Southern Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet - Subareas 28-7 to 28-9; Subarea 28-1, and 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): April 1, 2021 until further notice: No fishing for Chinook; 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: January 1 to November 1: No fishing for Salmon (Note: Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date) For clarity, Chinook retention is permitted in Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, Subarea 12-14, and those portions of Areas 123 to 127 shoreward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline.

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0172-Chinook Salmon - Area 19 and 20 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective March 1, 2021

Effective 00:01 hours March 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021, the daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day. These Chinook may be marked or unmarked 45 cm to 67 cm, and hatchery-marked only greater than 67 cm.

These measures apply in the following waters:

Subareas 19-1, 19-3, 19-4 and 20-4 to 20-7 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point and Sombrio Point). 

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-045

Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries Reminder:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. The annual licence period is from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

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

Fishers are also required to check the DFO website for a full list of any additional regulations and restrictions in the area being fished. Please refer to the DFO recreational fisheries website at the following web address for a full list of regulations and restrictions:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

Rockfish Conservation Areas are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.html

Notes:

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

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

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling 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.

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.

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.

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HALIBUT Notice. Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0133-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: Fishery Opening February 15, 2021

For 2021, the recreational halibut fishery allocation is 914,750 pounds.

The following measures will be in effect coast wide as noted below:

Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 15, 2021 fishing for halibut will be opened
coast-wide until further notice.

Licensing:

The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, are in effect until March 31, 2021. The 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect from April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022.

Limits and sizes:

Effective February 15, 2021 until further notice:

- The maximum length for halibut is 126cm (97cm 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 February 15, 2021 and March 31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded on the 2020/2021 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.

- 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.

- 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 2021-RCT-043 (Close Time) and 2021-RFQ-044 (Quota).

Non-residents of Canada: Per Covid-related border closures, tidal water sport fishing licences are not available to non-residents of Canada at this time.

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

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:

Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast - WCVI) – (250)756-7190
Erika Watkins (South Coast- ECVI) - (250)286-5882
Darren Chow (North Coast) – (250)627-3441
Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator)(250)286-5886

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Subject:

FN0476-General Information: Information for BC Recreational Fishers on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

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

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN1360-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - South Coast - Management Measures January 1, 2021 - Reminder

The following is a reminder of the South Coast Area Chinook management measures currently in effect and continuing January 1, 2021 until further notice.

The daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day in the following areas:

Areas 11 to 27, 28, 111, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8. 

Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-413; 2020-RFQ-689


Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. The annual licence period is from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Fishers are advised that further restrictions (including minimum and maximum size limits) do occur in some Areas and fishers are required to check the DFO website for a full list of any additional regulations and restrictions in the Area being fished. Please refer to the DFO recreational fisheries website at the following web address for a full list of regulations and restrictions:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

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

Notes:

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

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.


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0859-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Prawn and Shrimp - Areas 17, 19, 23 - Closures

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.

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0204-RECREATIONAL - General Information - Printed Sport Fishing Guide and Link to Online PDF Guide Discontinued

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is no longer providing printed BC Sport Fishing Guides from previous years or link to access an online PDF version. 

Interest in the Guides has diminished and there is an increasing gap between the information in the paper guides and the actual online fishing regulations.
 
For current fishing regulations in your area, please see the online Sport Fishing Guide at: https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact your local fisheries office at: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html 

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Sooke

Halibut fishing was FAIR, with the best action coming from west of Sooke early in the week. Approximately one out of every three boats landed at least one halibut. The most productive areas were near Muir Creek, and Jordan river. Crabbing has been SLOW in the basin. 

Becher Bay

Halibut fishing was VERY SLOW this past weekend and no halibut were seen at Cheanuh Marina. Crabbing has been GOOD inside the bay. Some anglers were doing catch and release fishing for springs, but most anglers did not do very well.

Pedder Bay

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. The most productive areas were straight out from William Head and the East Race. Most of the halibut were small, but one in the 55-60 lb size was brought back to the marina. Crabbing has been FAIR. It was also reported that there have been some chinooks in the area but again, there is no retention allowed

Victoria

Halibut fishing was SLOW off the waterfront. The best areas to fish are Constance Bank, Albert Head, the Mud Hole, the Gravel Pit and Trial Island. Catch and release salmon fishing was SLOW as well. Crabbing was GOOD

Oak Bay

Halibut fishing was SLOW near Oak Bay. Some anglers are having success doing catch and release fishing on the Flats. Crabbing has been SPOTTY. Crabbing has been SPOTTY in the Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay area.

Sidney

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. We also heard of one boat having success doing catch and release fishing for chinooks near Coal Island and Fairfax. Crabbing has been SLOW. Prawning has been FAIR.

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 has been PICKING UP for trout and bass.

Notices

 

 

Cowichan River

The water level has been steady. Today it is near 0.8 meters near the lake and 0.7 meters near Duncan. Water clarity is good, and the water temperature is rising. Most of the steelhead in the river are. Trout fishing has been GOOD, especially for those in the fly only section drifting the river. Some late morning and mid-day hatches are occurring. Rolled Muddlers and bead head nymphs have been the best fly patterns.

Trout

Trout fishing has been IMPROVING at local lakes. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms fished just off 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. Chironomid hatches have been happening at most lakes. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding Bands fished behind Gang Trolls. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout at Cowichan Lake.  

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has resumed the spring stocking of catchable triploid rainbow trout into Vancouver Island lakes. Here is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC initial spring stocking report for the Greater Victoria area. On April 14th, Spectacle Lake received 1,000 trout averaging 209.07g in size. On April 13th, Lookout Lake received 250 trout averaging 218.67 g in size. On April 9th, Prospect Lake received 1,800 trout, Durrance Lake 1,000 trout and Thetis Lake 500 trout averaging 218.67 g in size. On April 7th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Langford Lake 1,500 trout and Colwood Lake 200 trout with a 194.93 g average size. On March 10th, Dougan Lake received 1,000 trout and Shawnigan Lake 600 trout averaging 232.77g in size. On March 1st, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 259.23g in size. On March 3rd, Lookout lake received 250 trout averaging 228.72 g in size. There were no trout releases this past week in the South Island

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

The bass fishing on the island is EXCELLENT as more fish move up from the depths. The pre spawn bite is on and the bass are up feeding in great numbers in the shallow. You may have to weed through the smaller fish to find the larger ones. Double digit catch days are upon us and it’s getting better as the weather improves. Bass are being caught with a wide range of techniques. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastic finesse baits have been baits of choice. The opportunity of a topwater bite in the mornings and evenings has been a welcomed addition to the list of successful techniques. Elk/Beaver, Shawnigan and Quennell lakes were the hot spots for getting In on some of the action. 

Freshwater Notable Catches

Chris Haggerty caught his personal best Smallmouth bass. It weighed a whopping 5 lbs 11 oz and was caught at Quennell lake on a spinnerbait.  

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

 

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to info@fishingvictoria.com to be featured on our fishing report.

Fish Tip of the Week

When fishing for trout with Power Bait, always make sure the hook is completely covered by the bait. You don’t want the trout to feel any metal when they gently mouth the bait. And don’t use too heavy a weight as to alarm the fish when it picks up the bait.

2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards

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