Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending January 19, 2020

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

This past week’s snow and windstorms kept almost all anglers off the water. Salmon fishing remains SPOTTY from Sooke to Sidney. Crabbing and prawning has been FAIR.

 

The Island Outfitters family is devastated by the fire in the early morning of January 4 at our Douglas St location. The entire inventory has been destroyed as well as severe damage to the building. We are pleased to report no one was hurt, including first responders.

Our Appreciation

Our thanks go out to the fire department and police who attended and put out the fire without injury. We also wish to thank the community, as we have been inundated with expressions of concern and condolence. The business community has also stepped up without hesitation, offering jobs to many of our employees at this difficult time of upheaval and disruption to their lives.

Current Business

We have outstanding business with many people in the community. Many people have gift cards and are looking to spend them with us, others have pending firearm transfers, and consignment sales. Please be patient, we’ll be attending to every situation.

Our fishing charter business is unaffected and we’re happy to be able to keep a number of our staff working. We run 2 boats out of Victoria Harbour year-round, 3 out of Port Renfrew starting in May.
Our accommodation rentals are also fully operational - Osprey rentals in Port Renfrew, Port Renfrew house and Cowichan River are all available for year-round bookings.
Island Outfitters hosts and participates in a number of events that will not be disrupted – fishing derbies, the boat show, and our weekly fishing report.

The Future

We will be rebuilding our business as soon as possible. We'll keep everyone informed through our newsletter and website as our schedule unfolds.

For all your Port Renfrew and Victoria fishing charter inquiries please email us at charters@fishingvictoria.com

If you wish to book a Victoria Fishing Charter as soon as possible please call Rob Rippen at 250.686.3151

News on recreational prawn fishing effective in April 1st coast wide. On April 1, 2020 t the daily prawn limit will be reduced from 200 per day to 125 per day. Possession limit will be 250, twice the daily limit of 125.

 

 

 

Notices

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

       C) Follow our sport fishing Twitter account https://twitter.com/sportfishingbc

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

This Fishery Notice is an amendment to FN1273 to include a complete list of 
areas within South Coast Strait of Georgia – North waters.  The full corrected 
fishery notice follows.

The following is a reminder of the South Coast Area Chinook management measures 
currently in effect and continuing January 1, 2020 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: 2019–RFQ-701, 2019-RFQ-702


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


Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN1286-Recreational - Fin Fish - Coast-wide Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Update - Closure December 31, 2019

This notice is a reminder that recreational fishing for halibut under the BC 
Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence will close by regulation effective 23:59 
hours December 31 2019.

2020 management actions will be confirmed following the International Pacific 
Halibut Commission meetings and Sport Fishing Advisory Board of BC meetings in 
early February 2020.

Variation Order 2019-RCT-0201


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Maureen Finn - Phone: (604) 666-3279
Greg Hornby - Phone: (250) 286-5886

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact your local DFO office
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1286
Sent December 23, 2019 at 1538

News on recreational prawn fishing effective in April 1st coast wide. On April 1, 2020 t the daily prawn limit will be reduced from 200 per day to 125 per day. Possession limit will be 250, twice the daily limit of 125.

Sooke

We don’t know of anyone who went out fishing in Sooke this past week. Spring fishing had been SLOW. The Bluffs is usually the best location to fish and there have been some fish there. However, most of the salmon caught recently have been on the smaller side.  Anchovies are usually the most effective bait for winter springs in Sooke. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good too. AP Tackleworks spoons have also worked in Lemon /Lime. If you are using hoochies or squirts, make sure it has glow white as one of the colours. Popular flasher color patterns have been with glow and moon jelly colours. 

 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY according to Cheanuh Marina and only a couple of boats ventured out during the weekend  and they were after crabs. The largest salmon have been coming from inside the bay on the west side of Fraser Island. There were winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay as well, but none were over 7 lbs in size. Most anglers are using spoons in this area. Good spoons have been Coyotes, Coho Killers and Skinny G’s with Blue/Silver the best color. Anchovies have provided good results and Bloody Nose teasers have produced the best. Needlefish hoochies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well. Crabbing has been GOOD in the bay.

 

 

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY at Pedder Bay and very few anglers were out fishing. However, there was a 12½ lb. spring that was weighed in on Sunday that was caught at Whirl Bay. Previously, small springs have been caught by the entrance to Pedder Bay. The area around the can buoy has been the best and you need to be trolling close to the bottom in 100-130 feet of water. Anchovies and herring are usually the best baits for salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors were Glow Chart, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have been very effective with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons catching fish. The smaller spoons have been working the best. Green and glow or green and silver have been the best color combinations.  Hoochies and squirts were working with Pink, Purple Haze or UV Green good color choices.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy Green/Glow Hot Spots. There have been some large Dungeness crabs caught in the bay recently.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week off Victoria and only a few boats did venture out on the weekend. Our charter boat did well at Constance Bank on Sunday, catching 14 winter springs and keeping only 3 fish. Most of the springs were undersized and the keepers weighed 5-6 lbs. A couple of larger pin poopers were lost. The fish salmon were on the west side of the bank in about 100 feet of water. Closer in, the winter springs were hugging the bottom in depths between 90 – 130 feet from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island. Ed Beatty had a double header on 13½ and 8½ lb springs off the waterfront this past week. Anchovies were the most productive choice for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and Mint Pearl. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” MVP or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices. Crabbing has been fair.

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW as we don’t know of anyone who went our fishing. AP Tackleworks spoons, Wee G’s and Skinny G’s have been good spoons for trollers. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers do best fishing near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. Crabbing has been slow.

Sidney

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. Wain Rock, Sidney Spit and Saanichton Spit had been producing some winter springs up to 10 lbs this past week. The Mill Bay Marina held their winter spring derby this past Saturday in windy conditions. Only 3 salmon were weighed in and the weights were 7 lbs. 9 oz., 5.7 lbs. and 5.25 lbs. Anglers have been doing best fishing close to the bottom in 130-140 ft depths. Otherwise there are lots of undersize being caught and released. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G and Wee G spoons and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Cop Car and Trap Shack. Anchovies and are also good in Glow or Bloody Nose teaser heads. Prawning has also been slow.

Halibut

Halibut fishing is CLOSED

Saltwater Notable Catches

Notable Catches: 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.

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has been SLOW for trout and bass. 

The Island Outfitters family is devastated by the fire in the early morning of January 4 at our Douglas St location. The entire inventory has been destroyed as well as severe damage to the building. We are pleased to report no one was hurt, including first responders.

Our Appreciation

Our thanks go out to the fire department and police who attended and put out the fire without injury. We also wish to thank the community, as we have been inundated with expressions of concern and condolence. The business community has also stepped up without hesitation, offering jobs to many of our employees at this difficult time of upheaval and disruption to their lives.

Current Business

We have outstanding business with many people in the community. Many people have gift cards and are looking to spend them with us, others have pending firearm transfers, and consignment sales. Please be patient, we’ll be attending to every situation.

Our fishing charter business is unaffected and we’re happy to be able to keep a number of our staff working. We run 2 boats out of Victoria Harbour year-round, 3 out of Port Renfrew starting in May.
Our accommodation rentals are also fully operational - Osprey rentals in Port Renfrew, Port Renfrew house and Cowichan River are all available for year-round bookings.
Island Outfitters hosts and participates in a number of events that will not be disrupted – fishing derbies, the boat show, and our weekly fishing report.

The Future

We will be rebuilding our business as soon as possible. We'll keep everyone informed through our newsletter and website as our schedule unfolds.

Notices

FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019 

Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 hours November 16, 2019: -angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary. 

As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon species remain non-retention): Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River:-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.

 

 

Cowichan River

The water level has been dropping all week and is now just over 1.75 meters near the lake. Closer to Duncan it has gone down to 1.6 meters near Duncan. Some steelhead are now in the river. 
 

Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River: from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park. All other salmon species remain non-retention only.  

Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 hours November 16, 2019: angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary.

 

 

Trout

Trout fishing has been SLOWING DOWN for trout 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 trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout in Cowichan Lake recently. Bradley Talbot caught a 4.4 lb rainbow at Langford lake this past week.

If you’re a fisherman in the Cowichan Lake area, there’s a unique opportunity to be rewarded for what you pull in. The province is offering $100 gift cards per fish, for those who can hook, and then report tagged cutthroat trout. Eighty fish were tagged as part of a five-year study on the health of Cowichan Lake’s cutthroat trout population. Around half were implanted with acoustic tags, which allowed researchers to track individual fish. The study is trying to find out the species mortality rates and movements during spawning, to ensure the long term sustainability of the trout population. The province says anglers will need to remove the tag from the fish, and as proof, send a photo of the tag and email it to: Brendan.Anderson@gov.bc.ca or deliver them to the front desk at the ministry office located at 2080A Labieux Rd. in Nanaimo. (info courtesy of CHEK TV).

Bass

Bass fishing is SLOW at Island lakes. The bass have moved into deeper water and getting more sluggish as the water cools. Yum Dingers and other soft plastics have been very effective. 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

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

Add a little bait or scent to your lure. Whether it’s a piece of worm on a Flatfish fished for trout, or a piece of herring strip on a Coyote Spoon fished for salmon, you can improve the fish catching capabilities of your lure by sweetening it up with a piece of bait.  But be sure to check the regulations first, if you are fishing in freshwater, since bait or scent is not legal in all waters.

2019 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.

Trout

  1. 5 lbs. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
  2. 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
  3. 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
  4. 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
  5. 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th

Salmon

  1. 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
  2. 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
  3. 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
  4. 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
  5. 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th

Halibut

  1. 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
  2. 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
  3. 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
  4. 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
  5. 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th

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