Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending October 13, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Coho fishing has been SLOW from Sooke to Victoria. Most of the coho are being caught in deeper water in Juan de Fuca strait. The ratio of unclipped coho to the amount of unclipped fish has improved. Chinook salmon fishing is VERY SLOW with most fish undersize feeders. Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas.

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Sooke

Coho fishing has been SLOW in the strait. The Sooke Saltwater Series Coho Derby was held on the weekend. There were 120 entrants and only 25 coho weighed in at the derby. The derby was won by Steve Shelton with a 10.4 lb coho. Most anglers are catching them out in the shipping lanes or near the Bluffs and Secretary Island. Spring fishing was SLOW but some small winter springs are showing up. 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 4″ Coyote spoons have been too. AP Tackleworks spoons have also been good in Lemon /Lime. If you are using hootchies or squirts, make sure it has green as one of the colours. Popular flashers have been the Lemon Lime, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Betsey.

Becher Bay

Coho fishing has been SLOW. The Cheanuh Marina held a coho derby this past weekend and not many fish were weighed in. The winner of the derby was Kevin Hitchings with an 8 lb coho. The catch of the week was a bright 33.5 lb spring caught by Dave Fairfield who landed the big spring while fishing for coho south of Beechey Head. Dave got the Tyee while trolling an anchovy in a green glow teaser head at 100 feet on the downrigger. The best fishing has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. Anchovies have provided the most consistent results and green glow teasers have produced the best. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with Gold//Silver the best producer.  Needlefish hootchies 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.

 

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off Victoria. The coho fishing was best in deeper water between Macaulay Point and Albert Head. Trolling across the current produced some coho while fishing the top 60 feet of water. It was also good for coho out close to the US border. Very few springs were being caught close in but some winter springs were caught at Constance Bank. We did hear of one person jigging out there who caught winter springs up to 5½ lbs. Anchovies and herring have taken are the bait of choice for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” Lemon/lime or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off Victoria. The coho fishing was best in deeper water between Macaulay Point and Albert Head. Trolling across the current produced some coho while fishing the top 60 feet of water. It was also good for coho out close to the US border. Very few springs were being caught close in but some winter springs were caught at Constance Bank. We did hear of one person jigging out there who caught winter springs up to 5½ lbs. Anchovies and herring have taken are the bait of choice for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” Lemon/lime or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices.

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. We did hear of an 11 ½ lb winter spring that came from the Gap and of other springs up to 6½ lbs from the Flats. Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons have been the spoons of choice for trollers. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are fishing near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. Halibut fishing was SLOW in this area.

Sidney

Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week. We’ve haven’t herd of a single legal spring being caught. We did hear that there are under size springs in the area. There have been some coho near Fairfax Point. 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.  

Halibut

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.  Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.

Saltwater Notable Catches

The catch of the week was a bright 33.5 lb spring caught by Dave Fairfield who landed the big spring while fishing for coho south of Beechey Head. Dave got the Tyee while trolling an anchovy in a green glow teaser head at 100 feet on the downrigger. The Sooke Saltwater Series Coho Derby was held on the weekend. The derby was won by Steve Shelton with a 10.4 lb coho. The winner of the Cheanuh Marina Coho Derby was Kevin Hitchings with an 8 lb coho.

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 was GOOD for trout and SLOWING DOWN for bass.

Cowichan River

Trout fishing is starting to improve at the top end in the fly fishing only section. More water is being released into the river to help the salmon.

Trout

Trout fishing has been GOOD 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.

 

The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started the fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 242.96 g in size. On October 3rd, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout, Kemp and Matheson lakes 500 trout, Poirier Lake 300 trout, Colwood Lake 250 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 238.05 grams in size. On October 2nd, Langford Lake received 2,500 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 236.74grams in size. On October 1st, Prospect lake received 2,500 trout and ThetisLake received 500 trout and Lookout lake 250 trout averaging 259.75 grams in size. On September 27th Langford Lake received 995 rout averaging 724.62grams in size. On September 25th, Prospect Lake received 1,004 trout averaging 725.81grams in size.

Bass

Bass fishing is SLOWING DOWN on Island lakes. Bass from 2-5 lbs. are being taken from most lakes. Anglers are having success on a variety of lures. Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits and soft plastics are all producing well now. Black yum dingers 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) and descriptions of your notable catch to info@fishingvictoria.com to be featured on our fishing report.

Fish Tip of the Week

Now is the time to go deep for Chinook salmon. The migrating coho have almost totally disappeared and the winter or feeder springs are starting to provide most of the action. So start bouncing your downrigger balls off of the bottom if you want to be in the strike zone. And with a little luck, you just might pick up a halibut too!

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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