Fishing Report for Week Ending July 3, 2011

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Written by: Tom Vaida

Fishing Report for Week Ending July 3, 2011

SALTWATER

OVERVIEW Salmon fishing is FAIR overall with the wind being a problem for anglers on the weekend. Halibut fishing was SLOW due to big tides and strong currents.

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Sooke – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week but the westerly winds were a problem on the Sunday. Anglers caught a couple of springs in the 30’s, a bunch more in the 20’s and some smaller ones as well. Besides the springs, a few pinks and some hatchery coho were also seen on the docks. A few sockeye were also caught and released as they are not open for retention now. Productive locations were Secretary Island, Otter Point and Sherringham Point. Most of he fish were caught on bait (anchovies). Anchovies have been working best in Purple Haze, UV Pink Flash or Bloody Nose teaser heads. Hootchies and squirts were good in Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair. The best flasher has been the Silver Betsey.

HALIBUT – Halibut action was SLOW due to the big tides. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
Becher Bay – Salmon fishing was GOOD over the past week. Over 40 springs were seen at Cheanuh Marina on both Friday and Saturday. The sizes have been pretty good with some in the 30’s but most in the 20’s. Most of the fish were caught at Aldridge Point, Beechey Head, off the Trap Shack and near Secretary Island. A few hatchery coho and pink salmon were also taken. Most of the fish are now being caught on bait, with anchovies being more popular than herring. The best teaser heads for bait were the Purple Haze, UV Green and the Bloody Nose. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Red/Silver and Purple Haze. Hootchies and squirts were good in Glow Below, Purple Haze and Electric Chair. Cop Car or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also been good for springs.



Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week with not too many people catching salmon. That said, Whirl Bay and Church Rock did produce a few nice springs from 17 to 27 lbs in size. Anchovy and herring have been the best baits for springs and have an edge over other lures right now. Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads have been the most popular when using bait and the best flashers have been the Silver Betsey and Purple Haze. Hootchies and squirts were good in Purple Haze, Electric Chair and Lemon Meringue. Cop Car or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also worked for springs.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW in the Race Rocks area due to the big tides. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was GOOD for much of this past week. Anglers fishing at Constance Bank reported catching springs into the high teens when it wasn’t too windy. Closer in, it wasn’t too bad for springs from the Albert Head to Clover Point. Garth Hallum picked up a nice 21 lb 8 oz spring near Clover Point just before the weekend on anchovy.  Anchovies and herring are top producers this time of year as well, especially in the medium and large sizes. The best teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Clear Blue and the Purple Haze. Many anglers though are fishing squirts and spoons with good success. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Good flashers have been the Green/Glow and Green/Silver Hot Spots.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week at Border Bank, Constance Bank and Albert Head due to the big tides. That said, Christian Copp caught a nice 50 lb halibut on mackerel near Albert head. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.



Oak Bay Salmon fishing had been FAIR on the Flats most of this past week. Some days the fishing has been good and other days it’s been slow. Anglers were catching springs up to 18 lbs while fishing close to the bottom where needlefish are the major food source. The best bet is trolling right on bottom in 80 to 150 feet of water with squirts, Baitrix tiny strip, small anchovy or Coho Killer spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. With spoons, 3½” or 4” Gypsy, Titans, and Coyotes in Cop Car or Silver/Green colors and the Gold Star Coho Killer. Glow in the dark flashers would be the best choice for springs now.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay and Haro Strait. Salmon bellies, Mackerel, Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut.  Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.



Sidney – Salmon fishing was SLOW around Sidney this past weekend. However, we have heard of a few good fish caught. Kiel Carnie was out from Kamloops and reeled in his first salmon. It was a 30 lb spring that was caught on a large anchovy in a Bulletroll teaser at 90 feet at Coal Island. Kiel was guided by Jeff Belanger. Coal Island, Hamley Point and Fairfax Point have been the productive spots this past week. Hootchies have been out producing squirts recently and the hot patterns for springs now are the J-79, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Anchovies and Tiny Strip are also working. Dave Bennett and Jonathan Littau were out on Friday near Zero Rock fishing for halibut and were getting nothing but dogfish. They cut one up for bait and whamo, a 135 lb skate!



Notable Catches – Garth Hallum caught a 21 lb 8 oz spring near Clover Point. Dave Bennett and Jonathan Littau caught a 135 lb skate near Zero Rock. Kiel Carnie was out from Kamloops and reeled in his first salmon, a 30 lb spring that was caught near Coal Island while guided by Jeff Belanger. If you have any fishing info, notable catches, digital photos or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com. Also, check out our blog and facebook page for links to recent videos and reports from our staff.
FRESHWATER

 



OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR TO GOOD on the local lakes for trout and bass. The mornings and evenings have been the best while it’s been slow in the middle of the day.
Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River is at the summer lows. Fishing is tough and tubers will be out in full force if we ever get a warm, sunny day. Try fishing small nymphs and/or streamer patterns for the Rainbows and Browns. Early in the morning or late in evening would be the best times for trout fishing the river. Nymphs are good flies to use all year round, especially Prince, Caddis, and Mayfly nymphs. Wooly Buggers work well for brown trout, as do Bunny Leeches and Zonkers. Remember that it’s barbless hooks only and there is a bait ban on the river.

Local LakesTrout fishing is FAIR TO GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. The biggest trout continue to be caught at Elk Lake with Langford Lake being your next best bet to hook into a real “lunker”. We’ve had reports of trout pushing 4 lbs coming in from these lakes.

Many anglers are catching trout near the bottom on either Powerbait Gulp eggs, or worms. Fly anglers are mostly using chironomids, Wooly Buggers or leech pattern flies. Trollers have been doing OK with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Yellow with Red Spots or Blue/Silver. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well. Lastly, Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a worm-tipped GIBBS Wedding Band will almost always catch some fish. By the way, all wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.

Bass Fishing - Bass fishing was GOOD this past week. Anglers have been having good luck with spinnerbaits fished near shore in the mornings and evenings. Top water plugs are also loots of fun early and late into the night when fished near structure and the shoreline. 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.

Notable Catches – If you have any fishing info, notable catches, digital photos (please send as attachments) or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com. Also, check out our blog and facebook page for links to recent videos and reports from our staff.

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

 

After you catch a fish, always, always, always check your leader for tooth marks or scratches.  It’s amazing how you always seem to hook and lose that big monster of a fish to a broken leader. The leader probably wouldn’t have broken if you had noticed the small scratches left on it from a battle with a previous fish.

 

Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2011

Halibut

1)    231.4 lbs – Terry Zarelli – Race Rocks area – Octopus- March 25th

2)    194.4 lbs – Al Crow – Sooke – Salmon Head – May 14th

3)    127.5 lbs – Reg Day – Sidney – June 26th

4)    124.6 lbs – Todd Steen – Sidney – May 27th

5) 101.9 lbs – Reg Day – Sidney – June 27th

Salmon


 

     1) 27.5 lbs – Dennis Turnbull – Trap Shack – Anchovy 60’ – June 20th  

2011 DERBIES and EVENTS

Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon and Halibut Leader Board. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st wins a special prize. Everybody who enters a fish gets a prize! Maybe it will be you bringing in the big one!  Please let us know as early as possible about your up coming events in 2011!

September 11th: The Sidney Anglers’ Roundup Derby: Heaviest salmon wins $200, second $150, third $100, fourth $75, fifth $50, heaviest fish (juniors only) $25 and a Draw prize of $25. Open to paid up members only.