Fishing Report for Week Ending July 10, 2011
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing is VERY GOOD overall with the big pink salmon run starting to show up in many local hot spots. Halibut fishing was SLOW due to big tides and strong currents.
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Port Renfrew – Fishing for both halibut and salmon has been FANTASTIC out at Swiftsure Bank. Springs, coho, and loads of halibut are being caught by those who venture out to the bank. Limit catches are the rule. Closer in along the beach anglers are also doing very well on big springs, coho and pink salmon. Mike Vanderstar, from New Zealand, was a happy camper after landing a 34 lb spring in Renfrew. Renfrew is the place to be right now for lots of action.
Sooke – Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD this past week as the huge pink salmon run that has been predicted has arrived. Anglers fishing for springs were finding it hard to keep the pinks off the line while fishing from Sherringham Point to Secretary Island. Those anglers targeting the pinks were fishing the tides lines and limiting out in short order. There were also lots of coho (some hatchery) as well. The pinks have been as large as 9 lbs while the coho are in the 4 to 6 lb size range. Anglers caught a few springs in the 30’s, a bunch more in the 20’s and some smaller ones as well. 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. Barry Eaglestone reported landing a 31.8 lb spring while fishing at Sherringham Point. Most of he fish were caught on bait (anchovies) but with all the pinks around you have to bring lots of bait. Anchovies have been working best in Purple Haze, Green Glow 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 and Red/Gold Hot Spot.
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. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can catch halibut with a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs.
Becher Bay – Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD over the past week. Lots of anglers are limiting out on pink salmon as well as catching cohos and springs. The springs have been pretty good sized with some in the 30’s but most in the 20’s. Most of the pinks were caught from Aldridge Point, Beechey Head west to Secretary Island but there are even more out on the tide lines. The majority of anglers are now using bait, with anchovies being more popular than herring. Be sure to bring lots of bait though if you’re heading out for springs as the pinks are abundant. The best teaser heads for bait were the Purple Haze, Green Glow and the Bloody Nose. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Red/Gold Hot Spot 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.
Billl and Debbie Campbell had a great double header off the Trap Shack this past week and they landed both fish! Bill’s fish was a 33 lb spring caught at 85 feet on an anchovy in a Green Glow teaser behind a red/Gold Hot Spot flasher. Debbie’s fish was a 30.9 lb spring caught on anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser at 65 feet behind a Gold OK” Betsey flasher.
Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week with not too many people catching salmon. The pink run has just not made it here in big numbers but that should change by the end of this coming week. That said, Whirl Bay and Church Rock did produce a few nice springs to 29 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. That said, a 100 lb halibut was brought in at Pedder Bay Marina this past week. Unfortunately, it was somehow dropped into the water while being transferred to shore. A diver went to look for it but it was not recovered. What a bummer. 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 catch halibut with a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs.
Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was GOOD for much of this past week. Anglers fishing at Constance Bank reported catching springs into the high teens mid week until the killer whales showed up. Closer in, it wasn’t too bad for springs from Esquimalt to Clover Point. Dave Simpson did well on the weekend landing 25 lb and 19 lb springs near the harbor and a 6 lb pink salmon. 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 SLOW on the Flats most of this past week. At the beginning of the week it was dead, but a few more fish showed up by the end of the week. There has been lots of bait and bird activity on the flats, so there must be some fish there. Anglers were catching springs 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. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can catch halibut with a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs.
Sidney – Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD around Sidney this past week. There have been reports of springs up to 40 lbs by Moresby Island. Coal Island and Hamley have been the productive spots this past week. Two young boys, Kevin and Kyle, teamed up to land a 34.5 pound spring at Coal Island in 40-ft of water while jigging for cod using a P-line jig! 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.
Notable Catches – Mike Vanderstar, from New Zealand, was a happy camper after landing a 34 lb spring in Renfrew. Barry Eaglestone reported landing a 31.8 lb spring while fishing at Sherringham Poin. Bill and Debbie Campbell had a great double header off the Trap Shack this past week and they landed both fish! Bill’s fish was a 33 lb spring caught at 85 feet on an anchovy in a Green Glow teaser behind a red/Gold Hot Spot flasher. Debbie’s fish was a 30.9 lb spring caught on anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser at 65 feet behind a Gold OK” Betsey flasher. Dave Simpson did well on the weekend landing 25 lb and 19 lb springs near the harbor and a 6 lb pink salmon. .
The South Vancouver Island Rangers held their annual salmon derby on Saturday and it was won by John Burkart with a 36.2 lb spring. Second place went to Roy Carver for a 32.6 lb spring. Third went to Cal Young for a 31 .8 lb spring.
The Royal Canadian Navy Anglers’ Association held their annual spring derby on Saturday. It was won by Gary West with a 16.4 lb spring. Second place went to Tom Vaida for a 15 lb 13 oz spring and Wayne Zacarelli was third with a 14 lb 4 oz spring.
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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 Lakes – Trout 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 lots 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 – The Ereiser brothers had a good time fishing Elk Lake on July 10th. Ron landed a 3 lb 14 oz smallmouth bass, Dustin a 3 lb 5 oz smallmouth bass and brother Arden a 3 lb 15 oz smallmouth bass and a good sized carp! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out our blog and facebook page for links to recent videos and reports from our staff.
FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Check your lines, frequently! When trolling for salmon, you should never leave a line down more than 20 to 30 minutes without checking to see if your bait is still working properly. Quite often a fish will strike it without getting hooked and ruin the bait, or you will get some weed on the bait, or maybe even have a small fish on that you don’t even know about. Only by checking your line can you know if you’re still fishing.
Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2011
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
1) 33.0 lbs – Bill Campbell – Trap Shack – Anchovy – July 5th
2) 30.9 lbs – Debbie Campbell – Trap Shack – Anchovy – July 5th
3) 30.0 lbs – Milk Jadresko – Trap shack – Anchovy - July 5th9
4) 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!