Fishing Report for Week Ending August 21, 2011
Fishing Report for Week Ending August 21, 2011SALTWATER
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing remains VERY GOOD in most locations. The big pink salmon has slowed a bit but limit catches are still being made in many areas. Right now there is a mix of springs, pinks, coho and sockeye in local waters. Halibut fishing was GOOD except off the west coast near Port Renfrew where it is EXCELLENT.
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Sooke – Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD with different types of salmon abundant. Those anglers targeting the pinks were fishing the first and second tides lines off of Sooke Bay and limiting out in fairly short order on most days. Anglers fishing for springs were finding nice springs near Secretary Island and Possession Point, Otter Point and Sherringham Point. Some sockeye were also caught and they are open once again with a 2 per day limit. The pinks have been as large as 9 lbs while the coho are mostly in the 4 to 8 lb size range. Anglers caught several springs up to 32 lbs, a lot more in the 30’s, 20’s and in the teens. Most of the springs were caught on bait (anchovies) but with all the pinks around you have to bring lots of bait or you’ll run out. 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. Mongoose Coyote spoons also work well. Good lures for the pinks are small pink plankton squirts or the 4.5 # 80 Apex.
HALIBUT – Halibut action was SLOW this past weekend towards Jordan River. 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 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 and high teens. The Trap Shack and the Head have been the best spots for springs. Vicky Radley celebrated her birthday by catching a 35 lb spring at O'Brien Point on an anchovy trolled at 75 ft, at 11:30 am, in 100 ft of water using a Red Gold Glow flasher and Bloody Nose teaser head. Vern Story won the Cheanuh Marina Derby with a 26.4 lb spring. Larry Yarmie came in second with another 26.4 lb spring that he weighed in 10 minutes later. Timing is everything as Vern won the $1,500 first prize and Larry the $750 second prize. Lots of pinks were caught from Fraser Island west to Secretary Island, but there are even further out on the tide lines. The majority of anglers fishing for springs 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/Glow 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. If you are fishing for pinks use the small pink or green mini squirts or the 4.5 # 80 Apex.
Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was PRETTY GOOD this past week. Lots of anglers were targeting pink salmon, mostly out into the strait, but some even as close as the inside of the bay. Out on the tide lines catches are more consistent. If you are fishing for pinks use the small pink or green mini squirts or a # 80 Apex. Trollers were catching springs up to 30 lbs fishing near Whirl Bay and Church Rock. The inside of Pedder Bay did produce a few nice springs up to the mid 20’s lbs in size. Junior angler Devan demarche landed a nice 20 lb spring near Church Rock. 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 GOOD in the Race Rocks area during the weekend. 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 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. Constance Bank was the hot spot for springs with some nice big ones coming from there. Dave Stubbs brought in a 40 lb spring from the bank that he caught on an Electric Chair hootchy. Dave is now in second place on our Salmon leader board. The pinks are starting to show up near the Yellow marker buoy and anglers are getting springs up to 25 lbs out there as well while fishing for the pinks. Along the waterfront it was SLOWER for springs into the upper 20s. Mike Colvin won the Clover Point anglers salmon derby with a 15 lb chinook caught near Clover Point. Second place went to Tom Vaida for a 14 lb 10 oz spring caught near Macaulay Point. For most of the past week spring salmon were chasing small herring up onto the James Bay Anglers’ boat ramp in the evenings. Jack Thame took advantage of this situation and landed a 27.5 lb spring while casting from shore at the boat ramp. 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, Blue and the Bloody Nose. 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. If you are fishing for pinks use the small pink or green mini squirts or the 4.5 # 80 Apex.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend Constance Bank. We know of nine nice halibut that were caught there on Saturday. 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 GOOD on the Flats most of this past week for smaller springs up to 15 lbs and pink salmon. Anglers were catching springs while fishing close to the bottom where needlefish are the major food source but getting the pinks higher up in the water column. The best bet for springs 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. Also, jigging can be productive as there are lots of areas with good bottom structure that hold salmon. Gibbs Minnows are a good choice when fishing these spots.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD 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 also catch halibut with a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs.
Sidney – Salmon fishing was GOOD around the Pender Bluffs this past week. There were lots of springs up to 20+ lbs as well as lots of pink salmon. The pinks have been caught from 17 to 100 feet on the downrigger, so you have to find the right depth to really get into them. That said, the majority were taken between 55 to 75 feet. Elsewhere, it’s been slow for springs in the channel and around Coal Island. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and UV Green teaser heads. Hootchies have been out producing squirts recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Army Truck, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Mongoose Coyote spoons have also been working well. If you are fishing for pinks use the small pink or green mini squirts or a # 80 Apex.
Notable Catches – Dave Stubbs brought in a 40 lb spring from the Constance Bank that he caught on an Electric Chair hootchy. Vicky Radley celebrated her birthday by catching a 35 lb spring at O'Brien Point Vern Story won the Cheanuh Marina Derby with a 26.4 lb spring. Larry Yarmie came in second with another 26.4 lb spring that he weighed in 10 minutes later. Mike Colvin won The Clover Point Anglers’ Association salmon derby with a 15 lb Chinook caught near Clover Point. Second place went to Tom Vaida for a 14 lb 10 oz Chinook caught near Macaulay Point. Jack Thame landed a 27.5 lb spring while casting from shore at the James Bay Anglers’ boat ramp. 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 email@example.com. Also, check out our blog and facebook page for links to recent videos and reports from our staff.
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”.
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. Ron Ereiser caught and released a 5 lb 13 oz Largemouth Bass at Elk Lake.
Notable Catches - Ron Ereiser caught and released a 5 lb 13 oz Largemouth Bass at Elk Lake. 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
Be alert and courteous to the boats around you! When boats are fishing close together and one boat hooks a big spring, well that fish is going to make a big run (usually straight back). You should always move away from the boat that’s fighting a fish or get your gear up and away from the fish. You’ll appreciate it when you’ve hooked that slab and other boats keep out of your way.
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) 47.1 lbs – Ian Robinson – Port Renfrew – Anchovy – July 29th
2) 40.0 lbs – Dave Stubbs – Constance Bank – Hootchy – August 20th
3) 36.4 lbs – Brandon Salter – Waterfront – Anchovy – August 7th
4) 33.0 lbs – Bill Campbell – Trap Shack – Anchovy – July 5tth
5) 32.8 lbs – Joe Zammit – Trap shack – Anchovy – July 16th
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!
See our event pages for upcoming events!