Fishing Report for Week Ending January 1, 2012

 



Fishing Report

for Week Ending January 1, 2012



SALTWATER

OVERVIEW Salmon fishing is GOOD BUT SLOWER THAN LAST WEEK for winter springs when the weather allows you to get out on the water. Seals are still a huge problem for anglers fishing off of Victoria with reports of up to 80% of all salmon hooked being stolen by seals, along with the loss of gear. The seals do not appear to be a problem either west or north of Victoria.



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Sooke Salmon fishing has been GOOD BUT SLOWER THAN LAST WEEK for winter springs up to 14 lbs. There are quite a few of the usual 6 to 10 lb fish. The fish are deep, from 120 to 160 feet on the downrigger, in 100 to 180 feet of water. Much of the action is coming from off the harbor and Secretary Island. There was a Sooke Boxing Day Derby and first place went to Dave Myles for a 13.4 lb spring. Cody French won the Kids Division with a 10.2 lb spring. The fish are not very selective and being caught on all types of gear. Anchovies have been working best in Bloddy Nose and Army Truck teaser heads. Hootchies and squirts are good in Purple Haze, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. The best flasher has been the Silver Betsey and Silver Fever Hot Spot. Cop Car or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also been good for springs.                                                                                         

Becher Bay – Salmon fishing has been GOOD BUT SLOWER THAN LAST WEEK for winter springs running up to 12 lbs in size. The fishing was just as good around the flagpole and out to Lamb Island as it was on the east side of the bay towards the Bedford Islands, which has been a good thing on stormy days. The majority of anglers fishing for springs are switching from using bait to artificial lures as the fish are not very selective and being caught on all types of gear. Anchovies are still catching a lot of fish though. The best teaser heads for anchovies were the Purple Haze and the Bloody Nose. The best flashers have been the Green/Silver Hot Spots and Oki’s. Hootchies and squirts were good in White/Silver, Glo Below and Mint Tulip. Cop Car, Glow/Green or Green/Silver spoons have also been good for springs.

Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing had been GOOD BUT SLOWER THAN LAST WEEK for winter springs up to 14 1/2 lbs. due to the weather, most anglers have been fishing in the bay near the can bouy. There still is good fishing on the William Head side of the bay and in Parry Bay too, but the seals become a problem as you get close to Albert Head and the fish have been smaller there. The fish are not very selective and being caught on all types of lures. Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads have been the most popular ones when using bait and the best flashers have been the Silver Betsey and Purple Haze. Hootchies and squirts were good in Glo Below, Mint Tulip and Purple Haze. Coho Killer spoons in Green/White and Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also worked very well for the springs.



Victoria Waterfront – Nothing new to report since last week. Salmon fishing was SLOWER THAN LAST WEEK and the seals are still a huge problem for anglers. It didn’t matter if you were at Constance Bank or along the waterfront, wherever the salmon were, the seals were lurking. Ryan Mace went fishing with his grandpa off the waterfront on Christmas Eve and caught 2 nice winter springs, about 7 and 8 lbs. Ryan's Dad and grandpa each got one and the seals got three others. Anyway, the salmon are down deep, just off the bottom in 120 to 160 feet of water both close in and on the bank. Saturday’s creel check of 10 boats showed that only 5 salmon were retained, and that was by only 3 boats! The largest salmon weighed 16 lbs. Anchovies have been working best in Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose teaser heads. Coho Killers, Green/Glow and Army Truck spoons are working well for winter springs. Hootchies and squirts are good in Electric Chair, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. Good flashers have been the Green/Glow and Green/Silver Hot Spots. It’s a shame that something can’t be done about the seal problem.



Oak Bay Salmon fishing had been FAIR on the Flats for winter springs up to 10 lbs. There have been lots of small salmon here so you had to keep at it to get a larger fish.  Ned Baess reports catchin 10 & 5 lb springs while fishing near Brodie rock and the Flagpole and no seal problems. Anglers are catching fish while trolling close to the bottom in the Gap and on the Flats. The best bet is trolling right on bottom in 80 to 120 feet of water with squirts, Baitrix tiny strip, small anchovy or Coho Killer spoons. Good squirts are the Cloverleaf, J-79 and Electric Chair. 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.

Sidney – Salmon fishing was SLOWER around Sidney. The largest fish of the week came from Moresby Island and weighed 14 lbs. The Sidney Channel from the Powder Wharf south to near Darcy Island had been the most productive area, but the fish have been smaller there. There are lots of fish around the minimum size length but a few bigger ones too. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are the J-79, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Mongoose Coyote spoons have also been working well. Homemade Tiny Strip is also working very well.

Notable Catches – There was a Sooke Boxing Day Derby and first place went to Dave Myles for a 13.4 lb spring. Cody French won the Kids Division with a 10.2 lb spring. Ryan Mace went fishing with his grandpa off the waterfront on Christmas Eve and caught 2 nice winter springs, about 7 and 8 lbs. Ryan's Dad and grandpa each got one and the seals got three others.

Please send photos and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com
FRESHWATER

OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on the local lakes for both trout and bass in this cold, winter weather. Steelhead are now showing up in the rivers. 
Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River is just around 1.6 meters near the lake and 1.4 meters near Duncan. We’ve heard of good steelhead fishing early in the week but it tapered off by the weekend. The Riverbottom and Bible Camp area has been the best. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear.

Local LakesTrout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. As the water temperature drops the fish are not as active causing the action to slow down.  However, you can get some big fish this time of year.

Many anglers are catching trout on both Powerbait, Gulp! Eggs, or worms. Fly anglers are mostly using Wooly Buggers or leech patterns. Trollers have been doing OK with a variety of lures but we’ve heard tat the Orange Hot Shot has been good. Chris Jones sent us pictures of 22” and 18” rainbows from fuller Lake that he caught on the Orange Hot Shot. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. 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. The biggest trout continue to be caught at Elk Lake with Langford Lake being your next best bet to hook into a real “lunker”.  By the way, all wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.

Bass Fishing - Bass fishing is SLOW. Slower presentations such as soft plastics work as the water cools. As winter approaches, look for the fish to move into deeper water and suspend. They might become less active and take a little more “coaxing” to bite.  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 – Please send photos and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

When seals stealing salmon are a problem, as they are right now, it’s time to make a change to your gear to minimize tackle loss. Don’t use the heavier leaders that you use in the summer but switch to a leader 10 lbs lighter than your mainline. For most anglers, that means a leader of 15 to 20 lb test. This will allow the leader to break first in a fight with a seal, and you will at least get your flasher back.

Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2011

Congratulations to our 2011 winners!

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) 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

2012 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 2012!

See our event pages for upcoming events!

 

April 6th and 7th:  Island Outfitters 18th Anniversary Sale: Our storewide annual sale with LOTS of great deals and bargains.

April 14th.  The 5th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby. Tickets are Adults - $25, Children under 16 - $10. All ticket holders are entered into the draw for a new boat and motor package. First place prizes of $1,000 for the largest tout and the largest bass. This derby has live release weigh boats and weigh-station located strategically on the lake. For more info contact us at 350-475-4969.

April 28th: The Sidney Salmon Derby. Rod Tickets are only $100.00 each! Banquet Tickets are $22.00 (including HST). Scales close at 4:00pm.- Banquet Dinner at Tulista Park starts after 4:00pm. Prizes to be won! 1st Place; $5,000 2nd Place; $3,000 3rd Place; $2,000:  Plus Draw Prizes and 50/50 Tickets! All proceeds go to Salmon Enhancement Tickets available at Island Outfitters

May 12th and 13th: The 16th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby. First prize is $7,500 cash, 2nd prize is $2,500, and 3rd prize is $1,000 cash. A hidden weight “Bonus” prize is sponsored by SG Power. Tickets are available at Island Outfitters, Pedder Bay Marina or Cheanuh Marina. Call 250-475-4969 for more information.