Fishing Report for Week Ending March 11, 2012
Fishing Report for Week Ending March 11, 2012
OVERVIEW – High winds kept anglers off the water for most of the week. Salmon fishing was SLOW due to low angler effort. Seals are still a problem for anglers fishing off ofVictoria. Halibut anglers found it slower with the faster currents this past week, if they were able to find a spot safe from the weather.
Effective March 1 until 23:59 hours Friday June 15, 2012, additional recreational fishery restrictions on Chinook salmon will be in effect in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.). During this time period and in this area the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between the size limit of 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked only chinook over 67 cm in length.
Visit our facebook page to see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips!
Sooke – Salmon fishing was FAIR for winter springs up to 16 lbs. Most of the salmon are smaller fish though. The fish are still deep, and close to the bottom, from 120 to 160 feet on the downrigger, in 100 to 180 feet of water. Much of the action is coming from the harbor entrance and SecretaryIsland along the Bluffs to the trailer Park. The fish are hitting hootchies well, especially white ones. Other hootchies and squirts are good in Purple Haze, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. Anchovies are still catching fish and have been working best in Bloody Nose and Army Truck teaser heads. 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.
Halibut fishing is now open and John Bruce weighed in a 46 lb halibut from near Secretary Island.
Becher Bay – The fishing was FAIR for winter springs. The best fishing was on the outside of the bay, closer to Creyke Point and in 100 feet of water . Several fish in the mid teens were caught there and the hot lure this past week was the white hootchie. Anglers fishing further away atWhirlBay and theBedfordIslands did not do nearly as well, probably because the weather made it harder to fish there. It’s also been fair from Beechey Head toIronMineBay when the weather lets you fish there. Fishing close to the bottom is the key to success in all areas. Anchovies are the most productive bait now. 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.
Cheanuh Marina reported seeing some nice halibut this Wednesday, but no big ones.
Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was SLOW, with strong winds limiting the number of boats going out fishing. Previously, there were some fish coming fromWhirlBay, but anglers were getting skunked there too. Anchovies are the most productive bait now. The best teaser heads for anchovies were the Purple Haze and the Bloody Nose. 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.
Halibut – – Halibut fishing was SLOW due to poor weather and strong currents. Extra Large herring, Salmon Bellies 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 FAIR out at Constance Bank and along the waterfront this past weekend. However, strong winds prevented most anglers from fishing most of this past week. At the bank anglers were catching fish up to 14 lbs, that is, if the seals did not get them first. The bank was best for those anglers bottom bouncing in 120’ to 150’ of water. Closer in, anglers were getting fish up into the teens while fishing near Victoria Harbor and Clover Point. Wayne Zaccarelli landed a 13 lb 5 oz spring Saturday morning near the harbour mouth. Wayne caught the fish on an anchovy in a glow white teaser head. The springs have shone a preference for bait over artificial lures this past week. Anchovies are the most productive bait now and have been working best in 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.
Halibut – – Halibut fishing was SLOW on the weekend with very few boats fishing due to the weather. Extra Large herring, Salmon Bellies 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.
Oak Bay – Salmon fishing was SLOW on the Flats with the weather being a negative factor much of the week. Anglers had been catching salmon while trolling in the Gap and on the Flats. The best bet is trolling right on bottom in 100 to 150 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.
Halibut – – Halibut fishing was FAIR on the weekend with a few halibut seen at the Cattle Point ramp. No “barn doors” though, just “chickens”. Extra Large herring, Salmon Bellies and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. 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 has been SLOW around Sidney with Fairfax Point the hot spot for springs up to 10 lbs. We’ve also heard that Deep Cove has a bunch of fish there now. It’s been slower in the south end of the Sidney Channel. There had been lots of springs around the minimum size length this winter. 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 – Wayne Zaccarelli landed a 13 lb 5 oz spring Saturday morning near the harbour mouth.Wayne caught the fish on an anchovy in a glow white teaser head
Please send photos and descriptions of your notable catch to our email email@example.com
OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on the local lakes for both trout and bass in this cold, windy weather. Steelhead fishing is going strong in the rivers but kelts are now showing up in the catches.
Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River had been steadily rising to 1.5 meters near Duncan. However, it has just started in increase again. Water clarity has been good and anglers are getting some nice steelhead in all sections of the river. The Riverbottom and Bible Camp areas have been the most popular areas to fish. Both gear and fly anglers have been consistently catching fish. Some of the fish are quite colored and there are reports of kelts starting to show up. There should be a good run of fresh fish entering the river soon as March is the month with peak abundance of steelhead in the river. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. We’ve also had reports of anglers using large Golden Stone Fly nymphs below strike indicators or floats and being very, very successful. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear.
Local Lakes – Trout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area, especially since some of the lakes are turning over. Spring stocking of the local lakes is about to commence.
Many anglers are catching trout on both Powerbait, Gulp! eggs, or worms, especially while fishing from the shore. 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. 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. Slow presentations with soft plastics work best, and look for the fish suspended in deeper water.LangfordLake,ShawniganLake,ProspectLake and Elk andBeaverLakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake onSaltSpringIsland is also a great lake for bass fishing.
Notable Catches - Please send photos and descriptions of your notable catch to our email firstname.lastname@example.org
FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
When fishing for trout with Power Bait use a small hook. You want to make sure the hook is completely covered by the bait, so that the trout will not feel anything unnatural when they gently mouth the bait.
Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012
1) 80.4 lbs – Matt Treadwell – Constance Bank –Salmon belly– March 4th
2) 46.0 lbs – John Bruce –SecretaryIsland– Herring – March 10th
We are now waiting for the first big springs of the year to be weighed in at the store. Maybe you will be bringing in the biggest one this year!
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!
March 27th: EARLY BIRD TICKET NIGHT for the The 16th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby will be Tuesday, March 29th at the 6 Mile Pub. Festivities start at 6:30 PM. See you there!
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.