Fishing Report for Week Ending May 13, 2012

Fishing Report for Week Ending May 13, 2012

SALTWATER

OVERVIEW Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past weekend and the weather conditions could not have been nicer. Salmon fishing was SLOW to GOOD on the weekend, depending on which area you fished. Seals are still a problem for anglers fishing off ofVictoria. 

The 16th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby was held this past weekend and it was a great success. The halibut fishing was excellent and the weather conditions could not have been better. First place in the derby and a prize of $7,500 cash went to Trevor MacDougall for a 144.5 lb halibut caught nearOakBay on Saturday. Second place in the derby and a cash prize of $2,500 went to Andrew Stawicki with a 142.6 lb halibut, caught inHaroStrait on Sunday and not weighed until there were only three minutes before the weigh in deadline. Third place and a cash prize is $1,000 went to Jason Birmingham for a 120.2 lb halibut caught near Discovery Island. A hidden weight “Bonus” prize sponsored by SG Power of a Yamaha generator was won by Sean Ballard. There were 108 halibut weighed in at the derby with a total weight of 4,647.7 lbs with an average weight of 46 lbs. Most of the fish came in from theOakBay and Haro Straight waters. Of the top 24 halibut, 9 came form Oak Bay, 5 from Race Rocks, 4 from Haro Strait, 3 from Discovery Island, 2 from Constance Bank and one from Obrien Point, assuming the anglers told us the truth about where the caught them! There are pictures of all fish at our facebook page and our website will be updated with all the photos soon. 



 

 





 

 

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 Sooke Salmon fishing was FAIR for slot limit size winter, just like last week. The fish are still deep, and close to the bottom, from 110 to 160 feet on the downrigger, in 100 to 180 feet of water. Most of the action is coming from along the Bluffs to the trailer Park. Anchovies are catching the most fish and have been working best in Bloody Nose and Army Truck teaser heads. The fish are hitting hootchies as well, especially white ones. Other hootchies and squirts are good in Purple Haze, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. Cop Car or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also been good for springs. The best flasher has been the Silver Betsey and Silver Fever Hot Spot.

Halibut – – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the weekend. Only two fish from this area were entered at the halibut derby, so this was not the hot spot. 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.

Becher Bay – It was FAIR salmon fishing around the Trap Shack and Whirl Bay. Elsewhere there several hatchery Chinooks caught, with most around 8 to 14 lbs in weight. Fishing close to the bottom is the key to in the bay. The hot bait this past week was the anchovy. 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 and Army Truck. 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 was GOOD but very few anglers were out for salmon. Springs were caught near Christopher Point and Whir lBay. Most of the salmon were less than 8 lbs but there were a few hatchery ones over the slot size. Anchovies are the most productive bait now. The best teaser heads for anchovies were the Army Truck, Purple Haze and the Bloody Nose. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey and Army Truck. Hootchies and squirts were good in Glo Below, Mint Tulip and Purple Haze. Kingfisher spoons in Green/White or Black/Glow and Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also worked very well for the salmon.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT on the weekend. Five of the top 24 halibut in the derby came from the Race Rocks area. Top fish for this area weighed 85.9 lbs. 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 out at Constance Bank this past week. At the bank anglers were catching hatchery salmon up to 18 lbs but most fish were within the slot size restriction. The fish were in all areas of the bank. Closer in, anglers caught a few fish near Victoria Harbor and Albert Head, but the fishing there was not nearly as good as on the bank. The springs have shone a preference for bait over artificial lures these past few past weeks. 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 EXCELLENT on the weekend. Constance Bank was the best spot and halibut up to 67.8 lbs were caught there. Two of the top 24 halibut came from Constance Bank and none from Albert Head or Border bank. 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 FAIR on the Flats for hatchery springs up to 12 lbs. Anglers had been catching salmon while trolling in the Gap and on the Flats, just east of Brodie Rock. 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 EXCELLENT this past weekend. The seven largest halibut in the derby came from here. Of the top 24 halibut in the derby, 9 were from Oak Bay, 4 from Haro Strait and 3 from Discovery Island, all in this general area. Several halibut were seen at the Cattle Point ramp on the weekend. .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 was FAIR nearSidney. There are new restrictions in this area so be sure to check with DFO to make sure that you are aware of what can be retained before you go fishing.CoalIsland produced springs up to 16 lbs this past week. The south end of Sidney Channel is also a good spot. The most abundant feed in the area is needlefish and homemade Tiny Strip is working very well for catching salmon. Other anglers have been catching springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies and the hot patterns for springs are the J-79, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Mongoose Coyote spoons have also been working well.

Notable Catches – First place in the 16th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby and a prize of $7,500 cash went to Trevor MacDougall for a 144.5 lb halibut caught near Oak Bay on Saturday. Second place in the derby and a cash prize of $2,500 went to Andrew Stawicki with a 142.6 lb halibut, caught in Haro Strait on Sunday and not weighed until there were only three minutes before the weigh in deadline. Third place and a cash prize is $1,000 went to Jason Birmingham for a 120.2 lb halibut caught near Discovery Island. 

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

 

FRESHWATER


 

OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is EXCELLENT on most lakes in the South Island area. The weather has improved and the water temperature is increasing, so the fish are becoming more active as the insect activity is increasing. We’ve had some great reports from many the local lakes. Bass fishing is improving too, but bass are closed for retention on all southern island lakes through June 15th.

Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River is getting lower but still high. The water level is at 1.55 near the lake and 1.05 meters near Duncan. Water clarity has been excellent. There is a log across the river above Skutz Falls that is quite dangerous for those thinking of drifting that part of the river. The trout fishing at the top end is good with more insects hatching now. The best flies for trout now usually nymphs, especially bead headed Prince, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear and March Brown nymphs.

 



Local LakesTrout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in theSouth Island area. The weather has improved and the water temperature is increasing. We’ve had some great reports from all the local lakes.

Spring stocking of the local lakes has happened on all lakes scheduled to receive fish. Catchable rainbow trout were released into most local lakes. On May 12th, Ida Anne Lake received another 100 catchable rainbow trout. So far this spring, 60,007 catchable rainbow trout have been released into Vancouver Island Lakes.

Many anglers are catching trout on both Powerbait, Gulp! eggs, or worms, especially while fishing from shore. Fly anglers are doing well using Wooly Buggers, Leeches or Micro Leech patterns when fishing deep. That said, there has been a lot of surface activity lately and both Caddis and mayflies are hatching on most lakes. 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,WillowLeafLaketrolls with a worm-tipped GIBBS Wedding Band will almost always catch some fish. The biggest trout continue to be caught atElkLakewithLangfordLakebeing your next best bet to hook into a real “lunker”. By the way, all wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released inCowichanLake.

There are also lots of carp in Beaver Lake right now and anglers are having fun trying to catch them. Dough balls have been traditionally effective bait for carp.

Bass Fishing - Bass fishing is PICKING UP. The bass are still in the prespawn stage but are entering the shallower waters and becoming more active. Slow presentations with soft plastics work best but crank baits are starting to produce as well. 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. Please remember that bass are closed for retention on all southern island lakes through June 15th

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

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK 


Weigh your fish right away if you are in a derby and catch a potential prize winning fish. Every year we hear stories of anglers placing second in derbies that they would have won if only they had weighed the fish in before it lost weight. Heck, it even happened to me last year and I know better! So, don’t be foolish and wait for another one before hitting the weigh in station. You just never know how large or small a fish will be that will win that derby.


Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012


 

Halibut


1) 162.3 lbs – Des Hatchard – Prot Renfrew – Herring - April 15th


2) 145.6 lbs – Ken Emms – OakBay– Herring - April 15th

3) 144.5.4 lbs – Trevor MacDougall – OakBay– Herring - May 12th

4) 142.6 lbs – Andrew Stawicki – HaroStrait– Octopus - May 13th

5) 120.2 lbs – Jason Birmingham – Discovery Island – Herring - May 12th

 

Salmon


 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!