Fishing Report for Week Ending May 27, 2012

Fishing Report for Week Ending May 27, 2012


SALTWATER


OVERVIEW Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Salmon fishing was GOOD early in the week but SLOW on the weekend. Seals are still a problem for anglers fishing off ofVictoria andOakBay.

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Sooke Salmon fishing was FAIR with the best fishing from Sherringham Point to points west. The fish are mostly deep, but some are coming from mid water depths. Falon Lancey brought in a 28.5 lb spring from Sherringham Point on Friday and is the first person registered on our salmon leader board. Laura Dalgliesh caught 28 & 18 lb hatchery springs fishing small herring and anchovies at 90 feet near Point No Point. Anchovies and small herring are catching the most fish and have been working best in Bloody Nose and Chartreuse Tiger Prawn 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 Gold Betsey and Silver Fever Hot Spot.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the weekend. Anglers fishing by the Sooke bluffs were just catching “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. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, a Jig-a-Lu, Big Eye Jigs, Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Becher Bay – It was SLOW fishing for salmon this past week. Only 17 salmon were seen at the marina over the course of the week. The salmon were running up to 14 lbs in size. The best fishing was from Aldridge Point to the Trap Shack. There were some larger unclipped fish caught that had to be released. The hot bait this past week was anchovy again. 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. A few halibut from 20 to 60 lbs were also caught this past week.

Pedder Bay – Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past weekend. Out of 24 boats checked on Saturday, only one salmon was caught. Hopefully it will pick up this coming week. 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 GOOD on the weekend. On Saturday 17 halibut weighing up to 90 lbs were seen at the marina. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, a Jig-a-Lu, Big Eye Jigs, Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was SLOW out at Constance Bank and off the waterfront this past weekend. 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 GOOD on the weekend. Constance Bank was the best spot and halibut up to 60 lbs came in from the 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, a Jig-a-Lu, Big Eye Jigs, Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Oak Bay Salmon fishing was SLOW on the Flats this past weekend. Earlier in the week there were hatchery springs up to 12 lbs. Anglers had been catching the salmon while trolling in the Gap and on the Flats, just east of Brodie Rock. The best bet is trolling right on bottom in 80 to 130 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 GOOD this past 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, a Jig-a-Lu, Big Eye Jigs, Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.



Sidney – Salmon fishing was SLOW nearSidney. The Sidney Anglers held their annual Spring Derby on Sunday and only two salmon were entered. The winner was Mark Kosick with a 12.6 lb spring caught on tiny Strip near Saanichton Spit. Second place went to Steve Roberts for a 9.3 lb spring caught near Coal Island on a Coho Killer spoon. 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 – Falon Lancey brought in a 28.5 lb spring from Sherringham point on Friday and is the first person registered on our salmon leader board. Laura Dalgliesh caught 28 & 18 lb hatchery springs fishing small herring and anchovies at 90 feet near Point No Point. The winner of the  Sidney Anglers Spring Derby on Sunday was Mark Kosick with a 12.6 lb spring caught on tiny Strip near Saanichton Spit. Second place went to Steve Roberts for a 9.3 lb spring caught nearCoalIsland on a Coho Killer spoon.

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, water temperature is increasing and the fish are quite active as the insect activity is increasing. We’ve had some great reports from many of 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 dropping and the water clarity has been excellent. The water level is near 0.75 meter near the lake and near Duncan. The trout fishing at the top end is good with more insects hatching now. Some brown trout up to 26 inches were caught this past week, especially on minnow patterns. The best flies for rainbow trout are usually nymphs, especially bead headed Prince, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear and March Brown nymphs. That said, there have been some real big hatches lately and the dry fly fishing can be excellent.

Local LakesTrout fishing is EXCELLENT 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, 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.

There are also lots of carp in Beaver Lake right 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 spawning now and the big females are on redds. 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 


When fly fishing for trout in rivers, it is very important to check your flies frequently.  The small hooks are easily damaged or broken by rocks or hard objects. This can occur on a back cast or as the fly bounces along the river bottom.  Nothing is more frustrating than to miss a big fish and then find that the end off the hook was broken off on a previous cast.


Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012 


Halibut 


1) 162.3 lbs – Des Hatchard – Port 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


 1) 28.5 lbs – Falon Lancey – Sherringham Point – Anchovy - May 25th

     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!