Fishing Report for Week Ending June 25th

Fishing Report for Week Ending June 25th, 2012.

Port Renfrew continues to be the “hot spot” this week. Good numbers of fish being caught off the beach and out on Swiftsure Bank. We’ve had some fish reported into the 30’s.
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Salmon fishing out of Sooke is consistently getting better. I’m hearing more and more fish being caught. Top producing spots for Chinook seem to be off the Trap Shack, Beechy Head, Secretary, Otter Point and Possession Point. Anchovies and herring are the best baits to use trolled behind flashers. Spoons seem to be doing some damage as well. Spoons to try are Gibbs Wonder, Stewarts, Cotoyes, Coho Killers and Tomic road runners. Best teaser heads to use on herring and anchovies are, Joannes Mist, Blue chrome, original clear chartreuse, bloody nose, and any of the UV types. Depths that have been working well are any where from 40-90 feet. On Saturday a 34.8lb spring was weighed in caught by Jason Whittaker off Sooke, and on Sunday a 30lb spring was caught off Beechy Head by Debbie Campbell.
Pedder Bay-
Some salmon are being caught in Whirl Bay and off Church Rock. Anchovies and hoochies seem to be the popular bait this week. Salmon are being found between 40 -100 feet.
Victoria Area-
Salmon Fishing:
Constance Bank has been producing the most fish. Oak Bay has been really good as well. Fishing off the bottom in these areas is still the best way to catch salmon on flasher/hoochie, or spoon combos. Purple Haze, Electric Chair, or any of the UV squirts have been the best. For spoons Coho Killers and coyote spoons are favored in all of the popular colors. Cop Car/Oreo Cookie, green silver, blue silver, gold nugget, glow white, double glow chartreuse, and purple white. Anchovies behind flashers are working off the breakwater where the larger fish seem to be getting caught. A 25.5lb spring was weighed in from there this past week. Blue chrome, tiger prawn, glow, UV, bloody nose teaser heads behind purple haze, purple onion, pink haze, or glow chartreuse flashers are good combinations to try. Fish have been averaging much the same as the previous weeks sizes in that 6-12lb range. With reports of some nice fish into the twenties being caught. With the new regs you are able to retain one over and one under 67cm. This regulation will remain in effect until the middle of July.
I think with all the great salmon fishing most boats have not been concentrating on halibut too much. Upcoming tides from Tuesday till Friday are looking good. Try your luck out on Constance Bank, Oak Bay, or just try exploring, you never know when you could find that new honey hole. Octopus, herring and salmon bellies have been the preferred bait. Use these baits mixed together in a hali sandwich or just on there own.
Salmon fishing out of Sidney is slow. Good spots to try are around Sidney Island, Darcy Island, and in front of the Powder Wharf. Squirts seem to be the best bait in this area.
Trout fishing locally seems to be slowing down as we head into summer. Prospect and Elk Lake seem to be fishing the best for trout. Best techniques have been either trolling flies, gang trolls with worms, Rapalas, or flatfish. Anchoring and fishing Powerbait is also working well.
Bass: As we near the end of the post spawn period for bass the fishing should pick up through July. Good lakes to fish are Shawnigan, Prospect, Elk, Thetis and Langford Lakes. Bass fishing in these lakes also continues to be good. Any of the Berkley Power bait products, especially in black should work well fished off of a Carolina Rig. With some warmer temperatures forecasted try fishing top water lures early in the morning or late in the day.

Cowichan River:
The river went up a little after the rain we had the last few days, it is now steady at .743 and doesn’t show any drop yet. There have been some good browns caught lately on streamers and Nymphs. Large salmon smolt patterns are still proving to be effective for large Rainbows and Browns over 20’’. Also there have been complaints of spin fishermen in the fly only section of river. Keep an eye out and report any possible poachers. Remember it is fly fishing only between the trestle at Greendale road and the 70.2 mile trestle. All wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1 as well.

Notable Catches:
On Saturday a 34.8lb spring was weighed in caught by Jason Whittaker off Sooke, and on Sunday a 30lb spring was caught off Beechy Head by Debbie Campbell. Lots of Sockeye have been caught up in the Alberni channel so if you enjoy eating these tasty fish it might be worth the drive up.
If you have any pictures you would like to enter in our upcoming July photo contest. Please send them to Contestants pictures will be added to our facebook page and the picture with the most “likes” at the end of the month will win an Island Outfitters T-Shirt and Hoody as well as a $100 dollar gift card. Please include your name, fish species, and phone number with your email.
Fishing tip of the Week:
Stick and stay will make it pay. Be patient when fishing for springs, the bite may come on at any moment, you don’t want to be the boat that headed in just before the bite came on. Then hear about it later from all your buddies!
Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012
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 – DiscoveryIsland Herring – May 12th
1) Jason Whittaker - 34.8lb Spring – Sooke – June 23rd

2) Debbie Campbell – 30.0lb Spring – Beechy Head – June 24th

3) Duane Bertrand – 28.6lb Spring – June 16th

4) Falon Lancey – 28.6lbs - Sherringham Point – Anchovy – May 25th

5) Fish Nabber – 25.5lb Spring – Waterfront – June 20th