Fishing Report for Week Ending Aug 19, 2012

Fishing Report for Week Ending Aug 19, 2012


SALTWATER


OVERVIEW Salmon fishing was GOOD in most areas with several fish over 30 lbs caught.. Halibut fishing was FAIR with dogfish were a problem in some areas. 

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Port Renfrew Fishing has been EXCELLENT in Port Renfrew. Swiftsure Bank has been good for spring salmon running from 10 to 25 lbs and coho to 12 lbs, but slower for  halibut to 30 lbs. Closer in, it’s picked up for big springs. The best fishing has been near Logan and Camper creeks.

Sooke Spring salmon fishing GOOD for springs up to 38 lbs. Most of the springs were caught from Otter Point westward to Point No Point and Muir Creek was a hot spot. Not many coho were seen at the marinas. The coho were out farther into the strait, along the 2nd and 3rd tide lines, but not many anglers wanted to go out that far. A few Sockeyes are being caught but are not available retention at this time and must be released, just as the wild coho have to be released. Anchovies and herring are catching the most springs. Bloody Nose, Glow Green and Purple Haze teaser heads. The best flasher has been the O’KI Super Betsey and HOT SPOT Gold Fever Hot. The fish will also hit hootchies and squirts, especially white ones. Other hootchies and squirts that are good are Purple Haze, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. Blue/Silver or Green/Silver Coyote spoons have also been good for coho.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was SLOW over 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. 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. 

Cole and his dad caught this 42.6 lb spring off of Beechey Head on Wednesday


                                                                                       

Becher Bay – Fishing for big springs was PRETTY GOOD this past week. The best spots were Beechey Head and the Trap Shack. James Cole and his dad caught a 42.6 lb spring off of Beechey Head on Wednesday, fishing at 100 ft with and anchovy and Silver Betsey flasher. Ron Davis caught a 26 lb wild spring by the Trap Shack while fishing at 85 ft with a green/glow flasher and a cop car coyote spoon. Most of the springs are being caught between 55 and 110 feet and weighed in the teens and twenties. It was slower for cohos his past week what with the coho farther out on the tide lines in the Strait and windy weather. Anglers caught a few hatchery coho up to 12 lbs, besides the occasional chinook out there. The favored bait this past week was once again anchovy in a teaser head. The best teaser head colours were Bloody Nose, Army Truck, Green Glow and Purple Haze. The best flashers have been the Super Betsey and the Gold Fever. Hootchies and squirts were good in White, Glo Below and Purple Haze. Cop Car, Mongoose Coyotes or Green/Silver Coho Killer spoons have been good for both springs and coho.

 

Ron Davis caught this 26 lb wild spring by the Trap Shack


Pedder Bay – The fishing for springs was GOOD this past weekend, with a couple of 31 lb springs being caught inside the bay on the weekend. Ted Lister picked up one of the 31s by the Deep Hole on Sunday. Adam West also caught a 21.8 lb spring in the Deep Hole. Other springs in the 20’s were also caught in Pedder Bay and by William Head. It was slower out at Church Rock where the wind was pretty bad on the weekend. The fishing was much slower for cohos this past week. The coho action was best several miles out on the tide lines and shipping lanes. Anchovies are the most popular bait now. The best teaser heads for anchovies were the Glow Green, Purple Haze and the Bloody Nose. The best flashers have been the Silver Fever and Super Betsey. Hootchies and squirts were good in White, 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. The Coho Killer spoons have been deadly on coho when trolled quickly.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD in the area. Kevin Stav brought in a 93 lb halibut on Friday to top the week’s catches. Salmon Bellies and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut.  Berkeley 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 GOOD out at Constance Bank and FAIR off the waterfront this past weekend. Out at the bank there were a few hatchery coho taken as well as springs up to 20 lbs. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there were loads of small springs and a few big ones around but they moved on before the weekend. I counted 50 boats by the harbour on Saturday and very few caught a fish. Supposedly, a 44 lb spring was caught mid week. The Clover Point Anglers’ Association held their 18th annual salmon derby over the weekend and only 3 springs ere caught. Greg Kutyn won the derby with a 16 lb 9 oz spring caught off the Flagpole at 90 feet on an anchovy. The best fishing was during the tide changes close in and most of the day at Constance Bank. Anchovies are the most productive bait now and have been working best in Blue/Clear, Clear/Green Scale and Bloody Nose teaser heads. Green/Silver coyotes and Coho Killer spoons are working well out on Constance Bank. Hootchies and squirts are good in Electric Chair, Cloverleaf and Glo Below. Good flashers have been the Red/Silver, Silver Betsey and Gold Fever Hot Spots.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week halibut. Constance Bank was the best 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, a Jig-a-Lu, Big Eye Jigs, Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish, and there are lots of dogfish around now. 

Oak Bay Salmon fishing was FAIR on the Flats on the weekend. There were some nice fish into the low 20’s caught, but most were smaller. The best fishing has been just east of Brodie Rock in 80 to 110 feet of water. The best bet is trolling right on bottom in 80 to 110 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 this past weekend. Mostly smaller halibut were caught. 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 NOT BAD near Sidney. The best fishing has come from between James Island and Zero Rock. There were lots of birds and bait in that area. Also, be aware of the seasonal closures in the Sidney area that are now in effect. Anglers have not been using much bait as the dogfish are there in heavy numbers. 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 – James Cole and his dad caught a 42.6 lb spring off of Beechey Head on Wednesday, fishing at 100 ft with and anchovy and Silver Betsey flasher. Ted Lister picked up a 31 lb spring by the Deep Hole in Pedder Bay. T Kevin Stav brought in a 93 lb halibut on Friday at Pedder Bay. The Clover Point Anglers’ Association held their 18th annual salmon derby over the weekend and Greg Kutyn won the derby with a 16 lb 9 oz spring caught off the Flagpole at 90 feet on an anchovy. 

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

FRESHWATER


OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. The trout are moving closer to the bottom or thermocline where the temperature is cooler. If you fish the thermocline, you should have good action. Bass fishing is GOOD on most lakes.

Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River is fairly low and water temperatures are warming as the summer progresses. The best fishing is now in the early morning and evening. The best flies for resident rainbow trout are usually nymphs, especially bead headed Prince and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs. If you want to target browns, fish with minnow imitating streamers, muddlers, zonkers or wooly buggers. 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.

Local LakesTrout fishing is SLOWER on most lakes in the South Island area. The water temperature is increasing and the fish are moving closer to the bottom where the temperature is cooler. 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 now and anglers are having fun trying to catch them. Dough balls have been traditionally effective bait for carp.

Bass Fishing - Bass fishing is GOOD. Top water lures are working well in the mornings and evenings. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well tool. 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 you see birds working a ball up, don’t troll through the ball up and the birds. Feeding salmon are mostly outside of the ball up looking for the krippled bait fish that are falling away with the tide or swimming away from the ball up. You should fish to the side and not disturb the birds that are on the top.



Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012 


Halibut 


1) 182.8 lbs – Jeff Saponja – Port Renfrew – Mackerel – August 11th

2) 162.3 lbs – Des Hatchard – Port Renfrew – Herring - April 15th

3) 145.6 lbs – Ken Emms – Oak Bay – Herring - April 15th

4) 144.5.4 lbs – Trevor MacDougall – Oak Bay – Herring - May 12th

5) 142.6 lbs – Andrew Stawicki – Haro Strait – Octopus - May 13th 

Salmon 


1) 39.4 lbs – Curtis Petres – Trap Shack – Anchovy – July 2nd

2) 34.8 lbs – Jason Whittaker – Beechey Head – Anchovy – June 23rd

3) 30.0 lbs – Debbie Campbell – Beechey Head – Anchovy - June 27th

4) 28.6 lbs – Duane Bertrand – Trap Shack – Anchovy - June 20th

5) 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!

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