Fishing Report for Week Ending September 16, 2012

Fishing Report for Week Ending September 16, 2012


OVERVIEW Salmon fishing was SLOW in most areas this past week Halibut fishing is now closed for retention.

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Port Renfrew – Coho fishing has been GOOD in the bay at Port Renfrew and outside the bay for hatchery marked fish. Fishing has been VERY SLOW for springs in Port Renfrew. Swiftsure Bank has been slow for spring salmon, fair for coho to 12 lbs.. Near the shore it’s getting tough to find big springs. The best fishing has been near Camper creek and inside the bay just out from the river. Some big ones should be showing up in the Nitinat area.


Elliott williams with a 24 lb spring caught inside San Juan Bay.

Sooke Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for springs most of the week. Most of the springs were caught from Otter Point westward to Point No Point and are being caught between 55 and 110 feet down and weighing from 5 to 20 lbs. Some coho were caught this past week, mostly out from shore in the shipping lanes. About one in four were hatchery marked and all wild coho still have to be released. A few chum salmon were also caught recently. Anchovies and herring are catching the most springs. Bloody Nose, Glow Green and Purple Haze teaser heads. The best flashers have 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.

Becher Bay – Fishing for springs was FAIR this past week. The springs were scattered, with some good ones coming from Aldridge Point to the Trap Shack. Most of the springs are being caught between 55 and 110 feet and weighed from 10 to 28 lbs. Bruce Webber got the big one this past week, landing a 33 lb spring near O’Brien Point. It was fair for cohos his past week as anglers caught coho up to 14 lbs. Anglers reported the best coho fishing out at the 4th tide lines in Juan de Fuca Strait. 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.

Pedder Bay – The fishing for springs was SLOW this past weekend, both in the bay and near Church Rock. Most of the springs caught were small feeders and there were lots of shakers. The fishing was FAIR for hatchery cohos up to 12 lbs. The coho action was best out on the tide lines and near the 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.

Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was GOOD out at Constance Bank on Sunday and SLOW off the waterfront. There were a few hatchery coho taken as well as springs up to 33 lbs caught this past week. It was spotty near the breakwater and a little bit better at Clover Point and off the flag pole. 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.

Oak Bay Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay this past week. There were some springs up to 8 lbs caught. The best fishing has been on the Flats 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.

Paul Gessler, Audrey and Marina Dune with 3 halibut ( 82lbs, 65lbs and 60lbs) all caught within 1 hour off Oak Bay on Friday, Sept 7th. The salmon were caught at Clover Point

Sidney – Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW near Sidney.  Also, be aware of the seasonal closures in the Sidney area that are now in effect, especially near Coal Island. 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 – Bruce Webber got the big fish this past week, landing a 33 lb spring near O’Brien Point.

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OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. Bass fishing is GOOD on most lakes.

Cowichan River – The water level on the Cowichan River is very low. 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 SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. It should pick up when the weather cools.  Some 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,WillowLeafLake 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 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.LangfordLake,ShawniganLake,ProspectLake and Elk andBeaverLakes 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


Go where the fish are! This time of year the salmon are migrating to the rivers to spawn. If you want to catch the big ones now you should head towards river mouths where the fish stage before heading upstream. And be sure to keep abreast of any fishery notices or closures.

Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2012


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


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



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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