Fishing Report for Week Ending January 12, 2014


OVERVIEW – Stormy winter weather and a big windstorm kept almost all anglers off the water this past week. Early in the week salmon fishing was EXCELLENT around most of the south island, but most of the fish are still relatively small. Halibut fishing is now closed and the opening date for this coming year has not been announced yet.

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SOOKE – Prior to the bad turn in the weather, the salmon fishing was EXCELLENT in Sooke. Since the change, we don’t know of anyone who actually went out fishing. The best fishing for winter springs has been from the harbor entrance to Otter Point in 100 to 120 feet depths. The springs were running up to 18 lbs and there were quite a few fish over 10 lbs and into the teens. The springs are deep, holding close to the bottom. Anchovies are working well in Bloody Nose and UV teaser heads. Glow and UV hootchies and squirts, Coho Killers and G-Force spoons are working well also. Use a flasher with lots of green if you are fishing for coho.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was GOOD, but the season closed on January 1st.

BECHER BAY– Previous to the weather change, the salmon fishing was GOOD for winter springs up to 12 lbs in size. The best fishing for larger springs was over by Church Rock and Whirl Bay. It was still good in the bay for springs to 5 lbs between Fraser Island and Lamb Island.  For springs try 100’+ depths and fish close to the bottom. Many anglers are having good success fishing anchovies. The best teaser heads for anchovies were Green Glow and the Bloody Nose. However, artificial lures such as UV /glow squirts, coho killers, and G-Force spoons have been working well also. For flashers, use one with lots of glow for the springs.

PEDDER BAY – Before the weather change, salmon fishing was EXCELLENT. There were lots of winter springs being caught at the mouth of the bay and in Whirl Bay. Most of the action was close to the bottom in 90 to 120 feet near the buoy.  Most boats caught their limit while fishing there. On Friday, Gord McCloud was able to get out for a little bit and he was rewarded with16 & 14 lb springs. Gord caught the fish at the mouth of the bay between the Can Buoy and William Head. Anchovies were the most productive bait with Green Glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads. Squirts will work too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Glow and Purple Haze. Coho killers and G-force spoons have been working well too!

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was GOOD, but the season closed on January 1st.

VICTORIA – Bad weather chased anglers off the water for most of the week and weekend. Otherwise, fishing has beenEXCELLENT for winter springs both along the waterfront and at Constance Bank. Our largest guide boat fished in the winds on Sunday morning and limited out on springs to 10 lbs. The salmon are scattered all throughout the area and the biggest problem, beside the winds, is the large number of seals following boats and stealing fish. Most anglers fishing Victoria are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (chrome or green/glow) or G-Force spoons. Brotchie Ledge to Clover Point has produced the best, but the seals are numerous in this area and lots of salmon were lost to seals after being hooked. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Blow. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in all colours have been very effective. Good flashers have been the Purple Gold, Chart Glow & Purple Onion.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was GOOD, but the season closed on January 1st.

OAK BAY – We don’t know of anyone who fished here this past week. We think that the salmon fishing would have been FAIR. The best bet would have been trolling out on the flats. The most popular method for catching springs is trolling near the bottom in 75 to 130 feet of water with squirts or spoons, Baitrix tiny strip, or small anchovy. Even Anglers jigging have reported slower action. The fish that were being caught were on Coho Killer spoons in Glow/Green, 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was GOOD, but the season closed on January 1st.

SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was SLOW off Sidney this past week in the windy weather. The most productive fishing recently was near Coal Island and Moresby Island. The fish have been close to the bottom at Coal Island while over by Moresby they have been at the 80 foot level in 200 feet of water. There are lots of smaller springs around that are just below the minimum size for retention, so anglers are getting lots of action, just not lots of keepers. Moresby Island has a few fish there now and there some around Coal Island and Moses Point as well. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Notable Catches – On Friday, Gord McCloud was able to get out for a little bit at the entrance to Pedder Bay and he was rewarded with16 & 14 lb springs.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our

01-12-14 Sawyer Nottelman 9 year old Sawyer Nottelman, with his 7 year old brother Wolfgang, about to release a jack Coho on the Cowichan before the high rains.


OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the colder weather and the drop in water temperatures. The trout are now right near the bottom. River fishing for coho has tapered off on the Cowichan. A few steelhead are now being caught in the Riverbottom area. Anglers are reminded of the following:” The use of single barbless hooks is mandatory in all streams in Region 1;” All foul hooked (i.e.: hooked other than in the mouth) must be returned to the river immediately.  ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1 as well.

COWICHAN RIVER – A big dump of rain put the Cowichan into blown out conditions. The water level peaked on Sunday at 2.0 meters near the lake and it has been steadily dropping. Currently, the water level near the lake is 1.6 meters and near Duncan its 1.5 meters. The trout fishing in the upper river was excellent but the high water will have put a big damper on that. The good news is that this flush of water will have drawn fresh steelhead into the system. At the top end of the river, there are rainbows and cutthroat trout, as well as resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Egg patterns are the way to go there now, and they are very effective when drifted behind a salmon redd. If you want to target browns, fish with minnow imitating streamers, muddlers, zonkers or wooly buggers. If you’re after steelhead, steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1.

TROUT – Trout fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area, especially with the cold weather that is happening right now. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. 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, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout have come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.

BASS - Bass fishing is VERY SLOW. At this time of year the bass move to deeper drop offs and are harder to find. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Crank baits have been effective too when fished around 12 feet down with a fast retrieve. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Look for the fish suspended by drop offs close to shore along docks, branches, and any overhanging structure. 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.

CARP – Carp fishing is VERY SLOW now. 

Notable Catches – Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email


Don’t get lazy about checking your gear while trolling for winter springs. Although most of these fish aren’t real large, there can be some real tackle busters waiting to take your bait. Check your leader for nicks and frays after every fish and change them at the slightest sign of wear. We hear way too many stories of anglers breaking off on big, feisty salmon because the angler didn’t check for any weak links in their gear.


Island Outfitters Leader Board WINNERS 2013

Congratulations to all!


1) 34.0 lbs – Duncan Watts – Sheringham Pt – Anchovy - July 6th

2) 32.4 lbs – Jason Owens –Otter Point – Anchovy - August 23rd

3) 32.1 lbs – Rob Smith –Breakwater – Anchovy - August 27th

4) 32.0 lbs – Denis Ekstrom –Breakwater – Anchovy - August 7th

5) 31.6 lbs – Daryl Quenet – Anchovy - August 2nd


1) 113.2 lbs - Randy Lowe – Race Rocks – Hootchy/Herring -March 23 rd

2) 97.6 lbs – Ryan Prolyshyn – Constance Bank - March 22nd

3) 75.8 lbs – Patrick Cunliffe – Race Rocks – March 17th

4) 58.4 lbs - Jesse McCullough – Constance – Octopus – March 24th 

5) 57.5 lbs – Justin Wilson – Race Rocks – Grub & Octopus – April 21st


1) 7.1 lbs – Konrad Herrmann – Langford Lake – Leech fly - May 5th

2)  4 lbs15 oz -Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Green Powerbait Eggs –    May 27th

3) 3.5 lbs – Blair Cox – Elk Lake – March 23rd

4) 3.4 lbs – Dan Morris – Elk Lake – December 14th


1)   Dan Morris – 38 carp weighed in, total 227 lbs 10 oz

2)   William Oliver –39 carp weighed in, total 165 lbs 2 oz

3)   Jodey Hillard - 7 carp weighed in, total 32 lbs 5 oz.

4)   Paul Carreia- 4 carp weighed in, total 29.14 lbs.

5)   Jayson Chavez – 3 carp weighed in, 25 lbs 10 oz


Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon, Trout, Carp and Halibut Leader Boards. 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! To enter, just bring in your catch to be weighed at our store.

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