Fishing Report for Week Ending March 2, 2014
OVERVIEW – Cold and stormy weather continued through this past week and very few anglers were out fishing. Salmon fishing was GOOD but slower for those that did venture out caught some winter springs. Halibut fishing was GOOD with the slower currents.
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SOOKE – Salmon fishing has been GOOD in Sooke, however, not many anglers were out fishing due to the weather. The best fishing for winter springs had been near the Bluffs in 100 to 120 feet depths. It was very good off the Trailer Park. The salmon were running into the low teens in size. 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. The most popular flashers recently have been the Purple Onion, Green Jellyfish and others with both Glow and UV surfaces. Halibut anglers were doing well with “chicken” size fish the normal catch.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing has been GOOD for winter springs but few boats were out due to the poor weather. Most of the fish came from inside the bay and they were weighing from 6 to 8 lbs on average. However, some boats were running over to Whirl Bay where the fish were larger, with fish weighing from 10-12 lbs being caught. 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, the Purple Onion and the Green Jellyfish have been very good lately. A few halibut were also brought back to the marina.
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD but few boats were out due to the rotten weather. It was fairly steady fishing for winter springs at the entrance to the bay and out west near Church Rock and Whirl Bay. Most of the action was coming on spoons trolled close to the bottom. Coho killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working well! Anchovies were productive bait with Green Glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads being good choices in teaser heads. Squirts are working too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Clear jelly UV and Purple Haze.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD without the big tide changes and with the slower currents. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – There were few anglers out fishing the waterfront this past week. Fishing has been GOOD for winter springs, both along the waterfront and at Constance Bank. Anglers were getting limit catches but most of the fish are small, under 6 lbs in size. Most anglers fishing Victoria are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (chrome or green/glow). G-Force spoons in Outfitters or No Bananas colors have been killers too. 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 Onion, Clear jelly UV or Green Jellyfish.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. John Hurley landed his first halibut, a 25 lb 4 oz fish, while drifting in his 12 foot aluminum boat near the Yellow Marker buoy. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD but slower for those trolling out on the flats. The fish weren’t too big, under 10 lbs in size. 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. 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. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Clear jelly UV or Green Jellyfish.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. Mike Fekete caught a nice 35lb east of Oak Bay in 150feet of water using herring on a quick strike rig. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD off Sidney this past week. Coal Island has been holding lots of bait and salmon. There has also been a lot of activity near the Red Can buoy in the Sidney Channel. Most off the fish have weighed between 8 -10 lbs. 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 – John Hurley landed his first halibut, a 25 lb 4 oz fish, while drifting in his 12 foot aluminum boat near the Yellow Marker buoy. Mike Fekete caught a nice 35lb east of Oak Bay in 150feet of water using herring on a quick strike rig.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold, windy weather and the low water temperatures. A few steelhead are being caught in the Cowichan River.
COWICHAN RIVER –The water level has been slowly receding over week but started to rise on the weekend. Presently, it is just over 1.08 meters near the lake and near Duncan it is just over 1.06 meters. There are steelhead in all areas, just not too many. Nets across the lower river have resulted in a lower escapement this year. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The trout are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Egg patterns are the way to go now, and they are very effective when drifted behind an old salmon redd. 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. Ian Knowles came into the store and weighed in a 2 lb 14 lb rainbow trout that he caught at Lookout Lake on January 22th.
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.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Big jigs are a very effective way to catch halibut as most anglers know. You can improve your jigs by adding Berkeley GULP or Powerbait to your lures. The large size and scent of this attractants should increase your hookups on the big flatfish.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014
We are now waiting for the first big springs of the year to be weighed in at the store. Maybe you will be bringing in the biggest one this year!
We are now waiting for the season to open and the first “barn doors” of to be weighed in at the store.
1) 2 lbs15 oz - Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Powerbait – January 25th
2) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ian Knowles – Lookout Lake – Leech fly – January 29th
3) 2 lbs 9 oz - Jeffrey Head – Lookout Lake – Powerbait – February 21st
4) 2.3 lbs – Jeffrey Head – Elk Lake – Leech fly - May 5th
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
2014 DERBIES and EVENTS
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.
March 8th – Victoria Fish and Game Dinner Banquet
April 12th – Elk Lake “Take a Kid Fishing Derby”
April 26th and 27th is our 20th Anniversary Sale
May 2nd and 3rd - Sidney Salmon Derby
May 10th and 11th – “Just For the Halibut Derby”
June 14th and 15th – Port Renfrew Fathers Day Derby
Fly Fishing Film Tour, F3T – Lots of great prizes again – spring 2014
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