Fishing Report for Week Ending April 6, 2014
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was FAIR to GOOD with mostly smaller size fish and the odd bigger one to keep things exciting. Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week, and especially this past weekend.
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Effective until 23:59 hours Friday, June 13, 2014 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5(those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point to Sheringham Point), the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length. The minimum size limit in these areas is 45 cm in length.
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SOOKE – Not much has changed in Sooke. Salmon fishing has been FAIR with the best fishing near the Bluffs in 100 to 120 feet depths. The salmon were running up to 12 lbs in size. The springs are holding close to the bottom, so that’s where you want to fish. 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 very well with “chicken” size fish the normal catch. Most halibut anglers have been anchoring off the Sooke Bluffs or heading west towards Jordan River.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was GOOD for winter springs. A 25 lb spring was caught at Whirl Bay and that was the largest salmon caught this past week. Fishing was much slower inside the Bay and near Lamb Island but was better near Aldridge Point and the Trap shack. There has been a lot of bait in the area and anglers have been catching the salmon at depths of 50 to 120 feet, depending on how deep the bait was running. More anglers are having good success fishing anchovies now. The best teaser heads for anchovies were Green Glow and the Bloody Nose. For flashers, the Purple Onion and the Green Jellyfish have been very good lately. Hootchies have been effective too, and Jay 79, Cloverleaf and Purple haze have been good color patterns. Artificial spoons such as Coho killers and G-Force spoons have been working well also. Quite a few “chicken” halibut were also brought back to the marina, mostly from the west Race Rocks area.
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR, especially at Whirl Bay. The springs are still mostly between 6 to 8 lbs in size, but there have been some bigger ones up to 25 lbs around as well. There are still winter springs being caught while trolling back and forth between the Deep Hole and the Yellow Can with the bait bouncing close to the bottom. 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 the best. Anchovies were also productive 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 VERY GOOD on the weekend. Quite a few halibut were caught, of which three were caught while trolling for salmon in Whirl Bay! 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 – Fishing has been GOOD for winter springs at Constance Bank. Most anglers were getting fish and some were getting limits. The fish are still relatively small, under 10 lbs in size, but there were few weighing into the teens there as well. Closer in, the salmon were running deeper, around 160 to 180 feet in depth. Most anglers fishing Victoria are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (yellowtail 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. Seals continue to be a problem for anglers after salmon.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past weekend. Constance Bank was the hot spot for most anglers. Phillip Chang and Steven Chang did very well, catching their first two halibut. Phillip’s halibut was the larger of the two weighing 53.4 lbs and measuring 131 cm in length. Steven fish was almost as large measuring 126 cm and weighing 52.4 lbs. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. 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 FAIR for those trolling out on the flats. The fish weren’t too big on average, but there was an 18 lb spring that was caught in the Gap. 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 VERY GOOD this past week. Stephen Drumm, Luke Beyers and John Neis kept three halibut weighing 50, 39 and 20 lbs and released a couple smaller ones while fishing in Oak Bay. 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 FAIR off Sidney this past week. Coal Island is still the hot spot for salmon with most boats getting fish there. The Sidney Anglers Association held their Premier Salmon derby this past weekend. The winner was Don McIvor with an 18.2 lb spring caught near Hambley Point on a hootchy. Second place went to Brian Dunic for a 15.7 lb spring caught near Coal Island on Tiny Strip. Third place went to Christos Macris for a 10 lb spring caught near Coal Island on an anchovy. 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 – Phillip Chang and Steven Chang did very well, catching their first two halibut. Phillip’s halibut was the larger of the two weighing 53.4 lbs and measuring 131 cm in length. Steven fish was almost as large measuring 126 cm and weighing 52.4 lbs. Stephen Drumm, Luke Beyers and John Neis kept three halibut weighing 50, 39 and 20 lbs and released a couple smaller ones while fishing in Oak Bay. The Sidney Anglers Association held their Premier Salmon derby this past weekend. The winner was Don McIvor with an 18.2 lb spring caught near Hambley Point on a hootchy. Second place went to Brian Dunic for a 15.7 lb spring caught near Coal Island on Tiny Strip. Third place went to Christos Macris for a 10 lb spring caught near Coal Island on an anchovy.
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April 12th – Elk Lake “Take a Kid Fishing Derby”
OVERVIEW – Fishing is PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area as spring weather improves. A few steelhead are being caught in the Cowichan River but many of the fish are kelts.
COWICHAN RIVER –The water level has been steadily dropping all week and its just over 1.55 meters near the lake and near Duncan. There are steelhead in all areas, with most of the fish being kelts. 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 PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is continuing their spring release of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On April 3rd, 2,000 rainbow trout were released at Prospect Lake. On March 26th, Elk Lake received 1,200 trout. On March 25th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Glen, Kemp and Matheson Lakes received 500 trout each, Colwood Lake received 250 trout, Lookout Lake received 200 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout. On March 19th, 1,800 trout were released at Shawnigan Lake, 200 trout at Lookout Lake and 75 trout at Ida Anne Lake. On March 18th, Dougan Lake received 640 trout and Somenos Lake received 500 trout. On March 11, Prospect Lake received 1,725 trout, Thetis Lake 1,000 trout and Spectacle Lake relieved 500 trout. On March 7th, Elk Lake received 1,800 catchable rainbows averaging 226 grams and Langford Lake received 1,900 trout. On March 6th, stocking of 2 year old brood stock rainbows averaging 619 grams occurred with Durrance Lake getting 225 fish, and Chemainus and Fuller lakes each receiving 133 fish. On March 4th, Shawnigan Lake received 1,800 catchable rainbow trout, Fuller Lake received 1,200 catchable rainbow trout, and Chemainus Lake received 600 catchable rainbow trout. These trout averaged 232 grams in size. The total Island trout release this spring is 36,734 Fraser Valley strain rainbow trout.
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 usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.
BASS - Bass fishing is SLOW. At this time of year the bass are near 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 SLOW but starting to pick up now. Dan Cessford pulled in a 14 lb 1 oz carp from Elk Lake on Sunday, the first weighed in at the store this year.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
When fishing for trout with Power Bait, always make sure the hook is completely covered by the bait. You don’t want the trout to feel any metal when they gently mouth the bait. And don’t use too heavy a weight as to alarm the fish when it picks up the bait.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014
1) 25.0 lbs – Barry Eaglestone – Whirl Bay – March 23rd
1) 53.4 lbs – Phillip Chang – Constance Bank - Octopus– April 5th
2) 52.5 lbs – Steven Chang – Constance Bank - Octopus– April 5th
1) 4 lbs 10 oz – John Redlick – Duncan area – March 25th
2) 2 lbs15 oz - Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Powerbait – January 25th
3) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ian Knowles – Lookout Lake – Leech fly – January 29th
4) 2 lbs 9 oz - Jeffrey Head – Lookout Lake – Powerbait – February 21st
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 prizesSalmon, 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.
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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