Fishing Report for Week Ending April 20, 2014

SALTWATER


OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing remains FAIR to GOOD with mostly smaller size fish. That said, nice hatchery chinooks in the teens are becoming more common. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.

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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 – Salmon fishing remains FAIR with the best fishing near the Bluffs in 100 to 120 feet depths and westward towards Sherringham Point. There were fin lipped salmon running up to 20 lbs in size but most were smaller than that. 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 mostly “chicken” size halibut, but there are some larger ones that are pushing the upper size limit.  Most halibut anglers have been anchoring off the Sooke Bluffs or heading west towards Jordan River.

 

Jason shingles with a mid teens salmon caught near Sherringham Point on April 12th Jason shingles with a mid teens salmon caught near Sherringham Point on April 12th


 

BECHER BAYSalmon fishing was FAIR for winter springs. The best fishing has been on the outside from Whirl Bay to Beechey Head. Hatchery springs in the 10 – 20 lb size were being caught this past week, so the size of fish is improving. 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 Black/White, Cloverleaf and Purple haze have been good color patterns. Artificial spoons such as Coho killers and G-Force spoons have been working well also.

PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was NOT TOO BAD, especially in Whirl Bay and near Church Rock. The springs are still mostly between 6 to 8 lbs in size, but there have been some bigger ones up to 20 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 FAIR on the weekend. 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; less than 10 lbs in size, but there were several 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.

Ben Wright with his 57.3 lb halibut Ben Wright with his 57.3 lb halibut


Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Ben Wright pulled in a 57.3 lb (128cm) halibut while trolling a 3.5” Outfitters G-force spoon for salmon at Constance Bank. 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 SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap.

The big runs of late spring salmon have not arrived yet. The most popular method for catching springs here 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.  He caught the big fish on a hootchy/herring combination. 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 many boats getting fish there. Bob Haney did real well there catching a 22.5 lb spring on Tiny Strip and a 8 lb spring on a spoon.  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 Ben Wright pulled in a 57.3 lb (128cm) halibut while trolling a 3.5” Outfitters G-force spoon for salmon at Constance Bank. Bob Haney did real well while fishing near Coal Island, catching a 22.5 lb spring on Tiny Strip and a 8 lb spring on a spoon. 

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com  

FRESHWATER


OVERVIEW – Fishing is PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area as spring weather improves.  However, many lakes are “turning over” so the fishing is still fairly slow on those lakes.

COWICHAN RIVER –The water level has increased with the latest rain and it is just over 1.26 meters near the lake and 1.14 meters near Duncan. The steelhead season is over for all practical purposes. The trout fishing in the upper river is good to excellent. There are rainbows that have dropped down from the lake as well as resident brown and cutthroat trout that are active right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there. Although a fry imitation will work now too. Other good flies are Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Wooly Buggers.

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 16th, Prospect Lake received 1,275 trout, Shawnigan Lake received 722 trout and Langford Lake received 600 trout. On April 9th, Langford Lake received 2,000 trout and Dougan Lake received 365 trout. On April 7th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout. 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 47,196 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 PICKING UP as water temperatures increase. At this time of year the bass are still near drop offs but some are moving in closer to shore.  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.

Bass fishing is strictly catch & relase as any bass retention is prohibited until June 15th.

CARP – Carp fishing is PICKING UP at Elk Lake. Brandon Boudewyn caught a 15.5 lb carp and a 14.2 lb carp from Elk Lake on Monday.

Brandon Boudewyn with a large Elk Lake carp Brandon Boudewyn with a large Elk Lake carp


Notable Catches – Brandon Boudewyn caught a 15.5 lb carp and a 14.2 lb carp from Elk Lake on Monday.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK 


Double up for halibut! When you bait up a herring for halibut, add a small piece of octopus to the trailing hook. That way, if a halibut steals your herring, you can leave the bait down and get the fish when it comes back for the octopus a few minutes later. 

Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014 


Salmon 


1) 25.0 lbs – Barry Eaglestone – Whirl Bay – March 23rd 

Halibut 


1) 57.3 lbs – Ben Wright – Constance Bank – G-force spoon – April 19th

2) 55.3 lbs – Mike Furtado – Oak Bay – Hootchy/Herring– April 9th

2) 53.4 lbs – Phillip Chang – Constance Bank - Octopus– April 5th

3) 52.5 lbs – Steven Chang – Constance Bank - Octopus– April 5th 

Trout 


1) 4 lbs 12 oz – Jeremy Thomassen– Elk Lake – April 12th

2) 4 lbs 10 oz – John Redlick – Duncan area – March 25th

3) 2 lbs15 oz - Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Powerbait – January 25th

4) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ian Knowles – Lookout Lake – Leech fly – January 29th

5) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ryan Komori –Elk Lake – April 12th

Carp


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.

April 26th and 27th is our 20th Anniversary Sale 


April 28th - Come fish Patagonia 


May 2nd and 3rd - Sidney Salmon Derby


May 8th - Fly Fishing Film Tour, F3T 


May 10th and 11th – “Just For the Halibut Derby”


 June 14th and 15th – Port Renfrew Fathers Day Derby


See our event pages for details on upcoming events and like us on facebook