Fishing Report for Week Ending May 11, 2014
OVERVIEW – Halibut fishing was GOOD, even though the weather wasn’t the best. Salmon fishing remains FAIR to GOOD although very few anglers were out after salmon on the weekend. There are larger hatchery chinooks up to 20+ lbs being caught and some over size wild fish are being caught and released as well. Visit our facebook page to enter our fishing picture contest, and see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips!
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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The 18th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby drew the efforts of almost all anglers this past weekend. Even though we had windy conditions on Saturday, 122 halibut were weighed in at the store. Another 52 halibut were weighed in on Sunday before the 2 PM deadline. First place in the derby went to Adam West, who brought in a 70.9 lb halibut that he caught near Zero Rock on Saturday. Second place went to Tom Schmidbauer for a 67.7 halibut caught near Race Rocks on Sunday. Third place went to Allen Lacharity for a 65.7 lb halibut caught Saturday morning in Oak Bay. 10 year old Brock Heppell also caught a 65.7 lb halibut in Oak Bay on Saturday morning, but arrived at the weigh in just moments after Allen Lacharity. The first fish weighed gets the higher spot on the leader board so Brock ended up with 4th place. The first place winner won $7,500 cash, second won $2,500 cash, third place won $1,000 cash and 4th place won a Lowrance sounder/gps. Visit our web site blog and our facebook page for lots more details and lots of pictures from the derby.
SOOKE – Salmon fishing was FAIR with the best fishing from the Bluffs westward towards Sherringham Point. There were fin clipped salmon running into the 20’s in the recent catches. More fish are starting to be caught at mid water depths now as mature fish are starting to migrate through. 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 OK with mostly “chicken” size halibut, but there are some larger ones that are pushing the upper size limit. Halibut anglers are having best success out west towards Jordan River and Sombrio Point. We had 10 halibut entered in the derby from this area.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was GOOD for springs. The best salmon fishing has been from Aldridge Point to Beechey Head. Hatchery springs in the 6 – 20+ lb size were being caught and the average size of the fish is improving. Anglers have been catching the salmon at depths of 50 to 120 feet. 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 VERY GOOD, both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay. The springs are mostly between 6 to 10 lbs in size, but there have been some bigger ones up to 20 lbs being caught as well. Much of the action was coming on spoons. 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 GOOD on the weekend. We had 17 halibut entered in the derby from this area. 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 when the wind wasn’t blowing. Most anglers were getting springs and many boats were getting limits. The fish are still getting bigger and several weighing into the low twenties. Closer in, the salmon fishing was slower. 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 GOOD this past weekend. We had 33 halibut entered in the derby from this area. 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 and in the Gap. The big runs of spring salmon have not arrived yet but there are some smaller to mid size feeders around. The most popular method for catching springs here is trolling near the bottom in 65 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. We now have Tiny Strip in stock for those of you fishing Oak Bay!
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. We had 78 halibut entered in the derby from this area. .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. We’ve only heard about a few smaller ones being caught. 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. We had 10 halibut entered in the derby from this area. We had 22 halibut entered in the derby from this area.
Notable Catches – First place in The 18th Annual Just for the Halibut Derby went to Adam West, who brought in a 70.9 lb halibut that he caught near Zero Rock on Saturday. Second place went to Tom Schmidbauer for a 67.7 halibut caught near Race Rocks on Sunday. Third place went to Allen Lacharity for a 65.7 lb halibut caught Saturday morning in Oak Bay. 10 year old Brock Heppell also caught a 65.7 lb halibut in Oak Bay on Saturday morning, but arrived at the weigh in just moments after Allen Lacharity. The first fish entered gets the higher spot so Brock ended up with 4th place.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1.
COWICHAN RIVER – 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 in the top end right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there and our favorites are the Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Pheasant tails.
TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC continues their spring release of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On May 2nd, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout and Langford Lake received 500 trout. On April 30th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout and Spectacle Lake received 500 trout. On April 29th, Langford Lake received 2,000 trout, and Glen, Matheson and Kemp Lakes each received 500 trout. 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. The total Island trout release this spring is 57,305 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 shallow and close in to shore for spawning. 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 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. 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. Please remember that bass are closed for retention on all southern island lakes through June 15th.
CARP – Carp fishing is GOOD at Elk Lake. William Oliver weighed in 5 carp with a total weight of 31.2 lbs this past week.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Set your drag – properly! The best way to set your drag is with an accurate measuring scale, the same type that you use to weigh a fish. Your drag should be set to slip at approximately 30% of your line’s breaking strength when pulled directly off of the reel.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014
1) 25.0 lbs – Barry Eaglestone – Whirl Bay – March 23rd
1) 70.9 lbs – Adam West – Zero Rock – May 10th
2) 67.7 lbs – Tom Schmidbauer – Rock Pile – May 11th
3) 66.6 lbs – Harvey Francis – Rock Pile – Herring – April 23rd
4) 65.7 lbs – Allen Lacharity – Oak Bay - Herring– May 10th
5) 65.7 lbs – Brock Heppell – Oak Bay – May 10th
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
1) William Oliver – 71 carp weighed in, total 322.8 lbs
2) Dan Morris – 38 carp weighed in, total 227 lbs 10 oz
3) Blair Cox - 7 carp weighed in, total 102 lbs.
4) Brandon Boudewyn - 3 carp weighed in, total 33.9 lbs
5) Jodey Hillard - 7 carp weighed in, total 32 lbs 5 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.
June 14th and 15th – Port Renfrew Fathers Day Derby
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