Fishing Report Week Ending June 15th, 2014

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Fishing Report for Week Ending June 15, 2014


OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week.  Constance bank produced the most fish. Bigger springs came from the Sooke area. There are hatchery chinooks into the high 20+ lbs size range being caught as well as a mixture of small and large wild springs reaching into the mid 30's. Halibut fishing remains FAIR with reports of dogfish moving into most areas.

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SOOKE – Salmon fishing was GOOD  this past week for mature fish. The best results came from the Otter Point - Sheringham Point and westward. 50 - 80 feet seemed to be the depths that these larger fish were being caught at. Anchovies are working well with Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose teaser heads. Glow and UV hootchies as well as the Coho Killers and G-Force spoons have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, The Outfitter and Oki’s Purple Onion. Halibut anglers are having best success out west towards Jordan River and Sombrio Point.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was GOOD for springs. The best salmon fishing was around Church Rock, the Bedfords and near Aldridge Point around to the Trap Shack. Hatchery springs in the 6 – 20+ lb size were being caught and the average size of the fish is improving. With the derby this weekend lots of nice fish were around. Anglers have been catching the salmon between depths of 50 to 80 feet. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately. Hootchies have been effective too, Black/White, White, Glow, Purple Haze have been good color patterns. Spoons such as Coho killers and G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well.

PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD, both in Pedder Bay, and close to Church Rock and Whirl Bay. The springs are mostly 6 to 15 lbs in size, but there have been a few in the high twenties. Many of the springs are being caught between 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovies were productive with the UV Green teaser heads. Anglers are getting some fish while trolling 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsy, The Outfitter and The Madi.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR if you could get between the gales. There were reports of fish being caught into the 40's, but not too many. 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 springs at Constance Bank when the wind wasn’t blowing. The springs were close to the bottom and were biting more frequently around slack tides. The fish are getting bigger and springs in the teens and twenties are being caught. Closer in, the salmon fishing was FAIR with a few more fish showing from Brotchie Ledge to Clover Point.

Most anglers fishing Constance 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 Haze, Clear Jelly UV or Green Jellyfish. Seals continue to be a problem for anglers after salmon.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week when the currents were good. 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 SPOTTY for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. There were a couple of good days but most boats did not do very well for much of the week. The seals have been a real problem and it seems that every boat that gets a salmon also loses one to a seal. There were some hatchery springs up to 25 lbs around.  The most popular method for catching springs here is trolling near the bottom in 65 to 130 feet of water with squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. That being said, anglers jigging Delta Jigs, Luhr-Jensen Stringers or Gibbs Floorwalker Jigs have been catching their fair share of springs. It’s hard to say which method is the better technique right now. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons, Tom Macks and 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, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish. We now have Tiny Strip in stock for those of you fishing Oak Bay!


Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. 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 heard that the bigger fish are near Hambley Point and Fairfax Point. The ones coming out of the channel were smaller in size.  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 from this week include a 36.2lb Chinook that won the PGM Salmon Invitational. Second place went to Brennan Boyne with a 33.4, and third place was Kevin McKenna with a 31.1. The winner of the Alpine Juan De Fuca Derby and the $10000 cash prize was Alex Smith with a 29.5lb Spring. Also Richard Hanson weighed in a nice 27lb 10 oz chinook to the store last Wednesday.

IMG_6869 Herb Axton with the winning 36.2lb Chinook, guided by Ian White of Island Outfitters

IMG_5050 Brennan Boyne and friends with the second place 33.4lb PGM Derby winner.

photo Richard Hanson with a nice 27lb 10 oz chinook caught last week off Sheringham Point




36.2 - Herb Axton

33.4 - Brennan Boyne

31.1 - Kevin McKenna

30.0 - Brian Paulson

29.5 - Reg Orza

28.6 - Kevin McKenna

28.1 - Doug Mierow

26.2 - Ken Whittaker

24.8 - Levi Purdey

24.0 - Kevin McKenna

HIDDEN WEIGHT – 16.8 – John Rogers


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



OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR to GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released in all streams in region 1.

COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels on the river are low. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is good to excellent. There are rainbows 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. There are lots of insect hatches during the day now and the dry fly fishing can be excellent if you match the hatch.

TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. 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 GOOD. 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. Surface lures have been producing well in the evenings and mornings. 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. Corn and  carp boilies have been the best bait recently.

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



With more and more mature fish around, it is time to start experimenting with different baits and styles of fishing. Try fishing herring in teaser heads, and cut plugging herring closer to shore.


Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014




1)       29.3 lbs – Richard Hanson – Sherringham – June 3rd

2)    27lb 10oz - Richard Hanson - Sheringham Point - June 11th

3)       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) 4 lbs 6 oz – Robert Waldner – Langford Lake - May 12th

4) 2 lbs15 oz - Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Powerbait – January 25th

5) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ian Knowles – Lookout Lake – Leech fly – January 29th


1)   William Oliver – 75 carp weighed in, total 345.4 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 - 6 carp weighed in, total 59.8 lbs

5) Kory Haanen - 5 carp weighed in, total 43lbs 6 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. 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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