Fishing Report Week Ending June 22, 2014

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Fishing Report for Week Ending June 22, 2014


OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week.  Constance bank has slowed down this past week with many of the anglers not fishing due to seals. Bigger springs came from the Port Renfrew & Sooke area although the majority of fish have been smaller this past week everywhere. Halibut fishing remains FAIR with reports of dogfish moving into most areas.

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SOOKE – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week for mature fish. The best results came from the Aldridge Pt up to the Trap Shack. 35 - 65 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. G-Force spoons colors being Irish Cream and No Bananas 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. Although a few anglers had good success off Victoria this past week most of the Halibut anglers are having best success out to Renfrew.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR for springs. The best salmon fishing was near Aldridge Point around to the Trap Shack.  Anglers have been catching Salmon between depths of 35 to 60 feet. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The majority fish caught this weekend were 9-15lb range, with the odd fish coming in the 20’s.  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. Spoons such as 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 remains FAIR as the winds again this past week were not ideal. There were reports of fish being caught into the 50'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 FAIR for springs at Constance Bank as again the winds weren’t cooperative this past week. 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, there was a better report for salmon fishing as most anglers were staying in closer due to winds.

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 remains FAIR as the winds again this past week were not ideal. 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 remains SPOTTY for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. There were reports of the evening fish being better.  The seals are still a real problem and it seems that every boat that gets a salmon also loses one to a seal. The fish that are being caught have been in the 8-15lb range.  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 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 GOOD off Sidney this past week.  Fishing the evening, Fairfax Pt and Hambley have been producing decent numbers of Springs in the 8-15lb range.  We’ve heard that the bigger fish are near Hambley Point.   Many anglers have been fishing for springs using tiny strip. 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.

Notable Catches -  Island Farms held their annual derby this past weekend, the top fish was caught by Darcy Taylor with a 27.6lb Spring, 2nd was caught by Ian White with a 26lb Spring and 3rd by Stacy Robertson with a 20lb Spring.
Above is a picture of one of our guests from this past week with a nice Spring from Swiftsure Bank.

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 – Remains very similar to last week’s report, 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 GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. There were 472 fish released into Fuller Lake and 366 fish released into Chemainus Lake this past week, giving the total Island trout release this spring is 65,038 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 Orange 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 but are starting to move off of their beds from spawning. There have been good reports of early morning fishing with spinner baits in Chartreuse, White and Black.  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.

CARP – Carp fishing is SLOW at Elk Lake. Corn and carp Boilies have been the best bait recently.

Notable Catches – Elliott Williams came first place in the Log House pub derby with a 2lb Trout.  Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email


When brining your bait don’t be afraid to experiment with bait dyes and different brines. As this will prolong your bait life and sometimes this can make all the difference to make a bad day good!

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.

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