Fishing Report for Week Ending September 29


OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing is FAIR to GOOD in most areas as the fish are heading towards their home rivers. Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT again this past weekend.

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PORT RENFREW – Coho fishing has been HOT the last week out from the can buoy from 200-500 feet of water. Some nice sized fish from 8-14lbs are being caught, with the odd San Juan fish into the high teens. Coyote, Gibbs, and glow/green hoochies trolled behind green/silver, Gibbs STS flasher combos seem to be the ticket. Fish are being found from the surface down to 100 feet. Chinook fishing has slowed right down with the bit of rain we had. Seems like most fish were able to finally enter the river.

SOOKE – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The coho numbers are still good. Anglers were having their best success out in the strait in 500 to 600 feet of water and near the US border. We heard that the boats out the farthest were producing the most coho. If you could locate a school, you would have action. Spring fishing has been slow and the most consistent spots were Sheringham Point, Muir Creek and Otter Point. The springs were mostly in the teens with the occasional larger fish. Some springs are being caught while fishing for coho on the tide lines. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week. Anchovies are working well with Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good color choices. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and Paddy Wagon have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, STS, Bon Chovy and the Ok’i Super Betsey.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing has been FAIR in East Sooke. Very few springs are being caught, with the odd fish weighing in the teens to mid twenties. The best salmon fishing was near Secretary Island. Anglers have been catching the odd spring in close to shore between depths of 40 to 90 feet on the downrigger. Most of the salmon being caught now are coho. Successful anglers are going to 200 foot or more depths and fishing at 100-110 feet on the downriggers. If you go farther into the strait, close to the US border, the coho fishing has been hot. Most of the coho have been wild, unmarked fish. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Blue Green Chrome and Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi, STS, Betsy have been very good lately. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well.

springs Nice pair of springs! 18 and 26lbs, caught on anchovies.


PEDDER BAY –Coho fishing has been GOOD way out in the strait near the US border. Out in the strait the fish have been between 90 – 160 depths. Spring salmon fishing was FAIR both in the Pedder Bay and in Whirl Bay, just like last week. The springs are mostly between 8 to 20 lbs in size.  Many of the springs are being caught between 100 to 120 feet on the downrigger at the mouth of Pedder Bay. Anchovies were productive for springs with Chrome Joanne, UV Green and Purple Haze teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho 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 patterns. The best flashers have been the Silver Betsey, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Purple Haze.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT over the weekend. We also heard that there weren’t as many dogfish around. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies, mackerel 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 SLOW off Victoria. Some coho salmon have been caught, but most boats are heading towards Race Rocks and out in the straight to try and find fish. Some feeder springs have been caught out at Constance Bank. The better springs that were getting caught were close to the bottom and biting most frequently on the tide change. That said, some sprigs have been taken as shallow as 25 feet on the downrigger. Most anglers fishing Constance are using artificial lures, usually Coho Killers (golden nugget or green/glow). G-Force spoons in Outfitters or Irish Cream colors. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in all colours have been very effective. Closer in, anchovies are the best choice with green, Purple Haze or Bloody Nose popular choices. Good flashers have been the Green Onion and the HOT SPOT Silver Fever.

image Teddy Jenner with a 16lb spring caught in the tide lines fishing for coho!


Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week out at Constance Bank. Anglers are using extra large herring, mackerel, 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.  There were some springs and coho caught this past week, but not lots of them. Most anglers were trolling this past week.  Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons 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.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus. 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 near Sidney this past week. Some springs and coho have been caught near the Pender Island Bluffs. Hambley Point has slowed down for springs. Many anglers are fishing for springs using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. We’ve heard that the channel has a lot of smaller, undersize chinooks holding in the deeper water, but no good keepers. 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. Bob Bentham caught this 30.2 lb spring in Sidney on his 70th birthday while fishing with his sons. He caught the fish early in the morning on anchovy with a purple haze teaser head and a Gibbs green Madi flasher.  Trevor Gains caught a nice 41lb Halibut on a mackerel off Zero Rock.


Notable Catches – Teddy Jenner with a 16lb spring caught in the tide lines fishing for coho.

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OVERVIEW – Fishing is PICKING UP on most lakes in the South Island area as the temperature cools. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake. On a good note we finally got some rain which brought the levels up in most rivers. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice.

COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels on the river are very low. With the little bit of rain we had it went from .250 – .355 and is dropping again. Hopefully it continues to rise in the next couple weeks. The lower reaches of the Cowichan River have been closed to all recreational uses until further notice. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is good to excellent, especially very early in the morning and late in the day, but it really stresses the fish to catch and release them. Most anglers are staying off the river so as to not stress the trout until the water cools down and rises some.

TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR to GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week.

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. Chironimid patterns have had some action in Langford Lake fished on full sink lines in 35-45 feet of water. 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.

BASS - Bass fishing is GOOD. At this time of year the bass are shallow in the mornings and evenings.. 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 Slower 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


If you are preparing your river fishing gear, go over the line and check for any abrasions in the line and replace as necessary. Salmon put a lot of strain on gear and you don’t want to lose that fish that could make the day!

Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014 


1) 30.8 lbs – Lynn Pollard – Macaulay Point – July 13th

2) 30.7 lbs – Lance Foreman – Waterfront – July 10th

3) 30.0 lbs – Jesse McCullough – Otter Point – July 9th

4) 29.4 lbs – Al Teng – Macaulay Point– July 23rd

5) 29.3 lbs – Richard Hanson – Sherringham Point– June 14th


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) 3 lbs14 oz – Ryan Rock – Duncan area – September 6th

5) 2 lbs15 oz – Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Powerbait – January 25th


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 – 3 carp weighed in, total 33.9 lbs

5)   Kory Haanen – 3 carp weighed in, total 35.4 lbs 5


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.

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