Fishing Report for Week Ending November 30, 2014

 

SALTWATER

OVERVIEWS – Once again, winds and below freezing temperatures have kept most anglers off the water this past week. Winter chinook fishing has been FAIR for fish up to 12.5 lbs have been caught. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.

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SOOKE – The winter springs have not moved in yet in any sizeable quantity although a few decent ones have been caught. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good colors choices. G-Force spoons in 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 the Jellyfish UV. Halibut fishing was excellent near Muir Creek.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in East Sooke. Some winter springs up to 11 lbs have been caught, and they have been coming from Church Rock to the Bedfords. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the UV Green and the 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, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green. A few halibut were also seen at the marina.

PEDDER BAY –Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters with fish up to 12 lbs being caught. Both Whirl Bay and Church Rock areas were best with some salmon in the 120 foot depths. Anchovies were productive for springs with UV Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho while trolling 3” to 3.5” spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with Yellow, Purple Haze and Gray Ghost the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the week. Anglers that were fishing 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 off Victoria. Winter springs are the only salmon being caught now. The springs have been close in as well as out at Constance Bank. However, the winds kept anglers off the bank most of the week. Anchovies have been working well in green and UV Chart/Flash colors outside the harbour. Good choices in plastic baits are the Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in green and glow colours have been very effective.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week out at Constance Bank and off Albert Head when it wasn’t too windy. Anglers are 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. Some winter springs are being caught but not many big ones. 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 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. There were a few places where one could get out of the wind and they produced fish. 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 FAIR near Sidney this past week. There are reports of winter springs in the Sidney Channel south of the Powder Wharf. Most of the winters are just around or under the minimum size for retention but fish as large as 9 lbs have been caught this past week. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in 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. Halibut ffishing has been good near the Darcy Island shoals.

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

FRESHWATER

OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area because of the recent stockings. 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. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.

COWICHAN RIVER – Recent rains blew the river out but it is now dropping. The water level in the river at the lake is 1.95 meters and downstream near Duncan it is 1.65 meters. The river is open for both coho and chum salmon retention until December 31st. You’re now allowed to keep two chums per day. The daily limit for coho is one. Fishing has been good for both species of salmon. The Bible Camp has been closed to fishing. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is excellent. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Egg patterns are the way to go now, and they are very effective when drifted behind a salmon redd.

TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started its fall stocking program and has so far released 58,850 catchable rainbow trout on the island. On November 20th, Prospect Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout and Elk Lake received 757 catchable rainbow trout. On November 14th, Langford Elk Lake received 4,000 catchable rainbow trout. On November 7th, Colwood Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On November 6th, Prospect Lake received 1,750 rainbows, Elk Lake received 1,200 rainbows, Durrance Lake received 500 rainbows and Lookout Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On November 3rd, Thetis and Kemp Lakes each received 1,000 catchable rainbow trout and Glen and Matheson Lakes each received 500 catchable rainbow trout. On October 30th, Elk Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. On October 28th, Lookout Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 27th, Spectacle Lake received 1,250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 20th, Ida Anne Lake received 250 catchable rainbow trout. On October 16th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout. On October 15th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout.. On October 14h, Kemp Lake received 500, Matheson Lake 500, Lookout Lake 250, Prior Lake 500, Thetis Lake 1,000 and Glen Lake 500 catchable rainbow trout. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 2,000, Elk Lake 2,000 and Spectacle lake 250 catchable 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.

BASS - Bass fishing is SLOWER. There have been reports of some success with spinner baits in Chartreuse, White and Black. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, and have been 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.

CARP – Carp fishing is SLOW 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 info@fishingvictoria.com

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK 

Speed up for winter springs! They are much more active feeders than the summer fish, and by trolling a little faster than you would in the summer you can cover more water and present your lure to more fish. And don’t forget to keep your bait close to the bottom too. 

Island Outfitters Leader Board 2014

 

Salmon 

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

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

3) 30.6 lbs – Karen Lancey – Muir Creek – September 3rd

4) 30.0 lbs – Jesse McCullough – Otter Point – July 9th

5) 29.4 lbs – Al Teng – Macaulay Point– July 23rd

 

Halibut

1) 70.9 lbs – Adam West – Zero Rock – May 10th

2) 67.8 lbs – John Kirkendale Sr. – Constance Bank – October 21st

3) 67.7 lbs – Tom Schmidbauer – Rock Pile – May 11th

4) 66.6 lbs – Harvey Francis – Rock Pile – Herring – April 23rd

5) 65.7 lbs – Allen Lacharity – Oak Bay - Herring– May 10th 

 

Trout 

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

 

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.

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