Fishing Report for Week Ending December 28, 2014

SALTWATER

OVERVIEWS – Happy Holidays and weather slowed the fishing effort this past week and very few anglers ventured forth. That said, winter chinook fishing has been FAIR and fish up to 19 lbs were caught this past week. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.

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SOOKE – The fishing for winter springs was FAIR this past weekend. Very few boats went out due to the weather but some nice springs were caught anyway. Jim Condon brought back a 19 lb winter spring from near the Sooke Bluffs. Most boats were fishing from the harbour entrance and over by the Sooke Bluffs. 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 slow this past weekend.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in East Sooke. Over the weekend, chinooks as large as 15 lb spring brought in at Cheanuh marina. Most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay, off the Bedfords or from inside Becher Bay. The average size salmon caught was from 8 – 13 lbs and most fish were caught trolling near the bottom in 110 -140 feet of water. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the Bloody Nose and the Purple Haze. That said, spoons and plastic baits have also been working well. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green. Squirts are working too with Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white the best patterns. For flashers, the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately.

PEDDER BAY – Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR in Whirl Bay and near the Can Buoy at the entrance to the bay. Most fish caught weighed from 8 to 10 lbs. Anchovies were productive for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting springs 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 Pistachio, Purple Haze and Glow white 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 weekend. 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 for winter springs was GOOD off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close into shore and out at Constance Bank. However, the bank has been more consistent when the currents aren’t too strong. The bait is being pushed around by the tides and the salmon are following the bait. Anchovies have been working well in glow 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.  Seals are once again a problem, especially near Clover Point.

 

Hunter Grant, from Brockville, Ontario, holds up a nice eating sized halibut taken at Constance Bank, in 190 feet of water, on a large Herring. With him, his dad Kingsley Grant from Victoria. Hunter Grant, from Brockville, Ontario, holds up a nice eating sized halibut taken at Constance Bank, in 190 feet of water, on a large Herring.
Pictured with him is his dad, Kingsley Grant, from Victoria.


 

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 FAIR 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.

Hunter Grant with a chicken halibut caught in 145 feet of water on a squid and herring combination near 10 mile Point, out of the wind, on the 27th of December in Haro Strait. Hunter Grant with a chicken halibut caught in 145 feet of water on a squid and herring combination near 10 mile Point, out of the wind, on the 27th of December in Haro Strait.


Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR 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 GOOD near Sidney this past week. Sidney Spit and the middle section of the Sidney Channel were the hot spot again this past week. Bob Haney landed a 13¾ lb spring by Sidney Spit this past weekend. Many of the springs have been in the 8 - 12 lb size 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, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors.

Friday December 26th saw a tradition reborn on Pender Island. The Boxing Day Salmon Derby was on again! There were 21 rods sold and 10 boats participating. $5.00 from each rod sold went to the Pender Island Salmon Rehabilitation making a total of $120 for the cause. First place went to Tegan Baxter with a 11lb 1oz spring. His dad, Brook Baxter, was not far behind with a 10lb 10oz spring for second place. Third place went to Steve Neil with a 9 lb 7oz spring. There were a total of 10 fish weighed in and a few more caught but not weighed in.

Notable Catches – Jim Condon caught a 19 lb winter spring from near the Sooke Bluffs. Bob Haney landed a 13¾ lb spring by Sidney Spit this past weekend. First place in the Pender Island Boxing Day Salmon Derby went to Tegan Baxter with a 11lb 1oz spring. His dad, Brook Baxter, was not far behind with a 10lb 10oz spring for second place. Third place went to Steve Neil with a 9 lb 7oz spring.

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

FRESHWATER

OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold weather. Winter run steelhead are now showing up in many rivers and streams. 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.

11 lb steelhead doe caught and released on the Cowichan River this past weekend by Nelson Karger. 11 lb steelhead doe caught and released on the Cowichan River this past weekend by Nelson Karger.


COWICHAN RIVER – The water level has been dropping all week and is at 1.7 meters by the lake and 1.6 meters downstream near Duncan. The river is open for both coho and chum salmon retention until December 31st. The daily limit for coho is one. Fishing has been slow for both species of salmon as most have spawned and died. There are some steelhead in the river now as the winter run has started in the river. 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 SLOW 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. 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 VERY SLOW. Fishing drop shot style is your best bet now. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and reefs, 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 DEAD 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 

When fly fishing the rivers for salmon and steelhead while using a sink tip or full sinking line, keep your leaders short. Anything more than 3 feet allows the fly to float up with the currents and not down near the fishes mouth. And be sure to keep mending your line!

 

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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