Fishing Report for Week Ending February 1, 2015

SALTWATER


OVERVIEWS – Winter chinook fishing has been FAIR and fish up to 13 lbs were caught this past week. Halibut fishing OPENED on February 1st.

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SOOKE – The fishing for winter springs was SLOW this past weekend. Not too many boats went out due to the weather but some nice springs up to 13 lbs were caught anyway. The best fishing was at the end of the long ebb and the tide turn and start of the flood tide. 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 10 lbs were weighed in at Cheanuh Marina. Most of the fish were caught either in Whirl Bay, off the Bedfords or from inside Becher Bay not far from the marina. Most fish were caught trolling 130 feet in 160 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 of the keepers weighed from 6 to 8 lbs. Anchovies were the most productive lure for springs with Purple Haze and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are also 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 GOOD over the weekend. There were quite a few fish brought back to the marina, but no real big ones. 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 to shore and out at Constance Bank. However, the bank has been more consistent when the currents aren’t too strong. At other times, Esquimalt, Brotchie and Clover Point have produced some nice fish. Most of the fish were less than 10 lbs in size this past week but there were several fish from 11-13 lbs caught. 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 still a problem, but their location has been changing from day to day.

Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR over the weekend. Halibut up to 46 lbs were caught off the waterfront, mostly at Constance Bank. 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.

OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Winter springs up to 10 lbs are being caught on a regular basis. 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 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.

SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney this past weekend. The Sidney Anglers Association held their annual Otto Wiggins Winter Derby on Sunday. There were 14 boats fishing and 18 chinooks weighed in at the derby. Coal Island was the best spot and produced 9 fish. Cordova Channel produced 4 fish, the Sidney Channel 3 fish and the Powder Wharf 2 fish. The winner of the derby was Don McIvor with a 12 lb 7 oz chinook caught on a Coho Killer in Cordova Channel. Don also caught an 8 lb chinook. Second place went to Steve Cote with a 10 lb 9 oz chinook caught on a hootchy near Mandarte Island. Steve also caught a smaller spring near Coal Island. Third place went to Gerry fisher for a 10 lb 8 oz spring caught on strip near Coal Island. .Many of the springs have been in the 7 - 10 lb size this past week. Moses Point, Coal Island, Sidney Spit and the middle section of the Sidney Channel were good again 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.

Notable Catches – The Sidney Anglers Association held their annual Otto Wiggins Winter Derby on Sunday. The winner of the derby was Don McIvor with a 12 lb 7 oz chinook caught on a Coho Killer in Cordova Channel. Second place went to Steve Cote with a 10 lb 9 oz chinook caught on a hootchy near Mandarte Island. Third place went to Gerry fisher for a 10 lb 8 oz spring caught on strip near Coal Island.

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FRESHWATER


OVERVIEW – Fishing is SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area due to the cold weather. Winter run steelhead are 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.

COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels have been dropping steadily for the past week. As of today, it is at 1.35 meters by the lake and 1.3 meters downstream near Duncan. The steelhead fishing has slowed down and there have been reports of gill netting being done in the river.  The Riverbottom and Bible Camp area has been the best area to fish. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. 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. Salmon egg imitations are the go to lures for trout.

Don Beauchamp caught and released this 9 lb Rainbow trout at Langford Lake. Don Beauchamp caught and released this 9 lb Rainbow trout at Langford Lake.


TROUT – Trout fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. That said, some big trout have been caught this past month. Last week, Don Beauchamp caught and released a 9 lb rainbow trout at Elk Lake. 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 – Don Beauchamp caught and released a 9 lb rainbow trout at Elk Lake.

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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK 


Steelheading is really tough on your hooks. Constant bouncing off of rocks quickly dulls your hook’s point, making it harder to set the hook when you get one of those rare strikes. You should check your hook for sharpness after every few casts and use a good file or hone to maintain a sharp point.

 

Island Outfitters Leader Board 2015 


Salmon 

1) 24.3 lbs – Mark Parker- Waterfront – Anchovy - January 6th

Halibut 

We are now waiting for the season to open on February 1st and the first “barn doors” of to be weighed in at the store.

Trout 

1) 4.3 lbs – Paul Tilley – Langford Lake – January 17th

 

2015 DERBIES and EVENTS


Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon, Trout 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.

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