Fishing Report for Week Ending on April 12th 2015
OVERVIEW – Chinook fishing was FAIR and halibut fishing was GOOD. The big winds on the weekend hampered the fishing effort overall.
Effective until 23:59 hours Friday, June 12, 2015 in Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt. to Sheringham Pt.), the daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length. The minimum size limit in these areas is 45 cm in length.
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SOOKE – The fishing for winter springs was GOOD this past weekend. Some hatchery springs into the teens and a few oversize unclipped chinooks were taken just outside the harbour and near the bluffs. Bait is now out producing artificial when fishing for the springs. Anchovies are working the best and Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being the best color 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 FAIR this past weekend.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was SLOW in East Sooke. Once again, most of the salmon were caught either in Whirl Bay or off the Bedfords. Most anglers were trolling near the bottom in 130 feet to 160 of water but moving their gear higher in the water column when they found bait. The springs were running from 7 to 9 lbs in size on average, but a few larger unclipped fish were caught and released. The larger fish were caught at mid water depths near bait balls. Anchovies were the most productive bait and Blood Nose and Green Glow were the most popular teaser heads. 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 No Bananas 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 this past week. Whirl Bay was the best spot once again. The fish are following the bait and you have to find the bait to get consistent results. Most of the keepers weighed from 6 to 9 lbs and were caught near the bottom. However, we’ve heard that some larger springs are being caught at 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovy were the most productive lure for springs with Green Chrome, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. Trolling with 3” and 3.5” spoons have been effective for catching springs these past few weeks. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi and the Purple Onion.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week with fish up to 60 lbs caught. Most 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 FAIR off Constance Bank during the week. It did slow down on the weekend as the wind kept many anglers off the water. Mike Webber had a great day on Saturday landing an 18.5 lb spring at Constance Bank and a 10.5 lb spring off Clover Point. Anglers have been catching a few chinooks closer to shore at Clover Point. The seals were not much of a problem this week. Perhaps the transient orcas have chased them way. There were small size chinooks caught in most other locations along the waterfront. 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.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week, but it slowed down on Sunday. Most 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 SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. This is the time of year, historically, when this area starts coming into its own, as far a s salmon are concerned.. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. Many of 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 this past week. Halibut were biting at the current changes and dog fish were a bit of an issue. 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 FAIR near Sidney this past weekend. The Sidney Anglers held their annual Premier Salmon Derby on the weekend but only 4 salmon were weighed in. The Derby winner was Brian Dunic who caught a 13.7 lb spring on strip while fishing near Coal Island. Second place went to Cliff Kindree with an 8.8 lb spring caught off Hambley Point. Third went to Dave Featherby with a 7 lb 10 spring also caught at Hambley. I was told that Cliff and Dave where fishing together when they got a double header to place in the derby. Elsewhere, there were fish into the 20’s coming in from Saanich Inlet. There have been lots of people prawning in the inlet. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and 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. Crabbing has been excellent.
Notable Catches – Mike Webber had a great day on Saturday landing an 18.5 lb spring at Constance Bank and a 10.5 lb spring off Clover Point. The Sidney Anglers held their annual Premier Salmon Derby on the weekend. The Derby winner was Brian Dunic who caught a 13.7 lb spring on strip while fishing near Coal Island. Second place went to Cliff Kindree with an 8.8 lb spring caught off Hambley Point. Third went to Dave Featherby with a 7 lb 10 spring also caught at Hambley.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing was SLOW on most lakes in the South Island area. Winter run steelhead has SLOWED DOWN and most of the fish are kelts. Remember that ALL wild trout (steelhead included) 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 –The water level has been steadily dropping for the past week. The water level today is at 1.1 meters throughout its length. The steelhead fishing is over and what fish there are now are kelts. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent as insect hatches are becoming common. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on these hatches and migrating salmon fry. Bead head nymphs are the top producer there. Good patterns are Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Wooly Buggers. A fry imitation or a Wooly Bugger will also work, especially for the brown trout.
The 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, April 11th. The derby had categories for both trout and bass with a $1,000 cash prize to the winners in each category. There were 300 anglers participating this year. The winner in the trout category was Jack Driebergen with a 3 lb 3 oz rainbow trout. Second place went to Alec Gunn with a 2lb 1 oz trout. Third place went to Cam bond with a 1 lb 14 oz trout. The winner in the bass category was Chris Grant with a 5 lb 11 oz Smallmouth bass. Second place went to Shilo Matte with a 5 lb 5 oz bass. Third place went to Cory Cox with a 4 lb 14 oz bass. For more details and pictures on the derby please visit out facebook page.
TROUT – Trout fishing was FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has started their spring releases of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. On April 8th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout with an average weight of 208 grams On March 13th, Shawnigan Lake received 2,164 trout averaging 248 grams. On March 12th, Spectacle Lake received 500 trout with an average size of 239 grams. On March 10th, Elk Lake received 1,850 trout, Lookout Lake received 200 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 50 trout with an average weight of 240 grams. On March 9th, Thetis Lake received 1,250 trout and Kemp, Matheson, Glen and Dougan Lakes each relieved 500 trout with an average size of 234 grams. So far this spring, 27,317 have been released into Island lakes.
Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices 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 Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.
BASS - Bass fishing is SLOW but starting to pick up. At this time of year the bass are near deeper drop offs and are hard to find. 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 around 12 feet down 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. Look for the fish suspended by drop offs close to shore along docks, branches, and any overhanging structure. 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. Brian Swejda caught a 7 lb smallmouth bass at Shawnigan Lake on April 10th.
Notable Catches – The winner in the 9th Annual Elk Lake Take a Kid Fishing Derby trout category was Jack Driebergen with a 3 lb 3 oz rainbow trout. Second place went to Alec Gunn with a 2lb 1 oz trout. Third place went to Cam bond with a 1 lb 14 oz trout. The winner in the bass category was Chris Grant with a 5 lb 11 oz Smallmouth bass. Second place went to Shilo Matte with a 5 lb 5 oz bass. Third place went to Cory Cox with a 4 lb 14 oz bass. For more details and pictures on the derby please visit out facebook page. Brian Swejda caught a 7 lb smallmouth bass at Shawnigan Lake on April 10th.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Weigh your fish right away if you are in a derby and catch a potential prize winning fish. Every year we hear stories of anglers placing second in derbies that they would have won if only they had weighed the fish in before it lost weight. Heck, it even happened to me one year and I should know better! So, don’t be foolish and wait for another one before hitting the weigh in station. You just never know how large or small a fish will be that will win that derby.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2015
1) 24.3 lbs – Mark Parker- Waterfront – Anchovy - January 6th
1) 65.9 lbs – Marty Pinchin – Mud Hole – March 30th
2) 58.2 lbs – Ryan Mace – Oak Bay – Herring - March15th
3) 55.3 lbs – Rick Lelonde – Oak Bay – February 14th
4) 51.0 lbs – Trevor Gains – Oak Bay – Mackerel – March 1st
1) 4.7 lbs – Bryan Barter – Fuller Lake – March 8th
2) 4.3 lbs – Paul Tilley – Langford Lake – January 17th
3) 3 lbs 13 oz – Mike Reid – Elk Lake – March 8th
4) 2.4 lbs – Bryan Barter – Elk Lake – March 23rd
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.
19th Annual Just For the Halibut Derby – April 25th – 26th 2015.
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