Fishing Report for Week Ending November 29, 2015
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was PICKING UP this past week. The weather, once again, has been a big factor in anglers not going out fishing for several days. Halibut fishing was GOOD for those targeting the big flatfish.
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SOOKE – The salmon fishing was PICKING UP this past week. There are lots of undersize springs off Sooke right now and few keepers into the mid teens. The 3”-4” Coyote, Gypsy and G-Force spoons, as well as hoochies, are the top choices for Sooke anglers. G-Force spoons in Outfitters, Irish Cream and No Bananas have been very popular. Hoochies in White Glow, Army Truck and Tiger Prawn have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Ok’i Betsey, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Madi.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR for anglers in East Sooke. There were more winter springs caught but most are not too big. G-force spoons were the most productive lure. However, plastic baits have been popular as well, especially in UV and/or glow patterns. The Glow/Green Stripe hootchy has been effective for springs this past week. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in the Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were effective. For flashers, the Lemon Lime and the Purple Onion have been good. Four halibut were brought into the marina on the weekend.
PEDDER BAY –Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD this past weekend. Most of the action was inside the bay and even though not many anglers were out fishing, winter springs of 20, 12,12, 10.5, 10, 8.5 and 8 lbs were seen at the marina’s cleaning station. The 20 lb spring was caught at 80 feet in 90 feet of water near the kelp beds. The rest of the fish were caught close to the bottom. The anglers are fishing tight to the bottom are often bouncing the downrigger balls on the bottom. There are a lot of shaker chinooks all around this area. Small spoons, such as the G-Force, Coyote and Gypsy, in the glow and/or any bright colours were very effective. Hootchies and squirts also produced well. Flashers that remain popular include Glow green, Lemon-Lime and Purple Onion.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past 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 for salmon was GOOD off Victoria. More than one 10+ lb spring was caught along the waterfront and there were lots of smaller fish too. Mike Weber got a nice pair with 10.5 and 8.5 springs from near the harbour entrance. There were a lot of salmon on Constance Bank too. Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Chartreuse and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and Glow white. Gypsy, AP Needlefish, G Force and Coyote spoons in green, moon glow and silver colours have also been good. The Purple Onion and Bon Chovy flashers have been popular recently.
HALIBUT – Halibut remains VERY GOOD with lots of big herring still around between Middle Bank and Constance Bank. Good depths seem to be between 155 ft and 255ft for active fish and herring with salmon bellies and octopus working best. A 68.3 lb (132.5 cm) halibut was weighed in at the store and takes over 4th place on our leader board. 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 PICKING UP this past week. Some winter springs have been caught and they were too small for retention. Most salmon were caught when fishing with lures right on the bottom (60-110 ft) on the Flats and by the Gap. The fish were hitting needlefish spoon and squirts. G-force and Skinny G spoons in No Bananas and Outfitter colours worked just fine. Coho Killers in Gold Nugget and Green Splatterback have been pretty productive too. The best flasher has been the Gibbs Lemon Lime and the Bon Chovy.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend out in Haro Strait and off Discovery Island. 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 SLOW near Sidney. There is a lot of bait around Coal Island and Sidney Spit, so there should be some fish there. Most of the winter springs are short of the minimum size for retention. Most anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and Gold Nugget. Prawning has been quite slow in Saanich Inlet as well.
Notable Catches – Mike Weber got a nice pair with 10.5 and 8.5 springs from near the harbour entrance.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on most lakes. Many of the lakes are undergoing the fall turnover. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.
COWICHAN RIVER – No rain and cold weather has allowed the river levels to drop steadily all week. The water level at the lake is over 1.3 meters and it’s over 1.15 meters near Duncan. Chum fishing in the lower river has been slowing down. There are some coho in the river but it is strictly catch and release. At the top end, egg patterns are the flies to use now when targeting trout. Effective until December 31, 2015 the daily limit for chum salmon is two (2) adults in the following portion of the Cowichan River: Downstream from the Mile 66 Trestle Bridge to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge). Anglers are reminded that coho retention (both adults and jacks) remains closed at this time. The Cowichan River is Open to Fly Fishing Only from the Weir in Cowichan Lake downstream to the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle).
TROUT – Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery is winding down the fall stocking program of catchable rainbow trout. On November 20th, Lookout Lake received 150 catchable trout. On November 16th, Spectacle Lake received 973 catchable trout, Shawnigan Lake received 1,563 catchable trout and Elk Lake received 1,000 catchable trout. The trout were averaging 219 grams in size. On November 6th, Spectacle Lake received 277 catchable rainbow trout averaging 200 grams. On November 4th, Prospect Lake received 700 catchable rainbow trout, Durrance Lake received 1,900 catchable rainbow trout, Glen Lake received 500 catchable rainbow trout and Elk Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbow trout averaging 231 grams. In total 60,850 trout have been stocked in lakes on the island this fall.
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 rainbow, 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.
BASS - Bass fishing is VERY SLOW. Soft plastics rigged Carolina style are working well and crank baits too. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are 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.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
The halibut seem to be a bit smarter this late in the season, so think about taking off all the "fake" stuff like skirts, spin and glows, etc and use just a bare 16/0 circle hook tied on with an open loop knot so the bait will turn properly. Load it up with lots of bait to slow down the dogfish and keep it on the bottom.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2015
1) 39.4 lbs – Justin Wilson – Church Rock – Anchovy - July 5th
2) 38.2 lbs – Jordan Game – Sooke – Anchovy – July 18th
3) 36.1 lbs – Bruce Cook – Breakwater – Anchovy - September 17th
4) 34.8 lbs – Jim Dow – Victoria Harbour – Anchovy – September 15th
5) 34.4 lbs – Peter Tang – Trap shack – Anchovy - September 4th
1) 75.8 lbs – Colin Wong – Constance Bank – October 16th
2) 70.4 lbs – Mike Koff – Oak Bay - Octopus – April 26th
3) 69.1 lbs – Mike Paltinger – Haro Strait – Herring - April 25th
4) 68.3 lbs – Kevin – Albert Head – November 29th
5) 67.3 lbs – Rick Lelonde – Oak Bay – April 25th
1) 7 lbs 10 oz – Tony Crenattin – Langford Lake – November 21st
2) 4 lbs 7 oz – Bryan Barter – Fuller Lake – March 8th
3) 4 lbs 5 oz– Chris Findlow – Elk Lake – August 7th
4) 4 lbs 3 oz– Paul Tilley – Langford Lake – January 17th
5) 4 lbs 2 oz– Doug Burnit – Dougan Lake – May 9th
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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