Fishing Report for Week Ending December 27, 2015
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week but very few anglers were out on the water over the holidays. Most of the salmon were on the small size but some larger fish up to 12 lbs were caught. Halibut fishing was GOOD for those targeting the big flatfish during the last full week of halibut season. Please note that there are salmon and other fishery closures in effect in numerous areas of BC’s tidal waters. For the latest details on openings and closures in your area: A) Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line); or B) Visit our web page http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm to find applicable fishery notices; orC) Follow our sport fishing Twitter account https://twitter.com/sportfishingbc Visit our facebook page to see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips. SOOKE – The salmon fishing was GOOD recently but very few anglers were out fishing. There are lots of undersize springs off Sooke right now and a few larger keepers. 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 Purple Onion, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Madi. BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD for anglers in East Sooke. Very few anglers were out but some springs did get caught. Most of the springs were on the small side, 2 to 4 lbs. Anglers were reporting success in the bay and over in Whirl Bay. 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/Chartreuse 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 GOOD this past weekend but not many anglers were out fishing. Those who did go out caught fish that were mostly in the 5-7 lb range. Most of the fish were caught close to the bottom in 120-150 feet of water in Whirl Bay or inside the bay byt the Navy Buoy. The anglers are fishing tight to the bottom are often bouncing the downrigger balls on the bottom. 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. Most boats that went out after halibut caught fish. 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 when it wasn’t blowing too hard. The salmon are all along the waterfront from Esquimalt to Trial Island and out at Constance Bank. We did hear of fish as large as 12lbs near the harbour mouth, but most were in the 2-7 lb size range. Unfortunately, seals are once a problem. Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Bloody Nose and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and White Glow. Coho Killers, AP Needlefish, G Force and Coyote spoons in Green Splatterback, Moon Glow and glow white & green colours have also been good. The Purple Onion and Bon Chovy flashers have been popular recently. HALIBUT – Halibut remains GOOD around Middle Bank and Constance Bank. Hunter Grant, from Brockville Ontario, and his little brother Walker from Victoria, caught 61 and 35 lb halibut at Constance Bank in 275 feet of water using salmon bellies and octopus for bait. 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 FAIR this past week. 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 FAIR 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 VERY SLOW near Sidney, but very few anglers have been out. We did hear of a 9 lb spring caught near Moresby, but that’s it. Most of the winter springs have been short of the minimum size for retention in previous weeks. 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 – Hunter Grant, from Brockville Ontario, and his little brother Walker from Victoria, caught 61 and 35 lb halibut at Constance Bank. Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email email@example.com
OVERVIEW – Fishing is FAIR in most lakes. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake, but the fishing has been good for these large trout. COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels have been dropping fairly steadily since it blew out on December 13th. Today the water level is 1.7 meters at the lake and 1.5 meters near Duncan. Winter steelheading is now starting to get into full swing. Fresh steelhead have been caught and released in the Riverbottom area. We’ve heard of increasing numbers of steelhead being caught and released in the river recently, mostly in the Riverbottom area. The Riverbottom and Bible Camp area has been the best area to fish. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Beads and yarn, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. 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 FAIR on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Cowichan Lake has produced some large cutthroat trout for those trolling 3” plugs, but that is strictly a catch and release fishery for large trout. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and close to 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 are catching trout 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. Notable Catches – Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email firstname.lastname@example.org
FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Seals stealing fish can be a big problem during the winter saltwater fishery. One of the best ways to avoid seal problems is to not to fish with the pack of other fishing boats, but to separate yourself and fish away from the pack. Another good idea is to use a lighter leader than your main line, so that if a seal grabs your salmon and a fight ensues, at least you won’t lose your flasher. Our biggest sale of the year, the Boxing Week Sale, is still on, so come on down for some real bargains.
Island Outfitters Leader Board 2015
Salmon 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 Halibut 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 Dempster – Albert Head – November 29th 5) 67.3 lbs – Rick Lelonde – Oak Bay – April 25th Trout 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. See our event pages for details on upcoming events and like us on facebook!