Fishing Report for Week Ending June 12, 2016
Fishing Report for Week Ending June 12, 2016
OVERVIEW – In most areas, Salmon fishing was GOOD and Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week.
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The Pacific Gateway Marina is holding their SALMON CHAMPIONSHIP on June 18th & 19th in Port Renfrew. Tickets are $500 per boat and only a very few tickets are left. There is a Captain’s BBQ on Friday, June 15th, at 6PM. First prize is $10,000, second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,000. Proceeds of the derby go to the Pacific Salmon foundation.
SOOKE – The salmon fishing in Sooke was GOOD for springs this past week, although the wind was strong. For those who got out, they were bringing in Springs ranging from 8-12lbs as well as the odd larger Spring up to 20lbs. There have been quite a few oversized fish being released over the past week. Sooke anglers have been using Anchovies with a Bloody Nose teaser head to show results. Anglers fishing off Sherringham Point, Otter Point and the Bluffs at a depth between 40’ and 80’ have had the most success this past week.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD for anglers at the Trap Shack, Beechey Head, and Aldridge Point. Most of the chinooks were running up to 15 lbs in size but there were few hatchery. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working well still. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Bon Chovy or Outfittters colours were also effective. For flashers, the Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Bon Chovi have been good.
PEDDER BAY –Salmon fishing was BETTER this past week. There were some springs up to 12lbs showing a reasonable return as well as some over slot size fish being released. Whirl Bay picked up again this week and the tides were much better than last week. Most anglers are fishing in 80’- 100’ of waters. The tide change for ebb to flood has been the best time to catch fish. Most of the salmon have been feeding on small squid, so white hootchies, Milky Way, jellyfish squirts and small spoons, such as the G-Force, Coyote and Gypsy, in the glow colours were very effective again this week. For anglers fishing with bait, anchovies with a glow teaser head have been working well. Flashers that remain popular include Glow green, Lemon-Lime and Madi.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. The best areas were Race Rocks, Otter Point and 27 Fathom reef. 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. The tides were much better this past week and it showed results with Halibut up to 60lbs being weighed in. You can also use Mudraker, Lucky or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Victoria. The best fishing was out at Constance Bank again this week. Anchovies were a good bait to use and Chart Glow and Bloody Nose have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups as well. Good choices in plastic baits are the Pink Haze and White Glow. Gibbs Outfitters or Bon Chovi Skinny G trolling behind a Moon Jelly flasher has also brought results in Victoria. Anglers have been catching Springs in depths of 80’ – 100’ of water.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend with the best areas remaining to be East Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well to stay away from dog fish was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The Gap and the Flats were popular spots again this past week. The salmon have been feeding heavily on needle fish on the Flats. The main bite period has been at the end of the ebb and the start of the flood. Jigging has been working as well as trolling. Anglers fishing with bait have been using anchovies or tiny strip in Glow teaser heads. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers in Mother of Pearl, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons and APT Needlefish spoons. Drift anglers have been getting fish on Needlefish Darts or Deep Stingers. Anglers have been trolling in 80’ -100’ of water
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend with the best areas remaining to be East Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. Anglers that were fishing were using extra-large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well to stay away from dog fish was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow. The halibut being brought in were ranging from 20- 40lbs with few exceptions.
SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. The best spots around Sidney were Coal Island and Fairfax Point. The few fish that were being brought in were ranging up to 15 lbs in size. Sidney Spit has been better than last week but still remains slow. Trollers fishing with tiny strip or anchovies were using Bloody Nose and Glow teaser heads. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackle needlefish spoons were successful. Anglers jigging have also been catching springs and are using Needlefish Darts and Deep Stingers. The Powder Wharf and Shag Rocks area remain to be good for jigging salmon.
Notable Catches – Joanne caught a nice 14lb Spring off Cole over the weekend. She was fishing with anchovy in a Chart glow teaser head trolled behind an Chart flasher.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD in most lakes for both trout and bass. Warmer weather has really made the fish more active and the insect hatches have increased. All bass fishing is closed to retention until June 15th.
COWICHAN RIVER – The water level is very, very low for this time of year. Fly fishing at the top end of the river for trout has been good and insect hatches are happening daily. The rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout are actively feeding on these hatches and migrating salmon fry. Good patterns are Pheasant Tail, Prince, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears and Stone fly nymphs. A fry imitation or a Wooly Bugger will also work, especially for the brown trout. When the fish are feeding on the surface, the Goddard Caddis has been a good fly to fish.
TROUT – Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to the bottom. Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow 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. 2” Tomic Plugs have also been working well for Trout.
BASS - All bass fishing is closed to retention until June 15th. Bass fishing is GOOD. Langford Lake has been very buy with bass anglers this past week. White Buzz baits, as well as Texas rigged Yum Dingers in Watermelon Flake or Berkley Oil Slicked Worms, have been working well. 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
When using flashers that have been sitting in your tackle box for a while, always make sure your swivels are working. If they are not turning, you can use WD40 to loosen them up.
2016 Island Outfitters Leader Board
1) 75.8 lbs – Walker Grant – Waterfront – Herring - March 27th
2) 73.9 lbs – Jeff Brohman - Sooke Bluffs – April 30th
3) 71.3 lbs – Marty Antcil – William Head – April 30th
4) 68.9 lbs – Kevin Hicks – Trial Island – April 30th
5) 68.4 lbs – Wayne Boyd – Constance Bank - February 7th
1) 3 lbs 14 oz – Kody Stofer – Elk Lake – Salmon Eggs - January 26th
2) 3 lbs 9 oz – Ron Flower – Quamichan Lake – Wedding Band- April 23rd
3) 2 lbs 11 oz – Matt Beeby – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th
4) 2 lbs 4 oz – Ryan Rock – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th
5) 2 lbs 4 oz – Bernard Schedler – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th
We are now waiting for the first salmon of the year to be weighed in at the store. So, bring your next big salmon in for the contest!