Fishing Report for Week Ending June 19, 2016

SALTWATER


OVERVIEW – In most areas, Salmon fishing was FAIR and Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week.

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SOOKE – The salmon fishing in Sooke was SLOW for springs this past week.  The salmon coming in were in the mid to high teens with the odd larger Spring up to 20lbs.   Sooke anglers have been using Anchovies with teaser heads in Chartreuse Green or Glow trolling behind Lemon Lime flashers.  The tides have been better in the afternoon in Sooke.  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 SPOTTY for anglers at the Trap Shack, Beechey Head, and Aldridge Point.  Most of the Chinooks coming in were 8lbs- 12lbs in size with the odd fish in the 20’s.  Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in Green Glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads are working well.  Summertime depths between 40’ and 70’ are starting to work well.  For flashers, the Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Bon Chovi have been good again this week.

PEDDER BAY –Salmon fishing was OKAY this past week.  Most anglers are fishing in 50’- 80’ of water, close to the bottom.  The tide change for ebb to flood has been the best time to catch fish.  Anglers have been fishing with anchovies in Glow teaser heads trolling behind flashers in Glow Green, Lemon-Lime and Madi.  The fish being brought in are ranging from mid to high teens in size.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was OKAY 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.  Halibut up to 70lbs were weighed in this week.  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.  Anglers have been successful using G-Force and Skinny G spoons in Irish Cream and Splatter Back; or anchovies with teaser heads in Bloody Nose, Chrome Joanne, or Blue Green Chrome.  Squirts were successful in getting hook ups as well with Pink Haze and White Glow remaining to be good colour choices.  For flashers, the Madi, Bon Chovi or Chart Blade Lemon Lime have been working well.  At Constance, anglers have been catching Springs fishing the bottom in depths of 70’- 130’ of water; or 50’- 70’ off the Breakwater.  The springs coming in were in the high teens and low twenties.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was OKAY 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 FAIR with the Flats being the most popular spot this week.  Good options for gear in Oak Bay are Needlefish Squirts in Purple Haze, Army Truck or White Glow; or Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Cop Car or Splatter Back.  Use a 5’ leader for Coho Killers or a 3’ leader for Needlefish.  For flashers, Chart Blade Lemon Lime, Madi and Bon Chovi have been working well.  Anglers have been catching springs in the mid to high teens with the odd one in the twenties.  Fishing close to the bottom in depths of 70’- 110’ has been working best, although, the odd fish has been coming in from mid depths.  Oak Bay has been picking up in the last couple days and is expecting to get better this coming week.

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- 60lb.

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 17lbs in size.  Trollers fishing with tiny strip or anchovies were using Bloody Nose and Glow Green 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.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

FRESHWATER


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.

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.

Notable Catches - Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Avoid the crowds. When you see lots of boats fishing in a small area, it doesn’t necessarily mean there are lots of fish there, just lots of anglers. And the more anglers, the more gear in the water competing for what fish that may be there. Usually, you’re better off to fish away from the crowd with less competition for those fish that are willing to bite.

13494824_1366120183416222_495932299623898919_n Dan with his guest, Erin, with their catch from the PGM derby this past weekend!

 2016 Island Outfitters Leader Board


Halibut

1) 75.8 lbs – Walker Grant – Waterfront – Herring - March 27th

2) 73.9 lbs – Jeff Brohman - Sooke Bluffs – April 30th

3) 73.5lbs – Nick Carson – June 1st, 2016

4) 71.3 lbs – Marty Antcil – William Head – April 30th

5) 68.9 lbs – Kevin Hicks – Trial Island – April 30th

Trout

1) 3 lbs 14 oz – Chad McKay– Elk Lake – Salmon Eggs - January 26th

2) 3 lbs 9 oz – Ron Flower – Quamichan Lake – Wedding Band- April 23rd

3) 2 lbs 14 oz – Ryan Rock– Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th

4) 2 lbs 12 oz – Thomas Mayeras –Look Out Lake– Yellow Power Bait – April 12th

5) 2 lbs 11 oz – Matt Beeby – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th

 Salmon

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!

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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