Fishing Report for Week Ending October 9, 2016
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was HIT AND MISS this past week. Coho are the target species as they are moving towards their natal streams. If you get into a school you’ll do really well, but if you don’t find them you are going to get skunked. Small feeder (winter) springs are showing up in large numbers near Victoria. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend.
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SOOKE – The salmon fishing was GOOD for coho if you could find them. The winning fish in the Sooke Coho derby was a 17.5 lb coho caught by Sean Hutchinson. The hatchery fish were running from 7–15 lbs and some of the wild, unmarked coho were even heavier. The unclipped fish once again greatly outnumbered the clipped fish this past. The coho have been found most often in 400 to 600 feet of water and at depths from 50 to 120 feet. The best bet is to fish the tide lines with spoons and plastics the most popular lure choices. Anchovies are still a good choice for bait and good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.The top spoons for Sooke anglers have lots of green and glow/white has been working well.. For flashers, you can’t go wrong with a Super Betsey, Madi or Bon Chovi Flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIRLY STEADY this past week. The coho fishing has been focus of anglers. Most of the coho have been from 7 to 11 lbs with the odd “teener” being caught. Those who targeted coho did quite well using spoons and hootchies and were having their best success in water depths from 200-500 feet.. . A couple of springs in the 20’s were taken as incidental catches while fishing for coho. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working best. Also good are spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Bon Chovy or Outfitters’ colours. For flashers, the Betsey, Lemon Lime and Green/Silver Hot Spot have been good.
PEDDER BAY –Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The coho fishing is best out at water depths of 450 feet or more in the shipping lanes rather than in close. Most of the coho have been from 8 to 14 lbs. The best depths for coho were from 90 to 120 feet on the downrigger. Small spoons with green color have been the best lure to use. The chinook fishing has definitely slowed down in Pedder Bay. Most of the springs being caught are small feeder springs .Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow color combination have been good plastic baits to use, especially with a 28” to 32” leader. Anchovies were still working this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Flashers that are popular include the Betsey, Lemon-Lime and Madi.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. The best areas were Race Rocks, William Head, 27 Fathom reef and Constance Bank. 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 Mudraker, Lucky or 9” Jumbo Squids if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SLOW this past week. The best fishing has been out at Constance Bank where there are some feeder springs up to 8 lbs. However, most of the springs there are around the minimum size (45 cm) for retention. Some coho are also getting caught there but it has been spooty for them. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups but you have to check you line every 10 minutes for shakers. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons have brought good results at Constance Bank..
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week with the best areas being 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, and discouraging to dogfish, was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was SLOW again this past week. There were some springs up to 8 lbs caught on the flats but not too many. The coho haven’t been running strong in this area as well. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons. Anglers jigging have been using Needlefish Darts, Point Wilson Darts or Deep Stingers.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. However, most anglers that were fishing for halibut were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow. Also working well, and discouraging to dogfish, was the 9” Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.
SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. The Pender Bluffs produced some coho and the occasional chum salmon. However, the bite periods were infrequent. The coho were in 40 - 120 feet depths. We did hear of a 10 lb hatchery winter (feeder) spring caught by the red can in the Channel. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past year.
Effective July 25, 2016 at 00:01 hours until October 14, 2016 at 23:59 hours, you may not retain Chinook salmon in the following waters: Subareas 18-6 to 18-8, 18-10.
Notable Catches – The winning fish in the Sooke Coho derby was a 17.5 lb coho caught by Sean Hutchinson.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD in most lakes for both trout and FAIR for bass. Effective immediately to 23:59 hours Friday September 30th 2016 the Nitinat River will open to recreational angling for chinook and coho. The daily limit will be 4 salmon per day of which: • Two (2) may be chinook, of which only one (1) may be greater than 77 cm. in length, and• Two (2) may be coho, marked or unmarked.
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 - Bass fishing is FAIR. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style” are 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
Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one Coho, you hit another Coho, and then another. This is because Coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some Coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines all at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide.
2016 Island Outfitters Leader Board
1) 76.4 lbs – Jordyn Dornblut – Race Rocks – August 13th
2) 75.8 lbs – Walker Grant – Waterfront – Herring - March 27th
3) 73.9 lbs – Jeff Brohman - Sooke Bluffs – April 30th
4) 71.3 lbs – Marty Antcil – William Head – April 30th
5) 68.9 lbs – Kevin Hicks – Trial Island – April 30th
1) 5 lbs – Simon Arney – Langford Lake – Powerbait - July 24th
2) 3 lbs 14 oz – Kody Stofer – Elk Lake – Salmon Eggs - January 26th
3) 3 lbs 9 oz – Ron Flower – Quamichan Lake – Wedding Band- April 23rd
4) 2 lbs 11 oz – Matt Beeby – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th
5) 2 lbs 4 oz – Ryan Rock – Duncan – Black Leech – April 30th
1) 42.2 lbs – Kevin McKenna – Anchovy – Port Renfrew- August 22nd
2) 40.2 lbs – Kayden Tyler – Anchovy – Victoria – August 3rd
3) 38.5 lbs – Dalton Laubru – Anchovy – Sooke – July 29th
4) 36.2 lbs – Ban Tran – Anchovy – Victoria – August 1st
5) 34.5 lbs – Thomas Brandwood – Anchovy - Victoria - September 5th
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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