Fishing Report for Week Ending June 4, 2017


OVERVIEW – Fishing was GOOD for springs. Some salmon are now being caught at relatively shallow depths and not just near the bottom. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend.  

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SOOKE – The salmon fishing has been GOOD for springs. Most of the hatchery fish are running from 6 to 10 lbs in size but we’ve heard of some from 18 to 25 lbs. Also, some of the salmon are being caught at summertime depths (50-80 feet). The best fishing has been from the bluffs westward again this week. More and more anglers are using bait, and anchovies are the most popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, UV Green and Purple Haze. For flashers, you can’t go wrong with a Super Betsey, Lemon/Lime or Madi Flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently. Many anglers are still using artificial lures and the Skinny G needlefish spoon in the No Bananas or Outfitters have been the most effective spoon.

BECHER BAYSalmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Most of the salmon caught this past week were hatchery springs from 8 -12 lbs. That said, there were some larger springs, both clipped and unclipped around. There have also been quite a few larger wild springs that had to be released. The best depths for trolling have been from 60 – 100 feet on the downrigger and the fish are closer to shore. The Trap Shack to Beechey Head has been the best area. More anglers are using bait now and are finding anchovies in UV Green teaser heads have been working best. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons, in No Bananas or Outfitters’ colours have been very effective. For flashers, the Red Glow Hot Spot, Lemon Lime and Green/Glow Hot Spot.

PEDDER BAY – Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing but nothing huge. The most productive area was from Whirl Bay to the Bedford Islands. It was slower inside Pedder Bay. Most anglers are still using artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom, but anchovies are also producing well. Spoons, especially G-Force, Skinny G spoons in Outfitters’ or Bon Chovy colours, have been very effective. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow color combination have been good plastic baits to use again this week. Anchovies were still working this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Flashers that are popular include the Madi, Bon chovie and Purple Haze. Anglers jigging at the mouth of the bay and in the channel have been catching more salmon than those anglers trolling.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well were the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD this past week. Constance Bank was the best area again this past week. Along the waterfront the salmon fishing has been very slow. Best areas for salmon have been Albert Head, Brotchie Ledge and Clover Point. Look for some of the salmon to be at summer depths now. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups. Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Coho Killers, 3.5” Cop Car spoons have brought some hookups.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was OKAY this past week. The halibut have been fairly deep with depths of over 300 feet the most productive. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. There are hatchery springs into the teens on the Flats.t. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 65 to 140 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, No Bananas or Outfitters Skinny G spoons.  Sandlance lures and squirts (needle fish) are best in pearl, white & green, or white glow. Good jigging lures have been Point Wilson Darts and the Delta Mac Fish.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Many springs have been caught from Pender Island to Sidney Spit. Jigging has been very effective in the more shallow spots while trollers are doing better in the deeper waters. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past weekend. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish.

Notable Catches Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email


The 2017-2019 Freshwater fishing regulations synopsis is now available.

Major regulation changes for the South island in 2017-2019 include the removal of the April 15-June 15 prohibition on bass retention, as well as new trophy lake angling designation and regulations for Flora, Regan and Lizard Lakes. 

OVERVIEW – Fishing was GOOD in most lakes for trout and bass.

COWICHAN RIVER – The Cowichan River’s water level is still dropping and wading is much better in most pools. The water level is now at 0.71 meters near the lake and 0.61 meters near Duncan. Fishing for trout in the fly only area has been GOOD, especially if you are in a drift boat. There are both mayfly and caddis hatches on the river at this time.

TROUT – Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island. Warmer water temperatures have increased both trout and insect activity. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to the bottom. Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines most of the time. That said, there has been flurries of hatches and trout surface feeding. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. 2” Tomic Plugs have also been working well for trout. Langford Lake has been recently stocked with brood stock rainbow, so some large trout are being caught there.

BASS – Bass fishing is GOOD as the bass move into shallower water for spawning season. There have been many reports of good catches of fish as large as 6 lbs. Soft plastics rigged Carolina style and crank baits are working well. 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. As noted above, there is no longer a closed season for bass retention on the island.

Notable Catches Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email


Add a little bait or scent to your lure. Whether it’s a piece of worm on a Flatfish fished for trout, or a piece of herring strip on a Coyote Spoon fished for salmon, you can improve the fish catching capabilities of your lure by sweetening it up with a piece of bait.  But be sure to check the regulations first, if you are fishing in freshwater, since bait or scent is not legal in all waters.

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 2017 Island Outfitters Leader Boards


1) 72.1 lbs – Trevor Skakun – Oak Bay – April 22nd

2) 68.9 lbs – Duane Sapelak – Discovery – Herring – March 24th

3) 68.6 lbs – Chris Hansen – Oak Bay – April 22nd

4) 67.8 lbs – Trevor Sedonic – Race Rocks – May 18th

5) 64.6 lbs – Albert Lacharity – Constance Bank – April 23rd



1) 5 lbs – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – April 29th

2) 3 lbs 11 oz – Marcel Allarie – Elk Lake– May 6th

3) 3 lbs 4 oz– James Baluch – Langford Lake– May 8t h

4) 3 lbs 1 oz – Jeremy Herron – Elk Lake– April 8th

5) 3 lbs 0 oz– James Baluch – Langford Lake– May 6th


We are waiting for the first large salmon to be weighed in at the store.

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 win a special prize.

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