OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing has been GOOD and halibut fishing has been FAIR this past week.
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SOOKE – The salmon fishing has been GOOD for springs and has really picked up in the last few days with many anglers switching over to bait. We have had good reports from Beechy Head all the way up to Jordan River. Some nice fish are being released in the high 20's to the low 30's but are making for some great fishing excitement. Also, some of the salmon are being caught at summertime depths (50-80 feet). The best fishing has been from the Sooke bluffs westward again this week. More and more anglers are using bait, as 5 1/2" anchovies being 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 Betsy, Lemon/Lime or Madi Flasher. Hootchies in all White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently as well. Many anglers are still using artificial lures such as the Skinny G needlefish spoons in the No Bananas, Outfitters and the blue nickle finish.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. Most of the salmon caught this past week were hatchery springs from 8 -13 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 into the low 30's. 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 switching over to bait now and have been doing well with a UV Green teaser head. Spoons have been equally effective especially the G-Force and Skinny G spoons, in No Bananas, green nickle, and blue nickle 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 with most anglers still using artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. 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, or uv white have been popular color choices this week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Halloween candy, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Flashers that are popular include the Madi, Bon chovy and chartreuse twisted sista. 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 and differs day by day. There are some nice springs into the low twenty's and most of the marked fish are in the 8-15 lb range. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 70 to 145 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom again this past week. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers and Skinny G spoons in the Outfitters or Irish Cream colurs. 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.