Fishing Report for Week Ending June 18, 2017


 OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY and halibut fishing has been GOOD this past week.

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SOOKE – The salmon fishing has been HOT & COLD for springs over the last week. There have been reports of fish caught up to 28lbs in Sooke.  The best areas this week have been Otter Point, Meir Creek and Secretory. More and more anglers are using bait, 5 1/2″ anchovies being the most popular choice. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chrome Chartreuse Tiger and Halloween Candy.  For flashers, the Homeland Security and UV Purple have been working well. Hootchies in all White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently as well.

 BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was HIT & MISS this past week.  Salmon were being caught into the high twenties.  The best depths for trolling have been from 50 – 120 feet on the bottom. The Trap Shack to Beechey Head has been the best area. Spoons have been equally effective as bait, especially the G-Force and Skinny G spoons. Good colours have been the Outfitter, Irish Cream and Bon Chovy. For flashers, the Homeland Security and Rasberry Jelly have been working well.

 PEDDER BAY – Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing in the bay with the most productive area being near the can buoy.  Hatchery salmon were being caught from 6lb to 18lbs throughout the past week.  There were also reports of oversized wild salmon up to 100cm released over the week.  Skinny G’s in the new nickle colours have been fishing well as well as hootchies and squirts with a green and glow, or uv white have been popular color choices this week.  Flashers that are popular include the Madi, Bon chovy and chartreuse twisted sista.  Bait has also been producing fishing very well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Halloween candy, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.

 HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD 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 SPOTTY off Victoria this past week. The most productive areas have been Albert Head, Constance Bank and Clover Point. Look for some of the salmon to be at summer depths now. The most productive depths for the edge of Constance have been between110’ – 130’ fishing the bottom and 70’ to 90’ if you are fishing on top of Constance.  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 twenty’s. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 80 to 135 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 and  Skinny G spoons in the Outfitters or Irish Cream colours. 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. The Powder Wharf is still holding some nice fish for the jiggers who have been very effective in the more shallow spots while trollers are doing better in the deeper waters.  Sidney Spit has also been doing well for jiggers. The wall at Pender and the Active Pass have also been producing well in Sidney.  Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past weekend.  Suggested colours are Trap Shack and Bon Chovy.  Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish with teaser heads in UV Purple.

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. 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.  Both Dry Fly and Nymph fishing has been good and now is a great time to pull some streamers for big Browns.  The river is still in great shap; get out before the tubbers hatch!

 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


After you catch a fish, always, always, always check your leader for tooth marks or scratches.  It’s amazing how you always seem to hook and lose that big monster of a fish to a broken leader. The leader probably wouldn’t have broken if you had noticed the small scratches left on it from a battle with a previous fish.

2017 Island Outfitters Leader Boards


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

2) 68.9 lbs – Duane Sapelak of Fountain Tire – 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) lbs 9 oz – James Baluch – Langford Lake – May 27th

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

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

5) 3 lbs 4 oz – Larry – Langford Lake – Green Power Bait – June 5th


1) 32 lbs – Rick MccAmmon – Victoria Breakwater – June 12th

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. See our event pages for details on upcoming events at

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