Fishing Report for Week Ending January 28, 2018



OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing was GOOD around the south Island if you could sneak out during all the bad weather. Most of the Chinooks have been from 3 to 8 lbs in size with a few up to the low teens being caught.

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SOOKE– The salmon fishing has been GOOD over the last two weeks when you could get out. Most of the fish were from 4 to 8 lbs in size with the occasional larger one.  The best location to fish for winter springs was near Secretary Island. Most of the salmon are close to the bottom in 100 – 140 feet of water. The most productive lure combo has been a white hootchy fished behind a Red/Gold flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 3.5″ G Force spoons have been good. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Army Truck, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.  For flashers, Red/Gold Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing GOOD for springs this past week although very few anglers were able to get out in breaks in all the bad weather.  Anglers have been having good success in Becher Bay. The area between Frazer Island and Cheanuh Marina has been producing good fish up to 13 lbs. A few anglers have also had some success in Whirl Bay as well. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom in 100 to 160 depths. The majority of anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G’s in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, Madi, Lemon Lime and Green/Glow Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD fishing in Pedder Bay near the Green Can and in Whirl Bay. Of course, very few anglers were fishing in the bad weather this past week.  Most of the fish have been caught close to the bottom in 100 - 140 feet of water. The salmon have been from 3 to 7 lbs in size with the occasional larger fish.  Spoons have been producing the best and the Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Hoochies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices for plastic baits. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD off the waterfront recently but most of the fish have been small, from 3 to 7 lbs in size. Constance Bank has been the best spot to fish for numbers of fish but there is still a bunch close in. Trolling just off the bottom in 85 to 140 feet of water has been the way to catch salmon there. Closer in, salmon were caught from Clover Point to the Gravel Pit. However, the seals have been a real problem around Clover Point and the Flagpole. The seals have been taking most of the larger fish hooked, frustrating anglers. In those locations the best depths to fish were 90-140 feet. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Green/Glow AP Tackleworks Anchovy 4” spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons popular choices. The Salmon Superbowl was held yesterday but we don’t have all the final results yet. We do know that the winning fish was a 13.65 lb winter spring.

OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay this past week. There were a few salmon coming in from the Gap and from the Flats. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and have been close to the bottom where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay lures are needlefish spoon and squirts.

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was GOOD in the Sidney area. We have heard that there were some keeper springs being caught near Coal Island and Fairfax Point but most of the fish were just undersized.  The Sidney anglers’ Association held their Otto Wiggins Derby on the weekend. The winner was Paul Witzer who caught an 11.2 lb spring on a Skinny G spoon. Second place went to Brian Dunic with a 7.2 lb spring. The third place fish was a 6.2 lb spring caught by Brian V. The top three fish were all caught near Fairfax Pt. Some anglers caught as many as 15 salmon with all of them being undersized. Anglers using spoons found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and 3.5″ G Force spoons the most productive this past week. Suggested colours are Trap Shack and Bon Chovy. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish with teaser heads in Glow or UV Purple.

Notable Catches – The Sidney anglers’ Association held their Otto Wiggins Derby on the weekend. The winner was Paul Witzer who caught a 11.2 lb spring on a Skinny G spoon near Fairfax Point. Second place went to Brian Dunic with a 7.2 lb spring.   

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OVERVIEW – Fishing was SLOW in most lakes for trout and bass and SLOW in the rivers for steelhead.

COWICHAN RIVER – Recent rains has caused the river to blow out again. After being fairly level for most of the week, the water really started raising and has increased by a meter since yesterday.  Also, the water below the Clay Bank Pool is very dirty. There are steelhead in the river now and we have heard of some being caught in the Riverbottom area, but not too many. For steelhead, jigs and pink worms have been productive. Fishing for trout in the fly only area had been SLOW. Now is the time to fish egg patterns for trout.

We now have numbers for our Chinook salmon returns in the Cowichan River. The preliminary estimate of 26,482 fish is a new record and is literally off the charts. On top of this we also had 187,000 chums. Though not a record this does amount to about 2 million pounds of nutrients distributed throughout the system. This is very good news for the entire riparian ecosystem. This is also something all of the many groups working to protect and preserve the Heritage River can be proud of. These numbers were published in the DFO South Coast Salmon Bulletin Escapement Update dated December 22, 2017.

TROUT – Trout fishing has been SLOW for trout to at the local lakes. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms while fishing close to the bottom. Allan Edgar landed a 4 lb 11 oz beauty on Friday at Langford Lake while fishing Powerbait. On the previous Thursday, Brock Heppell caught a 1 lb 14 oz rainbow also at Langford Lake and also on Powerbait.  Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Muddler Minnow patterns on full sink fly lines most of the time to get into the lower water levels. There have been some chironomid hatches though. 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.

BASS– Bass fishing is SLOW. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well at times. Soft plastics rigged “Texas Style” are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and deeper structure. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can also be very effective this time of year. 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



Fishing with spoons is one of the best ways to catch winter springs. And we don’t mean the type of spoons that you eat with! A good tip to improve your spoon’s action, and to catch more fish, is to use a lighter leader than you would normally use to troll hootchies or bait. You should use a maximum leader strength of 15 lbs to get the most the action out of your spoon.


2018 Island Outfitters Leader Boards


1) 4 lbs 11 oz – Allan Edgar – Langford Lake – Powerbait – January 12th

2) 1 lb 14 oz – Brock Heppell – Langford Lake – Powerbait – January 4th


Halibut fishing is closed and we hope to hear when the season will open soon.


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. Our

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