Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending December 8, 2019
Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY from Sooke to Victoria. There continues to be very little angling. Halibut fishing was SLOW with dogfish the most common catch. Crabbing and prawning has been picking up.
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Spring fishing was SLOW with few people fishing. We did hear of a few fish up to 12 lbs caught, but that’s it. Anchovies are usually the most effective bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good too. AP Tackleworks spoons have also worked in Lemon /Lime. If you are using hootchies or squirts, make sure it has glow white as one of the colours. Popular flasher color patterns have been with glow and moon jelly colours.
Salmon fishing has been NOT TOO BAD according to Cheanuh Marina. The best fishing has been inside the bay on the west side of Fraser Island. This past week a 14½ lb winter spring was caught on a Watermelon Coyote spoon and a 12½ lb winter spring was caught on a Coho Killer spoon. There were a couple of 7=7 lb winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay as well. Good spoons have been Coyotes, Coho Killers and Skinny G’s with Blue/Silver the best producer. Anchovies have provided good results and Bloody Nose teasers have produced the best. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well.
Salmon fishing has been SLOW at Pedder Bay. A few feeder sub legal springs have been caught close to the bottom in over 100 feet of water by Pedder Bay. Nothing over 5 lbs has been caught recently. Anchovies and herring are usually the best baits for salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors were Glow Chart, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have been very effective with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons catching fish. The smaller spoons have been working the best. Green and glow or green and silver have been the best color combinations. Hootchies and squirts were working with Pink, Purple Haze or UV Green good color choices. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy Green/Glow Hot Spots. There have been some large Dungeness crabs caught in the bay this past week.
Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week off Victoria. A few salmon have been caught off the waterfront, but we wouldn’t call it hot. The larger fish have been between 7 – 12 lbs in size and were caught on the west side of Trial Island. The springs were hugging the bottom in depths between 90 – 130 feet. Anchovies were the most productive choice for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and Mint Pearl. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” MVP or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices. Crabbing has been slow.
Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. We have heard of fish up to 8 lbs being caught, just not many. The Gap and the Flats produced only a little action. AP Tackleworks spoons, Wee G’s and Skinny G’s have been good spoons for trollers. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers do best fishing near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. Crabbing has been slow.
Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. A couple of good winter springs came from the Sidney Channel near the red can. They weighed 13 & 8 lbs and were caught on anchovies in the 120-130 ft depths. Otherwise there are lots of undersize being caught and released. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G and Wee G spoons and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Cop Car and Trap Shack. Anchovies and are also good in Glow or Bloody Nose teaser heads. Prawning has also been slow.
Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.
Saltwater Notable Catches
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Fishing has SLOWED DOWN for trout and bass.
Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River: -from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.
As per FN1130, all other salmon species remain non-retention.
Notes: Please be reminded the minimum size for Coho is 25 cm in non-tidal waters. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (willfully) foul-hooking fish or attempting to foul hook fish is illegal and that non-compliance may result in closure. (Foul hook is defined as: hooking a fish in any part of its body other than the mouth).
FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01
hours November 16, 2019: -angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white
triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the
As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon
species remain non-retention): Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the
daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the
Cowichan River:-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in
Sandy Pool Regional Park.
The water level in the river is dropping and is now just over 0.89 meters near the lake and 0.82 near Duncan. Trout fishing is good at the top end in the fly fishing only section. The coho are in the river but it’s not turning out to be a big run this fall. A few steelhead have now entered the river as well.
Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River: from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park. All other salmon species remain non-retention only.
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 hours November 16, 2019: angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary.
Trout fishing has been SLOWING DOWN for trout at local lakes. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms while fishing close to the bottom. Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout. Cowichan Lake has been good recently.
The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery continued the fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes. On October 30th, Kemp and Shawnigan lakes received 1,000 trout, Matheson and Thetis lakes 500 trout, Ida Anne Lake 350 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 241.17 g in size. On October 24th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Spectacle Lake 1,000 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 277.62 g is size. On October 23rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 270g in size. On October 8th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 242.96 g in size. On October 3rd, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout, Kemp and Matheson lakes 500 trout, Poirier Lake 300 trout, Colwood Lake 250 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 238.05 grams in size. On October 2nd, Langford Lake received 2,500 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 236.74grams in size. On October 1st, Prospect lake received 2,500 trout and ThetisLake received 500 trout and Lookout lake 250 trout averaging 259.75 grams in size. On September 27th Langford Lake received 995 rout averaging 724.62grams in size. On September 25th, Prospect Lake received 1,004 trout averaging 725.81grams in size.
If you’re a fisherman in the Cowichan Lake area, there’s a unique opportunity to be rewarded for what you pull in. The province is offering $100 gift cards per fish, for those who can hook, and then report tagged cutthroat trout. Eighty fish were tagged as part of a five-year study on the health of Cowichan Lake’s cutthroat trout population. Around half were implanted with acoustic tags, which allowed researchers to track individual fish. The study is trying to find out the species mortality rates and movements during spawning, to ensure the long term sustainability of the trout population. The province says anglers will need to remove the tag from the fish, and as proof, send a photo of the tag and email it to: Brendan.Anderson@gov.bc.ca or deliver them to the front desk at the ministry office located at 2080A Labieux Rd. in Nanaimo. (info courtesy of CHEK TV).
Bass fishing has SLOWED DOWN on Island lakes. The bass have moved into deeper water and getting more sluggish as the water cools. Yum Dingers and other soft plastics have been very effective. 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.
Freshwater Notable Catches
Adrienne Malis caught a 23 inch cutthroat from Llake Cowichan on Sunday on a 3” Tomic plug.
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Fish Tip of the Week
There’s no question that flashers attract a salmon’s attention. But you don’t have to have the flasher attached to your line to reap the benefit. Try running your flasher on a short line attached near your downrigger ball while running your lure off a release clip positioned above the flasher. That way, you can enjoy playing the fish without a flasher on your line.
2019 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards
- 5 lbs. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
- 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
- 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
- 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
- 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
- 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
- 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
- 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
- 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
- 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th
- 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
- 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
- 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
- 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
- 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th