Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending December 15, 2019
Salmon fishing has been FAIR from Sooke to Victoria. There continues to be very little angling. Halibut fishing was VERY SLOW with dogfish the most common catch. Crabbing has been GOOD.
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This Fishery Notice is an amendment to FN1273 to include a complete list of areas within South Coast Strait of Georgia – North waters. The full corrected fishery notice follows. The following is a reminder of the South Coast Area Chinook management measures currently in effect and continuing January 1, 2020 until further notice. The daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day in the following areas: Areas 11 to 27, 28, 111, 121, 123 to 127; and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8. Variation Order: 2019–RFQ-701, 2019-RFQ-702 Fishers are advised that further restrictions (including minimum and maximum size limits) do occur in some Areas and fishers are required to check the DFO website for a full list of any additional regulations and restrictions in the Area being fished. Please refer to the DFO recreational fisheries website at the following web address for a full list of regulations and restrictions: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices at: http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm
Spring fishing was FAIR, but few people were out fishing. Sunny Shores Marina reported that only two boats went out and both came back with 2 winter springs. One was 10+ lbs while the others were son the small side. Anchovies are usually the most effective bait for winter springs in Sooke. 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 HIT AND MISS according to Cheanuh Marina. The largest salmon (12, 9,8,7 lbs) came from inside the bay on the west side of Fraser Island. There were winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay as well, but none were over 8 lbs in size. Most anglers are using spoons in this area. Good spoons have been Coyotes, Coho Killers and Skinny G’s with Blue/Silver the best color. 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. Crabbing has been GOOD in the bay
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. The only legal ones kept this past week were all under 5 lbs in size. The area around the can buoy has been the best and you need to be trolling close to the bottom. 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 FAIR this past week off Victoria. Some boats had lots of action on small springs that were close to the minimum size for retention. The larger fish have been between 4 – 10 lbs in size and were caught on the west of Trial Island. The springs were hugging the bottom in depths between 90 – 130 feet. We haven’t had any reports form Constance Bank. 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, but most anglers caught nothing. The Gap and the Flats weren’t too productive. 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 FAIR this past week. Fairfax Point on Moresby Island started producing some decent fish. Also, some winter springs came from the Sidney Channel near the red can. Anglers have been doing best close to the bottom in 130-140 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 VERY 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 now just over 1.075 meters near the lake and 0.87 near Duncan.. A few steelhead have now entered the river. Salmon fishing has died down, just as most of the salmon have. Some trout are being caught in the top end by fly anglers drifting the river.
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 fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes is over. 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
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Fish Tip of the Week
Think pink for steelhead! The first runs of winter steelhead are now starting up the Cowichan, the Stamp and other rivers. And one of the most successful colors to use on the island is pink. Whether it’s a worm, yarn, or Spin ‘n Glos, think pink when you tie on your lure.
Be sure to check our facebook page for daily specials leading up to Christmas. Also, our biggest sale of the year, the Boxing Day Sale, is coming up this weekend. Look for our ads and on our facebook page to discover great bargains.
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