Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending February 16, 2020

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Very little change from last week. Salmon fishing is SPOTTY in most areas and weather has been an issue at times. Crabbing and prawning has been GOOD.

The Island Outfitters family is devastated by the fire in the early morning of January 4 at our Douglas St location. The entire inventory has been destroyed as well as severe damage to the building. We are pleased to report no one was hurt, including first responders.

Our Appreciation

Our thanks go out to the fire department and police who attended and put out the fire without injury. We also wish to thank the community, as we have been inundated with expressions of concern and condolence. The business community has also stepped up without hesitation, offering jobs to many of our employees at this difficult time of upheaval and disruption to their lives.

Current Business

We have outstanding business with many people in the community. Many people have gift cards and are looking to spend them with us, others have pending firearm transfers, and consignment sales. Please be patient, we’ll be attending to every situation.

Our fishing charter business is unaffected and we’re happy to be able to keep a number of our staff working. We run 2 boats out of Victoria Harbour year-round, 3 out of Port Renfrew starting in May.
Our accommodation rentals are also fully operational - Osprey rentals in Port Renfrew, Port Renfrew house and Cowichan River are all available for year-round bookings.
Island Outfitters hosts and participates in a number of events that will not be disrupted – fishing derbies, the boat show, and our weekly fishing report.

The Future

We will be rebuilding our business as soon as possible. We'll keep everyone informed through our newsletter and website as our schedule unfolds.

For all your Port Renfrew and Victoria fishing charter inquiries please email us at charters@fishingvictoria.com

If you wish to book a Victoria Fishing Charter as soon as possible please call Rob Rippen at 250.686.3151

News on recreational prawn fishing effective in April 1st coast wide. On April 1, 2020 t the daily prawn limit will be reduced from 200 per day to 125 per day. Possession limit will be 250, twice the daily limit of 125.

 

 

 

Notices

For the latest details on recreational fishery openings and closures in your area:

       A) Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line);

       B) Visit our web page http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfmto find applicable fishery notices; or

       C) Follow our sport fishing Twitter account https://twitter.com/sportfishingbc

Visit our Facebook page to see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips.

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
Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN1286-Recreational - Fin Fish - Coast-wide Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Update - Closure December 31, 2019

This notice is a reminder that recreational fishing for halibut under the BC 
Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence will close by regulation effective 23:59 
hours December 31 2019.

2020 management actions will be confirmed following the International Pacific 
Halibut Commission meetings and Sport Fishing Advisory Board of BC meetings in 
early February 2020.

Variation Order 2019-RCT-0201


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Maureen Finn - Phone: (604) 666-3279
Greg Hornby - Phone: (250) 286-5886

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact your local DFO office
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1286
Sent December 23, 2019 at 1538

News on recreational prawn fishing effective in April 1st coast wide. On April 1, 2020 t the daily prawn limit will be reduced from 200 per day to 125 per day. Possession limit will be 250, twice the daily limit of 125.

Sooke

We’re not hearing too many reports and those that we have heard indicate SPOTTY fishing for winter springs. They are springs around but not much of any size. The Bluffs has been the best location to fish. However, most of the salmon caught recently have been on the smaller 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 hoochies 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.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY according to Cheanuh Marina. The best location for numbers of fish is still by the west side of Fraser Island. That said, no large ones were caught there. The big fish of the week was a 16 lb. spring caught by Justin Wilson near Lamb Island. There were a few winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay as well, but not much of any size. Most anglers are using spoons in this area. Good spoons have been Coyotes, Coho Killers and Skinny G’s with Blue/Silver and Irish Cream the best colors. Anchovies also produce good results and Bloody Nose teasers have produced the best. Needlefish hoochies 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 EXCELLENT in the bay.

 

 

 

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY at Pedder Bay. The best fishing has been by the can at the mouth of the bay or over towards Albert Head. Trolling close to the bottom in 100-130 feet of water has produced the best results. Anchovies and herring are the best natural 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.  Hoochies 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 recently and crabbing has been GOOD.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past weekend off Victoria. Most anglers are catching 2- 5 lb. springs and few larger than that. The largest winter springs were caught hugging the bottom in depths between 120 – 180 feet from Brotchie Ledge and Clover Point. Constance Bank held salmon during the week, but mostly smaller ones. Albert Head was also spotty and the salmon there weren’t very large. Anchovies and herring strip were the most productive choices 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 fair.

 

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. A few springs ere caught on the Flats but most of the local anglers were fishing the Victoria Waterfront instead. 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.

Sidney

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. There were several keepers (7-10 lbs.) caught near Coal Island and near Fairfax. The Sidney Channel is holding lots of smaller springs that are just under the legal size for retention.  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. 

Halibut

Halibut fishing is CLOSED. The Island Outfitters Just for the Halibut Derby will be held June 13-14, 2020.

Saltwater Notable Catches

Notable Catches: The big fish of the week was a 16 lb. spring caught by Justin Wilson near Lamb Island.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to info@fishingvictoria.com to be featured on our fishing report.

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has been SLOW for trout and bass.

The Elk Lake Take-A-Kid Fishing derby is scheduled now for May 23rd. Join us on May 23 for a fun filled day to encourage our next generation of anglers to get out on the water. We will have ticket information available soon.

The Island Outfitters family is devastated by the fire in the early morning of January 4 at our Douglas St location. The entire inventory has been destroyed as well as severe damage to the building. We are pleased to report no one was hurt, including first responders.

Our Appreciation

Our thanks go out to the fire department and police who attended and put out the fire without injury. We also wish to thank the community, as we have been inundated with expressions of concern and condolence. The business community has also stepped up without hesitation, offering jobs to many of our employees at this difficult time of upheaval and disruption to their lives.

Current Business

We have outstanding business with many people in the community. Many people have gift cards and are looking to spend them with us, others have pending firearm transfers, and consignment sales. Please be patient, we’ll be attending to every situation.

Our fishing charter business is unaffected and we’re happy to be able to keep a number of our staff working. We run 2 boats out of Victoria Harbour year-round, 3 out of Port Renfrew starting in May.
Our accommodation rentals are also fully operational - Osprey rentals in Port Renfrew, Port Renfrew house and Cowichan River are all available for year-round bookings.
Island Outfitters hosts and participates in a number of events that will not be disrupted – fishing derbies, the boat show, and our weekly fishing report.

The Future

We will be rebuilding our business as soon as possible. We'll keep everyone informed through our newsletter and website as our schedule unfolds.

Notices

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 tidal boundary. 

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.

 

 

Cowichan River

The water levels are high but the clarity is improving. Although the levels have been dropping all week, it is still over 1.7 meters near the lake and 1.4 meters near Duncan! Needless to say, very few are fishing 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

Trout fishing has been SLOW for most anglers 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 in Cowichan Lake recently. Bradley Talbot caught a 4.4 lb rainbow at Langford lake this past week.

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

Bass fishing is SLOW at 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

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

 

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to info@fishingvictoria.com to be featured on our fishing report.

Fish Tip of the Week

If you have a hot lure, don’t change anything about it. It will be effective until the day you lose it. Let’s say you have a hot hootchy set up that’s consistently catching fish. If you change the setup, its magical properties will probably end. In the meantime, while you are fishing it, tie up a second one rigged up identically. So, when you lose the first lure, you have a second that is in the same magic class.

2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards

As a result of the fire, we will not be able to weigh in any fish until the store re-opens. Until then, we will leave up this past year's winners.

Trout

  1. 5 lbs. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
  2. 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
  3. 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
  4. 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
  5. 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th

Salmon

  1. 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
  2. 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
  3. 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
  4. 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
  5. 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th

Halibut

  1. 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
  2. 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
  3. 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
  4. 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
  5. 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th

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