Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending March 8, 2020

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook salmon fishing was FAIR in most areas, although most fish are still under 10 lbs. in size. Halibut fishing was SLOW, but some are being caught.  Crabbing remains EXCELLENT west of Victoria.

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

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.

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

FN0165-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Area 19 and 20 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective March 1, 2020


Effective 00:01 hours March 1, 2020, until further notice, the daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day. These Chinook may be marked or unmarked 45 cm to 67 cm, and hatchery-marked only greater than 67 cm. These measures apply in the following waters: Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-4 to 20-7 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point to Sombrio Point) Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-065; 2020-RFQ-066 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries Reminder: --------------------------------------------------------------------- For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. The annual licence period is from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The Department is consulting on additional management actions to conserve Fraser River Chinook and Southern Resident Killer Whales. 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 Fishers are also 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 Rockfish Conservation Areas are currently in effect and are closed to all fin- fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/maps-cartes/rca-acs/index-eng.html Notes: The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 FN0156-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - Fishery Opening March 1, 2020

For 2020, the recreational halibut fishery allocation is 877,750 pounds.

The following measures will be in effect coast-wide as noted below:

Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2020 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-

wide until further notice.

Licensing:

The 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence,

are in effect until March 31, 2020. The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing

Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect on April 1, 2020 until March

31, 2021.

Limits and sizes:

Effective March 1, 2020 until further notice:
- The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off).
- The daily limit for halibut is one (1).
- The possession limit for halibut is either of:
---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR
---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).
- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the 2019/2020 & 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
- All halibut retained by the licence holder between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.
- All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence
- Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121:

No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

 

Area 121:

Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of

commencement. 

Variation Orders 2020-RCT-062 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-63 (Quota)

Non-residents of Canada wishing to fish for and retain halibut in Management

Areas 121, 23 and 123 must purchase an electronic licence through a Canadian

Independent Access Provider (IAP). Find an IAP location from our web page: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/iap-fai-eng.html

Note: Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions: 

1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca

2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge

 

Anglers are reminded of the mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast - WCVI) – (250)756-7190, Erika Watkins (South Coast- ECVI)  - (250)286-5882, Darren Chow (North Coast) – (250)627-3441, Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - (250)286-5886

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0156

Sent February 25, 2020 at 10:03

Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail to: DFO.OpsCentreFisheryPacific-CentreOpsPechePacifique.MPO@canada.ca

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.

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.

Sooke

Recent reports indicate FAIR fishing for winter springs. They are springs around, but most are under 8 lbs. in size. The Bluffs has been the best location locally. Anchovies are 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. It was SLOW for halibut, but a few are being caught near Jordan River and Muir Creek.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing has been FAIR near Becher Bay. The best location for numbers of fish is still by the west side of Fraser Island. That said, no large ones were caught this past week. There were a few winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay as well, but again, nothing very large. 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 FAIR at Pedder Bay. Most anglers are catching winter springs near the can buoy 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 EXCELLENT. It was SLOW for halibut, but a couple were caught this past weekend. Albert Head and Constance Bank have been the best locations for halibut during the week.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. Most of those salmon caught were not very large, around 4-7 lbs. There were a couple lf larger ones, up to 12 lbs., taken towards Albert Head. Bottom bouncing in 110 – 130 feet of water from Brotchie Ledge to Ross Bay is still producing salmon. Constance Bank Albert Head held salmon during the week, but mostly smaller ones. Anchovies and herring were the most productive choices for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Bloody Nose, and Mint Pearl. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Herring Aid, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” MVP or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices. Crabbing has been SPOTTY

Halibut – There were lots of boats out this past week and Constance produced a few halibut, lots of dogfish, and the occasional skate

 

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. A few springs were caught at the Gap and on the Flats but no large ones. 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 FAIR this past week. Coal island produced the most springs. Fairfax Point wasn’t too bad early in the week. The Sidney Channel is also holding smaller springs, most of which are just under the legal size for retention.  Larry Dalziel and his son picked up a limit of winter springs from 8 to 12 lbs. fishing in Sidney. 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. The Sidney Anglers held their annual halibut derby but no halibut were caught.

Halibut

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

Halibut fishing is SLOW but angers are catching some near JSombrio, ordan River, Muir Creek, Albert Head and constance Bank. The largest halibut that we know of being caught recently was 125 cm in length and weighed 55 lbs.

Saltwater Notable Catches

Notable Catches: Larry Dalziel and his son picked up a limit of winter springs from 8 to 12 lbs. while fishing in Sidney. 

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 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

 

 

Cowichan River

The water levels continue to drop and clarity is good. The water level is close to 1.0 meters near the lake and 0.75 meters near Duncan on Sunday. We’ve heard that the steelheading has been FAIR to GOOD, especially for those drifting the river.

 

 

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. 

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is currently stocking spring catchable triploid rainbow trout into southern Vancouver Island lakes. On March 3rd, Elk Lake was stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows averaging 232.89 grams in size. On March 4th, Matheson and Kemp Lakes received 500 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 239.53 grams in size. On March 5th, Ida Anne Lake received 200 trout averaging 249.85 grams in size. To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link http://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx 

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

When you are trolling deep for winter chinooks and using a downrigger, you should make sure that your release clip is attached with at least 3 feet of leader. This long leader will make it easier to see rod tip action, indicating an undersized “shaker” is on the line, and allowing you to quickly reel in and release the fish and get back to trolling for the big ones.

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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