Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending April 5, 2020

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook salmon fishing was SPOTTY in most areas as the season closed for retention on April 1st. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.  

With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Early Bird ticket sales for our 'Just for the Halibut' Fishing Derby. We are also postponing our 'Just for the Halibut' Derby until further notice. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the BC Chief Health Officer has banned all gatherings of over 50 people. The health and safety of our volunteers and all of you are our top priority.

Each year, we are thrilled to get out on the water with all of you and enjoy the excitement of fishing. Whether it is your first fishing trip, or you are an avid angler, it is so fun to see our community come together.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Island Outfitters

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

Subject:
FN0315-Commercial, Recreational and Aboriginal - Salmon - Chinook - 2020 Fraser River Chinook Conservation Measures Update

This notice provides an update on the Fraser Chinook fisheries management 
measures that will be in place beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice. 

To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO 
is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First 
Nation's fisheries to support conservation of Fraser Chinook. Given the early 
run timing of some Fraser Chinook populations, the Department is implementing 
management measures that were implemented for the 2019 season on an interim 
basis beginning April 1st, 2020.  These measures will be in place on an interim 
basis to provide time for a technical review of the 2019 fishery management 
measures and completion of consultations on possible adjustments to these 
management measures for the remainder of the fishery. The Department is meeting 
with First Nations and established advisory groups during consultations in 
March and April to discuss potential adjustments to management measures. 
Interim management measures beginning April 1st, 2020, will be in effect until 
further notice.  A future announcement on possible revised management actions 
is anticipated in June 2020.

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 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

HALIBUT

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




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 SLOW fishing for winter springs. There were a few springs around, but we didn’t hear of any sizable fish. The Bluffs and Otter Point were the best locations. Anchovies were the most effective bait for winter springs in Sooke. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and UV 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 FAIR for halibut near Sombrio, Jordan River and Muir Creek.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in Becher Bay. The best fishing came from inside the bay, between Frazer and Lamb Islands on the north and inside a line from Aldridge Point to The Bedford Islands on the south. There were a few winter springs brought back from Whirl Bay. Overall, the average size salmon kept was from 7-8 lbs. Anchovies produced the best results and UV Purple Haze teasers accounted for most fish. Needlefish hoochies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Most anglers are also using spoons in this area. Good spoons have been Coyotes, Coho Killers and Skinny G’s with No Bananas the best color. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well. 

Pedder Bay

Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY at Pedder Bay. Most anglers were catching winter springs near the can buoy at the mouth of the bay and over towards Albert Head. A lot of the springs were in the 5 - 8 lb size range. 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 UV Purple Haze, 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. Crabbing has been FAIR. It was FAIR for halibut as well. Albert Head and Constance Bank have been the best locations for halibut.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. Most of the salmon caught were not very large, between 3 - 8 lbs. Constance Bank held the most salmon all week. It was spotty along the waterfront from Macaulay Point to Clover point. Bottom bouncing in 70 – 120 feet of water from Brotchie Ledge to Ross Bay has been somewhat effective. Anchovies and herring were the most productive choices for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are UV Purple Haze, 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 Double White Glow spoons good choices. Crabbing has been GOOD.

Halibut – Anglers caught a few halibut, lots of dogfish, and the occasional skate.

 

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Monday and Tuesday produced very little action. Springs up to 12 lbs had been caught the previous week on the Flats, both by jigging and trolling.  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 off Willows Beach

Sidney

Salmon fishing SPOTTY this past week. Wain Rock, Coal Island and Saanichton Spit produced the most fish. Fairfax Point produced some springs that were just over legal size. Most anglers are still using spoons. 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

With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Early Bird ticket sales for our 'Just for the Halibut' Fishing Derby. We are also postponing our 'Just for the Halibut' Derby until further notice. 

Halibut fishing is FAIR but angers are catching some near Sombrio, Jordan River, Muir Creek, Albert Head and Constance Bank. 

Saltwater 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.

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has been PICKING UP for trout and bass fishing as water temperatures slowly increase.

With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Elk Lake 'Take a Kid Fishing' Derby. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the BC Chief Health Officer has banned all gatherings of over 50 people. The health and safety of our volunteers and all of you are our top priority.

Each year, we are thrilled to get out on the water with all of you and enjoy the excitement of fishing. Whether it is your first fishing trip, or you are an avid angler, it is so fun to see our community come together. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Island Outfitters

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 level is close to 0.77 meters near the lake and 0.72 meters near Duncan and water clarity is excellent. Steelheading is slowing down and many of the fish being caught are kelts. Trout fishing has been GOOD at the top end.

Trout

Trout fishing continues to PICK UP 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 18th, Langford Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 245 grams in size. On March 13th, Dougan Lake received Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 238.14 grams in size. On March 12th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 223.4 1 grams in size. On March 5th, Ida Anne Lake received 200 trout and Colwood Lake received 50 trout averaging 249.85 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 3rd, Elk Lake was stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows averaging 232.89 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 PICKING UP at Island lakes as the water temperature rises and bass move into the shallows during the day. More bass are being caught and Crankbaits, Yum Dingers and other soft plastics have been 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 and Quennell Lake up island are also great lakes for bass fishing.

Freshwater Notable Catches

 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

All fishing and hunting licenses expired at the end of March! So be sure to get your new licenses before your next trip outdoors. There often are changes in the regulations, so take some time to read and review the regulations online before going out and accidentally getting into trouble.

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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