Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending April 19, 2020

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Halibut fishing was SLOW again this past week.  The majority of the boats were not catching any halibut. 

With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, 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



Sooke

It was SLOW for halibut near the Bluffs and Otter Point, but at least a couple were caught.

Becher Bay

It was SLOW for halibut near Becher Bay but we did hear of a couple of halibut caught near Church Rock and inside the bay near Aldridge Point.

Pedder Bay

Fishing has been SLOW at Pedder Bay for halibut. About 12-15 were seen brought in over the weekend. One angler reported counting 33 boats at anchor fishing for halibut. Albert Head and Constance Bank have been the best locations for halibut. 

Victoria

Fishing was SPOTTY for halibut at Constance Bank and in the Mud Hole. Aanglers caught mostly dogfish and the occasional skate. Crabbing has been FAIR.

 

Oak Bay

Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been SLOW off Willows Beach.

Sidney

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Crabbing has also been SLOW and there are lots of traps out by Sidney Spit.

 

Halibut

With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we are postponing our 'Just for the Halibut' Derby until further notice. 

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 increases.

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 has been steady at close to 0.75 meters near the lake and 0.70 meters near Duncan and water clarity is excellent. Most anglers on the river are now targeting trout in the upper reaches. Tried and true fly choices at the top end include Prince nymphs, stonefly nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs, rolled muddlers, wooly buggers and egg patterns. Elk Hair Caddis and Goddard Caddis flies work well as dry flies at this time of year.

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 has resumed stocking catchable triploid rainbow trout into southern Vancouver Island lakes. On April 19th, Prospect Lake was stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows, Spectacle Lake with 1,000 catchable rainbows, and Glen Lake with 500 catchable rainbows with an average size of 203.5 grams. On April 14th, Lookout Lake was stocked with 500 catchable rainbows with an average size of 236.3 grams.  On April 8th, Elk Lake was stocked with 1,000 catchable rainbows and Durrance Lake with 500 catchable rainbows averaging 207.07grams in size. On April 7th, both Elk and Thetis Lakes were stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows averaging 210.27 grams in size.

Here is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC initial spring stocking report for the Greater Victoria area. 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 and more bass are being caught and some large ones too. 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

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

Be careful when anchoring for halibut. Don’t crowd another boat that is already anchored near where you want to fish. Anchor lines getting tangled or hung up on each other can present a very dangerous situation that you should avoid for your own safety.

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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