Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending May 31, 2020
Windy weather kept anglers off the water for most of the week. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Anglers doing catch and release only for chinooks have had GOOD success on springs up to 25 lbs.. Lingcod anglers have had GOOD results. Crabbing and prawning was GOOD in most areas.
We are pleased that the province has designated fishing as an essential service. That said, the RCMP is out enforcing social distancing on fishing boats to safeguard the public.
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If you wish to book a Victoria Fishing Charter as soon as possible, please call Rob Rippen at 250.686.3151
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Continuing conservation concerns for Interior Fraser Coho require that 2020 Coho management measures remain precautionary. Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for Coho is two (2) per day, (hatchery marked only) effective 00:01 hours June 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Areas 11 to 20, 111 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5. These measures exclude finfish closed areas and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs). Please check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further information. Area 111 and Subareas 11-1, 11-2 and 12-14 (Portion of Queen Charlotte Sound): Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subareas 11-3 to 11-10 (Inside Nakwakto Rapids): Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2020, until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (Hatchery marked or unmarked). Subareas 12-3 to 12-13, 12-15, 12-16 (except for the Hardy Bay portion described separately below) 12-17 to 12-19 and 12-21 to 12-23: Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Area 12-16 (Hardy Bay): Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay, inside of line from Duval Point to Daphne Point) you may retain four (4) hatchery marked Coho per day. Subareas 12-26 to 12-48 (Portion of the Mainland Inlets): Effective June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subareas 13-20, 13-21, a portion of 13-22 (East Side of Stuart Island and a portion of Bute Inlet): Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2020, in Subareas 13-20, 13-21 and that portion of Subarea 13-22 (described as those waters in Bute Inlet from the RCA boundary sign at Littleton Point across to the opposite shore at 50 degrees 49.900' N and 124 degrees 51.6290' W) you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 14-11 (Baynes Sound): Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 14-11 Baynes Sound inside a line from the Cape Lazo Light, then to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 15-1 (Lang Creek): Effective 00:01 hours August 15 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 15-1 east of a line from Albion Point (locally known as Black Point) to Scotchfir Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Subarea 16-5 and Portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay): Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Subarea 16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay - southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore) you may retain four (4) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point): Effective 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in that portion of Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). No salmon fishing - Portions of Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5, 18-9 - dates to be announced in June A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures. Area 19: Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, in Area 19, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light): Effective 00:01 hours September 5 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in Subarea 20-2, and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only two (2) may be unmarked. Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7: Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 20-1 (seaward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point) and Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked. No salmon fishing - Subareas 20-3 and 20-4 - dates to be announced in June A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information on the duration and description of these measures. Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): Effective 00:01 hours September 15 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020 in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49 degrees 27.625'N and 123 degrees 45.903'W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49 degrees 25.875'N and 123 degrees 42.824'W), you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked). Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-0194 Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling 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. Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing. Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas and other recreational fishing information can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800- 465-4336 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Erika Watkins, ECVI Recreational Fisheries Manager, Erika.Watkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
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As Canadians continue to adjust with life under Covid-19 conditions, recreational fishers are reminded to follow the guidelines set out by Public Health Officials when taking part in recreational fishing activities in British Columbia waters to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The Public Health Officer of British Columbia has asked British Columbians to limit non-essential travel within the province, especially to smaller communities. Consistent with the Orders and Guidance for Fishing and Hunting from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia, fishers are expected to only fish in their local area. Fishers should also be aware that many coastal communities in BC have closed access and services to visitors to help protect their residents. Access to fuel, supplies and other services in these communities may not be available. Recreational fishers should be vigilant to follow the general recommendations from the Government of Canada for the Canadian public, see official advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html or call the information line at 1-833-784-4397 Updates and changes that were recently announced by the Province of British Columbia regarding recreational fishing in BC at the following webpage: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing-and-hunting-covid-19-updates . Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is keeping the health and well-being of all Canadians in mind as we work together in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). To slow the spread of COVID-19 we ask that recreational fishers keep a physical distance between each other. Physical (social) distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. DFO's Conservation and Protection Program continues to provide a critical function in the Federal Government's management of Canada's marine resources. Regular integrated patrols by fishery officers on land, sea and air are ongoing. Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to supporting our fisheries and aquaculture industry during these difficult times. The Government of Canada is taking the necessary steps to keep you informed of the latest developments. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Greg Hornby, A/Regional Recreational Fisheries Coordinator, Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
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:
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.
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
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:
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
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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
It was SLOW for halibut near the Bluffs and Otter Point. There have been some caught further west near Jordan River and Sombrio Point. We’ve reports that there are lots of small Coho in the strait.
Port Renfrew is open for business once again and fishing charters are operating. Halibut fishing has been GOOD. Very few have fished for salmon, but it should be GOOD as well.
Almost no one went out fishing due to the wind in the bay. When the weather changes it should be good catch and release fishing for springs between Beechey Head and the Trap Shack.
Fishing has been SLOW at Pedder Bay for halibut. A few lingcod and rockfish were reported. Crabbing has been spotty.
Fishing was SLOW for halibut at Constance Bank and in the “Mud Hole”. We did hear that Border Bank produced a few recently. Salmon fishing has been GOOD for those doing catch and release, both at Constance Bank and near Brotchie Ledge. Crabbing has been FAIR.
Catch and release for salmon has been GOOD, especially early in the week. This is prime time to fish for springs in Oak Bay. Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been FAIR off Willows Beach.
Very few anglers were out fishing this past week. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Catch and release for salmon has been FAIR near the south end of James Island. Crabbing has been SLOW and there are lots of traps out by Sidney Spit.
With growing concerns regarding COVID-19, we are postponing our 'Just for the Halibut' Derby until further notice.
Fishing has been GOOD as the weather improves. Water Temperatures are increasing so there is lots of activity in the water.
The water level is close to 0.575 meters near the lake and Duncan. It’s prime time for wading and fly fishing at the top end. Insect activity is good, and dry fly fishing has been good. 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 fishing has been GOOD 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.
Here is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC spring stocking report for the Greater Victoria area. On May 5th, Langford Lake stocked with 1,250 catchable rainbows with an average size of 242.59 grams. On April 22nd. Langford Lake received 1,000 trout, Colwood Lake 200 trout and IDA Anne Lake 2450 trout averaging 216.6 grams in size. On April 21st, Matheson, Glen and Kemp Lakes received 500 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 226.79 grams in size. On April 20th, Prospect and Elk Lakes were stocked with 2,000 catchable rainbows with an average size of 227.44 grams. 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. 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 fishing is GOOD at Island lakes as the water temperature rises and bass move into the shallows for spawning. More and more bass are being caught and some large ones too. Yum Dingers, Tubes and other soft plastics have been effective. Crankbaits and surface lures have also worked. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. Outside of Victoria, St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island and Quennell Lake are also great lakes for bass fishing.
The Canadian Bass Fishing League held their second Kayak fishing derby at Beaver Lake this past weekend. First place went to Cory Cox. Second please went to Brandon Henn. Third place went to Dave Pedersen.
Freshwater Notable Catches
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Fish Tip of the Week
Why not experiment? With salmon closed for retention, few anglers on the water, and lots of fish around, why not use this time to experiment with different lures and techniques. It’s also a good time to try out new locations and fish for other species, such as various bottomfish. You just might find another “tried and true” technique or favorite fish.
2020 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