Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending May 30, 2021

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Halibut, Lingcod and rockfish fishing was SLOW this past week due to the big tides. Those anglers fishing for salmon in the Becher Bay open area are having success on hatchery marked fish up to 18 lbs.

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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.

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is no longer providing printed BC Sport Fishing Guides from previous years or link to access an online PDF version. 

Interest in the Guides has diminished and there is an increasing gap between the information in the paper guides and the actual online fishing regulations.
 
For current fishing regulations in your area, please see the online Sport Fishing Guide at: https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact your local fisheries office at: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0204
Sent March 4, 2021 at 0836

Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0467-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, 16, and Subarea 20-5 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective immediately

This Fishery Notice details Chinook recreational fishery opportunities that have been approved on a trial basis for 2021 in portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, 16, and Subarea 20-5 for the 2021 fishing season. These areas are located outside the primary migratory paths used by Fraser Chinook and are designed to limit impacts on wild Chinook stocks of concern. These opportunities are being implemented on a trial basis with enhanced creel survey monitoring.  Anglers are reminded about the importance of reporting catch information, submitting heads for adipose fin clipped Chinook and providing access to fish for sampling when requested. This information will be used to support post-season evaluation and future decision making.  

Conservation measures to address conservation concerns for at-risk Southern BC Chinook stocks remain in effect for many southern BC waters. Please check the DFO web-site for specific restrictions in your area.  
 

Area 12:

Subareas 12-27, 12-28, 12-35, 12-38, and 12-40; and

That portion of 12-26 north of line from Dinner Point on Village Island (50°37.628'N, 126°30.322'W) across to a point on the opposite shore on Turnour Island (50°37.536'N, 126°29.845' W); AND east of the Lower Clio RCA boundary line at 50°35.397'N, 126°31.982'W; 50°34.943'N, 126°32.080'W; and
That portion of 12-39 northeasterly of a line from Gordon Point on Broughton Island (50°45.885'N, 126°44.158'W) across to the RCA boundary on Eden Island (50°45.510'N, 126°42.831'W);  AND those portions of Subarea 12-39 east of the Eden-Bonwick-Midsummer-Swanson Islands RCA:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 13 (Portions of Bute Inlet and Ramsay Arm):

That portion of Subarea 13-19 northerly of a line that runs from 50°19.584'N, 125°00.292'W (on Raza Island) to 50°19.9463'N, 125°01.9274'W (southeast of Frances Bay); and

Subarea 13-21:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet):

That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.7312N 124°57.9802W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.2872N 124°55.1772W); AND northerly of a line from Dean Point on West Redonda Island (50°17.147'N, 124°47.172'W) across to a point on East Redonda Island (50°17.145'N, 124°46.989'W); AND north of a line from Price Point (50°09.399'N, 124°39.165'W) to East Redonda Island (50°10.075'N,124°41.763'W); and

That portion of Subarea 15-6 (in Toba Inlet) west of a line from a boundary sign at Snout Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 16 (portions of Sechelt and Jervis Inlets):

Subareas 16-6, 16-9, 16-12; and

That portion of Subarea 16-7 westerly of the Salmon Inlet RCA boundary following a meridian passing through at 123°43.00'W (near Black Bear Bluff); and

That portion of Subarea 16-8 west of a line from a point on land at 49°41.5'N, 123°48.4'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°41.1'N, 123°47.7'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-10 north of a line from a point on land at 49°40.0'N, 124°04.3'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°40.0'N, 124°05.1'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-11 north of a line from a point on land at 49°44.99'N, 124°15.57'W, across to Ball Point (corner of the Hardy Island RCA) at 49°45.100'N, 124°13.750'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-13 south of a line from a point on land at 49°50.7'N, 123°55.2'W then across to a point on the opposite shore at 49°50.2'N, 123°52.9'W; and

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Subarea 20-5 (portions of Beecher Bay):

That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W; and

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours July 31, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only.

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-273


Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters.

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-094

Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished.


Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.  

The term "hatchery marked" or "marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. This is also referred to as an adipose fin-clipped (AFC) fish. Unmarked fish still have an adipose fin present.

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:

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0467
Sent May 14, 2021 at 1323

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0345-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Areas 11 to 28, 29, 111, 121 to 127 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective April 1, 2021

To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First Nations' fisheries to support conservation of these stocks. This Fishery Notice provides the interim recreational fishery management measures to provide protection to at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks in Areas 11 to 28, 29, 121 to 127. The plan is to start the 2021 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2021) with measures in place at the beginning of last season, until further notice. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions will be announced in a subsequent fishery notice. The management measures for Fraser Chinook are outlined below. Southern BC Recreational Fisheries: West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Subareas 20-1 and 20-2, Area 121, as well as Areas 123 to 127 seaward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile from the surfline: 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. For the full definition of the Boundary Line in Areas 123 to 127, please see the bottom of this fishery notice. Chinook daily limits remain at two (2) per day shoreward of this boundary line. Queen Charlotte and Johnstone Straits (Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. Strait of Georgia - North - Areas 13 to 17, Area 28, and Subareas 29-1 and 29-2 (excluding those portions listed as closed below): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention; Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca - Area 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, 20-3 to 20-7, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 and 29-8 (excluding those portions listed as closed below): 00:01 hours April 1, 2021 until further notice, Chinook non-retention. Portions of Southern Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet - Subareas 28-7 to 28-9; Subarea 28-1, and that portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies southerly of a line drawn due East from Halkett Point on Gambier Island (49 26.735'N, 123 19.302'W) to a point (49 26.550'N, 123 14.317'W) on the mainland corresponding with the Southeast point of the Lions Bay RCA; and those portions of 29-3 to 29-5 that lie East of a line from Gower Point (49 23.021'N, 123 32.166' W) near Gibsons to Shah Point on the Southern tip of Valdes Island (49 01.695'N, 123 35.721'W): April 1, 2021 until further notice: No fishing for Chinook; Approaches to Fraser River - Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 to 29-17 and the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River from Mission Bridge to the confluence with Sawmill Creek: January 1 to November 1: No fishing for Salmon (Note: Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date) For clarity, Chinook retention is permitted in Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, Subarea 12-14, and those portions of Areas 123 to 127 shoreward of a Boundary Line located approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline.

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0172-Chinook Salmon - Area 19 and 20 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective March 1, 2021

Effective 00:01 hours March 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021, 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, 19-3, 19-4 and 20-4 to 20-7 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Point and Sombrio Point). 

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-045

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, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

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.

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.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0172
Sent February 23, 2021 at 1017

HALIBUT Notice. Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)

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Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0296-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - 2021 Conditions of Licence starting April 1, 2021 - Amendment to FN0294

This Fishery Notice supersedes FN0294 to provide clarity on the daily and possession limits effective April 1, 2021. The corrected Fishery Notice reads as follows:

For 2021, the recreational Halibut fishery allocation is 914,750 pounds. The recreational Halibut fishery is actively managed to stay within sector's allocation and fishers should watch for subsequent Fishery Notices to announce potential in-season changes. 

The following measures are in effect coast wide as noted below: 

Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 15, 2021, fishing for Halibut was opened coast-wide until further notice (See Fishery Notice FN0133).

Effective April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022:

The daily and possession limit for Halibut is EITHER of:

---- one (1) Halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off),
OR
---- two (2) Halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

No person shall retain a Halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off).

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.

Annual Limit:
No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) Halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Licensing:
The 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence are in effect from February 15 until March 31, 2021 (See Fishery Notice FN0133).

The 2021/22 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence will be in effect from April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022. 

All Halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 shall be immediately recorded on the 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, or, if mobile access is immediately available, the licence holder may record catch in the National Recreational Licensing System. The area from which each Halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded.

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.

Areas 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank. Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.000 minutes W, then true east to 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.200 minutes W, then southeasterly to the International Boundary, outer perimeter at 48 degrees 29.618 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.553 minutes W, then westerly following the International Boundary perimeter to 48 degrees 29.605 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.190 minutes W, then northwesterly to the beginning point.

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

Variation Orders 2021-RCT-140 (Close Time) and 2021-RFQ-141 (Quota) are in effect.

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.

Non-residents of Canada: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Canadian border is closed to non-essential travel and BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences are not available to non-residents of Canada at this time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0296
Sent March 22, 2021 at 0925

Subject:

FN0476-General Information: Information for BC Recreational Fishers on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

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

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN1360-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - South Coast - Management Measures January 1, 2021 - Reminder

The following is a reminder of the South Coast Area Chinook management measures currently in effect and continuing January 1, 2021 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: 2020-RFQ-413; 2020-RFQ-689


Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

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, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

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

Notes:

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 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:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.


Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0859-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Prawn and Shrimp - Areas 17, 19, 23 - Closures

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp by Trap Fishers are advised that the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close in the following Subareas as described in the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations:

1. Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9 (Stuart Channel);
2. Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive (Saanich Inlet);
3. Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive (Alberni Inlet).

These areas will be closed for the following periods:

from 00:01 hours September 8 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2020;
from 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2020;
from 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours November 15, 2020;
from 00:01 December 1 until 23:59 hours December 15, 2020;
from 00:01 hours January 1, 2021, until further notice.

Decisions will be made and announced in December on the possibility for further openings or the need for winter closure from January 1 through to March 31, 2021 to allow the prawn spawning cycle to complete. The 3 month winter closure protects large, mature egg-bearing female prawns as their eggs prepare to hatch.

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
RECREATIONAL - General Information
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0204-RECREATIONAL - General Information - Printed Sport Fishing Guide and Link to Online PDF Guide Discontinued

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is no longer providing printed BC Sport Fishing Guides from previous years or link to access an online PDF version. 

Interest in the Guides has diminished and there is an increasing gap between the information in the paper guides and the actual online fishing regulations.
 
For current fishing regulations in your area, please see the online Sport Fishing Guide at: https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact your local fisheries office at: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0204
Sent March 4, 2021 at 0836

Sooke

Halibut fishing was SLOW, with the best action coming from west of Sooke. Otter Point, Muir Creek and Jordan River produced a few fish. Crabbing has been SPOTTY in the basin.

Becher Bay

Salmon anglers were having GOOD success catching hatchery marked springs up to 18 lbs within Becher Bay north of Fraser Island. Cheanuh marina reported that over 50 springs were seen at marina on the weekend. The DFO is closely monitoring the retention allowed area with spotting scopes and plane and drone surveillance. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Lingcod anglers were catching fish when  jigging off of Aldridge Point. Crabbing has been GOOD inside the bay. 

The fishery notice for the retention only area states, “that portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W; and effective immediately to 23:59 hours July 31, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only.” Anglers wee having some success with hatchery marked springs up to 18 lbs being caught on the weekend. The DFO is closely monitoring the area with plane and drone surveillance

Pedder Bay

Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week, with only a few halibut brought back to the marina. The most productive halibut areas were straight out from William Head and the East Race. Most of the halibut were small, from 12-20 lbs in size. Crabbing has been SLOW. It was also reported that fishing was slow for chinooks in the area but again, there no retention is allowed.

Victoria

Halibut fishing was SPOTTY off the waterfront due to strong currents. The best areas to fish were Constance Bank, Albert Head, the Mud Hole, and Trial Island. Most anglers are fishing in over 300 feet of water for the big flatfish. Catch and release salmon fishing was SLOW along the waterfront but GOOD at Constance Bank. Crabbing is FAIR.  

Oak Bay

Halibut, Lingcod and Rockfish fishing was SLOW near Oak Bay. Crabbing has been SLOW in the Oak Bay and Cadboro Bay area. Some anglers are having good success catch and release fishing for chinooks on the Flats. Most of the springs have been from 8-12 pounds and about 80% of the salmon are hatchery marked.

Sidney

Bottom fishing was SLOW this past week. We also heard of FAIR catch and release fishing for chinooks near Coal Island, Sidney Spit, Hambley Point and the Powder Wharf, Crabbing and Prawning has been SLOW. 

Recreational Prawn and Shrimp harvesters are advised that the harvest of Prawns and Shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving, will close from 00:01 hours May 13, 2021, to 23:59 hours May 19, 2021, Saanich Inlet (Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive). This action is to allow for the completion of comprehensive spawner index sampling at the start of the commercial fishery.

 

Saltwater Notable Catches

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has been EXCELLENT for trout and bass.

Notices

Cowichan River

Trout fishing has been GOOD. Insect hatches are occurring frequently. Rolled Muddlers and nymphs have been good flies for searching patterns. If you match the hatch with dry flies you’ll have a lot of fun.

Trout

Trout fishing has been EXCELLENT at local lakes as we enter the prime time for trout fishing. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms fished just off the bottom. White, Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Chironomid hatches have been happening at most lakes. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding Bands fished behind Gang Trolls. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout at Cowichan Lake. Ryan Arsenych caught a limit of rainbow trout weighing 2, 1.11, 1.10 and 1.4 lbs in Prospect Lake using a Gang Troll and worms. Dawsyn White, 2 ½ years old, caught her first trout at Lookout Lake. Dawsyn had help casting but hooked and landed it herself.

Here is the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC spring stocking report for the Greater Victoria area. On May 20th, Elk Lake received 500 trout averaging 207.4g in size. On May 17th, Lookout Lake received 250 trout averaging 205.5g in size. On May 5th, Langford Lake received 1,200 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 235.98g in size. On April 30th, Elk Lake received 1,507 trout averaging 219.11g in size. On April 22nd, Lanford Lake received 1,500 trout, Durrance Lake 1,000 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 202.01g in size. On April 21st, Elk Lake received 1,993 trout averaging 227.43g in size. On April 20th, both Prospect and Elk lakes received 1,500 trout, Ida Anne Lake 150 trout and Colwood and Poirier Lakes 150 trout averaging 220.64 g in size. On April 14th, Spectacle Lake received 1,000 trout averaging 209.07g in size. On April 13th, Lookout Lake received 250 trout averaging 218.67 g in size. On April 9th, Prospect Lake received 1,800 trout, Durrance Lake 1,000 trout and Thetis Lake 500 trout averaging 218.67 g in size. On April 7th, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout, Langford Lake 1,500 trout and Colwood Lake 200 trout with a 194.93 g average size. On March 10th, Dougan Lake received 1,000 trout and Shawnigan Lake 600 trout averaging 232.77g in size. On March 1st, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 259.23g in size. On March 3rd, Lookout Lake received 250 trout averaging 228.72 g in size. There were no trout releases this past week in the South Island.

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 continues to heat up as fish can be found in pre spawn, spawning and post spawn behaviors. Big Largemouth and Smallmouth bass have been quite active and four pound plus fish are being caught daily. Hot lakes continue to be Quennell, Langford and Prospect Lakes. Elk/Beaver lake has slowed a bit due to the carp spawning. Topwater fishing is picking up and anglers are having good luck with wake baits, frogs and poppers, Subsurface soft plastics continue to trigger the most bites, with wacky and Texas rig worms at the top of the list. Thanks go to Dave Pedersen for the bass update.

Freshwater Notable Catches

Chris Haggerty caught a new personal best Largemouth bass weighing 6 lbs at Prospect Lake.

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

 

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Fish Tip of the Week

Weightless Wacky rigged soft plastics are a popular bass bait right now. With a slow fall rate, the bait is in the strike zone for a long time, giving the fish maximum time to take the bait, A slow retrieve while twitching to entice the fish to bite will usually trigger some strikes.

2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards

Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with our free, for fun and prizes, Salmon, Trout and Halibut Leader Boards. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st win a special prize.

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