Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending January 27, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

This past weekend there were lots of anglers were out fishing. The fishing for winter (feeder) chinooks was GOOD with lots of 3-5 lb chinooks and some larger ones up to 20.5 pounds. The chinooks have been close to the bottom and glow spoons and bait with glow teasers have been the most effective lures. 

Notices

FN1366-RECREATIONAL - Finfish - Coast-wide Pacific Halibut Fishery Update

This notice is a reminder that recreational fishing for halibut under the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence will close by regulation effective 23:59 hours December 31 2018.

2019 management actions will be confirmed following the International Pacific Halibut Commission meetings and Sport Fishing Advisory Board of BC meetings in late January/ early February 2019.

FN1310-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Prawn and Shrimp - Area19 Closures

Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet) will continue "pulse fishing" (closed in the first half of the month and open in the second half of the month) through to March 31, 2019. This means that Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 are closed from:

  • 00:01 hours December 1 to 23:59 hours December 15, 2018; 
  • 00:01 hours January 1 to 23:59 hours January 15, 2019; 
  • 00:01 hours February 1 to 23:59 hours February 15, 2019; and 
  • 00:01 hours March 1 to 23:59 hours March 15, 2019.

All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail must be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm. For the latest details on recreational fishery openings and closures in your area:

Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line);
Visit the DFO web page to find applicable fishery notices; or
Follow our sport fishing Twitter account 

Visit our Facebook page to see reports, news and videos by our guides and staff from their most recent trips.

Sooke

Salmon fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Most anglers have been fishing from just outside the Secretary Island to Otter Point. The fish have been close to the bottom in 100-150 feet depths. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Green and glow has been the hot color combination for spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies and herring have been good as well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Lemon Lime, Madi and the Super Betsey. 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was GOOD near Becher Bay. This past week the salmon were between Church Rock and the Bedfords. A 16 lb spring was caught at that location and a 12 lb spring was taken by Whirl Bay. The best depths to fish for springs have been between 120 to 140 feet on the downrigger There have been lots of small springs inside the bay and throughout the area. The fish have not been too picky about what they will strike and anglers are mostly using spoons and plastics for lures. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with glow on them.  Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Large anchovies wee working too and effective choices for teaser head are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Betsey, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well. 

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports REALLY GOOD salmon fishing in Whirl Bay and inside Pedder Bay near the Green can buoy. Anglers were catching springs up to 9.7 lbs in size and many limits caught within a short time were reported. The fish have been close to the bottom and there is lots of bait in the area. Spoons have been the most popular lures, with the 4” Silver Horde UV herring Aid the “hot” lure. Coyote spoons have also worked well as the fish are targeting herring and not needlefish. Hootchies and squirts are still working with green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white good color choices.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  

Victoria

Overall, salmon fishing has been GOOD. There were lots of small salmon from 3-5 lbs throughout the area, but also some bigger ones. Saturday produced the largest fish with a 20.5 lb spring caught off Albert head on a 10 pack anchovy fished in a Green Glow teaser behind a Madi Flasher. Also on Saturday, a 15 lb spring was caught off Clover Point. The salmon have been down along the bottom so most anglers are fishing deep. Spoons are working well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Brass/Silver and the 4” AP Tackleworks 4” MVP herring spoon good choices. Herring strip was also catching lots of fish.

On Sunday, The Local restaurant held their 6th Annual Salmon Superbowl. The winning fish was a 14.4 lb spring caught by Mike Farrally near Victoria Harbour. Second place went to Matt Davidson with a 13.9 lb spring also caught near the harbour. Third place went to Bill Cooper with an 11.9 lb spring. The first place prize was $4,000, second place won $2.000 and third place won $1,000.

Oak Bay

Fishing for springs was FAIR on the flats but most of the fish were small. There had been larger fish out at Border Bank. Anglers had also been reporting springs up to 10 lbs on the Flats in 100-140 depths. Trollers had been catching the salmon trolling small spoons; Coho killers, Wee G’s and AP Sandlance spoons. Most of the anglers have been bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs, Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. 

 

Sidney

Salmon fishing was FAIR in the Sidney area but most of the springs were under the size required for retention. There are herring entering the inlet and drawing the salmon with them. Satellite Channel has been producing well for both salmon and prawns. Moresby Island also had some fish and the Sidney channel, from the Red Can to the James island Powder Wharf areas has held fish. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Green/glow and blue/glow.  Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Halibut

Fishery Notice - Subject: FN1366-RECREATIONAL - Finfish - Coast-wide Pacific Halibut Fishery Update

This notice is a reminder that recreational fishing for halibut under the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence will close by regulation effective 23:59 hours December 31 2018. 2019 management actions will be confirmed following the International Pacific Halibut Commission meetings and Sport Fishing Advisory Board of BC meetings in late January/ early February 2019.

Saltwater Notable Catches

On Sunday, The Local restaurant held their 6th Annual Salmon Superbowl. The winning fish was a 14.4 lb spring caught by Mike Farrally near Victoria Harbour. Second place went to Matt Davidson with a 13.9 lb spring also caught near the harbour. Third place went to Bill Cooper with an 11.9 lb spring. The first place prize was $4,000, second place won $2.000 and third place won $1,000.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@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 was GOOD for trout but SLOW for bass. 

Cowichan River

The water level on the Cowichan is receding and is in good shape for those drifting the river. It’s close to 1.68 near the lake and 1.45 meters near Duncan as I write this. Winter steelhead are now in all sections of the river. However, the Riverbottom area has been the heaviest fished. Cory Arnett released a nice 15 lb steelhead this past week.  Most drift boats are hitting a few each day. Trout fishing has been good at the top end.

Trout

Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout at the 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 Muddler Minnow patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. 2” Tomic Plugs have also been working well for trout. 

To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link http://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx

Bass

Bass fishing is SLOW on Island lakes with the cold water temperatures. Soft plastics are a great choice now. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can be very effective this time of year if you find fish in deeper water. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.

Freshwater Notable Catches

Cory Arnett released this nice 15 lb steelhead this past week while fishing the Cowichan River.

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

Herring strip is a very effective bait at this time of the year and used by many of the top anglers. Unfortunately, precut herring strip is not available. However, it’s very easy to cut your own strip and there are many videos on the internet on how to do it. Once you learn how to do it you can cut tiny strip to imitate needlefish or make larger herring strip to fish in large strip teasers.

 

2018 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.

Trout

  1. We are waiting for the first trout of the year to be weighed in at the store.

Salmon

  1. We are waiting for the first salmon of the year to be weighed in at the store.

Halibut

  1. Halibut fishing is closed and we hope to hear when the season will open soon.

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