Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending February 3, 2019
Fishing SLOWED DOWN this past week. The fishing for winter (feeder) chinooks was FAIR with lots of 3-5 lb chinooks with the larger ones between 8 to 10 pounds. The chinooks have been close to the bottom and glow spoons and bait with glow teasers have been the most effective lures.
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:
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Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Most anglers are still fishing from 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.
Salmon fishing was FAIR near Becher Bay. This past week the salmon were between Church Rock and the Bedfords and in the Bay near Lamb Island. The size has been smaller as well, with l the fish under 10 lbs in size.The best depths to fish have been between 120 to 140 feet on the downrigger. 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 Marina reports FAIR salmon fishing in Whirl Bay and inside Pedder Bay. Although not many boats wee out, anglers were catching springs up to 8 lbs in size and a few limits were caught. The fish have been close to the bottom and there is still 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.
Overall, salmon fishing has been FAIR. There were lots of small salmon from 3-5 lbs throughout the area, with the larger fish running about 8 lbs in size. The salmon have been down along the bottom so most anglers are fishing deep. The top lure this past week was the 4” Tomic classic 602 plug. Spoons are working well to with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Brass/Silver and the AP Tackleworks 4” MVP herring spoon good choices. Herring strip was also catching lots of fish.
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.
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.
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
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Fishing was GOOD for trout but SLOW for bass.
The water level on the Cowichan is receding and is in good shape for those drifting the river. It’s close to 1.46 near the lake and 1.26 meters near Duncan as I write this. Steelhead are now in all sections of the river. However, the Riverbottom area has been the heaviest fished. Anglers are catching steelies on both gear and flies. Trout fishing has been good at the top end.
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 Spratley 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 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.
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Fish Tip of the Week
Bigger is not always better! The point is that you should mix up the size of your baits or lures to increase the odds of catching fish. Fish both large and small baits until you find a definite pattern of what the fish want at that time, that day.
2018 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards
- 4.0 lbs – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
- 3 lbs 3 oz – Don Round – Elk Lake – trolled Spratley fly – January 15th
- We are waiting for the first salmon of the year to be weighed in at the store.
- Halibut fishing is closed and we hope to hear when the season will open soon.