Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending March 24, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

It’s that time of year for a little Spring cleaning!

 Our annual Garage Sale is this coming weekend, March 30th & 31st. Clearance bins of hooks, saltwater gear, freshwater gear, clothing, rods, reels and more!

OVERVIEW – Due to the strong tides this past weekend, halibut catching was SLOW and only a few caught fish. Salmon fishing was SLOW in some areas and GOOD in others.

Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0155-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Area 19 and 20 - Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2019

Effective dates:  March 1, 2019 until further notice:

Waters:  Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subareas 20-4 to 20-7(those waters near 
Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sombrio Pt.).

Management measures:  You may retain two (2) Chinook salmon per day.  These 
Chinook may be either:
Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or
Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  
The minimum size limit in these waters is 45 cm in length. 

Variation order 2019-RFQ-78


The Department is consulting on additional management actions to conserve 
Fraser River Chinook and Southern Resident Killer Whales. Revised management 
measures will be announced in April 2019.


Notes:

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

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are 
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the 
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

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 voluntary 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 at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that 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:

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 (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
 

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0158-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: 2019 Fishery Opening March 1, 2019 and Management Measures in Effect Until March 31, 2019

For 2019, the recreational fishery allocation is 890,013 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect as noted below. 

Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2019 will be provided 
later in March 2019.

Coast-wide:

Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2019 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-
wide until further notice.

Licensing:
The 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, 
remain in effect until 23:59 hours March 31, 2019.

Limits and sizes:
Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice:
-The maximum length for halibut is 115 cm.
-The daily limit for halibut is one (1). 
-The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which may be over 
83 cm in length.
-The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 
2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
-All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on 
the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each 
halibut is caught and its length (head-on) shall immediately be recorded on the 
licence.

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: 2019-RCT-079 (Close Time) and 2019-RFQ-080 (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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contacts: Brad Beaith (South Coast) - (250)756-7190, Darren Chow (North Coast) -
 (250)627-3441, Jason Knight (250) 850-9370

Sooke

Salmon fishing was SLOW near Becher Bay. The best fishing was in the bay between the Bedford Islands and Aldridge Point. The fish were quite deep and 140’ was the most productive depth. The hatchery marked fish have been as large as 15 lbs. and have not been too picky about what they will strike. Anglers are mostly using hoochies and spoons for lures, but many are switching over to anchovies. 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. Anchovies were working too and good colours for teaser heads are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well.

 

 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing was SLOW near Becher Bay. The best fishing was in the bay between the Bedford Islands and Aldridge Point. The fish were quite deep and 140’ was the most productive depth. The hatchery marked fish have been as large as 15 lbs. and have not been too picky about what they will strike. Anglers are mostly using hoochies and spoons for lures, but many are switching over to anchovies. 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. Anchovies were working too and good colours for teaser heads are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers have been working well.

 

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reports SPORATIC salmon fishing at Pedder Bay. Although not many boats were out salmon fishing, some were successful. John Hamill reports that 3 of us fished for 3 hours on the 18th in Pedder Bay and hooked 6. They kept 3, one a 20 lb. perfect conditioned red hatchery spring.  They used a flasher on the downrigger ball only and caught 5 springs on a pearl, 4” apex. The other one took a 3” green Coyote spoon., The action was at 85 feet and there was lots of scattered feed from the bottom to 65 feet. The hot spot was again near the Navy can buoy at the mouth of the bay. Pedder Bay Marina also reports a very heavy red tide in the bay. Coyote style spoons have 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.  Anchovies in green glow teaser have also been effective. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy and Lemon Lime. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  

 

 

 

Victoria

Overall, salmon fishing was GOOD on the bank this past weekend. Our boat caught 12 hatchery springs up to 16 lbs. on Saturday and 8 hatchery springs to 9 lbs. on Sunday. The bite was when the tide was really ripping and not on the slower currents. Closer in along the waterfront it was SLOW for springs with the most productive area being from Brotchie Ledge to Clover Point. Most of salmon have been from 4-6 lbs in size. Anglers are trolling close to the bottom in 70 to 120 feet of water. The fish have been in depths of 70-150 feet. Anchovies and herring are working the best and glow teaser heads have been better than the non glow colours. Spoons are working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 4” herring spoon good choices.

Oak Bay

Fishing was SPOTTY in Oak Bay. Anglers have reported springs up 16 lbs. on the Flats and in the Gap in 80-140 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 spoons and squirts 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 GOOD in the Sidney area. We heard that there were springs from 12–18 lbs. coming from Coal Island. However, from Moses Point into Pat Bay, the salmon fishing was VERY GOOD in Saanich Inlet. Greg Holtzhauer caught a 24 lb. hatchery spring in Mill Bay on Sunday the 24th. Most anglers are using Skinny Gee spoons or anchovies. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Cop Car and Trap Shack. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Halibut

Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. We’ve heard of fish being caught at Constance Bank, Pedder Bay, Albert Head, the East Race and Sooke. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Other good baits are the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs, especially if there are lots of dogfish hitting the baits. 

Saltwater Notable Catches

John Hamill reports that 3 of us fished for 3 hours on the 18th in Pedder Bay and hooked 6. They kept 3, one a 20 lb. perfect conditioned red hatchery spring.  m 12–18 lbs. coming from Coal Island. .  Greg Holtzhauer caught a 24 lb. hatchery spring in Mill Bay on Sunday the 24th.

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 and PICKING UP for bass.

Cowichan River

The water level on the Cowichan is still receding and is quite low for this time of year.  It’s close to 0.59 meters near the lake and 0.62 meters near Duncan. It’s low for most drift boats and can be easily waded in most pools. The Riverbottom area has been the heaviest fished. There are lots of redds in the top end, but it looks like most of the spawning has been completed.  Anglers are catching steelies on both gear and flies. Trout fishing has been good as well.

Trout

Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout at local lakes and we have a new top trout for the 2019 ladder board! Mike Greenwood caught a 4lb 2oz Rainbow from Langford Lake using a Rapala. Chris Arnott reports catching and releasing at least 30 trout at Thetis Lake using split shot and a wedding band spinner.

 

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.

 The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is currently stocking spring catchable triploid rainbow trout into southern, On March 21st, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 256.26 g in size. On March 18th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Poirier, Matheson and Kemp Lakes 500 each and Langford Lake 200 trout, all averaging in size 214.92 g in size. Vancouver Island lakes. On March 12th, Thetis Lake received 1,500 trout, Durrance lake 1,000 trout and Colwood lake 250 trout averaging 257.5 g in size. On March 11th, Shawningan Lake received 2,500 trout and Dougan Lake 500 trout averaging 244.62 g in size. On March 8th, Elk Lake received another 1,200 trout and Glen lake received 500 trout averaging 222.89 g in size On March 5th, both Elk and Prospect lakes were stocked with 1,800 catchable rainbows averaging 227.37 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 on Island lakes with the water temperatures rise. Soft plastics are a great choice now but crankbaits are starting to catch bass as well. 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

We have a new top trout for the 2019 ladder board! Mike Greenwood caught his 4lb 2oz Rainbow from Langford Lake using a Rapala Chris Arnott reports catching and releasing at least 30 trout at Thetis Lake using split shot and a wedding band spinner.

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

All fishing and hunting licenses expire at the end of this month! So be sure to get your new licenses before your next trip outdoors. There often are changes in the regulations, so take some time to read and review the regulations before going out and accidentally getting into trouble.

It’s that time of year for a little Spring cleaning!

 Our annual Garage Sale is this coming weekend, March 30th & 31st. Clearance bins of hooks, saltwater gear, freshwater gear, clothing, rods, reels and more!

 

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. 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
  2. 4.0 lbs – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
  3. 3 lbs 3 oz – Don Round – Elk Lake – trolled Spratley fly – January 15th

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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