Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending July 28,2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

OVERVIEW – Catch and release fishing for spring salmon in Victoria has been EXCELLENT. Port Renfrew is now open for retention of spring salmon under 80cm but not smaller than 45cm. Hatchery coho has been GREAT out in Sooke and Port Renfrew and pink salmon have arrived! Halibut fishing was GREAT in all areas.


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SOOKE – Salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT this past week. There have been lots of springs for those doing catch and release fishing. Pink salmon are starting to show up fast in Sooke and being caught on Gibbs Pink Squirts.  The hatchery coho are showing up in 200-300 feet of water size ranges from 4lbs-15lbs . Spoons such as Skinny G’s, especially in Irish Cream, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Green and glow has been the best color combination for spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies and herring have been great as well. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Glo Green and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Fandom Flasher Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.

Port Renfrew

PORT RENFREW – There have been lots of springs into the mid-twenties along the shoreline. The springs have been caught at 60-95 feet on the downrigger in depths up to 100 feet. Out near Swiftsure Bank the fishing for springs was EXCELLENT this past week. White hootchies have been the top producing lure this past week on the west coast. Also, Gold Nugget Coho Killers and Skinny G’s and Wee G’s in chartreuse chrome or herring aid were producing lots of action and limit catches. Those anglers cut plugging are also catching lots of fish. Halibut fishing has been EXCELLENT on the bank.

Becher Bay

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing had been GOOD near Becher Bay. Anglers reported catching and releasing springs at 40 to 90 feet between Beechey Head and towards the Trap Shack. Hatchery coho have been caught between Beechey Head and the Trap Shack on the flood tides. Anglers were mostly using spoons for lures. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green in the colour mix.  Anchovies were working too and good colours for teaser heads were Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Bon Chovy, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well. Other anglers that we know of fishing here were out for halibut and lingcod. Halibut fishing was SLOWER this past week, but some nice Lingcod were caught, and crabbing has been EXCELLENT.

Pedder Bay

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reported salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT at the mouth of the bay. Halibut fishing was GOOD. Lingcod fishing and crabbing was GOOD this past week. Coyote style spoons had been working well for springs when people were fishing for them. Anchovies in green glow teaser had also been effective. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.  Hootchies and squirts were working with green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white good color choices.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy and Lemon Lime.


VICTORIA – Salmon fishing was GOOD at Constance Bank for catch and release chinook fishing. That said, most anglers that we know of fishing were out for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. The halibut fishing was only GOOD  this past week. Closer in along the waterfront it had been FAIR for springs with the most productive area being from Esquimalt to Brotchie Ledge. Anglers had been trolling close to the bottom in 80 to 140 feet of water. Anchovies and herring had been working well along with glow teaser heads. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” herring spoon good choices.

Oak Bay

OAK BAY– Catch and release chinook fishing was GOOD in Oak Bay. Springs in the 10 lb. to 20 lb. size were caught both jigging and trolling on the Flats. Trollers were catching the salmon bottom bouncing spoons in 90 – 120 feet of water. Coho killers, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons have been the spoons of choice. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers had been having great success near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. Halibut fishing was FAIR in this area.


SIDNEY– Sidney Spit, the Powder Warf and Cole Island were EXCELLENT this past week. Springs into the mid 20’s were being caught by troller’s and jiggers. Jiggers are continuing to do very well especially near the Powder Wharf. The lures working the best were the Deep Stingers and Gibbs minnows in 3 oz, blue nickel, chrome and green nickel. Prawning has slowed down in Saanich Inlet. More anglers were prawning than fishing for finfish. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Skinny G and Wee G spoons and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Cop Car and Trap Shack. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

OVERVIEW – Fishing was FAIR for trout and EXCELLENT for bass

Cowichan River

COWICHAN RIVER – Trout fishing was FAIR with the lower water level and increased water temperatures. Look for trout to be moving into riffles and deeper pools where a colder spring empties into the river.  Tried and true fly choices at the top end include Prince nymphs, stonefly nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs, rolled muddlers, wooly buggers, Copper Johns and egg patterns. Elk Hair Caddis and Goddard Caddis dry flies work quite well during periods of surface activity.



TROUT – Trout fishing has been FAIR for trout at local lakes. With the summer weather the trout will be found near the thermocline or the bottom where the water is colder with more oxygen. 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.


BASS– Bass fishing is GREAT on Island lakes as the water temperatures rise and the bass move into the shallows prior to spawning. Bass from 2-5 lbs. are being taken on a regular basis from most lakes. Anglers are having success on a variety of lures. Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits and soft plastics are all producing well now. Black yum dingers have been very effective. 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.

2019 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.


  1. 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
  2. 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
  3. 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
  4. 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
  5. 3 lbs. 3 oz – Don Round – Elk Lake – trolled Spratley fly – January 15th


  1. 17 lbs. 1 oz – Mason Arnott – Bamfield – Wee G (Herring Aid) – July 7th
  2. 17 lbs. – Alex Arnott – Nootka – Skinny G (Trap Shack) – June 30th
  3. 13 lbs. 3 oz – Randy McEwen – Constance Bank – AP Spoon – March 30th


  1. 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
  2. 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
  3. 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
  4. 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th
  5. 51.4 lbs. – Tom Berrett – East Race Rocks – April 27th

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