Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending August 4,2019
Spring salmon in Victoria has been EXCELLENT. Pink salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT in Sooke with many of the pinks weighing 8-9 lbs. Port Renfrew spring salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT. Halibut fishing was GOOD in most areas.
Chinook retention opened on Thursday August 1st for areas from Sooke to Sidney and fishing has been GREAT!
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Salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT this past week. There have been lots of springs in the teens being caught. Limit catches of pink salmon are coming in and most of the fish have been between 7-9 lbs. The hatchery coho are showing up in 200-500 feet of water and near the tide lines. The pinks have been from 6-9 lbs in size. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, especially in Irish Cream, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good for springs. 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 and will probably take over as the bait of choice later this week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Popular flashers have been the Fandom Flasher Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.
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. Anchovies are now the top bait for salmon along the beach. Good teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose. 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. White hootchies have been a top producing lure this past week on the west coast. Halibut fishing has been GOOD on the bank.
Salmon fishing had been EXCELLENT in East Sooke. Anglers reported catching springs at 40 to 90 feet between Beechey Head and towards the Trap Shack. Limits of pink salmon averaging 7-9 lbs in weight are being caught from Beechey Head and the Trap Shack on the flood tides. They are also being caught further out in the strait near the 3rd tide line. Anglers were mostly using pink squirts and spoons for pink salmon lures. Good spoons for chinooks 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 GOOD this past week and some nice Lingcod were caught. Crabbing has been EXCELLENT.
Pedder Bay Marina reported salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT at the mouth of the bay for chinooks. Halibut fishing was GOOD but lots of dogfish. Lingcod fishing and crabbing was GOOD this past week. Limit catches of pink salmon are coming in and most of the fish have been between 7-9 lbs. The hatchery coho are showing up in 300-500 feet of water and near the 3rd tide line. Coyote style spoons had been working well for springs when people were fishing for them. Anchovies and herring have been great and will probably take over as the bait of choice later this week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. 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.
Salmon fishing was GREAT at Constance Bank for chinook fishing. Pink salmon are also starting to be caught on the bank by those using smaller pink hootchies and spoons. That said, most anglers that we know of fishing this past week were out for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. The halibut fishing was GREAT this past week. Closer in along the waterfront it has also been GREAT for springs with the most productive area being from Esquimalt to Brotchie Ledge Anchovies and herring have been great and will probably take over as the bait of choice later this week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. 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.
Chinook salmon fishing was GREAT in Oak Bay. Springs in the 10 lb. to 35 lb. size were caught both jigging and trolling in Oak Bay. 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 GREAT in this area. We did hear of one pink salon being caught on the east side of Discovery Island. Crabbing was hit or miss for Dungeness crabs.
Salmon fishing was OK this past week. Springs into the mid 20’s were being caught by trollers and jiggers. Jiggers are continuing to do very well especially near the Powder Wharf on the ebb tide and Sidney Spit on the flood tide. The lures working the best were the Deep Stingers and Gibbs minnows in 3 oz, blue nickel, chrome and green nickel. 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.
Fishing was FAIR for trout and EXCELLENT for bass
Summer closure: No fishing in any stream in Management Units 1-1 to 1-6 from July 15 to August 31 (see water specific regulations table for exceptions).
Fishing is closed as are most other lower island rivers
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 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
- ) 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
- 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
- 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
- 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th
- 3 lbs. 3 oz – Don Round – Elk Lake – trolled Spratley fly – January 15th
- 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5,2019
- 17lbs . 1oz – Mason Arnott – Bamfield – Wee G (Herring Aid) – July 7th
- 17 lbs. – Alex Arnott – Nootka – Skinny G (Trap Shack) – June 30th
- 13lbs. 3 oz- Randy McEwen – Constance Bank – AP Spoon – March 30th
- 61.1 lbs. – Kael Campbell – Oak Bay – April 27th
- 57.4 lbs. – Mike Bastone – Race Rocks – April 27th
- 53.1 lbs. – Tyson Daniel – Discovery Island – Herring – April 28th
- 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th
- 51.4 lbs. – Tom Berrett – East Race Rocks – April 27th