Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending August 25, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook salmon fishing was GOOD from Port Renfrew to Pedder Bay. Elsewhere it was slower than last week. Pink salmon fishing is FAIR, depending on the area fished. There are very few hatchery coho around but that will change in coming weeks. Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas when the currents weren’t too bad.  

Derby alert!!! Port Sidney Marina is hosting the 3rd annual Salmon Tournament! BBQ September 6th fishing September 7th $5000 first place!

Notices

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Sooke

Salmon fishing has been GOOD but slower on the weekend after the rain. Sheringham Point was the hot spot this past week.  Otter Point area has been good, but Secretary Island and Possession Point were also just as good. There have been limit catches of pink salmon coming in as well. Most of the springs are in the teens and twenties. The pinks have been as large as 8 lbs in size. Very few hatchery Coho are being caught. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for all salmon this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good for springs. AP Tackleworks spoons have also been good in green/yellow. Mini hootchies in pink for pinks or White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze for springs are the top choices in plastic baits. Popular flashers have been the Lemon Lime, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.

Port Renfrew

Salmon fishing has been GOOD. The rains this past week have moved most of the springs along so it’ not quite as exceptionally good as last week. That said, lots of nice springs are still being caught. Anchovies, cut plug herring and spoons were effective on the springs. East Point has been good very early in the morning and later in the day Walbran has been the hot spot. Out near Swiftsure Bank the fishing for halibut was GOOD this past week.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing had been GOOD but slower on the weekend after last week’s rain. Lots of springs from 10 – 26 lbs were caught this past week. The most productive area for numbers of fish has been Aldridge Point but the Trap Shack has produced the heaviest fish. Limits of pink salmon 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. Chris Arnott caught the big one this past week, a 25 lb 9 oz near the Trap Shack .Chris is now #3 on our leader board. Anglers were mostly using pink squirts and spoons for pink salmon lures. Anchovies are now the most popular bait and good colours for teaser heads were Glow Chart, Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose. Good spoons for chinooks have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green in the colour mix.  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.

Cheanuh Marina held their Doug Smithson Memorial Derby this past weekend. The winning salmon was a 23.58 lb spring caught by Nate Olson near Secretary Island. Nate won $3,000 for his efforts. Second place went to Sen Hutchinson for a 21 lb 16 oz spring caught west if Frazier Island. Third place went to Bob Nasieyk with a 21.05 lb spring. The largest bottom fish prize was won by Justin Wilson with a 71,3 lb halibut.

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported salmon fishing has been EXCELLENT in Pedder Bay and from Whirl Bay to the Bedford Islands. Limit catches of pink salmon are coming in from the Race and the tide lines near the shipping lanes on the flood tides. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for salmon this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors were Glow Chart, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have also been very effective with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons catching fish. The smaller 3” spoons have been working the best. Green and glow or green and gold have been the best color combinations. Hootchies and squirts were working with Pink, Purple Haze or UV Green good color choices.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy Green/Silver Hot Spots. Halibut fishing was FAIR on the weekend.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week off the waterfront.  Even Constance Bank was hit or miss. Chinooks have been the main target species, and some nice ones are being caught, but not everyone is getting into fish. Pink salmon are being caught along the waterfront but mostly out at Constance Bank. Liz Jatkowski caught a 20 lb 4 oz chinook while her fishing partner Wayne Zaccarelli landed a 17 lb 8 oz chinook. On Tuesday morning this past week Adam Ross (10 years old) got himself a 21 lb spring off Gonzales point, fishing an anchovy on a green and glow teaser head Anchovies and herring have taken over as the bait of choice. 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” anchovy spoons good choices.

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Trollers were fishing for salmon by bottom bouncing spoons in 90 – 120 feet of water and the jiggers were working the same depths. Most of the action occurred near Brodie Rock. A few pinks were caught on the east side of Discovery Island. Coho killers, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons have been the spoons of choice for trollers. 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 GOOD in this area.

Sidney

Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. The Sidney Anglers’ Association held their Roundup Salmon
Derby this past week. Wayne Lucier was the derby winner with a 15 lb 8 oz spring caught near Moresby Island on a hootchies. Cliff Kindree came in second with a 9 lb 8 oz spring. Third place was won by Chris Macris with a 7 lb 5 oz spring from near Coal Island. Trollers caught small springs near Sidney Spit and Hambley Point. Jiggers are continuing to catch small springs 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.

Saltwater Notable Catches

Chris Arnott caught the big one this past week, a 25 lb 9 oz near the Trap Shack .Chris is now #3 on our leader board.

Cheanuh Marina held their Doug Smithson Memorial Derby this past weekend. The winning salmon was a 23.58 lb spring caught by Nate Olson near Secretary Island. Nate won $3,000 for his efforts. Second place went to Sen Hutchinson for a 21 lb 16 oz spring caught west if Frazier Island. Third place went to Bob Nasieyk with a 21.05 lb spring. The largest bottom fish prize was won by Justin Wilson with a 71,3 lb halibut.

Liz Jatkowski caught a 20 lb 4 oz chinook while her fishing partner Wayne Zaccarelli landed a 17 lb 8 oz chinook. On Tuesday morning this past week Adam Ross (10 years old) got himself a 21 lb spring off Gonzales point, fishing an anchovy on a green and glow teaser head

The Sidney Anglers’ Association held their Roundup Salmon Derby this past weekend. Wayne Lucier was the derby winner with a 15 lb 8 oz spring caught near Moresby Island on a hootchies. Cliff Kindree came in second with a 9 lb 8 oz spring. Third place was won by Chris Macris with a 7 lb 5 oz spring from near Coal Island.

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 FAIR for trout and EXCELLENT for bass

Notices

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).

Cowichan River

 Fishing is closed as are most other lower island rivers

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.

Freshwater Notable Catches

Mark Roler reported catching Smallmouth bass up to 3 lbs 2 oz on poppers at Elk Lake.

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

When brining your bait don’t be afraid to experiment with different color dyes and different scents. Sometimes the salmon will key in on a specific color or scent and this can make the difference between a bad day and a good day!

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.

Trout

  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

Salmon

  1. 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
  2. 26 lbs . 7oz – Kenny Tran – Anchovy – Clover Point - August 12th
  3. 25 lbs . 9 oz – Chris Arnott – TrapShack – Anchovy – August 21st
  4. 22 lbs . 6 oz – Tom Berrett – Pedder Bay – Anchovy/Bloody Nose – August 8th
  5. 20 lbs. 4 oz – Chris Close – Macaulay Point – Anchovy – August 13th

Halibut

  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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