Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending September 1, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook salmon fishing has HIT AND MISS. That said, the biggest salmon are being caught at this time of year. Pink salmon fishing is SLOWER, but some are still being caught in deeper water. There were few hatchery coho around and those numbers will increase in coming weeks. Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas due to strong currents and big tides.

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Salmon fishing has been FAIR. Still, some big springs are being caught. On Sunday, Don Coleman caught a 31 lb spring on a N179R (Jellyfish) squirt in Sooke. Don is now in second place on the Island Outfitters.  Secretary Island and Possession Point were good locations this past week. Most of the springs are in the teens. Sheringham is also producing for those who want to travel far. Anglers are also catching some pink salmon well out into the strait. A few hatchery Coho are being caught and their numbers are expected to increase in the coming weeks. 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 FAIR, but it is slower than in previous weeks. 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 but most anglers were concentrating on salmon and not halibut.  

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing had been GOOD in the afternoons and evenings but SLOW in the mornings. Lots of “cookie cutter” springs from 10 – 16 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.  Stuart Triplett caught a big one at the Trap. Stuart landed a 27 lb 7 oz spring on an anchovy in a Bloody Nose teaser head. Stuart’s fish is ranked #3 on our leaderboard. Limits of pink salmon are being caught but only out in 500 feet or more in the strait. Anglers were mostly using pink squirts and spoons for pink salmon lures. Anchovies are now the most popular bait for springs 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.

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported salmon fishing has been GOOD in Pedder Bay. Church Rock to the Bedford Islands has produced most of the chinooks this past week. First light and the end of the ebb have been the bite times and depths of 35 to 90 feet have been the best. Some pink salmon are still coming in from out deep in the strait, along with some hatchery coho. 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.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off the waterfront.  Even Constance Bank was hit or miss with the big tides. Chinooks have been the main target species, and some nice ones are being caught, but most anglers are getting skunked. The springs are mostly in the teens and very few are over 20 lbs. John Hurley did get one over 20 lbs though, landing a 21 lb 6 oz spring on anchovy near the breakwater. Not many pink salmon are being caught along the waterfront and those caught came mostly out at Constance Bank. Clover Point also produced some nice springs on the weekend. Anchovies and herring have taken are 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. Most of the action occurred near Brodie Rock with anglers jigging doing the best. 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.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. All the reports that we’ve had for chinooks have been undersize fish. We did hear that a few pinks were caught south of Bedwell Harbour. 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.


Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week due to the big tides and strong currents.

Saltwater Notable Catches

On Sunday, Don Coleman caught a 31 lb spring on a N179R (Jellyfish) squirt in Sooke. Don is now in second place on the Island Outfitters.  Stuart Triplett also caught a big one near the Trap Shack. Stuart landed a 27 lb 7 oz spring on an anchovy in a Bloody Nose teaser head. Stuart’s fish is ranked #3 on our leaderboard. John Hurley landed a 21 lb 6 oz spring on anchovy near the breakwater.

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing was FAIR for trout and EXCELLENT for bass

Cowichan River

The river opened again on September 1st but with the critically low water level and high temperatures, anglers are staying away.


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.

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 to be featured on our fishing report.

Fish Tip of the Week

When you see birds working a ball up, don’t troll through the ball up and the birds. Feeding salmon are mostly outside of the ball up looking for the crippled bait fish that are falling away with the tide or swimming away from the ball up. You should fish to the side and below the bait and not disturb the birds that are on the top.


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. 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
  2. 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
  3. 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th
  4. 26 lbs . 7oz – Kenny Tran – Anchovy – Clover Point - August 12th
  5. 25 lbs . 9 oz – Chris Arnott – TrapShack – Anchovy – August 21st


  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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