Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending September 8, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook salmon fishing has HIT AND MISS. That said, some of the largest salmon of year were caught. There were few hatchery coho around and those numbers will increase in coming weeks. Pink salmon fishing is VERY SLOW with only a few still being caught. Halibut fishing was GOOD in most areas.


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Salmon fishing was SLOW. Still, some big springs are being caught. We did hear of a 33 lb spring, and another just smaller 30+ caught. On Saturday, Devan Demarchi brought in a 29 lb 6 oz spring. He caught the big fish on anchovy in a Bloody Nose Teaser at 45 feet. Dean is now #3 on our leaderboard. Secretary Island, Possession Point and Otter Point were the most productive locations this past week. Most of the springs are still in the teens. A few hatchery Coho are being caught and their numbers are expected to increase in the coming weeks.  Anglers are catching few pink salmon out in the strait. 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 Lemon /Lime. 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 SLOWER than in previous weeks. That said, some nice springs are still being caught. However, you might have to put in a full day of fishing to get a few. Anchovies cut plug herring and spoons were effective on the springs.  The coho fishing is starting to pick up but is not hot yet. 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 SLOW in East Sooke. The best spot to catch a spring has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. The springs have been as heavy as 27 lbs but most of them are in the teens. A few springs have also come in from the Bedfords.  Some hatchery coho are coming in and Beechey head is where most anglers hooked up on Coho. Very few pink salmon were caught this past week.  Anchovies are the most productive 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 SLOW in the area. Church Rock to the Bedford Islands has produced most of the chinooks this past week. The springs have been to 27 lbs in size.  Coho fishing has been picking up and it is definitely worth going out for them. Most of the hatchery coho have been in the 4 – lb size range. However, only about 1 in 4 are fin clipped. 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 GOOD during the slower currents this past week.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off the waterfront. The exception would have been Saturday morning when a bunch of springs moved through the waterfront.  Some nice springs were being caught, but many anglers are getting skunked. The springs are mostly in the teens and very few are over 20 lbs. Dakota Sutton, age 13, caught her first fish, a 22-pound spring off the breakwater on anchovy Sunday morning. Not many pink salmon are being caught along the waterfront. The most productive spots have been off Macauley Point and the breakwater. 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” Lemon/lime or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices.

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Most of the action has been close to shore and in the shallower waters. Gonzales Point has produced some springs. 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. Port Sidney Marina held their annual salmon derby this past Saturday. There were 99 rods fishing and 22 fish were weighed in. The winning fish was an 18.7 lb spring from Coal island. Second place went to an 18.5 lb spring from Saanichton Spit and third place went to an 18 lb spring caught near Sidney Spit. The largest fish caught by a lady angler was a 12.6 lb spring caught by Laura Harris. Jiggers are continuing to catch small springs near the Powder Wharf on the ebb tide and Sidney Spit on the flood tide. The jigging 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 GOOD this past week due to the smaller tides and weaker currents.

Saltwater Notable Catches

On Saturday, Devan Demarchi brought in a 29 lb 6 oz spring. He caught the big fish on anchovy in a Bloody Nose Teaser at 45 feet. Dean is now #3 on our leaderboard. Dakota Sutton, age 13, caught her first fish, a 22-pound spring off the breakwater on anchovy Sunday morning.

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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.

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

Lots of anglers are now targeting hatchery coho as the fish of choice. Be sure to increase your trolling speed, shorten your leaders and fish shallower if you want to get in on the coho action. Coho feed much closer to the surface and like a much faster moving lure than Chinook. And for some real excitement, try trolling bucktail flies right on the surface in the wake of the boat.


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. 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
  4. 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th
  5. 26 lbs . 7oz – Kenny Tran – Anchovy – Clover Point - August 12th


  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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