Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending September 15, 2019
Coho fishing has been GOOD and improving over the past week. Most of the coho are being caught in Juan de Fuca Strait. The number of unclipped coho greatly out numbers the amount of clipped fish. Chinook Salmon fishing has been HIT AND MISS. That said, some of the largest salmon of year were caught this past week. Halibut fishing was GOOD in most areas early in the week.
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Coho fishing has been GOOD in the Strait. Most anglers are catching them well out in at least 300 feet of water. The number of clipped fish is low regarding the total number of coho. Spring fishing was SLOW. Still, some big springs are being caught. Secretary Island, Possession Point and Otter Point were the most productive locations this past week. 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 Gibbs Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good for all salmon. AP Tackleworks spoons have also been good in Lemon Lime. If you are using hootchies or squirts, make sure it has green as one of the colours. Popular flashers have been the Lemon Lime, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.
The coho fishing is PICKING UP just off the beach near the river mouth. Anglers casting from shore are catching fish on Blue Fox spinners, white Buzz Bombs and 1 oz and ¾ oz Gibbs Ironhead and Koho spoons. Most of the spring salmon have headed up the river.
Coho fishing has been GOOD in the Strait and lots of clipped fish have been seen at the marinas. The number of clipped fish is low regarding the total number of coho, so if you are targeting them be prepared to release some of your fish. Some nice springs are still being caught. A 34 lb spring was caught on Sunday by the Head. A 23, a couple of 17s and some smaller springs were also caught. The best spot to catch a spring has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. A few springs have also come in from the Bedfords. Good spoons for chinook fishing have been Gibbs 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 have been working well.
Pedder Bay Marina reported LOTS OF ACTION for those salmon fishing in the Strait. Coho fishing has really picked up and it is worth going out for them. However, only about 1 in 10 are fin clipped. Most of the hatchery coho have been in the 3 – 5 lb size range, with the odd larger one to 10 lbs. The most consistent coho fishing has been out in deep water. Church Rock to the Bedford Islands have produced most of the chinooks this past week. The springs have been in the mid-teens. Spoons have been very effective for coho with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons catching fish. The smaller spoons have been working the best. Green and glow or green and silver have been the best colour combinations. 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. Hootchies and squirts were working with Pink, Purple Haze or UV Green good colour choices. Flashers that are popular include the Gibbs Guide Series Madi or Bon Chovy and Green/Silver Hot Spots. Halibut fishing was GOOD during the slower currents this past week.
Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week off the waterfront. Some very nice springs were being caught, however anglers also reported slower salmon fishing. Gerry Nugent caught a 28 lb spring off the breakwater on an anchovy on Sept. 11th, and is now in fourth place on our salmon leaderboard. Peter Sherk caught a 23 lb 6 oz spring off Macauley Point on Wednesday. A 23 lb 2 oz spring was caught on Thursday off Clover Point. The springs are mostly in the teens. The most productive spots have been off Macauley Point and the breakwater. Anchovies and herring are the bait of choice. Good choices for teaser head colours are Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have 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. Peter Crowe landed a 52.2 lb halibut at Constance Bank on Friday and is now in fourth place on our halibut leaderboard. Peter was using herring as bait.
Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Most of the action has been close to shore and in the shallower waters. That said, a 15 lb spring was caught on the Flats on Sunday. 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 have 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 however, did hear that there are LOTS OF UNDERSIZE springs in the area. We have heard of a 15 lb spring caught near Sidney Spit on the flood tide. 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. Peter Crowe landed a 52.2 lb halibut at Constance Bank on Friday and is now in fourth place on our halibut leaderboard. We also heard of numerous fish between 30 to 50 lbs being caught throughout the area. Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.
Saltwater Notable Catches
Gerry Nugent caught a 28 lb spring off the Breakwater on September 11th using anchovy as bait, and is now in fourth place on our salmon leaderboard. Peter Sherk caught a 23 lb 6 oz spring off Macauley Point on Wednesday. Peter Crowe landed a 52.2 lb halibut at Constance Bank on Friday and is now in fourth place on our halibut leaderboard.
Fishing was GOOD for trout and EXCELLENT for bass
The river opened again on September 1st but is still at a critically low water level and anglers are staying away from the river.
Dale Whittaker caught a 5 lb 1 oz rainbow trout from Langford Lake on a Rainbow finish Rapala on Sunday to take over the lead on our trout leaderboard. 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
Dale Whittaker caught a 5 lb 1 oz rainbow trout from Langford Lake on a Rainbow finish Rapala on Sunday to take over the lead on our trout leaderboard.
Fish Tip of the Week
Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one coho, you hit another coho, and then another. This is because coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines all at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide.
2019 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards
- 5 lbs. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
- 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
- 33lbs . 9ox – Bruce Cook – Camper Creek – Anchovy – August 5th
- 31lbs. – Don Coleman – N179R Squirt – SOOKE - August 12th
- 29 lbs. 6 oz – Devan Demarchi – Sooke – Anchovy – September 7th
- 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
- 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - August 12th
- 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
- 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
- 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th