Island Outfitters Fishing Report
Week Ending September 22, 2019
Throughout Southern Vancouver Island, Coho fishing has been GOOD, however, you may have to release a few undersize or wild Cohos to get to the bigger hatchery fish. Most of the Coho are being caught in Juan de Fuca Strait. There may still be a few mature Springs out there, but for the most part they have moved up the river. Winter Springs are starting to show up as well. Halibut fishing has been GOOD this past week.
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This past week in Sooke, the Coho fishing has been GOOD. There have been lots of Coho, however, the number of clipped fish is low regarding the total number of Coho. On average, the Coho have been weighing in up to 12 pounds. The odd mature Spring may still be out there, but it is slowing down with Winter Springs starting to appear. The deep water, at least 300 feet, has been where anglers want to be fishing. 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 colours 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 salmon. AP Tackleworks spoons have also been good in Lemon Lime. If you are using hootchies or squirts, consider using green as one of the colours as green has been producing well lately. Popular flashers have been the Lemon Lime, the Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.
Fishing in Port Renfrew has been GOOD this past week. There has been a good mix of hatchery Coho's as well as reports of bigger Northerns being caught inside of the bay. Those searching for Coho should fish out deep, in about 400' of water, or inside the bay near the river mouth.
Suggested lures are Gibbs Skinny G, White Hootchies and Coyote Mongoose Spoons. 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 this past week in the Strait, and lots of clipped fish have been seen at the marinas. Few springs are still being caught, the best spot to catch a Spring has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. There have been reports of Cohos being caught near Beechy Head fishing 55'-85' in water depths of 300' - 400'.
Some suggested lures 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. For flashers, 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 COHO however, you will have to pick through the wilds to get to the hatchery fish. Only about 1 in 10 Cohos are fin clipped. Most of the hatchery Coho have been in the 3 – 5 pound size range, with the odd larger one to 10 pounds. The most consistent Coho fishing has been out in deep water. Most of the Spring Salmon have left the area and Winter Springs are expected to show up soon, but there hasn't been many seen yet.
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 colours 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 OKAY this past week off Victoria. There has been a decent number of Feeder Chinooks reported, sizing up to 10 pounds. The odd Coho has also been caught off of Constance Bank. 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.
Oak Bay fishing has been OKAY over the past week. There have been some Winter Springs showing up and there has also been the odd Mature Spring still around in Oak Bay. Most of the action has been close to shore and in the shallower waters. 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.
This past week in Sidney, the salmon fishing has been GOOD for anglers both trolling and jigging. There has been a lot of smaller fish in Sidney lately but there has also been reports of the odd mature spring around. Fishing in 60'-100' of water has been productive for those fishing in Sidney.
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 has been GOOD this past week. There were reports of a 51 pound Halibut caught out of Cheanuh Marina as well as a 73 pound Halibut out of Becher Bay. We also heard of numerous fish between 30 to 50 pounds being caught throughout the area. Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.
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.
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
Fish Tip of the Week
Take some binoculars fishing! You can use them to see what other successful anglers are using for bait, spot bait ball ups from a distance, or check for changes in the weather conditions by scanning the horizon. Or, you can just enjoy the views of nature and make your day fishing more enjoyable.
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