Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending September 29, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

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.  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.  Over the last week in Sooke, there have been many Coho seen, with a good mixture of both Wild and Hatchery fish.  Anglers have reported trolling between 35' and 75' in a water depth os 300'-400' has been producing well.  On average, the Coho have been weighing in up to 13 pounds.  The odd mature Spring may still be out there, but it is slowing down with Winter Springs starting to appear.  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.

Becher Bay

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

The fishing in Pedder Bay has been GOOD over the past week.  The Winter Feeders are starting to show up now.  There has been reports of anglers catching fish near the mouth of the Bay, near the big can.  Most of the Salmon are ranging from 5-10 pounds.

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 GOOD this past week off Victoria.  The Winter Springs are in Victoria and on average, weighing up to 10 pounds.  There has also been a few Coho reported caught near Constance Bank.  

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

Oak Bay fishing has been GOOD over the past week.  There have been some Winter Springs on the Flats 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.  Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing was GOOD for trout and EXCELLENT for bass

Cowichan River

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


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Fish Tip of the Week

When you’re trout fishing with Powerbait, it pays to try different colours if the action slows down. Trout can be quite colour selective and having the right colour can trigger a bite. Many anglers will use two contrasting colours, such as red and green, when searching for that hot colour.

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. 1 oz – Dale Whittaker – Langford lake – Rainbow Rapala – September 15th
  2. 5 lbs. – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – Muddler Minnow – March 31st
  3. 4 lbs. 8 oz – Peter Grant – Langford Lake – Brown Leech – March 30th
  4. 4 lbs. 2 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – Rapala – March 23rd
  5. 4 lbs. – Kimberly Skillings – Langford Lake – Pink Powerbait – January 29th


  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. 28 lbs. – Gerry Nugent – Breakwater – Anchovy – September 11th
  5. 27 lbs . 7oz – Stuart Triplett – Anchovy – Trap Shack - 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. 52.2 lbs. – Peter Crowe – Constance Bank – Herring – September 13th
  5. 51.9 lbs. – Ian Bishop – Haro Strait – Herring – May 14th

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