Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending October 6, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Coho fishing has been GOOD from Sooke to Victoria. Most of the coho are being caught in deeper water in Juan de Fuca strait. The ratio of unclipped coho to the amount of unclipped fish has improved. Chinook salmon fishing is SLOW with most fish undersize feeders. Halibut fishing was FAIR in most areas.


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Coho fishing has been GOOD in the strait. Most anglers are catching them near the Bluffs and Secretary Island. The number of clipped fish is much better than last month with the ration of hatchery marked to wild about one to every two or three unclipped. Spring fishing was SLOW. 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 too. 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.

Becher Bay

Coho fishing has been GOOD. The best fishing has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. Anglers have been getting coho between 30 – 50 feet down on anchovies.  Short leaders, even as short as one foot in length, have been key to getting lots of action. Anchovies have provided the most consistent action and spotted teasers, such as Frog, have produced the best. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with Gold/Silver the best producer.  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.

Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported GOOD fishing for coho in the strait. The marina reports only about 1 in 6 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 south of Church Rock and the Bedford Islands. Some feeder springs up to 6 or 7 lbs have been caught close to the bottom in over 100 feet of water. 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 color 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 color choices.  Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy Green/Silver Hot Spots. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.


Salmon fishing was HOT ‘N’ COLD this past week off Victoria. On Sunday the coho fishing was good in deeper water between Macaulay Point and Albert Head. Trolling across the current produced some double headers while fishing the top 60 feet of water. It was also good for coho out close to the US border. Very few springs were being caught and some anglers are getting skunked. 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 from feeder springs on the Flats. 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 are fishing near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts. Halibut fishing was FAIR in this area.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. We’ve haven’t heard of a single legal spring being caught. We did hear that there are undersize springs in the area. 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 are also good in Glow or Bloody Nose teaser heads.


Halibut fishing has been FAIR this past week.  Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing was GOOD for trout and SLOWING DOWN for bass.

Cowichan River

Trout fishing is starting to improve at the top end in the fly fishing only section. More water is being released into the river to help the salmon.


Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout at local lakes. 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.


The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started the fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes. On October 3rd, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout, Kemp and Matheson lakes 500 trout, Poirier Lake 300 trout, Colwood Lake 250 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 238.05 grams in size. On October 2nd, Langford Lake received 2,500 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 236.74grams in size. On October 1st, Prospect lake received 2,500 trout and ThetisLake received 500 trout and Lookout lake 250 trout averaging 259.75 grams in size. On September 27th Langford Lake received 995 rout averaging 724.62grams in size. On September 25th, Prospect Lake received 1,004 trout averaging 725.81grams in size.


Bass fishing is SLOWING DOWN on Island lakes. Bass from 2-5 lbs. are being taken 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

Know your salmon! Wild chum and coho salmon look very similar to most anglers, but there are different regulations for these species. At this time of year you are apt to catch both in local waters.  Before you keep some to eat, make sure of what you’ve caught and refer to the fish identification pages of your tidal water Sport Fishing Guide if you have any questions.

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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