Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending October 20, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Coho fishing has been SLOW from Sooke to Victoria, especially since the fall rains have started. Most of the coho are being caught in deeper water in Juan de Fuca Strait. Chinook salmon fishing is SLOW with most fish undersize feeders. Halibut fishing was SLOW in most areas and there are lots of dogfish around.


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Coho fishing has been SLOW in the strait. Most of the fish were caught out in the shipping lanes or near the Bluffs and Secretary Island. Spring fishing was SLOW but some small winter springs are showing up. Good choices for teaser head colours 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 Betsy.

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing has been SLOW. The best fishing has been between Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. Anchovies have provided the most consistent results and green glow teasers 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 have been working well.


Pedder Bay

Pedder Bay Marina reported SLOW fishing for coho in the strait. Most of the hatchery coho have been in the 4 – 6 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 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 Guide Series Madi, Bon Chovy Green/Silver Hot Spots. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off Victoria. The coho fishing was best in deeper water between Constance Bank and the US border. Trolling across the current produced some coho while fishing the top 60 feet of water. There was some good spring salmon fishing early in the week at Constance Bank. Our guide boat caught winter springs up to 12 lbs but most of the springs were in the 4-5 lb range. Very few springs were being caught close in along the waterfront. Anchovies and herring have taken are the bait of choice for those trolling. 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 GOOD in Oak Bay. The Flats produced most of the action and a 3” AP Tackleworks herring spoon in the MVP pattern was the hot lure. Wee G’s and Skinny G’s have also been good spoons 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 SLOW in this area.


Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. We’ve haven’t herd of a single legal spring being caught. We did hear that there are under size springs in the area. There have been some coho near Fairfax Point. 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 was SLOW this past week.  Herring was the most popular bait, but bring lots, as there may be a lot of dogfish.

Saltwater Notable Catches

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing was GOOD for trout and SLOWING DOWN for bass.


Effective 00:01 hours October 18 until 23:59 hours October 31, 2019, the 
following portion of the Cowichan River is open each week on Thursday, Friday, 
Saturday and Sunday for a non-retention salmon fishing opportunity:

Cowichan River - from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary 
sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.

Variation Orders: 2019-RCT-0577

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal 
waters of British Columbia.
Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (willfully) foul-hooking fish 
or attempting to foul hook fish is illegal and that non-compliance may result 
in closure (Foul hook is defined as: Hooking a fish in any part of its body 
other than the mouth).

Cowichan River

Trout fishing is starting to improve at the top end in the fly fishing only section. Recent rains have doubled the water level in the river and salmon are making their way up the river. The following portion of the Cowichan River is open each week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a non-retention salmon fishing opportunity: Cowichan River - from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.


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 8th, Durrance Lake received 1,500 trout averaging 242.96 g in size. 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

As the mature summer Chinooks have made it up the rivers to do their thing, it’s time to switch your tactics up to catch the “winter feeders”. Try shortening your leaders to between 3’ and 4’ and switching up your lures too.  Try Coho Killers, Wee G’s, Skinny G’s, AP Tackleworks 3” or 4” spoons and ultra violet squirts such as purple haze and electric chair behind glow and UV flashers. Also, troll faster and fish deeper!

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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