Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending December 1, 2019

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Salmon fishing has been SLOW, but a little better, from Sooke to Victoria. There has been very little angling effort by anglers, but the size of the fish has increased for those braving the weather. Halibut fishing was SLOW. Crabbing and prawning has been picking up.

Notices

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Sooke

Spring fishing was SLOW with few people fishing. We did hear of some nice fish up to 12 lbs caught, but that’s it. Anchovies are usually the most effective bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good too. AP Tackleworks spoons have also worked in Lemon /Lime. If you are using hootchies or squirts, make sure it has glow white as one of the colours. Popular flasher color patterns have been with glow and moon jelly colours.

 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing has been SLOW according to Cheanuh Marina. The best fishing has been best inside the bay near Fraser Island. Springs in the 9-10 lb range have been caught there this past week. Good spoons have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with Blue/Silver the best producer. Anchovies have provided good results and Bloody Nose teasers have produced the best. 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

Salmon fishing has been SLOW at Pedder Bay. A few feeder sub legal springs have been caught close to the bottom in over 100 feet of water by Pedder Bay. Nothing over 5 lbs has been caught recently. Anchovies and herring are usually the best baits for salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors were Glow Chart, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have been very effective 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.  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/Glow Hot Spots. There have been some large Dungeness crabs caught in the bay this past week.

Victoria

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week off Victoria. A few salmon have been caught off the waterfront, but we wouldn’t call it hot. The larger fish have been between 7 – 12 lbs in size. There were some scattered fish in 120 – 150 feet of water. Spoons had been working very well with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Outfitters and the AP Tackleworks 3” MVP or Neon Army Truck spoons good choices. Anchovies and herring have been a good choice for those trolling. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and Mint Pearl.

 

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. We have heard of fish up to 8 lbs being caught, just not many. The Gap and the Flats produced only a little action. AP Tackleworks spoons, Wee G’s and Skinny G’s have been good spoons for trollers. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers do best fishing near Brodie Rock using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts.

Sidney

Salmon fishing was VERY SLOW this past week. We’ve haven’t heard of a single legal spring being caught this past week in the area. We did hear that there are under size springs around 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. Prawning has also been slow.

Halibut

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

Notable Catches: Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Fishing has SLOWED DOWN for trout and bass.

Notices

Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River: -from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.

As per FN1130, all other salmon species remain non-retention.

Notes: Please be reminded the minimum size for Coho is 25 cm in non-tidal waters. 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).

FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019
 
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 
hours November 16, 2019:
 
-angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white 
triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the 
tidal boundary.
 
As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon 
species remain non-retention):
 
Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the 
daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the 
Cowichan River:
 
-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in 
Sandy Pool Regional Park.
 
Variation Order: 2019-RFQ-0623; 2019-RCT-577
 
FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019
 
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 
hours November 16, 2019:
 
-angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white 
triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the 
tidal boundary.
 
As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon 
species remain non-retention):
 
Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the 
daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the 
Cowichan River:
 
-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in 
Sandy Pool Regional Park.
 
Variation Order: 2019-RFQ-0623; 2019-RCT-577
 
FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019
 
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 
hours November 16, 2019:
 
-angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white 
triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the 
tidal boundary.
 
As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon 
species remain non-retention):
 
Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the 
daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the 
Cowichan River:
 
-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in 
Sandy Pool Regional Park.
 
Variation Order: 2019-RFQ-0623; 2019-RCT-577
 
FN1170-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 16, 2019
 
Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 
hours November 16, 2019:-angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white 
triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the 
tidal boundary.
 
As per FN1152, Coho salmon retention is open as follows (and all other salmon 
species remain non-retention): Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the 
daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the 
Cowichan River:-from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in 
Sandy Pool Regional Park.
 
Variation Order: 2019-RFQ-0623; 2019-RCT-577
 

Cowichan River

The water level in the river is just over 1.1  meters near the lake and 0.88 near Duncan. Trout fishing is good at the top end in the fly fishing only section. The coho are in the river but it’s not turning out to be a big run this fall. 

Effective 00:01 hours November 8, 2019 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2019, the daily limit for Coho salmon is one (1) per day, in the following portion of the Cowichan River: from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park. All other salmon species remain non-retention only.  

Anglers are reminded of the following regulations that come into effect 00:01 hours November 16, 2019: angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary.

 

 

Trout

Trout fishing has been SLOWING DOWN 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. Cowichan Lake has been good recently. 

The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery continued the fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes. On October 30th, Kemp and Shawnigan lakes received 1,000 trout, Matheson and Thetis lakes 500 trout, Ida Anne Lake 350 trout and Lookout Lake 250 trout averaging 241.17 g in size. On October 24th, Durrance Lake received 1,000 trout, Spectacle Lake 1,000 trout and Glen Lake 500 trout averaging 277.62 g is size. On October 23rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout averaging 270g in size. 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.

If you’re a fisherman in the Cowichan Lake area, there’s a unique opportunity to be rewarded for what you pull in. The province is offering $100 gift cards per fish, for those who can hook, and then report tagged cutthroat trout. Eighty fish were tagged as part of a five-year study on the health of Cowichan Lake’s cutthroat trout population. Around half were implanted with acoustic tags, which allowed researchers to track individual fish. The study is trying to find out the species mortality rates and movements during spawning, to ensure the long term sustainability of the trout population. The province says anglers will need to remove the tag from the fish, and as proof, send a photo of the tag and email it to: Brendan.Anderson@gov.bc.ca or deliver them to the front desk at the ministry office located at 2080A Labieux Rd. in Nanaimo. (info courtesy of CHEK TV).

Bass

Bass fishing has SLOWED DOWN on Island lakes. The bass have moved into deeper water and getting more sluggish as the water cools. Yum Dingers and other soft plastics 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

Adrienne Malis caught a 23 inch cutthroat from Llake Cowichan on Sunday on a 3” Tomic plug.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

 

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to info@fishingvictoria.com to be featured on our fishing report.

Fish Tip of the Week

Many fly anglers put away their gear for the winter without properly storing expensive fly lines. Rather than leaving your line tightly wound onto the reel, it's best to remove the line and store it in larger loops off the reel. And a good application of line cleaner certainly wouldn't hurt your line's performance.

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.

Trout

  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

Salmon

  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

Halibut

  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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