South Vancouver Island BC Saltwater Fishing Report
By Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre | Last updated: November 25th, 2014
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OVERVIEW – Winter chinook fishing is FAIR and fish up to 12.5 lbs have been caught. Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. Once again, winds and cold temperature have kept most anglers off the water this past week.
SOOKE – The winter springs have not moved in yet in any sizeable quantity although a few decent ones have been caught. Choice of lures has stayed very similar to last week; Anchovies are working well with Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being good colors choices. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been the Gibbs Madi, the Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV. Halibut fishing was excellent near Muir Creek.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR in East Sooke. Some winter springs up to 11 lbs have been caught, and they have been coming from Church Rock to the Bedfords. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive teaser heads for anchovies were the UV Green and the Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi and the Purple Onion have been very good lately. Spoons such as G-Force in the smaller sizes have been working as well, both in Cop Car or Glow/Green. A few halibut were also seen at the marina.
PEDDER BAY – Spring salmon fishing was SLOW for winters with fish up to 12 lbs being caught. Both Whirl Bay and Church Rock areas were best with some salmon in the 120 foot depths. Anchovies were productive for springs with UV Green and Bloody Nose teaser heads being top choices in teaser heads. Anglers are getting coho while trolling 3" to 3.5" spoons. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working the best. Squirts are working too with Yellow, Purple Haze and Gray Ghost the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/Silver Hot Spot and Jellyfish UV.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT over the week. Anglers that were fishing were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – Fishing has been FAIR off Victoria. Winter springs are the only salmon being caught now. Wayne Zaccarelli caught a 12.5 lb spring in Esquimalt this past week. The springs have been close in as well as out at Constance Bank. However, the wind kept anglers off the bank most of the week. Anchovies have been working well in green and UV Chart/Flash colors outside the harbour. Good choices in plastic baits are the Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in green and glow colours have been very effective.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week out at Constance Bank and off Albert Head when it wasn't too windy. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus being the most productive bait this past weekend. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was SLOW for those trolling out on the Flats and in the Gap. Some winter springs are being caught but not many big ones. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons and 3" to 4" G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, Green/silver or Green Jellyfish.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. There were a few places where one could get out of the wind and they produced fish. Anglers are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait with octopus. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
SIDNEY – Salmon fishing was FAIR near Sidney this past week. There are reports of winter springs in the Sidney Channel south of the Powder Wharf. Most of the winters are just around or under the minimum size for retention but fish as large as 9 lbs have been caught this past week. Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and 50/50 colors. Halibut ffishing has been good near the Darcy Island shoals.
Notable Catches – Wayne Zaccarelli caught a 12.5 lb spring in Esquimalt this past week.
OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area because of the recent stockings. Remember that ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake. Only single barb less hooks are allowed for all fishing on island streams and rivers.
COWICHAN RIVER – The water level in the river at the lake is 1.30meters and downstream near Duncan it is 1.24 meters. The river has been opened to both coho and chum salmon retention until December 31st. You're now allowed to keep two chums per day. The daily limit for coho is one. Fishing has been good for both species of salmon. The Bible Camp has been closed to fishing. The trout fishing in the mid and upper river is excellent. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Egg patterns are the way to go now, and they are very effective when drifted behind a salmon redd.
TROUT – Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week.
Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have also been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.
BASS – Bass fishing is SLOWER. There have been reports of some success with spinner baits in Chartreuse, White and Black. Soft plastics rigged "Carolina Style "is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, and have been most productive in 4" Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. 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.
CARP – Carp fishing is SLOW at Elk Lake. Corn and carp Boilies have been the best bait recently.
Fish Tip of the Week
Forget about using your flasher if you're using spoons, anchovies or herring as bait for winter springs. The water clarity is so good in the winter that the fish can spot your bait from much greater distances than in the other times of the year. If you want the attraction of a flasher, use a dummy flasher below your bait near the downrigger ball. Besides, it is so much more fun to play a fish without any flasher on the line.