South Vancouver Island BC Fishing Report
By Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre | Last updated: December 6th, 2016
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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing has been FAIR TO GOOD for feeder (winter) springs up to 12 lbs. That said, very few anglers were out salmon fishing this past week. Halibut fishing remains GOOD but slowing down as the solstice approaches.
SOOKE – The salmon fishing was GOOD for springs with most of the fish still on the small size. The area from the harbour to the trailer park is holding lots of springs. Most of the anglers have switched over to artificial lures and are trolling close to the bottom. The top spoons for Sooke anglers have lots of green, glow or Moon Jelly as the primary color. Anchovies are still a good choice for bait though and good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. For flashers, you can't go wrong with a Super Betsey, Madi or Bon Chovi Flasher. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been effective recently.
BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. Mostly small winter springs up to 9 lbs were caught in this area. It's been good from the Bedfords to Church Rock and more springs are now being caught inside the bay. Most of the anglers are now switching over to artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons, in Bon Chovy or Outfitters' colours have been very effective. Anglers using bait are finding anchovies in glow teaser heads have been working best. For flashers, the Betsey, Lemon Lime and Green/Silver Hot Spot have been good. Halibut fishing has been GOOD.
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR to GOOD this past week. Pedder Bay has held lots of springs up to 8 lbs and Whirl Bay has produced springs up to 9 lbs. Small spoons with green color have been the best lure to use. Most of the springs are just under or just over the minimum size for retention. Most of the anglers are now switching over to artificial lures and trolling close to the bottom. Spoons, especially G-Force and Skinny G spoons in Bon Chovy or Outfitters' colours, have been very effective. Hootchies and squirts with a green and glow color combination have been good plastic baits to use, especially with a 28" to 32" leader. Anchovies were still working this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors are UV Green, Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Flashers that are popular include the Betsey, Lemon-Lime and Madi.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. The best areas were Race Rocks, William Head, 27 Fathom reef and Constance Bank. 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 Mudraker, Lucky or 9" Jumbo Squids if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD this past week. The best fishing has been out at Constance Bank where springs up to 12 lbs were caught. There seem to be a lot more salmon in the 4 to 10 lb size around now. We've only heard of small springs coming from close in the waterfront. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups but you have to check you line every 10 minutes for shakers. Green Spatter Back UV Coho Killers, 3.5" Cop Car spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons have brought good results at Constance Bank.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week with the best areas being Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. There were lots of dogfish around and some anglers did well with Powerbait grubs. Also working well, and discouraging to dogfish, was the 9" Jumbo Squid in Green Glow. Anglers that were fishing were mostly using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. There were some springs up to 5 lbs caught on the flats but not too many. Most of the springs are too small for retention. The coho haven't been running strong in this area as well. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers, Bon Chovi or Outfitters Skinny G spoons or AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons. Anglers jigging have been using Needlefish Darts, Point Wilson Darts or Deep Stingers.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 9" Jumbo Squid in Green Glow. Also working well, and discouraging to dogfish, was the 9" Jumbo Squid in Green Glow.
SIDNEY – Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. We heard of a couple of keeper coming from near the BC Ferries area and by Fairfax Point. Elsewhere in the Sidney area it was pretty slow except for undersize salmon. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons this past year.
OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD in most lakes for both trout and SLOW for bass. Fishing for salmon in the rivers is slowing as the spawning season comes to and end.
COWICHAN RIVER – Water levels in the river are quite high near, 1.8 meters near the lake and 1.6 meters near Duncan. Fishing for trout with egg patterns in the fly only area has been good. A few steelhead are coming into the lower river. The salmon fishing has been slowing down as most of the salmon have now spawned.
TROUT – Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to the bottom. Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers are catching trout with Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. 2" Tomic Plugs have also been working well for Trout.
BASS – Bass fishing is SLOW. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged "Carolina Style" are also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks. The most productive colors in 4" Yum baits are 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.
Fish Tip of the Week
Now is the time to go deep for Chinook salmon. The migrating coho have almost totally disappeared and the winter or feeder springs are starting to provide most of the action. So start bouncing your downrigger balls off of the bottom if you want to be in the strike zone. And with a little luck, you just might pick up a halibut too!