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South Vancouver Island BC Fishing Report

By Tom Vaida, Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre | Last updated: June 26th, 2018

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Chinook salmon fishing around Victoria BC

OVERVIEW – The Chinook fishing remains SPOTTY to GOOD around the south Island when the wind wasn't howling. Hatchery Chinooks weighing into the upper teens were caught this past week and quite a few oversize, unclipped springs were caught and released. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week.

PORT RENFREW – Salmon fishing was GOOD both at Swiftsure Bank and along the shoreline of Vancouver Island. Springs into the mid twenties are being caught. The halibut fishing was also GOOD. At this time, Port Renfrew is the place to fish.

SOOKE – The salmon fishing was SLOW/GOOD on this past week. It was slow for hatchery fish but good for the oversize springs that had to be released. The area from the Bluffs to the Otter Point closed area was producing most of the action. Anglers are starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. Spoons such as Skinny G's, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies are still the most popular choice for those fishing bait. For flashers, Red/Glow Hot Spots, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Madi and the Lemon Lime Chartreuse are popular.

BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in East Sooke. The hot spots this past week was from inside the bay near Aldridge Point to Beechey Head. Most of the clipped chinooks have been from 8 to 17 lbs. The best depths off Aldridge Point were 70-80 feet and anchovies are taking over as the bait of choice. John Hutchinson won the Island Farms salmon derby on the weekend with a 17 lb hatchery spring caught near Aldridge Point. Anglers are using spoons with Coho Killers and Gibbs Skinny G's in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, Madi, Lemon Lime and Red/Glow Hot Spot flashers have been working well. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits.

PEDDER BAY – Pedder Bay Marina reports FAIR TO GOOD salmon fishing but not too many anglers were out due to the strong winds all week. The majority of the salmon have been from 5 to 12 lbs in size but there have been some high teen's hatchery fish being caught. The anglers catching most of the fish have been jigging rather than trolling. GIBBS 6oz to 8 oz anchovies have been the best jigs to use here. Squirts were the hot lures again this past week if you're trolling and green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white are good color choices. Spoons have been producing well and the Skinny G's, Wee G's, AP Tackleworks and Coho Killers are the top choices. Green with either silver or glow has been the color choice in spoons. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime. Anglers are also starting to get good results using anchovies for bait. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. East Race and Constance Bank were the most productive spots.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SPOTTY off Constance Bank this past week due to the currents and strong winds. In fact, the winds were too strong for most boats much of the week. In closer, there weren't too many springs from Brotchie Ledge to Trial Island but there were a few into the teens hanging around. The best depths to fish were 60 to 85 feet. Spoons have been successful in getting hook ups with Irish Cream Skinny G's, Green/Glow AP Tackleworks Anchovy 3" Herring spoons and Green/Glow Coyote spoons popular choices.

HALIBUT – Fishing was SLOW for this past week. Halibut fishing has been best at Constance Bank and the Mud Hole.

OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. During the week there were a few springs in the teens being caught, then it slowed down into the weekend. That said, jigging produced well on Sunday. The Flats was producing the best on the tail end of the ebb. The salmon are feeding on needle fish and small squid and close to the bottom where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs and Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are doing best with Deep Stingers and Point Wilson darts.

HALIBUT – Fishing was SLOW for halibut this past week. Border Bank was where most of the halibut were caught.

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was SPOTTY in the Sidney area. Hambley point was the most productive location to catch springs into the teens. Coal Island and Sidney Spit have produced sporadic action, as has the west side of Fairfax Point. The Powder wharf area has been very slow. Anglers using spoons found that AP Sandlance spoons, Coho Killers and Gibbs and Needle G spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Kitchen Sink and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Notable Catches – John Hutchinson won the Island Farms salmon derby on the weekend with a 17 lb hatchery spring caught near Aldridge Point.


OVERVIEW – Fishing was GOOD in most lakes for trout and REALLY GOOD for bass.

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level is good for those anglers wading in the river and the end of June is a great time to fish the river. Fishing for trout above Skutz Falls has been best. Anglers are reporting good action on both dry flies and nymphs. Good dry flies have been the Elk Hair Caddis and the Goddard Caddis. Pheasant tail nymphs have also been good. It's a great time of year to fly fish the river for trout.

TROUT – Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout to at the local lakes due to the recent trout stockings and as the weather warms up. That said, as a thermocline is established, look for the trout deeper than earlier in the spring. The mornings and evenings should produce surface action for fly anglers. 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 fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Muddler Minnow patterns on full sink fly lines most of the time to get into the lower water levels. There have been some chironomid hatches too. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. 2" Tomic Plugs have also been working well for trout.

BASS – Bass fishing is EXCELLENT on Island lakes. Most lakes are producing large fish as they are in the shallows for spawning. Soft plastics are a great choice when fishing structure close to shore. The most productive colors in 4" Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can also be very effective this time of year if you find fish in deeper water. During the day, spinner baits and crank baits are working well at times. 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

When fishing for salmon you should follow the bait for best results. Schools of needlefish and herring are often pushed around by the action of tides and currents, especially on flats, and it pays to locate and then stay with the bait. Once you're on the bait, it's only a matter of time before the salmon show.