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Fishing Report for Week Ending September 29, 2013
OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing is GOOD in most areas. There have been quite a few feeder chinooks around and the coho are here in good numbers still. Most of the coho are wild fish; with about a 5 to 1 ratio of wild to hatchery clipped fish. Halibut fishing has also been GOOD in all areas.
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Effective April 1, 2013 until further notice: The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm. The daily limit for halibut is one (1). The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length. There will be an annual limit of six (6) halibut per license. All halibut retained by the license holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the Tidal Waters Sport Fishing license. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license.
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PORT RENFREW – Salmon fishing has been GOOD for coho both inside and outside the bay.
SOOKE – Salmon fishing remains GOOD in Sooke. Plenty of Coho but the ratio is approx. 5:1 on Wild to Hatchery. The preferred depth is 40’ to 75’, however, If you aren’t getting them try 120’+. Fishing the 2nd to 3rd tide line seems to be the most productive. Glow and UV Hoochies, Coho Killers and G-Force spoons seem to be working the best. Halibut – Halibut fishing continues to be GOOD using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. 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.
BEECHER BAY– Fishing was GREAT for coho. The coho are mostly wild (unclipped) fish, but there are some hatchery ones too, especially out on the second and third tide lines. Shing Kwok and father, Henry Kwok reported some excellent coho action on the weekend releasing tons of wild fish and landing 3 nice hatcherys! Spring fishing also pretty good for smaller “feeder” fish. The best fishing for springs was at the Trap Shack and then eastward to Aldridge Point. Also, right in the bay and in front of the BedfordIslands. For coho fish 30’ to 100’ and for springs try 120’+. Many anglers are having good success fishing anchovies. However, artificial lures such as UV squirts, coho killers, and G-Force spoons have been working great as well for both coho and chinooks!
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD again for coho this past week. The coho are mostly wild (unclipped) fish, but there are some good size hatchery ones being caught to make coho fishing worthwhile. Most of the coho are out in 300 to 500 feet of water and near the tide lines in the strait and fishing 30’ to 120’ on the downrigger. It has been fair for springs in the 5 to 15 lb size range in WhirlBay and near Church Rock fishing 80+ feet deep. Anchovies were the most productive bait with Green Glow, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze teaser heads. Squirts will work too with UV colors like the Jellyfish, Purple Haze and Electric Chair the best patterns. The best flashers have been the Purple Glow and Purple Haze. Coho killers and G-force spoons have been working well too!
Halibut – Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Subject: FN0919-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - 2013 Recreational Fishery Update - September 20, 2013
The DFO and Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) Halibut Committee meets monthly throughout the season to review estimated catches. At the most recent meeting,it was determined that the recreational fishery harvest to August 31, 2013 is approx. 807,000 pounds of the recreational fishery’s Total Allowable Catch of 1,080,450 pounds. This leaves a balance of approximately 273,000 pounds. As a result, recreational fishing for halibut will continue through to December 31, 2013 under the current fishing regulations. The current size and numbers of fish cannot be changed in-season as they are authorized for the entire year as Conditions of the 2013-2014 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. DFO will review the 2013 fishery (catches and management measures) and will consult through the SFAB consultation process this fall/winter to consider management options for 2014. Management measures will be announced in the early spring.
Halibut fishing was GOOD in the Race Rocks area. The 27 and 17 fathom banks and the reef off of William Head all produced halibut on the weekend. Extra Large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. 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 EXCELLENT for feeder springs this past week near Victoria. On Constance Bank anglers were catching the most fish, coho and springs trolling close to bottom. Closer in by the harbour, it was slow for springs. Some coho salmon are being caught closer in to shore too, usually near the end of the ebb and the start of the flooding currents, especially off Brotchie Ledge and the Flag pole. The best depth close in has been around 60 to 80 feet. Most anglers fishing Constance Bank are using artificial lures, usually with Coho Killer (chrome or watermelon) or G-Force spoons. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and the Glo Blow. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in all colours have been very effective. Good flashers have been the Purple Gold, Chart Glow & Purple Onion.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was also GOOD over this past week! Larry Dalziel and his fishing partner did well. They came back with a pair of flatty’s between 40 and 45lbs! Extra Large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. 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 SPOTTY this past week. There were springs to be caught, but not too many and mostly feeder size springs. The most popular method for catching springs is trolling near the bottom in 75 to 130 feet of water with squirts or spoons, Baitrix tiny strip, or small anchovy. Even Anglers jigging have reported slower action. The fish that were being caught were on Coho Killer spoons in Glow/Green, 3” to 4” G-Force & Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish.
Halibut – Halibut fishing was a GOOD over the past week! Extra Large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. 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 continues to be GOOD off the Pender Bluffs. There were lots of coho there, mostly wild, and a few springs. The springs were as large as 15 lbs. There are smaller springs being caught by the red can in the Sidney Channel and near JamesIsland. Many anglers have been fishing for springs using anchovies in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and 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. Crabbing has been excellent.
NOTABLE CATCHES –. Shing Kwok and father, Henry Kwok reported some excellent coho action on the weekend releasing tons of wild fish and landing 3 nice hatcherys! Larry Dalziel and his fishing partner did well. They came back with a pair of flatty’s between 40 and 45lbs!
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OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Bass fishing is EXCELLENT as well. Carp fishing is EXCELLENT. Anglers are reminded of the following:” The use of single barbless hooks is mandatory in all streams in Region 1;” All foul hooked (i.e.: hooked other than in the mouth) must be returned to the river immediately. ALL wild trout must be released on all streams in region 1 as well.
COWICHAN RIVER – The trout fishing is SLOW . The water level at the top end is at .754 meters. There are a few rainbows and cutthroat trout, as well as resident brown trout that are active right now. Bead head nymphs are the top producer. Patterns working recently include the Golden Stonefly, Pheasant Tail nymphs, Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears, Elk Hair caddis’ and Stimulators. With all the salmon fry in the river fly anglers should try streamers, such as muddlers and fry patterns swinging through pools on full sink or long sink tip fly lines, especially for the Brown’s and Cutthroat.
TROUT – Trout fishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore. Chartreuse and Sunrise 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 WillowLeafLake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small 1-2″ piece of worm always produce fish. If fishing with a down rigger for trout, try finding the thermocline, this is usually between 15 and 25 feet this time of year in the local lakes. The biggest trout have come from LangfordLake and ElkLake. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in CowichanLake.
BASS – Bass fishing is EXCELLENT. Crank baits have been effective when fished around 12 feet down with a fast retrieve. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks, most productive in 4” Yum bait colors Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Look for the fish suspended by drop offs close to shore along docks, branches, and any overhanging structure. LangfordLake, ShawniganLake, ProspectLake and Elk and BeaverLakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on SaltSpringIsland is also a great lake for bass fishing.
CARP – The simplest bait to prepare when time is an issue can be bought at your local grocery store. A few pieces of toast or bread rolls can sometimes be your best ticket to carp numbers. Bread balls are deadly. The preparation is simple and clean. Roll a small piece of bread into a ball, wet it with your saliva and onto the hook it goes. Use bread balls for surface feeders, as your bait has a tendency to float. A can of corn can provide a season of fun carping. They may seem to be unscented, but carp often find them irresistible. Thread several onto the hook so it is completely covered. If you want to make your own “Boilies”, a cup of flour mixed with a cup of corn meal should be the basic ingredients of your. Whatever you add on top of this will depend on you, or the fish. Since scent is strong factor, the addition of a strong, yet new smell to your bait can often produce surprising result. Scents that are commonly used include strawberry, vanilla, peanut butter, corn, yam, and curry. Just like other fisheries, use what you have confidence in and be sure to switch if one becomes unproductive. The magical bait does not exist; experimentation is the recipe to success.
Notable Catches – Dan Morris weighed in the largest carp that we have ever had weighed in on Thursday. It was 14.2Lbs!
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
As the mature summer chinook 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 3’ to 4’ and switching to Coho Killers, 3” to 4” G-Force spoons and ultra violet squirts such as purple haze and electric chair behind glow and uv flashers! Also, troll faster and fish deeper! “Bottom Bouncing” is the best method for catching these aggressive Winter fish!
Island Outfitters Leader Boards 2013
1) 34.0 lbs – Duncan Watts – Sheringham Pt – Anchovy – July 6th
2) 32.4 lbs – Jason Owens –Otter Point – Anchovy – August 23rd
3) 32.1 lbs – Rob Smith –Breakwater – Anchovy – August 27th
4) 32.0 lbs – Denis Ekstrom –Breakwater – Anchovy – August 7th
5) 31.6 lbs – Daryl Quenet – Anchovy – August 2nd
1) 113.2 lbs – Randy Lowe – Race Rocks – Hootchy/Herring -March 23 rd
2) 97.6 lbs – Ryan Prolyshyn – Constance Bank – March 22nd
3) 75.8 lbs – Patrick Cunliffe – Race Rocks – March 17th
4) 58.4 lbs – Jesse McCullough – Constance – Octopus – March 24th
5) 57.5 lbs – Justin Wilson – Race Rocks – Grub & Octopus – April 21st
1) 7.1 lbs – Konrad Herrmann – LangfordLake – Leech fly – May 5th
2) 4 lbs15 oz -Duncan Watts – Langford Lake- Green Powerbait Eggs – May 27th
3) 3.5 lbs – Blair Cox – ElkLake – March 23 rd
1) Dan Morris – 36 carp weighed in, total 215 lbs 9 oz
2) William Oliver –37 carp weighed in, total 153 lbs 7 oz
3) Jodey Hillard – 7 carp weighed in, total 32 lbs 5 oz.
4) Paul Carreia- 4 carp weighed in, total 29.14 lbs.
5) Jayson Chavez – 3 carp weighed in, 25 lbs 10 oz
2013 DERBIES and EVENTS
Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the 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 wins a special prize. Everybody who enters a fish gets a prize! To enter, just bring in your catch to be weighed at our store.
We also have a CARP CULLING CONTEST. It’s time to get the carp numbers down in our local lakes. The Top 5 Carp anglers with the top combined total weights weighed in to our store will win a prize! The contest will go until June 1, 2014.
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