Fishing Report for Week Ending September 10, 2017

SALTWATER

OVERVIEW – The chinook fishing has definitely SLOWED DOWN. The Pink salmon run is SLOWER as well. Coho fishing is PICKING UP. Halibut fishing was CLOSED FOR THE YEAR this past week.

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PORT RENFREW – Salmon fishing remains HOT N COLD for springs between 10-20 lbs with the occasional larger fish into the upper 20’s. Off shore there are lots of coho. Inshore, it’s been best from East Point to Camper Creek. Anchovies, cut plug herring and 6” Coyote spoons have been the most productive lures recently. Bottom fishing has also been GOOD.

SOOKE– The salmon fishing was FAIR this past week. The best locations to fish have been Possession Point, Otter Point and Muir Creek. Most anglers fishing for springs are using bait, with anchovies being the most popular choice. The larger springs have been deeper, between 80 to 120 feet on the downrigger. The pink and coho salmon fishing was best in the 600+ foot depths. Good choices for teaser head colors are red, chartreuse and Bloody Nose.  For flashers, the Delta Guide Series Outfitters, Gold Fever Hot Spot and Betsey have been working well. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze have been caught some fish. Use small pink hootchies or spoons if targeting the pink salmon. Spoons have also been catching salmon. Coho Killers and Skinny G’s have been good in No Bananas and Outfitters colors.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR this past week for mostly smaller stuff.  The springs are spread out from the Bedfords to the Trap Shack, but the best fishing has been in the afternoon and evening on the flood tide off Aldridge Point and the Bedford Islands. The best depths to fish for the springs have been from 40 to 80 feet. The pink salmon have been running from 7 to 9 lbs on the average and best fishing for them has been far out on the tide lines. Coho are also showing in good numbers offshore in over 600 feet of water. Anchovies are the most popular bait. Good teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose, Mint Pearl and Chartreuse. The best color combinations for spoons have been Nickel/Blue, Outfitters and No Bananas. For flashers, the GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime, Gold Fever Hot Spot and Big Shooter Gold Betsey have been working well. Anglers casting off the rocks are also getting into some nice fish.

 PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports FAIR salmon fishing.  All areas from Church Rock to William Head produced some Chinook salmon, but there was no real hotspot. There were more fin clipped coho coming in and they, as well as the pinks, were mostly caught in 500+ feet of water out from Whirl Bay. With the coho and the pinks, you were either in them or not. You just had to search for the schools and then try to stay with them. For chinooks, trollers are doing best trolling close to the shore and the kelp, from 30 – 70 feet on the downrigger and with anchovies for bait. Good teaser heads to fish have been the Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Mint Pearl. Spoons are also producing well, especially the smaller ones around 3.5”. The most popular spoons have been Skinny G’s, Left Coast Hammers, AP Tackleworks herring and Coho Killers. Hoochies and squirts with a green and glow, or UV white have been popular color choices this week.  Flashers that are popular include the Hot Spot Gold Fever, GIBBS Guide Series Outfitters and Lemon Lime and Big Shooter Gold Betsey. Jiggers were also doing well fishing near the kelp beds and by Bentick Island in the Race.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week before the season closed. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well are the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

 VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SPOTTY off the waterfront this past week. The most productive area was from the Flagpole to Clover Point. Most of the salmon caught were chinooks with some as large as the mid 20’s. Some pink salmon are also being caught and they have been from 4 to 9 lbs in size. The best fishing for pinks was way off shore around Constance Bank. Anchovies have been the best bet with 12 & 14 pack anchovies the best sizes to fish. The best teaser heads have been the Bloody Nose, UV green or red or Army Truck. Spoons have been somewhat successful in getting hook ups with 4” AP Tackleworks Moonglow Herring spoons, Irish Cream Skinny G’s and Green/Glow Coyote spoons good choices.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week before the season closed. Ron Howard used herring to pull a 70 lb, 132 cm, halibut off Constance Bank the day before the season closed. This fish is the third largest weighed in at the store this year. The halibut have been very deep with depths of over 300 feet the most productive. Many anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon heads and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

OAK BAY– Salmon fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay this past week. There were a few salmon coming in from the Flats and the Gap but not very many. Anglers jigging have been catching more and larger salmon than those trolling. Good jigging lures have been 2¼ oz and 3 oz Point Wilson Darts, Deep Stingers and the Delta Mac Fish. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 40 to 135 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Only a few coho and pinks have been caught here.

HALIBUT– Halibut fishing was EXCELLENT this past week before the season closed. Most anglers that were fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8” Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

Ky Baumler with his 34.5 lb chinook

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was SLOW TO FAIR in the Pender Bluffs area. We did hear that there were some large pink salmon off Pender Island at 90 feet to 120 feet but not as many as usually found at this time of year. A few springs were also found from 110-180 feet. Ky Baumler landed a 34.5 lb spring off Pender on September 10th. Ky was using an anchovy trolled at 117 feet to catch the largest spring weighed in at the store this year. Anglers also reported lots of small grilse in the area. Hambley Point also held some springs weighing into the teens. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most productive spoons this past week. Suggested colours are Trap Shack and Bon Chovy. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers of fish with teaser heads in UV Purple. Anglers jigging were also catching some fish. Good jigging lures have been 2¼ oz Point Wilson Darts, GIBBS Minnows and the Delta Mac Fish.

Notable Catches – Ky Baumler landed a 34.5 lb spring off Pender on September 10th. Ky was using an anchovy trolled at 117 feet to catch the largest spring weighed in at the store this year. Ron Howard used herring to pull a 70 lb, 132 cm, halibut off Constance Bank the day before the season closed. This fish is the third largest weighed in at the store this year.

Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

 

FRESHWATER

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

COWICHAN RIVER – The Cowichan River’s water level is at summer levels, just under 0.4 meters. Lots of people are now using float tubes to drift down the river during the day, so that can put the trout down. Fishing for trout in the fly only area has been GOOD at dawn and dusk. Fish a Dry Fly in the early morning and later in the evening or fish a Nymph in the faster water.  Both have been working well.

TROUT– Trout fishing is FAIR on most lakes in the South Island. Trollers should fish at the thermocline, where the fish are suspended during the day. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or 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 Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines most of the time to get into the cooler water levels. 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. James Baluch caught a 3 lb 5 oz Rainbow trout at Langford Lake on a Big Gulp Leech on September 4th.

BASS– Bass fishing is GOOD as we end the summer months. There have been many reports of good catches of fish as large as 6 lbs all summer. Soft plastics rigged Carolina style and crank baits are working well. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Top water plugs are also fun and effective in the summer, especially at dawn and dusk. 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.

Notable Catches – James Baluch caught a 3 lb 5 oz Rainbow trout at Langford Lake on a Big Gulp Leech on September 4thPlease send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Lots of anglers are now targeting hatchery coho as the fish of choice. Be sure to increase your trolling speed, shorten your leaders and fish shallower if you want to get in on the coho action. Coho feed much closer to the surface and like a much faster moving lure than Chinook. And for some real excitement, try trolling bucktail flies right on the surface in the wake of the boat.

 

2017 Island Outfitters Leader Boards

Salmon

1) 28 lbs 4 oz – Allan Shoults – Otter Point – Anchovy – August 10th

2) 25 lbs 9 oz – Frank Gibbons – Waterfront – Anchovy – August 23rd

3) 23 lbs 7 oz – Edison Frando – Beechey head – Gibbs Minnow – July 15th

4) 22 lbs 1 oz – Christa Fremont – Church Rock – Anchovy – August 3rd

5)19 lbs 3 oz – George Kahan – Pedder Bay – Anchovy – August 9th 

Halibut

1) 74.0 lbs – George Kahan – Constance Bank – August 1st

2) 72.1 lbs – Trevor Skakun – Oak Bay – April 22nd

3) 70.0 lbs – Ron Howard –Constance Bank – Herring – September 5th

4) 68.9 lbs – Duane Sapelak – Discovery – Herring – March 24th

5) 68.6 lbs – Chris Hansen – Oak Bay – April 22nd 

Trout

1) 5 lbs – Chad Vandermolen – Langford Lake – April 29th

2) 4 lbs 9 oz – James Balluch – Langford Lake – May 27th

3) 4 lbs 7 oz – Mike Greenwood – Langford Lake – July 9th

4) 3 lbs 11 oz – Marcel Allarie – Elk Lake– May 6th

5) 3 lbs 9 oz – Blake Armstrong – Langford Lake– July 12t h

 

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 win a special prize.

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