04/12/16 Vancouver Island Fishing Report

Fishing Report for Week Ending April 10, 2016

SALTWATER

OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was GOOD when it wasn’t too windy. Halibut fishing was FAIR if you picked the right time to fish the currents.

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions in effect to 23:59 hours Friday, June 17, 2016 Waters:  Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.). Management measure: You may retain two (2) chinook salmon per day.  These chinooks may be either – Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or – Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length. – The minimum size limit in these waters is 45 cm in length. Management actions after June 17 will be announced in a second fishery notice.

FN0221- RECREATIONAL- Halibut – Management Measures in Effect April 1, 2016 Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2016 until further notice: – The maximum length for halibut is 133cm. – 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. Note: This is a change from last year. – The annual limit is six (6) halibut per license holder

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SOOKE – The salmon fishing was GOOD for springs this past week. Anchovies have been the top bait recently, especially with Cop Car and Purple Haze teaser heads. The 3”-4” Kingfisher, Gypsy and G-Force spoons, as well as hoochies, are also top choices for Sooke anglers. Good colors have been Kitchen Sink, Irish Cream and No Bananas. Hoochies in White Glow, Army Truck and Tiger Prawn have been catching their fair number of fish. The most popular flashers recently have been ones with Moon Jelly patterns such as the Madi and the Lemon Lime.

BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD for anglers in the Bay. Most of the fish were running from 6 to 10 lbs in size and the largest was a 20.5 lb spring caught by Vern Story not too  far from the marina. Anglers have been successful with all types of gear. Anchovies in glow teaser heads have been very effective. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in Cop Car, Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were also effective. For flashers, the Madi, Lemon Lime and Purple Onion have been good. Some halibut up to 50 lbs were also brought back to the marina. There were also quite a lot of halibut brought into Cheanuh Marina from Race Rocks and points east.

PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. There were hatchery springs in the mid teens at Whirl Bay. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom, often bouncing the downrigger balls on the bottom, in 120-150 feet of water, while others are getting nice fish at 60 – 90 feet. Small spoons, such as the G-Force, Coyote and Gypsy, in the glow and/or any bright colours were very effective. Hootchies and squirts also produced well. Flashers that remain popular include Glow green, Lemon-Lime and Purple Onion. And you can’t go wrong fishing anchovies in a Bloody Nose teaser.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. 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 other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was GOOD off Victoria but not too many anglers were out on the water. Constance Bank was good early in the week but the best fishing was closer in on the weekend. Anchovies were a good bait to use and Bloody Nose and Purple Haze have been the most popular colors for teaser heads. Spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and White Glow. Coho Killers, AP Needlefish, G Force and Coyote spoons in Green Splatterback, Moon Glow and Cop Car colours have also been good. The Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Madi have been effective lately.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. The best areas have been Constance Bank, Border Bank and the Mud Hole. 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 other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week and few people were fishing salmon in this area. The Flats have been holding some smaller size springs fish recently for those trolling close to the bottom. It’s been best in 100-140 depths. Good lures have been Green Splatterback Coho Killers, Skinny G spoons and APT Needlefish spoons.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past weekend. 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 other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

SIDNEY- Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD near Sidney. There have been quite a good number of springs between 12-25 lbs being caught. The whole area east of the Inlet has produced nice fish. Springs have been caught by Sidney Spit, Sidney channel, Coal Island, Hamley Point, the Powder Wharf, Saanichton, Moresby Island and in Satellite channel. Many anglers are fishing using tiny strip or anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Coho Killer, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackle needlefish spoons have been working well.

Notable Catches – Vern Story caught a 20.5 lb spring in Becher Bay not too far from Cheanuh marina.

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

 

FRESHWATER

OVERVIEW – Fishing is PICKING UP in most lakes for both trout and bass. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake, where the fishing has been good for these large trout. Steelheading has been good in most Island rivers.

The 10th Annual Elk Lake Take A Kid Fishing derby was held on April 9th and was a huge success. There were 253 adults and 82 juniors in the derby. All juniors received prize packages whether they caught a fish or not. The trout competition was very competitive with ties for first and second place and also for the next three prizes. The ties were broken by the first fish entered of that size. Winner of the trout competition was Greg Barkes with a 2 lb rainbow entered at 11 Am. Second place went to Mike Hardy with a 2 lb rainbow entered at 1:17 PM. Third place went to Cory MacDormand for a 1 lb 15 oz rainbow entered at 8:07 AM. Fourth place went to Connor Warford for a 1 lb 15 oz rainbow entered at 8:14 AM.  Fifth place went to Roy McNeil for a 1 lb 15 oz rainbow entered at 8:36 AM.

Greg Barkes with his derby winning trout

The bass competition was also very close. Ben Tholcke was the winner with a 5 lb 13 oz smallmouth bass. Second place went to Andy Grant with a 5 lb 11 oz smallmouth bass. Third place went to Jason Cevicklston with a 5 lb 9oz smallmouth bass. Fourth place went to Riley Smith with a 5 lb 7 oz smallmouth bass. Fifth place went to Mark Lister with a 4 lb 14 oz smallmouth bass.

Ben Tholcke with his derby winning bass

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level has been dropping steadily all week and the water level is 1.01 meters at the lake and 0.92 meters near Duncan today. There has been quite a lot of spawning activity going, both from both steelhead and rainbow trout. There are lots of steelhead in the river and most of the fish being caught now are kelts. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Beads and yarn, Gooey Bobs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Spoons can also be a great lure in these conditions. We’ve also heard of fly anglers hooking up with steelhead too. Fly fishing at the top end of the river for trout and steelhead has been good.

TROUT – Trout fishing is PICKING UP 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. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers are catching trout with Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in rainbow, green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has completed the early spring releases of catchable rainbow trout from the Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery. A total of 29,599 trout have been released to date in 2016 in Vancouver Island lakes. On March 22nd, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake 75 trout with an average size of 243 grams. On March 17th, Kemp, Matheson and Spectacle lakes received 500 trout each with an average size of 250 grams. On March16th, Durrance Lake received 187 brood stock trout with an average size of 675 grams and 1,255 trout with an average size of 242grams. On March 8th, Lookout Lake received 175 trout and Ida Anne Lake received 75 trout with an average size of 225 grams.  On March 3rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 trout and Shawnigan Lake received 1,950 trout with an average size of 232 grams. On February 29th, Prospect Lake received 2,000 trout, Thetis Lake received 1,000 trout and Glen Lake received 500 trout with an average size of 222 grams. On March 3rd, Elk Lake received 2,000 catchable rainbows and Shawnigan Lake received 1,950 trout averaging 232 grams.

BASS – Bass fishing is PICKING UP. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “are a good choice when fishing the bottom, drop offs and reefs, and have been most productive in 4” Smoke or Pumpkinseed Yum baits. Spinner baits and crank baits have also been catching fish. 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 – Please send photos (in jpeg format) and descriptions of your notable catch to our email info@fishingvictoria.com

 

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

Weigh your fish right away if you are in a derby and catch a potential prize winning fish. Every year we hear stories of anglers placing second in derbies that they would have won if only they had weighed the fish in before it lost weight. Heck, it even happened to me one year and I should know better! So, don’t be foolish and wait for another one before hitting the weigh in station. You just never know how large or small a fish will be that will win that derby. And look how tight the contest was for trout in this past weekend’s Elk Lake trout derby!

 

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