OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT. Lots of chinooks were being caught all throughout the area, with most of them weighing in the teens and low twenties. Some big slabs were caught throughout the area as well. Limit catches of Pink salmon are coming from most areas but it was definitely slower and the size is still relatively small. Halibut fishing was SLOW for those targeting this species.
A closure was implemented on all southern island freshwater systems, including the Cowichan River, in early July prohibiting all fishing, including First Nations FSC fishing. Management measures are now being expanded to the adjacent terminal marine areas, elevating the key chinook non-retention areas to salmon non-retention areas. DFO analysis has shown that the implementation of this management measure will reduce the exploitation rate on Cowichan Chinook.
The following subareas will close to salmon retention effective 00:01h August 4, 2015 until further notice: Subareas 17-5 to 17-7, 17-9, Subareas 18-6 to 18-8, Subareas 19-7 to 19-12
DFO notices (For all in-season changes, check DFO website http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca)
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SOOKE – The salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this past week. The pink salmon are still here and most Sooke anglers targeting them have reported limit catches, even though there were fewer of them this past week. The springs were more abundant than in previous weeks and good catches came form all areas, with many boats getting limits. Most of the springs were weighing between 10 to 20 lbs, but there were lots in the twenties and some in the 30+ size. The bigger springs are being caught in the 35 – 60 ft depths. Some hatchery coho and sockeye are also being found in the mix. Sockeye and wild coho still have o be released. Anchovies are the number one choice of bait for Sooke anglers. Teaser heads that have been performing well with anchovies and herring are Chartreuse, Green Glow Bloody Nose and Purple Haze. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. Coho Killers have been quite effective in catching pinks. A few sockeye have been caught but they are closed for retention. The most popular flashers recently have been the Ok’i Betsey, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT in East Sooke. There are still lots of pink salmon but not as many as last week. The pinks are spread throughout the entire area so you don’t have to search very far to find them. The best fishing has been on the flood tide in the tide rips and tide lines. The spring salmon fishing has really picked up. The Trap shack area was especially good to anglers on over the week. The best fishing there has been in tight to shore in 100 feet of water or less and between 40 – 70 feet on the downrigger but a big spring could show up anywhere or at anytime. Most springs were running from 10 to 25 lbs in size with the occasional 30 lber being caught. Anchovies were the most productive bait for the springs and No Bananas and Halloween Candy were productive teaser heads. However, spoons and plastic baits have been popular due to anglers switching to artificial baits because of the amount of bait needed to weed through all of the pinks! The Glow/Green Stripe hootchy has been effective for springs this past week. Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in the Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were effective. For flashers, the Lemon Lime, Super Betsey and the Purple Onion have been good.
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this week. Limits of pink salmon, some nice springs, a few hatchery coho and some catch and release wild coho and sockeyes were reported by Pedder Bay Marina. There were lots of springs in the area, especially in the bay, it was good in shallow water between the Deep Hole and the blasting sign near Race Passage and over towards William Head. Springs as large as 30+ lbs were caught but most springs were in the teens and low twenties. Rob Alcock picked up a nice 30+ lb spring on a Gibbs/Delta Skinny G spoon this past week. All of the pink salmon has kept the rental boat fleet very busy and there are usually waits at peak times. It’s a great place to take the family for lots of action. Anglers jigging in the bay were also catching springs using the 8 oz and 6 oz Gibbs/Delta Jumbo Anchovy jigging lure. Anchovy was the most productive bait when trolling for springs with Glow Green and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads Spoons, such as the G-Force and Skinny G, in the Bon Chovy or Irish Cream colours were effective Flashers that remain popular include Super Betsey, Lemon-Lime and Purple Onion.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. 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 for springs was EXCELLENT, both at Constance Bank and along the waterfront. It was easily the best week of the summer and lots of springs were caught by anglers. The springs were virtually everywhere from Harling Point to Esquimalt, depending on the tide, There were some pink salmon mixed in with the along the waterfront. Out at Constance Bank there were lots of pinks. Salmon were being caught both by trolling and jigging at the bank with the jiggers having an easier time of not hooking pinks. Most of the springs were in the teens and twenties but there were a couple over 30 lbs landed. Ryan McGinn brought a spring that he caught into the store that weighed 30.1 lbs and was caught off Macauley Point on anchovy. Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and pink squirts. Gibbs Coho Killers, Sitka needlefish and Coyote spoons in green, moon glow and silver colours have been very effective. The Lemon Lime flasher has been very effective recently. The Glow Green Splatter Back Coho Killer has been a very effective out on the bank.
The Clover Point Anglers Association held their 21st Annual Salmon derby this past weekend. First place went to Paul Wardell for a 22 lb 14 oz spring caught on anchovy close to Clover Point Sunday morning. His father, Mike Wardell, came in second with a 16 1/2 lb spring also caught Sunday morning. The pair caught two other nice springs that morning to get their daily limit. Third place went to Dave Bury for a 16 lb spring caught jigging in 30 feet of water near Harling Point.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Anglers report that the dogfish were less of a problem this past week. Most anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. 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 GOOD this past week. There were lots of springs caught but it was spotty at times.. Most salmon caught were when fishing lures right on the bottom (60-110 ft) on the Flats and by the Gap. The fish were hitting needlefish spoon and squirts. Anglers also caught fish jigging right on the bottom. G-force and Skinny G spoons in No Bananas and Outfitter colours worked just fine. Coho Killers in Gold Nugget and Green Splatterback have been pretty productive too. The best flasher have been the Gibbs Lemon Lime and the Bon Chovy.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend out in Haro Strait and off Discovery Island. Anglers that have been fishing are using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. 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 was EXCELLENT near Sidney. The pink salmon have been close to Pender Bluffs and most boats are getting limits there.. The springs are also showing up there in good numbers and they have been hitting Electric Chair hootchies trolled between 50 – 60 feet on the downrigger. first Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out-producing hootchies and the hot patterns for springs now are Orange/Black/White, Purple Haze and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and Gold Nugget.
Notable Catches – Rob Alcock picked up a nice 30+ lb spring on a Gibbs/Delta Skinny G spoon. Ryan McGinn brought a spring that he caught into the store that weighed 30.1 lbs and was caught off Macauley Point on anchovy.The Clover Point Anglers Association held their 21st Annual Salmon derby this past weekend. First place went to Paul Wardell for a 22 lb 14 oz spring caught on anchovy close to Clover Point Sunday morning. His father, Mike Wardell, came in second with a 16 12 lb spring also caught Sunday morning. The pair caught two other nice springs that morning to get their daily limit. Third place went to Dave Bury for a 16 lb spring caught jigging in 30 feet of water near Harling Point.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on most lakes as the water temperatures climb. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.
All rivers on Vancouver Island in Region 1 are now closed until further notice with the exception of the Campbell/Quinsam Rivers and the Qualicum River. To see a description and a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#anglingclosure
TROUT – Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on 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 have been doing well 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. Chris Findlow caught a 4 lb 5 oz rainbow trout at Elk Lake while fishing green Powerbait Eggs on the highway side of the lake.Chris is now #2 on the Trout Leaderboard.
BASS – Bass fishing is EXCELLENT. At this time of year most of the bass are in the shallows. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is 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.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
Be alert and courteous to the boats around you! When boats are fishing close together and one boat hooks a big spring, well that fish is going to make a big run (usually straight back). You should always move away from the boat that’s fighting a fish or get your gear up and away from the fish. You’ll appreciate it when you’ve hooked that slab and other boats keep out of your way.