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South Vancouver Island BC Fishing Report

By Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre | Last updated: October 9th, 2018

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Saltwater

41lb chinook salmon caught in Victoria BC!

OVERVIEW – Coho fishing was HIT OR MISS on the weekend in the Juan de Fuca Strait. The Chinook fishing was SPOTTY around the south Island and almost most of the springs were small feeders. Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week.

SOOKE – Coho fishing was HIT OR MISS early in the week and fell off on the weekend. Most of the anglers targeting coho have been using either spoons or hootchies. The best fishing for coho has been out in the mid strait in 500+ feet of water and along the tide lines. There were still some springs coming in but not too many and most of them have been small feeders. That said, a few springs into the high teens have been caught while fishing out deep for coho. The coho have been deep with many being caught a 100-150 feet on the downrigger. Good choices for anchovy teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G's, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good for coho. Green and glow have been the hot colors for coho spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. For flashers, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Lemon Lime, Madi and the Super Betsey are popular.

BECHER BAY – Salmon fishing was HIT OR MISS for coho in the strait and near the shipping lanes . The larger coho have been found deep, from 100 to 150 feet, instead of up near the surface. Also, there are a lot of juvenile fish around and they seem to be in the top 50 feet of water. The largest coho this past week weighed 12.4, 10.4 and 10.3 lbs. Cheanuh Marina held their coho derby on the weekend and David Eves was the winner with a 9.4 lb cohoAnglers are using spoons with Coho Killers and Gibbs Skinny G's in green/glow and green/silver colors the favorites, especially for coho. . Spring fishing has slowed down and no really large ones were caught. The best spots for springs were Aldridge Point and the Trap Shack. The best depths to fish for springs have been between 40 to 60 feet on the downrigger. Anchovies are the bait of choice for springs. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Betsey, and Gold Fever 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 HIT OR MISS coho fishing far out in the strait. The big news this past weekend was Lyle Berzins catching a 41 lb chinook while trolling for coho out past the Race for coho. The big fish hit a Coho Killer spoon trolled at 90 feet! That's the biggest spring of the year weighed in at our store and the new #1 on our leader board! Anglers are getting most of the coho out in 500+ feet of water in the strait. Spoons have been producing well for coho and springs 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. Fishing for springs has slowed down, but a few have been picked up near Church Rock and inside Pedder Bay. Most of the springs have been less than 8 lbs in size. Most anglers fishing anchovies are using Mint Pearl, Chartreuse and Bloody Nose teaser head colors. Squirts are still working with green and glow, Purple Haze or UV white good color choices. Flashers that are popular include the Guide Series Madi, Outfitters and Lemon Lime. Good choices for teaser head colors are Bloody Nose, Chartreuse and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was FAIR this past week. East Race and William Head were the most productive spots.

VICTORIA – Fishing for salmon was SLOW off the Victoria waterfront this past week. The most productive area was Constance Bank where anglers have been catching feeder springs up to 8 lbs and a few coho. Spoons are working well on the bank with Skinny G's and Wee G's in Irish Cream, Blue/Silver and Herring Aid good color choices. In closer, it's been VERY SLOW for anglers trolling the Harbour area. Most of the few fish caught this past week have been from 3 to 8 lbs in size. Anchovies have been the most productive bait this past week for springs and the Bloody Nose teaser has been working well. Spoons that have been successful in getting hook ups are Skinny G's and Wee G's, AP Tackleworks and Green/Glow and Cop Car Coyote spoons.

HALIBUT – Fishing was FAIR for halibut this past weekend. Fishing has been best at Constance Bank and the Mud Hole.

OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was FAIR in Oak Bay. Winter springs have moved onto the Flats and some anglers were getting limits of small springs up to 8 lbs in size. The salmon are feeding on needle fish close to the bottom. Most of the anglers have been either bottom bouncing small anchovies, 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 FAIR for halibut this past week.

SIDNEY – Salmon fishing was SLOWER in the Sidney area. The best areas this past week were Sidney Spit and Hamley Point. Most of the salmon being caught now are undersized. Very few coho appear to be in the area. There has been a large run of squid near the James Island ferry wharf and anglers were taking advantage of it either by fishing for squid and/or salmon. Anglers using spoons found that Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons productive this past week. Suggested colours are Herring Aid and Irish Cream. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Notable Catches – The big news this past weekend was Lyle Berzins catching a 41 lb chinook while trolling for coho south of the Race Rocks area for coho. The big fish hit a Coho Killer spoon trolled at 90 feet! That's the biggest spring of the year weighed in at our store and the new #1 on our leader board! Rick Wenger won the Sooke Saltwater Series Coho Derby on the weekend with a 12.01 lb coho. Cheanuh Marina held their coho derby on the weekend and David Eves was the winner with a 9.4 lb coho.

Freshwater

OVERVIEW – Fishing was FAIR in most lakes for trout and REALLY GOOD for bass. The Nitinat River is now producing for anglers river fishing for chinooks.

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level is very fishable at .72 meters near Duncan and near the lake. The water temperatures have also dropped. Salmon should be entering the lower part of the river soon and they are not at the top end of the river yet. It will soon be time to fly fish egg imitations for the trout feeding on salmon eggs. In the meantime, bead head nymphs have been working well in the top end of the river.

TROUT – Trout fishing has been BETTER for trout at the local lakes due to lower water temperatures and fall trout stocking. 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 mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Muddler Minnow patterns on full sink fly lines. 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.

The Vancouver Island Fish hatchery has started the fall stocking program of catchable triploid rainbow trout in south Island lakes. On October 2nd, Langford Lake received 2,500 trout and Glen Lake 1,000 trout averaging 228.5 grams in size. Also that day, Prospect lake received 2,500 trout, ThetisLake received 1,00 trout and Lookout lake 250 trout averaging 231.71 grams in size. On September 28th, Langford Lake received 997 trout averaging 705.96 grams in size. On September 27th, Prospect Lake received 1,000 trout averaging 705.96 grams in size.

BASS – Bass fishing is GOOD on Island lakes as bass try to fatten up for the winter. Most lakes are producing large fish. 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

Know your salmon! Wild chum and coho salmon look very similar to most anglers, but there are different regulations for these species. And at this time of year you are apt to catch both in local waters. Before you keep some to eat, make sure of what you've caught and refer to the fish identification pages of your tidal water Sport Fishing Guide if you have any questions.