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South Vancouver Island BC Fishing Report

By Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre | Last updated: January 25th, 2018

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Saltwater

41lb chinook salmon caught in Victoria BC!

OVERVIEW – Once again, the weather kept anglers off the water much of his past week, but it improved by the weekend and lots of anglers were out fishing. The fishing for winter (feeder) chinooks was FAIR with lots of 1-4 lb springs and not that many keepers. The chinooks have been deep close to the bottom and glow spoons have been the most effective lure.

SOOKE– Salmon fishing was FAIR this past weekend. Most anglers have been fishing from just outside the Secretary Island to Otter Point. The fish have been close to the bottom in 100-150 feet depths. Spoons such as Skinny G's, Coho Killers and 4″ Coyote spoons have been good. Blue and glow has been the hot color combination for spoons. Hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Anchovies and small herring always work for winter springs and good choices for anchovy teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Tiger Prawn and Bloody Nose. For flashers, the Delta Guide Series UV Moon Jelly, Lemon Lime, Madi and the Super Betsey are popular.

BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was FAIR near Becher Bay. There have been lots of small springs inside throughout the area. This past week the salmon were on the inside of Frazer Island and near the Bedfords. Steve Bain caught at 16 lb spring on Saturday on a glow spoon inside the bay. The best depths to fish for springs have been between 120 to 140 feet on the downrigger. The fish have not been too picky about what they will strike and anglers are mostly using spoons and plastics for lures. Good spoons have been Skinny G's, Coho Killers and Coyotes with glow on them. Needlefish hootchies in White, Glow/Green and Purple Haze are the top choices in plastic baits. Large anchovies wee working too and effective choices for teaser head 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.

PEDDER BAY– Pedder Bay Marina reports GOOD salmon fishing. The fishing has been best at Whirl Bay and Church Rock. Inside Pedder Bay anglers are catching springs up to 12 lbs in size and some limits were reported. The fish have been close to the bottom and there is lots of bait in the area. Spoons have been the most popular lures, with the 4" Silver Horde UV herring Aid the "hot" lure. Coyote spoons have also worked well as the fish are targeting herring and not needlefish. Hootchies and 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.

VICTORIA – Bad weather and strong winds limited access to the fishing grounds during the week but it was nice on the weekend. Albert Head and Clover Point were popular spots this past weekend. Most of the fish were less than 5 lbs in size but there were a few larger ones for anglers who released the smaller ones. Best catch of the weekend went to Wayne Zaccarelli who landed a 13 lb 12 oz spring on a 4" plug near Macauley point. The salmon have been down along the bottom so most anglers are fishing deep. Spoons are working well with Skinny G's and Coho Killers in Irish Cream, Brass/Silver and the 4" AP Tackleworks 4" MVP herring spoon good choices..

OAK BAY– Fishing for springs was FAIR on the flats but most of the fish were small. There had been larger fish out at Border Bank. Anglers had also been reporting springs up to 12 lbs on the Flats in 100-140 depths. Trollers had been catching the salmon trolling small spoons; Coho killers, Wee G's and AP Sandlance spoons. Most of the anglers have been bottom bouncing squirts and spoons or jigging close to the bottom. Best bets for Oak Bay trolling lures are Wee Gs, Skinny Gs, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks Sandlance spoons. Squirts will also work with Jelly fish and Electric Chairs good bets. Jiggers are using Deep Stingers and Point Wilson Darts.

SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was FAIR in the Sidney area but most of the springs were under the size required for retention. The Otto Wiggins salmon derby was held on Sunday and was won by Cathy Campbell with a 9 lb spring caught near Coal Island. Steve Cote took 2nd and 3rd with two springs around 6 lbs in size, also from Coal Island. We heard of a15, two 12s and two 10s coming from Wain Rock early in the week. The Sidney channel, from the Red Can to the James island Powder Wharf areas has held mostly undersized fish. Suggested spoons are Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and Wee G spoons and AP Sandlance spoons. Suggested colours are Green/glow and blue/glow. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good in Glow or UV Purple teaser heads.

Notable Catches – Steve Bain caught at 16 lb spring on Saturday on a glow spoon inside the bay. Wayne Zaccarelli landed a 13 lb 12 oz spring on a 4" plug near Macauley point. The Otto Wiggins salmon derby was held on Sunday and was won by Cathy Campbell with a 9 lb spring caught near Coal Island. Steve Cote took 2nd and 3rd with two springs around 6 lbs in size, also from Coal Island.

Freshwater

OVERVIEW – Fishing was GOOD for trout but SLOW for bass.

COWICHAN RIVER – The water level on the Cowichan is receding and is in good shape for those drifting the river. It's close to 2.00 near the lake and 1.74 meters near Duncan as I write this. Winter steelhead are now in all sections of the river. However, the fishing is not on fire with only a few fish caught. Trout fishing has been good at the top end.

TROUT – Trout fishing has been GOOD for trout at the local lakes. 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.

To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link.

BASS– Bass fishing is SLOW on Island lakes with the cold water temperatures. Soft plastics are a great choice now. The most productive colors in 4" Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Drop shot fishing can be very effective this time of year if you find fish in deeper water. 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.