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Salt Water Fishing for May 08
Overview
Salmon fishing was generally slower this past week while halibut fishing picked up again. Anglers were catching salmon into the low twenties and halibut that weighed as much as 120 lbs. If you have any fishing info, notable catches or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com.
Sooke
Salmon fishing was SLOWER with very few people out salmon fishing. Those that did go out returned with springs weighing from 5 to 10 lbs. Most of the action is still coming from the Sooke Bluffs and west to Otter Point. Fish from 100 to 130 feet down and/or close to the bottom and you'll probably get good results. Anchovy is still the most popular bait and it seemed to out produce artificial baits again this past week. Rhys Davis teaser heads in Glow or Purple Haze remain good bait holders to use. With plastic baits go with Irish Mist, Purple Haze, or Green/White color patterns. Glow in the dark flashers are working well in conjunction with your favorite lure. HALIBUT - Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week and not many anglers fished for the big flatfish. Extra Large Herring, Mackerel and/or Octopus fished off of a spreader bar and close to the bottom is the best bet to catch the big flatfish. However, some anglers use Mudraker or Lucky Jig with good success too.
Becher Bay
Salmon fishing was SLOWER this week. Also, only a few anglers fished for springs. The anglers were catching mostly 5 to 10 lb springs. The fish are being taken at depths of 65 to 115 feet and almost all of the catches are coming in on anchovy. The best spot was around Fraser Island, both on the inside and the outside. Jim Laurie was the most successful angler this past week, landing 3 springs from 14 to 18 lbs. Jim was using anchovy for bait. Big Shooter Betsey Gold and Green Hot Spot flashers have been the best flashers to use. Hootchies have also been effective at times and Army Truck, Glow White with Green, Green & White and Pink Glow have been the best colors to use. Spoons also work and the best ones lately are the 4 inch Coyotes, Titans or Gibbs Gators in “Cop Car”.
Pedder Bay
Salmon fishing was GOOD but few anglers went out due to the wind on most days. Because of the wind, not many anglers fished Whirl Bay so most of the action came from inside of Pedder Bay itself. The springs that were caught were weighing from 10 to 15 lbs. Most anglers are catching their fish on anchovies in glow or chrome Rhys Davis teaser head. Hootchies have been also been effective recently and Army Truck, Green & White and Purple Haze have been the best colors to use. If you want to troll spoons, the Lime Twist. Mongoose and Green/Glow Coyotes, Gypsies, Titans and Tomics in 4 or 5 inch sizes have been best. Oki Boogey Man and Jellyfish flashers have been good for attracting fish. HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. Benny Smith landed the biggest one this past weekend, a 120 lb “barn door”. Sea Ghost Charters brought back 32 and 24 lb halibut as well. Extra Large Herring or Octopus fished off of a spreader bar and close to the bottom worked best to catch the big flatfish.
Victoria Waterfront
Salmon fishing was SPOTTY along the waterfront this past, but again, very few boats tried for salmon due to the windy weather most days. However there are some nice fish swimming around. Brent Huggins got a nice one, a 19 lb spring, on a large Purple Haze hootchie fished behind a Purple Glow flasher while fishing west of Trial Island. Most anglers are fishing close to the bottom, from 80 to 180 feet on the downrigger. Medium anchovy and Strip are the best natural baits and Chartreuse and/or Glow are the best teaser head colors to use. Purple Haze and Jellyfish hootchies and squirts fished behind glow in the dark or Purple Haze flashers have been working well too. If you use spoons, use Green/Glow, Black/Glow or Army Truck color combinations with 4” Coyotes, Gypsies and Titans. HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend due with anglers catching halibut up to 70 lhs. Most anglers are fishing Octopus or Herring on a spreader bar, just off the bottom. However, some anglers use Mudraker or Lucky Jigs with good success too.
Oak Bay
Salmon fishing has been SPOTTY in Oak Bay this past week. Anglers are catching salmon over a wide area, from the Gap to the Flats, and between 80 -170 feet on the downrigger, close to the bottom. Most of the salmon are nice fish in the 10 -20 lb size range. You just have to try some different depths until you hit the fish. The salmon have been hitting a wide range of lures: anchovy, strip, squirts, hootchies and the blue or green Coyote spoons have been working to. The best patterns for hootchies and squirts have been the Purple Haze and Green/White. Green Glow or Purple Glow flashers have been good. HALIBUT - Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend. The marina reports seeing halibut weighing up to 70 lbs being weighed in from the local halibut hot spots. Extra Large Herring or Octopus fished off of a spreader bar and close to the bottom is the best bet to catch the big flatfish. However, some anglers use Mudraker or Lucky Jig with good success too.
Sidney
Salmon anglers were focused on this past weekend’s Port of Sidney Salmon Derby. All told, 108 salmon were weighed in by anglers in 93 boats fishing over Friday and Saturday. The winning salmon was a 23.8 lb spring caught by Dave Kennedy. Dave’s catch was worth almost $20,000 in cash! Wow! Dave also placed 2nd just a couple of weeks ago in the Island Outfitters Halibut Derby! Dave caught his salmon near Saanichton Spit with the gear hanging straight down while he was fixing his motor! Second place went to Ken Moyes for a 22.6 lb spring caught near Sidney Spit. Third place went to Kirk Hepley for a 21.7 lb spring caught near Fairfax Point. Anglers recorded springs from all the spots from Wain Rock to James Island and over to Moresby Island. More than 50% of the fish were marked hatchery fish. The best fishing was deep and close to the bottom and a variety of lures caught fish. Purple Haze and Army Truck were the most successful colors both in hootchies and teaser heads. Purple Haze flashers were also effective.
Notable Catches
Here are some of the notable catches that we know of from this past week. Benny Smith landed the biggest halibut this past weekend, a 120 lb “barn door”. Brent Huggins got a nice one, a 19 lb spring, on a large Purple Haze hootchie fished behind a Purple Glow flasher while fishing west of Trial Island. Jim Laurie landed 3 springs from 14 to 18 lbs in Becher Bay. Jim was using anchovy for bait. Stuart McKean and Henry Kanouse picked up 2 springs on the south east side of Galiano Island that weighed 19 and 13 pounds repectively. If you have any fishing info, notable catches or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com.

Fresh Water Fishing for May 08
Overview
Trout fishing is VERY GOOD in most of the lakes due to warming weather and more insect activity. Bass fishing has been hot with the fish moving into shallower waters prior to spawning. Remember that both largemouth and smallmouth bass are closed for retention from April 15th to June 15th to protect the spawning fish. If you have any fishing info or notable catches that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com.
Cowichan River
Fishing has been GOOD with most anglers reporting decent catches in the top end of the river. However, the river has been crowded on the weekends. There are lots of insect hatches going on so matching the hatch should produce the most action. Good flies include bead head Prince Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs or stonefly nymphs. Wooly buggers also work well, especially on the Brown Trout.
Local Lakes
Trout fishing is VERY GOOD in most lakes. Anglers are finding lots of fish, excellent action, plus warming water temperatures that are increasing fish and insect activity. For a list of the recent stockings of catchable rainbow trout on Vancouver Island and information about fish stocking in B.C. visit http://www.gofishbc.com on the web. Elk Lake continues to produce the most and largest trout and we heard of a good number of these big ones (up to 5 ˝ lbs) being caught this past week. Anglers fishing Green Glitter Powerbait from the fishing pier on the west side of the lake have been pulling in some of these big ones. There are a few big ones in Langford Lake as well, but not as many. Both sides of Elk Lake have been good. Fly anglers can stay with the old reliables (Black Leeches, Green Wooly Buggers) and expect good action. Chironomids have been good and Pheasant Tail, Halfback and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs also work well. For trolling try #6 Len Thompson spoons, Flatfish or Wee Tads in orange, frog or rainbow patterns, red & white, or yellow with red spots. Willow Leaf Lake trolls with Wedding Bands and/or worms will almost always work.
Bass Fishing
Bass fishing is HOT as the fish have moved into shallower waters. Almost all bass lakes (Elk Lake, Beaver Lake, Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake, Thetis Lake, Quennell Lake and St. Marys Lake) are good bets for bass now. Use almost any bass lure, (tube jigs, lizards, jigs with pork rind, plastic worms, stick baits, plugs or crankbaits) and fish near structure in shallower spots. The YUM DINGER with Live Prey Technology & salt soft plastics has been awesome! Especially when fished without a weight. Remember that both largemouth and smallmouth bass are closed for retention from April 15th to June 15th to protect the spawning fish.
Notable Catches
Carmen Eilertsen won the RCNAA Annual Trout Derby with a fish of 2.8 lbs. The second biggest trout belonged to Howard Zaccarrelli at 2.7 lbs followed closely by John Marriott’s 2 lb trout. If you have any fishing info, notable catches or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at info@fishingvictoria.com.

Fishing Tip for May 08
Tip of the Week
When fly fishing for trout in rivers, it is very important to check your flies frequently. The small hooks are easily damaged or broken by rocks or hard objects. This can occur on a back cast or as the fly bounces along the river bottom. Nothing is more frustrating than to miss a big fish and then find that the end off the hook was broken off on a previous cast.

 

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05/08/06