OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on the local lakes for trout and PICKING UP for bass. Please remember that bass are closed for retention on all southern island lakes through June 15th.

Cowichan River – The Cowichan River water level is rising again and is today at 1.32 meters near the lake and 1.06 meters near Duncan. There are still a few steelhead in the river but most of them are mending kelts. Fly anglers have been doing well in the top end of the river on browns and rainbows and the occasional steelhead. For fly anglers the Wooly Buggers work well for brown trout but with increased insect activity, it’s best to match the hatch. Nymphs are good, especially Prince, Caddis, and Mayfly nymphs. Remember that it’s barbless hooks only and there is a bait ban on the river.

Local LakesTroutfishing is GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area. The biggest trout continue to be caught at Elk Lake with Langford Lake being your next best bet to hook into a real “lunker”. We’ve had reports of trout pushing 4 lbs coming in from these lakes recently.

Many anglers are catching fish near the bottom on either Powerbait Gulp eggs, or worms. Ben Wright caught a 20 inch, an 18 inch and an 8 inch rainbow trout in Beaver Lake on Friday on Powerbait.
Fly anglers are mostly using chironomids, Wooly Buggers or leech pattern flies. Trollers have been doing OK with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the police car one of the best and the black with silver glitter spots taking second place. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Yellow with Red Spots or Blue/Silver. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well. Lastly, Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a worm-tipped GIBBS Wedding Band will almost always catch some fish. Andy and Lisa Stepaniuk caught 4 nice trout up to 14 inches long at Matheson Lake in an hour using a worm tipped red GIBBS Wedding Band. By the way, all wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.

Bass Fishing Bass fishing was PICKING UP this past week. The water temperature is still low but starting to warm up and some bass are moving into shallower water. We’ve heard of some success lately on deeper running crank baits. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. Please remember that bass are closed for retention on all southern island lakes through June 15th.

Notable Catches Ben Wright caught a 20 inch, an 18 inch and an 8 inch rainbow trout in Beaver Lake on Friday on Powerbait. Andy and Lisa Stepaniuk caught 4 nice trout up to 14 inches long at Matheson Lake in an hour using a worm tipped red GIBBS Wedding Band.

FISH TIP OF THE WEEK

What’s your Line? Is it strong and kink free or is it weakened from hard fishing? If it is monofilament, it’s a good habit to regularly check the first 20 to 30 feet of line for kinks, nicks, and scratches. Cutting off the weakened section can reduce the chances of losing that big one to a broken line.


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Written by: Tom Vaida