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OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing results were SLOWER overall this past week with the Victoria to Saanich Inlet area offering the best success. Halibut fishing was GOOD for fish up to 114 lbs due to the gentler tides and slower currents near Victoria.

Sooke – Salmon fishing was SLOWER for springs. There were fish in the slot limit size range being caught as well as some larger hatchery fish and wild fish that have to be released. Most anglers have been fishing around 80 to 145 feet in 100 to 200 feet of water. The most consistent action has been near the off Secretary Island, the mouth of the Sooke Harbour and off the Bluffs. Most anglers fishing for springs are fishing bait but hootchies and spoons are still very productive. Anchovies, small herring or strip in Bloody Nose or Green Glow heads were catching fish. The best hootchies or squirts to try are the Army Truck, Glo Below, Purple Haze and Cloverleaf. The best flashers have been ones with lots of glow in the dark on one or both sides. David Reynolds was fishing off Sooke Harbour and caught a nice Yelloweye Rockfish (Red snapper) that weighed in at 15.5 lbs.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past week because of the less dramatic tides and slower currents. The area west of Sherringham Point has produced the most halibut recently, with most fish being “chickens”. Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkely Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

BecherBay – Salmon fishing was SLOW again this past weekend. The fishing was best around Aldridge Point, Beechey Head and the Trap Shack. There some fish in the slot limit size range being caught as well as several hatchery fish up to 14 lbs. There are bigger wild ones around that have to be released though. Most of the fish were caught between 80 to 100 feet down. Small herring and anchovy in Bloody Nose, Purple Haze and Green Glow teasers were producing fish recently. Many anglers were also using hootchies, squirts and/or spoons with success too. The Glo Below, Tiger Prawn and Purple Haze are good choices at this time of year when you’re trolling plastic and Green/Silver spoons are working when trolling as well.

PedderBay – Fishing was FAIRfor springs near Pedder Bay. The best fishing was from Christopher Point to Church Rock. The inside of the bay and around the yellow Navy Can Buoy was not nearly as good, although we did hear of a 20 lb wild fish that was caught and released inside the bay. Mostly, there were hatchery fish up to 10 lbs being caught. Anglers did best on anchovies or small herring fished in Chartreuse, Nose Bleed or Purple Haze teaser heads. The best flashers have been Glow in the dark ones and the Purple Haze. If you’re using hootchies and squirts for springs, try the Pistachio, Electric Chair or Jellyfish. Spoons usually work very well for springs at this time of year, especially if they have green or blue highlights on silver or are mirror image ones.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend of the better tides and slower currents. Halibut up to 50 lbs came from the 27 Fathom Bank and the Race rocks area. Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Victoria Waterfront – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week with the best action closer to shore. That said, there were still fish at Constance Bank. Ben Wright reported catching a 14 lb hatchery spring at Constance Bank on a blue live n image coyote spoon. Some boats that went out caught hatchery springs from 6 to 18 lbs and a few wild fish over the 67 cm maximum slot limit size were released. It was best along the waterfront from Clover Point to Brotchie Ledge. Most of the fish are being caught within 20 feet of the bottom in 100 to 120 feet of water along the waterfront and a little deeper than that at Constance Bank. The seals are not as bad as in previous weeks but are still around and a problem at times.

Anchovies and herring are top producers this time of year, especially in the smaller sizes. Green UV Magnum, Glow green and Bloody Nose have been the best teaser head colors for springs. The new Rhys Davis Anchovy Bullet Roll Special teaser heads should work very well off the waterfront where the springs prefer a tight roll. Good lures recently have been Green/Silver or Green/Glow Coyote spoons and Pistachio, Mint Tulip and Purple Haze hootchies and squirts. Good flashers have been the OK’I Big Shooter Purple Onion and Hot Spots in Green/Silver and Purple/Glow.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend because of the better tides and slower currents. Constance Bank, Border Bank, the “Mud Hole” and Albert Head all produced fish. Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well, and some anglers are saying they are producing better than bait. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

OakBay Salmon fishing was GOOD for springs in the slot limit size range and for hatchery fish up to 20 lbs. It’s been good both in the Gap and on the Flats depending on where the tide pushes the fish. The springs are close to the bottom where needlefish and candlefish are the major food source for the salmon and have been active on the tide changes. The most successful method for springs was trolling right on bottom in 100 to 150 feet of water with Baitrix tiny strip, squirts or 4” spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Green Galaxy, Jellyfish, Alligator and J-79 squirts. The OK’I Big Shooter Purple Onion flasher has been working very well in combination with the Electric chair squirt. With spoons, 3½” or 4” Gypsy, Titans or Coyotes in Cop Car or Silver/Green colors also catch a lot of fish in Oak Bay.

HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was GOOD this past weekend because of the better tides and slower currents. The biggest fish caught was a 114 lb “barn door” halibut caught by Jayda Thor near Discovery Island. Extra Large herring and/or Octopus are the most popular baits for halibut. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off the spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.

Sidney – Salmon fishing was GOOD this past week. The Sidney anglers’ Association held their Annual Spring Derby on May 23rd and quite a few nice salmon were weighed in. First place went to Clive Lane for a 24.4 lb spring caught on anchovy. Clive caught the fish near Bamberton, in Saanich Inlet, at 185 feet while using a Rhys Davis Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. Second place went to Bruno Bauer fro a 15.3 lb spring caught near Coal Island. Third place went to Colin franks fro a 15 lb spring caught on anchovy near Saancihton Spit. Fourth place went to Laura Harris for a 13.7 lb spring caught on anchovy fished in a Purple Haze Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. The top Junior Angler was 10 year old Maxwell Harris who caught a 7.8 lb spring on an anchovy fished in a Purple Haze Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. We’ve been told that all the springs caught on anchovies were taken with the newly released Rhys Davis Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. Saanich Inlet was quite productive and several other springs up to 12 lbs were caught in the Pat Bay area. Another interesting note was that one angler caught and released two coho up to six pounds. We’ve also heard of some big springs coming from near the Powdwer Wharf. Anchovies or Tiny Strip have been the best natural bait recently. Spoons have been good as well with 3.5” or 4” Green and Glow colors producing best. The best soft plastic lures to use for springs now are the Glo Below, Electric Chair and Purple Haze Squirts.

Notable Catches – Jayda Thor brought in a 114 lb halibut from near Discovery Island. David Reynolds was fishing off Sooke Harbour and caught a nice Yelloweye Rockfish (Red snapper) that weighed in at 15.5 lbs. Ben Wright reported catching a 14 lb hatchery spring at Constance Bank on a blue live n image coyote spoon. First place in the Sidney Anglers Association Spring Derby went to Clive Lane for a 24.4 lb spring caught on anchovy near Bamberton. Second place went to Bruno Bauer fro a 15.3 lb spring caught near Coal Island. Third place went to Colin franks fro a 15 lb spring caught on anchovy near Saancihton Spit. Fourth place went to Laura Harris for a 13.7 lb spring caught on anchovy fished in a Purple Haze Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. The top Junior Angler was 10 year old Maxwell Harris who caught a 7.8 lb spring on an anchovy fished in a Purple Haze Bulletroll Anchvoy Special. If you have any fishing info, notable catches, digital photos (please send as attachments) or tips that you would like to share or have included in our fishing report, please email us at [email protected].

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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
May and June spring salmon tend to swim a little deeper than those fish returning in the summer months, and a bit shallower than the winter fish. Target your trolling depths between 50 to 100 feet for best results on these early migrants.

Island Outfitters Leader Board – 2010
Halibut
1) 132.1 lbs – Shawn Meilnchuk – Constance Bank – May 9th
2) 114.0 lbs – Jayda Thor – Discovery Island – Herring – May 24th
3) 88.0 lbs – Chris Davies – Constance Bank – Herring – May 8th
4) 86.3 lbs – Larry Yarmie – Constance Bank – April 23rd
5) 86.3 lbs – Wojtek Bachman – Constance Bank – May 8th

Salmon


1) 24.0 lbs – Clive Lane – Bamberton – Anchovy – May 23rd
2) 18.7 lbs – Ryan Bell – Beechy Head – Tomic Spoon – March 22nd
3) 15.8 lbs – Rick Jakimchuk - Coal Point – Anchovy - May 19th

2010 DERBIES and EVENTS
Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with the free for fun and prizes Salmon and Halibut Leader Board. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st wins a special prize. Everybody who enters a fish gets a prize! Maybe it will be you bringing in the big one!Please let us know as early as possible about your up coming events in 2010!

June 19th – 20th: 24th Annual Alpine Juan de Fuca Salmon Derby -- The Island’s largest invitational derby. $80,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $90 per rod, which includes a derby shirt, hat, and entrance to the awards banquet. For information on the derby visit the web site www.jdfsalmonderby.com or call (250) 478-6153.

August 22nd: Esquimalt Anglers annual members’ salmon derby.

August 29th: The Sidney Anglers’ Roundup Derby: Open to paid up members only



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Written by: Tom Vaida
 
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