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salmon, trout, halibut, steelhead, bass fishing report

Vancouver Island Fishing Reports: For JUNE 2015

From: Victoria, Oak Bay, Sidney, Langford, Elk Lake, Prospect Lake, Sooke, Pedder Bay, Lake Cowichan Area, Port Renfrew, Nitinat Lake, Nitinat River, Harris Creek, Cowichan Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus Lake, Salt Spring Island, St. Mary Lake, Cusheon Lake, Nanaimo, Quennell Lake (Cedar), French Creek, Parksville,Qualicum,  Spider Lake, Cameron Lake, Nile Creek, Courtenay / Comox, Oyster River, Campbell River, Gold River, Oyster River, Salmon River, Port Alberni,  Bamfield,Ucluelet, Tofino, Barkley Sound, Nootka Sound, Moutcha Bay, Port Hardy.


SOUTH ISLAND REPORT - Sidney, Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Peddar Bay, Becher Bay

SOUTH ISLAND - Victoria, West Shore, Sidney, Saanich
Salt water - Chinook salmon fishing has been good but spotty. Halibut fishing was slow with stronger currents. The best fishing was in the afternoon and evening.
BECHER BAY - Salmon were caught throughout the area and there was no one hot spot. Most hatchery springs were 7-18 lb., and there were some larger unclipped fish released. Some salmon were caught deep (100 -140 feet) in even deeper water
and others were caught from 50-70 feet on the downrigger. The fish were shallower around Beechey Head and deeper in the bay. The Bedfords were also productive. Anchovies were the most productive bait and Bloody Nose and green glow were
the top teaser heads. Spoons in G-Force, No Bananas or glow green were effective as were squirts in Pistachio, Purple Haze and glow white. For flashers, the Madi and the Purple Onion have been good. Not too many halibut were being caught
in the strong currents.
PEDDER BAY - Whirl Bay was the most popular spot, but those fishing inside Pedder Bay near the can buoy were also picking up salmon. There were a couple of hatchery fish over 20 lb. in Whirl Bay but most hatchery fish were 7-15 lb. There
were also springs by the first tide line out in the strait in 600 feet of water. They were hitting lures trolled at 120-150 feet on the downrigger. Anchovy was the most productive lure for springs; top teaser heads were green chrome,
Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Coho Killers and G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi and the Purple Onion.
Halibut - Most anglers were fishing with mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs
or other large jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA - Hatchery fish into the high teens were caught at Constance, as well as some bigger unclipped fish. Salmon were feeding on needlefish schooled on the bank. Needlefish spoons were effective. Anglers closer to shore have not
done as well but there were a few fish near Brotchie Ledge. Anchovies and Tiny Strip have been working well in glow colours. Good plastic baits are Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and Glo Below squirts. Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons
in green and glow colours have been effective.
Halibut - Most anglers were fishing with mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait.
OAK BAY - Salmon fishing was good at times, spotty other times with hatchery springs to 22 lb. Anglers were using squirts, spoons, or tiny strip or anything that imitated a needlefish. Many fish caught trolling were on Coho Killer spoons
and 3-4 inch G-Force and Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were Purple Haze, J-79 and Electric Chair. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, green/silver or green Jellyfish.
SIDNEY- A few small springs near Sidney Spit. Some bottomfish. Anglers are using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV green teaser heads. Squirts have out produced hootchies and the hot patterns are Purple Haze, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho
Killer spoons have also been working in double glow and 50/50 colours.
Fresh water – Fishing is picking up as the water temperatures climb. Bass fishing is now catch-and-release only until June 15.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has released thousands of catchable size trout into south Island lakes.
Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, leeches and micro
leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have done well with Gang Trolls and Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in rainbow, green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also
been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, black with silver flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout have come from Langford Lake.
BASS - At this time of year most of the bass are in the shallows for spawning. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged Carolina style is also a good choice
when fishing drop offs and docks. The most productive colours in 4 inch Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan, Prospect and Elk and Beaver lakes are the local bass lakes. St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island is also
great for bass. Bass fishing is now catch-and-release only until June 15.
Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St.,
Victoria, ph: 475-4969

Salmon fishing has been pretty good for springs, Especially around Muir Creek, Otter Point, and the trailer park.
Best fishing depths have been anywhere from 100 to 120 feet. The salmon seem to be staying very close to the bottom at this time. So I suggest working close to the bottom for your best success. Towards the later part of June the fish
should begin to move into shallower depths.
In bait anchovies seem to be producing the best results. Various glow teaser heads have been working good. For flashers the red glow, Super Betsy and silver Betsy have been the ticket. For artificials, various Coho Killers have been
working good.
On the the Halibut side, it is still good out in the Jordan River area. We’re catching nice halibut around 20 to 50 lb. Fishing depth will vary from 60 feet to 200 feet. Herring, octopus and mackerel seem to be working pretty good.
A quick reminder keep an eye open on size limits on the DFO website for spring salmon through June.
Until next time happy faces and tight lines.
Al Kennedy,
Reel Excitement Salmon Charters

Saltwater - In Port Renfrew halibut fishing going strong. Those venturing out to the banks use Berkley 8" Power Grub or jumbo herring. Octopus, squid and mackerel working best. Bouncing the bottom to kick up silt draws them in. Glow
jigs tipped with strips of octopus have been hot. Salmon fishing: lots of small feeder chinook (5 to 15 lb.) being caught. Try glow flashers with Bloody Nose teaser heads and tiny anchovy. The bulk of the bait fish seem to be needle fish
which Coho Killers copy perfectly.
Freshwater - Cowichan Lake is coming on strong! Trolling 3" Tomics in new iridescent colours (dark days dark plugs; bright days bright plugs) is effective. Rig your rod with a good chain swivel and a leader the length of your rod. Try
the plug at the side of your boat before letting line out. Troll fast enough that your plug kicks from side to side. Once you have speed perfect, let line out 100-150 ft. Experiment with different weights. Also popular now are green
rainbow Gang Trolls with black (because of ant hatches) Wedding Bands tipped with worm. No boat no problem. Fishing at the creek mouths with eggs/paste, worms or roe on the bottom with a Corky rig - by far the fastest action. Producing
mainly rainbows with the odd lunker cutthroat, dolly or brown.
Cowichan River: With the warm spring weather trout fishing has been fantastic. Each afternoon there’s been great hatches of March Brown Mays, tent Caddis and often flying ants. Stripping minnows or Buggers is producing large browns,
rainbows and occasional cuttthroat. When things slow down fishing with bead head Prince Nymphs will produce rainbows in the riffles.
Local Lakes: Kissinger and Lizard to the west, Quamichan and Somenos to the east, Fuller and Chemainus to the north, Dougan and Shawnigan to the south. (So many good lakes, where to go?) All producing well. Early or late day best for
bait fishing from shore.
Fly fishing: Nymphs (Prince Nymph) Damsels or Dragons, small Doc Spratleys. Dries: Tom Thumbs/Caddis or Mays. June is Damsel month, fish these nymphs casting out with a floating line. Slow strip towards shore. This can produce teeth
jarring strikes. A wet line with a slow troll and a small Doc Spratley will always produce fish.
Trollers: Try smaller Gang Trolls with Flatfish size F4, or Wedding Band topped with bait, or a small black fly.
Bass fishing is hot in June when the larger males guard their nests and attack intruding lures. Large Wooly Buggers or Dragons, crank baits/tube baits/spinners all work well. Please release bass quickly and close to where you hooked
them. Once they are removed from their nest their eggs or fry are very vulnerable.
May your rod bend to the butt and your smile go from ear to ear.
Gord's Fly Box
170C Cowichan Lake Road
Lake Cowichan, BC

Fishing is in full swing for both salmon and halibut. June is one of the best months to fish on the west coast, with excellent weather, less crowds, and no fog. Port Renfrew and Swiftsure Bank are situated right in the migratory path for
the return of early season Canadian and US migratory chinook salmon.
These early season feisty feeders are typically 8 to 12 lb., with a few 20+ lb. There are 40 lb.+ fish every season in June, so go prepared. Mostly pelagic fish off shore are pretty horny and will jump on just about anything fished
properly. Beach fishing is a little different, fire cracker sized anchovies in UV, green, or glow anchovy teaser heads, or a variety of hootchies and spoons behind your favourite flasher are the way to go. Depths range for on-shore beach
fishing from shallow to 55 ft. Coho opens on the west coast June 1, an added bonus for light tackle action.
Halibut fishing has been excellent again this season! Awesome early season weather has allowed us to get out on the water and wrestle halibut off the bottom. Salmon bellies, octopus, and large herring are the go-to baits on your
favourite rigs.
Check regs on-line. There are no more printed sport fishing guides from DFO.
Halibut - you are allowed one halibut per/person per day. Two in procession if you are fishing 2 days. One over / one under - which means, you are allowed to mark on your license…1 halibut over 133cm, and one halibut under 90cm, if you
are fishing 2 days. You can mark 6 halibut on your annual licence per/yr.
Fishing is off to a good start this year, with the last forecasted year of El Nino, water temps are still low as of mid-May, migratory whales and feed all showing off shore. Take advantage of the early season fishing, you won’t be
disappointed! For a guaranteed west coast adventure, call Dan at 250-954-9554 or visit on-line at:
Dan Harvey, Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, Port Renfrew 1-250-954-3997

altwater - Salmon fishing has been great this May. Hot spots have been two miles out from the Fingers, off Neck Point and Entrance Island. Depths are 150-180 feet. Anchovies, Homeland Security (green with orange edge), Cop Car and
Kitchen Sink spoons; Army Truck and white hootchies are all good.
Out at Entrance there are also a few lingcod being jigged up. The odd halibut is being caught incidentally and sporadically. Halibut Bank north of the Fingers is closed but some people fish the outside edge of the closure.
Lots of whales and orcas, and lots of seals around.
Freshwater - Trout fishing has been outstanding at the Colliery Dam lakes and Divers Lake; fishing from shore with Pautzke Yellowjacket (cured salmon eggs) and white Powerbait.
Trolling at Second Lake (Nanaimo lakes) with a Wedding Band has been productive. There’s a few trout being caught in the Nanaimo River. Try fly fishing downstream of the Bungy Zone. It’s time for ant patterns and dry flies - bugs are
hatching in the warm weather. Some cutthroat trout in area rivers, estuaries and saltwater shorelines. Smallmouth bass will be active at Quennell Lake for Zuider Zee’s Father’s Day derby.
Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy., Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726


Smallmouth bass fishing is a great way to spend Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 at the 16th Annual Zuiderzee Bass Tournament, hosted by Zuiderzee Campsites on Quennell Lake near Nanaimo. The derby is catch-and-release, with big prize
There are thousands of dollars in cash, plus a chance to win a brand new Toyota from Nanaimo Toyota.
Last year’s top bass for a $3,000 prize was a 4.1 lb. caught by John Dennis from Parksville. Terry Wallman came in second place; her 4.0 lb. bass won $1,800. She also won second place in the derby of 2013. Jake Pinneo of Nanaimo won
third place with a 3.9 lb. bass.
This year’s derby has lots of prize sponsors. More that 60 local sponsoring companies will contribute a variety of draw prizes of products and services.
The gates at Zuiderzee Campsites open at 7 a.m., the tournament begins at 8 a.m., final weigh-in is at 3 p.m. Public access and boat launch is at Zuiderzee, 2575 Enfer Rd., off Yellowpoint Rd. For tickets call 250-722-2334.
Quennell Lake, 20 minutes south of Nanaimo, has one of BC’s best smallmouth bass fisheries, plus good numbers of trout, and pumpkinseed sunfish. Derby host, Zuiderzee Campsites is a full service campground with lakeshore RV and tenting
sites, a sandy beach, boat launch and picnic and day use areas.

Bring on the coho! - For a lot of recreational fisherman June is the time of year when the salt chuck adventures start.
Now is the time to look over the fishing gear before your first trip out. Replace old monofilament mainlines, tie some new leaders on your lucky lures, sharpen hooks, and shine up your flashers. You should be set now, spend your time on
the water fishing and not fixing!
Coho salmon usually start to show up in Area 14 in early June. Targeting coho is really quite simple. Use your go-to chinook salmon gear and bring one side up to 70'-90' on the downrigger. I have caught coho trolling as deep as 200' on
the downrigger, but generally they're more abundant around 120' and shallower in our waters. Try using a black/white spoon (60" leader) with a green/silver flasher, or Army Truck' hootchie (42" leader) with a red/silver flasher. One of
the better areas last year was right Out Front of French Creek Harbour, making it really accessible, and small boat friendly. You can usually tell when you have a coho on your line, as they tend to make your rod tip pump up and down
vigorously. As they get closer to the boat you will notice their gaping mouths when they surface. This is a good time to watch for the white gums to make sure it's indeed a coho. The next thing you want to try is to bring the fish
carefully along side the boat for a closer look. If the tail is squared off, silver in colour with scattered spots it's a coho.
With the new rule change of a 1 hatchery (adipose fin missing), 1 wild (adipose fin attached) retention per angler/day, the first nice size coho to the boat is in the net! Coho are open June 1-December 31. If you catch your limit of wild
coho (adipose fin attached) practice safe releasing methods. Keep them in the water and use a gaff or pliers to get the hook(s) out. You'll give the fish a better chance at survival. Try to avoid netting the fish and having it flop
around in the boat losing scales, only to discover it needs to be released. With a little practice you can release salmon with relatively little harm to them. From my experiences last year the ratio seemed to be about 75 per cent wild to
25 per cent hatchery. Coho salmon fishing can be a great way for young anglers and families to be introduced to our great sport. Lots of hook-ups and action will keep everyone's interest level high. It was nice to see local coho make
such a remarkable comeback last year. I hope to see them back again this year!
Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters,
(250) 951-5927
& French Creek Harbour Store, 5 - 1025 Lee Rd., Parksville, 250-248-8912,

For most fishermen now is the time to get the boat and gear out of storage and prepare for the season whether you are chasing trout in rivers and lakes, or salmon in the salt chuck.
LAKES - Spider Lake has been recently stocked with trout and anglers have been enjoying good sport on a variety of patterns ranging from Woolly Buggers and leeches to chironomids. Horne Lake can be good also. Most fish are taken trolling
with either Wedding Bands, Flatfish or small Tomic Plugs. Black or olive leeches and Pumpkin Heads also account for a lot of fish in lakes.
RIVERS - Fry patterns representing young salmon and cutthroat trout should always be in your fly box this time of year. Pink and chum fry have hatched and will make their way downstream to begin their short lives at sea, where they will
feed voraciously for two years, in the case of pinks, and 2-3 years for chum, before returning to the river of their birth. Survival rates are low with only two or three per cent making it back to spawn after an incredible journey
defying the odds. Lots are obviously eaten by a whole series of predators before they even get to the ocean.
Some essential fry patterns for this time are beadhead Muddler Minnows, brown minnows, epoxy minnows and a variety of Mickey Finns. You should also carry a selection of stonefly and pheasant tail nymphs in various sizes as they nearly
always catch fish. Fish these on a floating line with a polyleader of appropriate length and sink rate, with a relatively short tippet to maximize effectiveness.
The Little Qualicum River has produced a few steelhead although water levels are low. On the appropriate tide the lower estuary should produce sea-run cutthroat. The upper river opens June 1 offering opportunities for anglers to explore
new places. The ability to roll cast your fly is a definite advantage on this river, and others, because there are many runs where trees and bushes come right down to the banks making overhead casting impossible.
SALTWATER - Fishing continues to be good for the boat anglers. Consistent catches of chinook in the 10-20 lb. range are normal with the occasional fish 20+ lb. Fishing depths between 90-150ft using anchovies in a teaser head, or a
variety of hootchies works best off Sangster or Ballinas Island. Lingcod retention opened on May 1 with jigging Mac Deeps and Little Knibs getting sound results.
Whether you fish fly, gear or saltwater we have all the right tackle and advice to help.
Tight lines ! Keith Hyett, Coast Sportfish, 202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville, 250-586-6622,

Salt water - Chinook fishing farther out in Barkley Sound at Swale Rock and Cape Beale is going good. Halibut and lingcod fishing is also good in Barkley Sound. There’s good chinook fishing outside the Sound as well, but we have to
wait for them to get inside. Closer in, the sockeye salmon fishing doesn’t usually start until mid-June, but with these weather conditions you should be able to catch them anytime now. Troll 30-70 feet, deeper as it warms with pink
hootchies. Look for a school of bait fish and you’ll find sockeye. The fisheries forecast is for a decent run of sockeye again this year.
Fresh water - A few sockeye salmon are already in the river, and there are openings at Paper Mill Dam and Service Road (upstream at Somass Park). Try casting pink wool in a steelhead rig to entice them. Steelhead have tapered off but
there’s some good trout fishing in the rivers now. The water level is low and there might be a problem later in the season.
Trout fishing in the lakes has been great with all the warm weather. Even the upper elevation lakes are fishable when normally there’s still snow up there and the lakes are not accessible until late June.
Good luck. Gone Fishin’ 5069 Johnston, Port Alberni, ph: 250-723-1172

May brought productive fishing to start the season. Chinook salmon are starting to show in good numbers in both inside and off-shore waters off Tofino, with some fish weighing in above 20 lb. already. Halibut started off slow but decent
sized fish are now being taken regularly.
Trolling anchovies and spoons deep can be a productive way to catch both salmon and halibut. Watch your fish finder closely to see if the bait fish are off the bottom, guaranteed the salmon and halibut will be under it. There have been
large needle fish and medium herring showing up in the bellies already. If this is any indication of the season to come, we are in for another exciting season here on the West Coast.
Stop by Method Marine Supply to find all the latest gear as well as the old standbys West Coast fisherman have relied on for decades. The staff is always helpful and informative. Tight lines
Lance Desilets, Lance's Sportfishing Adventures,, 250- 726-5178 & Method Marine Supply Ltd., 219, 380 Main St., Tofino 250-725-3251, 250-266-2384

Salt water - Fishing remains excellent from the lighthouse at Friendly Cove to Maquinna Point, from Burdwood to Escalante and when weather permits, out at Beano Creek and Bajo Reef. The majority of the chinook have been 16-25 lb. At
least 50 per cent are clipped fish migrating south. Our top bait producers have been needlefish hootchies, four inch spoons and anchovies trolled behind flashers that mimic the small needle fish they are feeding on. We found fish at
depths from 30 feet in the mornings, to 95 feet in the afternoons. For best results, look for the suspended bait balls and run your gear 10- 20 feet above them. Smaller coho are starting to show up sporadically in the 45-65 foot range
and are taking the same gear as the chinook.
Bottom fishing remains strong with lots of nice lingcod, yelloweye, and halibut. Most anglers have been bottom bouncing with larger baits and jigs, as well as sitting at anchor off areas with structure, waiting for fish to come to them.
Glow needlefish, and Army Truck cuttle fish hootchies, as well as the four inch Cop Car and Live Image spoons trolled behind flashers have been the hot ticket for our guides. Anchovies with a six foot leader are always a good bet as
well. Try whole or cut plug herring 10 feet off the bottom when slow trolling for bottom fish.
We are hosting our second annual Salmon Derby June 27 and 28 based at Moutcha Bay Resort with over $20,000 in cash and prizes. All money raised is going to the Nootka Sound Watershed Society for coho enhancement.
Fresh water - Fishing has been good for resident rainbows and cutthroat trout in most streams, rivers and lakes surrounding Nootka Sound.
Fly fisherman and trollers have had success in lakes during the first four hours of daylight and again just after sunset. The trout are targeting migratory salmon fry and early larvae hatches. On your way in or out try your luck on the
Elk River, even though we are experiencing low water conditions fishing has been excellent.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing
Gibran White, Marine Operations
Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures

Salt water - Salmon fishing at Bates Beach is fantastic right now and should continue through the summer.
Use Blue Meanie, Pistachio, Tiger Prawn or UV green hootchies with a UV flasher at 160-180 feet. The Kitty Coleman Hump can be a good place to try for halibut. Spreader bars with bait, Powerbait and Mudrakers with squid all work well as
do herring and Bottom Ticklers. Make sure to use plenty of scent on all of your bottom fish lures.
In later June, we will start to see some pink salmon showing up. Shorelines and river mouths are hot spots for pinks. Make sure to use pink Buzzbombs, Zzingers, or pink fly patterns. Point Wilson Darts are the perfect all round jigging
lure that all fish love to hate!
The outsides of Denman and Hornby have many hidden prawning holes. You might need to do some snooping around. Find a deep hole at about 300” and give it a try, you might find the lucky spot. Make sure to use lots of pellets with fish oil
or Carlyle Cat Food. Quadra Island Prawn Traps are the best producers and are locally made.
Fresh water - Lorne, Wolf, Maple and Comox lakes are all great for summer fishing. Troll with blue, green, or red Wedding Bands and a worm (check for bait bans). Cast with Crocs, Panther Martins, or Blue Fox. Early mornings or evenings
are usually the most productive. If you are fly fishing, you will want to use ant or Muddler patterns.
Tsable, Puntledge and Trent rivers all have resident trout. Use dry flies such as Stimulators, Tom Thumbs, gnats, and ants. Please make sure to take a quick look at the regs before heading to your local river.
The beaches and estuaries can be productive spots for sea-run cutties. Minnow patterns such as Mickey Finns in various colours work very well as do Muddlers or fry patterns.
Now’s the time to get your gear serviced. Avoid the rush!
Kerry Amos, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942

Salt water - North end of the Hump has been a hot spot so with an amazing show of springs ranging from the teens into the 30 lb. zone using Blue Meany, Michael Jackson or Jack Smith hootchies with a green or UV flasher. Jack Smith or
Lady Gaga Tomic Plugs are also hot. Coho should be starting to show up in the area soon. As summer approaches, the pinks will start to show up in the Brown’s Bay area and will be mixed in with springs and coho. We’ll keep you up-dated on
Facebook with current reports and openings. Find us on Facebook at
Halibut and lingcod are open, but please keep an eye on the regs for any changes.
The Salmon, White and Gold rivers will start to show sea-run cutties, summer steelhead and resident rainbows. For steelhead use attractor patterns and naturals, and for cutties use fry or Muddler patterns.
Fresh water - Many local lake have been stocked with cutthroats which can make a great day with the family. You can target larger trout by trolling deep with Leo’s Wedding Bands, Wiggle Wood Lures or Flatfish and a bit of weight.
Muddler, ant and leach patterns work great in all of our local lakes.
Our FREE Customer Appreciation Salmon Derby runs May 15 to Sep. 15. All you have to do is weigh in a salmon caught in areas 13 or 14, the same day you caught it, during regular store hours. Everyone gets a prize! We have four days at
Critter Cove, Scotty Prawn Puller, Islander Reel, Trophy and Shimano Combos, and a Kumma SS
Thanks, Kerry, Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy., Campbell River, 250-287-2641


Nice spring salmon, low to mid-20s are coming from Duvall Point. Whole herring or anchovie trolled at 60-70 feet has been catching them. The water is clear and it hasn’t begun to warm up and the good fishing has been close in.
Halibut are here good numbers. Guys have been getting them trolling for salmon at the same depths or jigging a 1 lb. weight with octopus or a whole herring on a spreader bar. Off the airport or out at Pine Island have both been good
halibut spots with lots of big 100+ lb. fish released and lots of exact keeper size fish.
June is looking good for both halibut and for chinook salmon. There are supposed to be quite a few four-year-old springs returning so we should see big fish. Coho is also looking good with the same retentions and openings as last year.
Trout fishing in Alice and Victoria lakes has been good with the warm weather producing feed and hatches. Trolling Flatfish in black and silver or blue and silver has been working great. With the warm winter and spring fly fishers can
count on lots of insects hatching including ants.
Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982

Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St., Victoria, ph: 475-4969



Find out river conditions, water levels, volume, temperatures, etc, before you leave home.



In the spring when it’s time to buy your fishing licenses there will be some changes. Non-tidal licenses will remain available from your fishing tackle store as well as the BC government website. Tidal licenses however will no longer be for sale at any store, they will only be available on-line for 2014.

As an attempt to go green by using less paper the federal government will no longer print blank licenses. Anglers, however, will have to print the on-line license and carry it with them when fishing.

The federal government will also stop offering vendors any incentive to sell  licenses. Previously tackle shop owners earned one dollar for each license sold. Not exactly a high profit margin, but a bit of compensation for their time. So the federal government will save money by not printing licenses and also by not sharing proceeds with stores. Also going into extinction are printed tidal waters regulations booklets. The government is banking on anglers carrying smart phones to check regulations wherever they are fishing.

Many tourists will be caught unprepared, and possibly find themselves paying fines for fishing without a license and without a clear idea of fishing regulations.



While still awaiting approval from the federal government, site preparations and surveying has begun for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed to run through B.C. to deliver tar sands oil to fleets of tankers. The heavy crude oil will be refined in China and shipped to markets.

The pipeline will run through some of BC’s most sensitive habitat including prime fish bearing rivers. Chances of an oil spill along BC’s tricky reef studded coast pose another risk.

Enbridge, the Calgary company building the pipeline is confident they will finish the project by 2018.

Enbridge’s massive advertising and lobbying campaign makes it look like a done deal. The federal Harper government is fully behind the project, despite officially awaiting the results of public input and federal enquiry. The decision is expected in 2014. The federal government has added its voice to Enbridge’s cheerleaders with a multi-million dollar advertising campaign promising wealth and a pristine environment. The ads feature fly fishing scenes.

Enbridge V.P., Vern Yu said, "We expect that there would be some appeals to that decision and that would take us into early 2015 and at that point we would be able to start construction.”

The B.C. government initially opposed to the pipeline, but now supports it in exchange for yet to be disclosed benefits. Over 70 First Nations remain against it, and environmental groups are unanimous in their objections. But with the recent flurry of crude oil train disasters there seems to be no winning option.

Enbridge has a dismal history of pipeline spills and a poor record of response and remediation. The Watershed Sentinel tallied Enbridge’s spills since the year 2000 at 132,715 barrels, more than half the Exxon Valdez spill of 257,000 barrels. Spills occurred in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Montana. One spill in Wisconsin resulted in an explosion that killed seven people. A second pipeline explosion killed two people. In yet another incident the company deliberately set fire to 6,000 barrels of spilled crude oil to get rid of the problem. Enbridge’s 2010 Michigan spill was the largest inland oil spill ever on the U.S.A. mainland.

The authors of an online petition ( say the pipeline will cost  fisheries and tourism jobs in B.C. as well as factory jobs in central Canada, while it will  employs only a few Canadians. In addition the pipeline will bring 200+ super-tankers per year into our challenging and hazardous waters.

See the petition at


Be bear aware

A biological drive to put on weight for a long winter has B.C.’s bears on the move, seeking out the calories they need before heading to their dens.

In their desperation to get enough food, bears can get aggressive, especially in areas close to human habitat. That’s when most bear-human conflicts occur. If you’re fishing Island rivers there’s a chance you may encounter bears drawn to the same shores.

Bears have an incredible sense of smell. They can zero in on food from miles away and can be single-minded to get at that food. For a bear, food comes in many forms, including garbage and over-ripe fruit in residential areas.

Every bear encounter is unique so there are no steadfast rules.

If you meet a bear in the wild try to remain calm. Never approach or chase a bear; face the bear without making eye contact, back away slowly. Take the same route out that you came in. Try to keep track of the bear, but again, don't challenge the bear with eye contact.

If the bear makes blowing or snorting noises and then charges and veers off at the last second this is likely defensive behavior so continue to back away.Extend your arms above your head appearing as large as you can, talk in a gruff voice, look for a weapon such as a rock or stick. Drop your pack to distract the bear; only do this if absolutely necessary because the bear could learn to pursue people for their packs.

Climb a tree as a last resort.

If a bear is persistent or aggressive, call the Report Poachers and Polluters hotline 1- 877-952-7277, or surf to

For more information about bears and bear-human conflicts, visit:



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