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salmon, trout, halibut, steelhead, bass fishing report

Vancouver Island Fishing Reports: For July 2017 From: Victoria, Oak Bay, Sidney, Langford, Elk Lake, Prospect Lake, Sooke, Pedder Bay, Becher Bay, Lake Cowichan, 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 Beach, 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, Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet, Port Hardy.


The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) asks the public to report suspicious fishing activities by contacting your nearest DFO office, or by anonymously calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477),, or by texting TIP190 and your message to 274637 (crimes).


The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to join in a conversation about the protections needed to ensure our fish have a healthy environment to live, feed and reproduce, and healthy corridors to migrate between these places.

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the launch of an online public consultation to seek Canadians’ views on recent changes to the Fisheries Act.

This online public consultation is part of the Government’s Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes.

Canadians can share their views and have their voices heard by visiting :

Quick Facts

- The Fisheries Act gives the government the powers to manage Canadian fisheries and to protect habitat that supports them. It is an essential tool to conserving the sustainability of our fisheries.

- Gaining royal assent in 1868, the Fisheries Act is one of Canada’s oldest pieces of federal legislation. It was most recently amended in 2012. This current consultation is seeking Canadian’s views on whether any lost protections from the latest amendment should be restored.



Saltwater – Salmon and halibut fishing has been spotty, but it is expected to improve in July.

BECHER BAY – Salmon were being caught into the high 20s. The best depths for trolling have been from 50 – 120 feet on the bottom. The Trap Shack to Beechey Head has been the best area. Spoons have been equally effective as bait, especially the G-Force and Skinny G spoons. Good colours have been the Outfitter, Irish Cream and Bon Chovy. For flashers, the Homeland Security and Raspberry Jelly have been working well.

PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing in the bay was good with the most productive area being near the can buoy. Hatchery salmon were caught from 6 lb. to 18 lb. There were also reports of oversized wild salmon up to 100 cm released. Skinny Gs in the new nickle colours have been fishing well, as well as hootchies and squirts in green and glow, or UV white have been popular colours. Flashers that are popular include the Madi, Bon Chovy and chartreuse Twisted Sista. Bait has also been producing fishing. Good choices for teaser head colours are Halloween Candy, Bloody Nose and Purple Haze.

HALIBUT – Most anglers that were fishing for halibut have been using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well were the 8" Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

VICTORIA – The most productive areas have been Albert Head, Constance Bank and Clover Point. Look for some salmon to be at summer depths now. The most productive depths for the edge of Constance have been 110’ – 130’ fishing the bottom, and 70’ to 90’ if you are fishing on top at Constance. Spoons have been very successful in getting hook ups. Irish Cream Skinny G’s, Coho Killers, 3.5" Cop Car spoons have brought some hook ups.

HALIBUT – The halibut have been fairly deep, over 300 feet the most productive depths. Most anglers fishing for halibut are using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8" Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

OAK BAY – Salmon fishing differs day by day. There have been some nice springs into the 20s. The salmon are feeding on needlefish and have been at depths from 80 to 135 feet, depending on where the feed is located. Most anglers have been either bottom bouncing or jigging close to the bottom. Good trolling lures have been Coho Killers and Skinny G spoons in Outfitters or Irish Cream colours. Sandlance lures and squirts (needle fish) are best in pearl, white and green, or white glow. Good jigging lures have been Point Wilson Darts and the Delta MacFish.

HALIBUT – Most anglers that were fishing for halibut were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Also working well was the 8" Powerbait Grubs and Delta Hali Hawgs.

SIDNEY– The Powder Wharf is still holding some nice fish for the jiggers who have been very effective in the more shallow spots while trollers are doing better in deeper waters. Sidney Spit has also been doing well for jiggers. The wall at Pender, and Active Pass have also been producing well. Anglers using spoons found Coho Killers, Gibbs Needle G and AP Tackleworks needlefish spoons the most successful spoons. Suggested colours are Trap Shack and Bon Chovy. Anchovies and Tiny Strip were also good producers with teaser heads in UV purple.

Freshwater - Warmer water temperatures have increased both trout and insect activity. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing close to the bottom. Pink, chartreuse and fluorescent yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait.

Fly anglers are fishing Wooly Buggers, leeches and micro leech patterns on full sink fly lines. That said, there has been flurries of hatches and trout surface feeding. Trollers are catching trout with worms fished behind Gibbs Gang Trolls and on Gibbs Wedding Bands. Plugs have also been working well for trout. Langford Lake has been recently stocked with brood stock rainbow, so some large trout are being caught there.

BASS – The bass have moved into shallower water for spawning season. There have been many reports of good catches of fish as large as 6 lb. Soft plastics rigged Carolina-style and crank baits are working well. The most productive colours in 4" Yum Baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect, and Elk and Beaver lakes, and St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island are all great bass lakes. There is no longer a closed season for bass retention on the island.

Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St.,

Victoria, ph: 475-4969



Fishing has picked up quite a bit this month. Lots of nice spring salmon are hitting the local docks now, and the pink salmon are also starting to move in to our area.

The majority of the local hot spots are all producing good sized spring salmon. The best fishing depths for chinook salmon have been between 50 to 100 ft. Anchovies in Bloody Nose, Green Glow and Purple Haze teaser heads are working great. For flashers try Purple Onion, Lemon Lime and Silver Betsy. Coho Killers are working some, also try Irish Cream, Cop Car or Splatterback.

Pink salmon are starting to show in the first and second tide lines. Red or pink squirts with a 18 to 24 inch leader work great for these guys.

On the halibut side Muir Creek and Jordan River are still producing nice fish. But take lots of bait there’s lots of dogfish out there.

Until next time happy faces and tight lines.

Al Kennedy,

Reel Excitement Salmon Charters





The Sooke Saltwater Series Halibut Derby was a success with more anglers in both the series (55), and at the Hali Derby (108) than last year.

Top 10 fishers in the Halibut Derby

1st place 68.26 lb. - Mike Chipps

2nd place 60.84 lb. - Pat Thompson

3rd place 60.36 lb. - Richard Gray

4th place 55.92 lb. - Drew Ferreira

5th place 53.96 lb. - Marty Pinchin

6th place 53.42 lb. - Ryan Chamberlain

7th place 52.82 lb. - Harvey Wood

8th place 51.50 lb. - Mike Flemming

9th place 51.36 lb. - Christopher Wilson

10th place 50.60 lb. - Cory Tynning

Come fish in the only fishing derby series for the title of Sooke Fishing Champion in 2018. Check the standings at



Saltwater - Halibut fishing off the banks at Port Renfrew is going strong: try spreader bars with a 2 lb. of weight bouncing the bottom to attract their attention. Top baits are Saury, Octopus, XL herring. Best artificials are Berkley 8" Power Grubs.

Eight to 30 lb. chinook salmon are showing at Port Renfrew. The best lures have been Bon Chovy flashers with chrome teaser heads and small anchovy.

Cowichan Bay: Jerkers doing well in the Sansum Narrows on Holographic Jigs by P-Line, and trollers are catching salmon up to 25 lb. on small anchovy and Moon Jelly flashers.

Freshwater - Cowichan Lake fishing is going strong. Try trolling creek mouths and paralleling the shore line staying within 30 feet. Keep your line back from the boat by at least 150 ft. Top lures are the new Best Lure plugs. These are hand carved from yellow cedar and are out-fishing all other plugs four-to-one. We’re stocking all the best colours.

Also working well is the ever popular Gang Troll in green rainbow finish with a Wedding Band tipped with worm.

Fly fishermen have been doing well with #4 olive Rolled Muddler, brown Wooly Buggers or Clouser Minnows trolled on a full sink fly line especially around creek mouths and rock shoals.

Cowichan River trout fishing: There’s still lots of water in the river now, but once the heat arrives the river levels come down fast, and by August usually fish are trying their best to survive. Releasing fish in dry season, no matter how hard you try, often ends up with the fish not surviving. That’s when the float tubers take over the river and it’s time to fish elsewhere.

Move to the beaches: Every sloping beach with a freshwater stream entering will hold sea-runs at different points of the tide. Try a #6 silver bead silver Rolled Mudler. Come on by the shop, we will be happy to fill you in.

Bass Fishing: Bass fishing is hot! Lakes to note: Shawnigan, Fuller, St. Mary, Quesnell, Elk and every other lake around Greater Victoria.

Try fishing with large Wooley Buggers or Dragon Flies. Target outside and inside corners of docks, all large rocks, logs or any other obstruction. Cast in then strip your fly back slowly, watch for your line to move to the side then set hard and hang on tight. The rest is up to you.

Over 30,000 flies in stock at the store! Stop by for an up to date fishing report.

May your rod bend to the butt and your smile go from ear to ear.

Gord March,

Gord’s Fly Box & Goodies

170C Cowichan Lake Road Box 1742


Lake Cowichan



Saltwater - Salmon fishing has slowed off Nanaimo in the last month, but fish are one their way. The coho started showing up off the waterfront late in June. We’re expecting to see bigger chinook in July.

Greens and whites, Irish Cream and Homeland Security (also a good coho lure) finishes have been productive. The springs have mostly been caught farther away, Thrasher Rock and Porlier Pass, with the odd one closer in at the Brickyard. The algae is still out there down around 100 feet, and anglers seem reluctant to dip their gear into those depths where the fish are.

A few people have been targeting lingcod and bottomfish with decent results, and keeping secretive about their favourite spots.

Freshwater - Lake fishing has been good for trout and bass.

Most area lakes have been stocked with catchable size trout this spring.

Troll black and olive Wooly Buggers or black sparkle Flatfish.

Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy., Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726



The 18th Annual Zuiderzee Bass Tournament, hosted by Zuiderzee Campsites on Quennell Lake June 18 attracted 225 participating anglers, and lots of friends on shore cheering them on. The derby awards hundreds of draw prizes provided by local sponsoring companies plus three top fish cash prizes.

In first place for $2,200 was Harley Declark with a 4.3 lb. bass. In second place ($1,300) was Kole Pousen with a 4.2 lb. bass. Dennis Pridge and Roy Fisher both caught 4 lb. bass and shared third place for $450 each.



The 29th Annual Silva Bay Fishing Derby, June 16-18 attracted 296 participants. There were 160 chinook weighed in. Average weight was 10.4 lb.

Largest chinook 24.66 lb. Caught by Keith Gerrard in front of the Grande using anchovie. Winner of a 9.9 hp Yamaha motor from Parker Marine

2nd. Largest chinook 21.36 lb., Dave Harris

3rd Largest chinook 21.09 lb., Joe Old

Largest coho 4.67 lb., Mike Dunstan

Lingcod closest to 15 lb. without going over, 14.88 lb., Justin Berlinquette

Largest bottom fish 7.36 lb. yelloweye, Oliver Schmaler

The winner of the draw for a Lowrance HDS12 from Harbour Chandler was Keith Gerrard. Yes, the same lucky angler who won the motor for largest chinook!

One hundred per cent of the revenue from the Silva Bay Derby goes to support the Nanaimo River Community Fish Hatchery.

Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Silva Bay Derby and plans are already being made to make it a special event.



If you're looking for pink salmon this should be the year. The big Fraser River run of pink salmon is odd year prominent, making 2017 a banner year.

Pink salmon are sometimes seen as less desirable. Try them fresh on the barbecue or made into candied salmon, you'll be pleasantly surprised. For families with young anglers, and people just starting out pink salmon fishing keeps the excitement level up, as the action is usually steady.

We truly are having a great year for chinook salmon fishing in local waters too, the most productive area being "Out Front" which is less than a mile from French Creek Harbour!

The coho have moved in as well, can it get any better? A good way to target pink and coho salmon is quite simple, use your favourite chinook gear and keep one side fishing a little higher 80'-120'. Try using a green/glow spoon (60'' leader) with a green/silver flasher, this is a good set-up for all local salmon. Keep your hooks good and sharp as well, pink salmon have softer mouths, you want your hooks to be at their best. Keep some ice on board to keep the catch nice and fresh.

There should be some sockeye opportunities in our local waters too. Sabine Channel would be a good place to try. The big difference targeting sockeye in the Sabine is you fish a lot deeper, 60'-120'.

In late July early August there should be some sockeye moving through the central Strait of Georgia. I remember in 2010 we were catching sockeye ''Out Front'' of French Creek Harbour. It's a good idea to check with your local Department Of Fisheries on species retention before you head out, it's not uncommon to have in season changes. I'm definitely going to target some sockeye in local waters!

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters,

(250) 951-5927



Having spent spring and early summer chasing trout in Vancouver Island rivers my thoughts now turn to the arrival of millions of pink salmon which normally show up on the north-east Island coast mid-July. This is an odd year which should see good numbers of these underrated fish gathering off beaches close to their rivers of birth. They offer fantastic sport for fly and gear fishers, as well as fish to eat!

Ideally your fly rod should be a 6 or 7 wt. with an appropriate quality reel loaded with a floating line. Use two types of sink tip; intermediate poly leaders off the beach and fast sinkers in the river. There has been a increase in the number of anglers using Switch Rods (short double handed handers) off the beach, although there is no more challenging environment if your casting technique is not up to scratch! There have been huge developments in fly line design over the past few years and there are now types such as the Airflo 40+ and Rio Outbound which make casting 60 feet as easy as possible. Call into the store if you need help or advice with this.

One thing I see all the time is the tendency for anglers to wade too far out, too quickly, pushing fish into deeper water that otherwise would be very close. Understand that, for the fly fisherman, the deeper you wade the more difficult it becomes to cast! Effectively you are shortening the distance between the water and the rod tip.

Pink salmon like pink flies, however don’t be afraid to use other colours - green, blue and purple, when the fish won’t bite on normally successful patterns.

For the gear angler pink BuzzBombs and Zzingers are consistent fish takers. Another very successful method is to cast a Water Float with a fly suspended below and retrieved slowly as you would if you were fly fishing.

Stop by the store or phone if you need help with fishing for pink salmon locally.

Lake fishing has been good with Spider, Horne and Cameron producing fish on a variety of methods. If you fly fish lakes both a sinking line and a floater should be part of your equipment. The sinker will get you down to where fish are lying, and is mandatory for trolling. Floating line for when fish are on top taking bugs either on or just under the surface film.

In the salt chuck sport has been generally good through May and June with large amounts of bait. Good prospects as the summer progresses! Jigging with Mac Deeps or L’ll Nibs in shallow water has proved effective recently with a local expert taking several feeder chinook to 15 lb. in one session. The rule of thumb is find the bait and you will find the fish.

Have a great summer. Whether you fish fly, gear or saltwater we have the right tackle and advice to help.

Tight Lines Keith Hyett,

Coast Sportfish, 202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville, 250-586-6622,



Saltwater - All of the Alberni Inlet (to Chap Point) is closed till August 1 to protect the sockeye salmon. We remain hopeful that will change. Barkley Sound, however, has been fishing good.

The Bamfield Wall, Diplock, Vernon Bay are all producing spring salmon in the teens, high teens and into the 20s. Anchovies, little white needlefish, and spoons in Homeland Security, King Fisher, Pink Sink and Maverick finishes, as well as Gibbs Skinny Gs have been working well. Fish are hitting between 100-150 foot depths.

Returning fish will start to show up in late July and August. Passing fish on their way south are now on the outside edges of Barkley Sound.

A few coho have already been caught. To target coho troll a bit shallower and a little bit faster.

A few people are going out after lingcod and halibut. Find your favourite rock pile and jig for the lings. For halibut find a sandy bottom, or troll deep and slow it down a little.

Freshwater - Pretty much everything is turned on now except the rivers aren’t fishable; they’re still high and cold. All the local lakes have thawed and the access roads to most high elevations are passable. Hatches are on for ants and other bugs.

The Sproat Lake derby this weekend (July 18) was won with a 3 lb. 14 oz. rainbow trout, and we’re seeing lots of good size fish from all the big lakes.

Troll the bigger lakes with Flatfish or plugs. Fly fishers continue doing well on leach patterns and Muddlers.

Good luck. Gone Fishin’

4985 Johnston, Port Alberni,

ph: 250-723-1172



Fishing has been getting a little more consistent late in June. We are getting some good sized chinook in the mix.

Most of the larger chinook are coming from Long Beach on small spoons and needlefish hootchies though some are also coming from the Red Can and Inside South Bank. The bites are coming in both morning and afternoon trips, so if you are a late riser you can still get in some good action.

We have been getting between one and four halibut per trip and expect limits of halibut to become normal very soon.

Sam Vandervalk, Salmon Eye

Fishing Charters,




July is the merge mouth. The tail end of the U.S. salmon moving south. The beginning of the West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) salmon moving down the shoreline and entering the mouths of the inlets and sounds to feed on the massive schools of bait. It’s also the start of local chinook runs moving into Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet to feed and ready themselves to complete their journey to the river or stream of their birth.

Yes, there will be lots of salmon around to catch. The long cool winter has provided all the necessary elements to make for active feeding salmon all summer long.

Where to fish: Esperanza Inlet - the Glory Hole on the south side of Catala Is. in between Double Is. on an incoming tide. Outer Black Rk. / Low Rk. area to outer High Rocks on 75-90 ft. contour line – Fish deep just off the bottom for best results. The world-famous Ferrer Pt. is red hot in early July. Rosa Harbour area and the north side of Centre Is. over to Garden Pt. are always good options especially on those windy days.

Nootka Sound: early July Beano Cr. and outer Bajo Reef will produce well. The salmon move into the outer and middle sound by mid-July to early August. Nootka Lighthouse to Coopte and Hoise points and every point in between will be holding chinook on the west side of the sound. On the east side Burdwood Pt., Fidalgo Passage, San Carlos Pt. and Camel Rks. are all hot spots.

Catching use: Small anchovies, Coho Killers and Coyote spoons, Flash Fly and glow/pearl/green hootchies all work well. Trolling deep at 10 feet off the bottom often will load you up on halibut, lingcod and salmon. When you find suspended schools of bait run your gear about 10 feet above them. Hold on – fish on!

Bottom fishing/catching is very good in our area with generous limits. A mixed daily bag would fill your fish box with halibut, yelloweye, greenling, cabazon, lingcod and more. Our guides have been using large Durable Swim-baits in glow colours with good results recently. Large herring and jigs also work well. If you are fishing out on your own boat stop by the Westview Marina Tackle Shop and we will get the charts out with GPS coordinates to help you find the bottom fish hot spots. When bottom fishing have a descender device in your boat to save these long-lived fish, which you return to the water.

Remember to bring your large coolers. You will need them when you fish with us.

John Falavolito Owner/Operator Westview Marina & Lodge, Tahsis

800 992 3252

N49* 55’ 13 W126* 39’ 78.5

Successfully serving the Fishing Pubic for 24 yrs.



Saltwater - Chinook salmon fishing is entering its prime at Grants Reef and the Kitty Coleman hump. The larger fish are moving in, making this an exciting time for anglers.

Confetti, and similarly white coloured hootchies are working well at Grants Reef at 90 ft. depth. Large 602 Tomic plugs would also be an attractive option for enticing monster salmon.

LureCharge's voltage tuned spoons and Tyee Candy squid are worth a try at the Kitty Coleman hump. These lures send out an electrical pulse that fish find attractive and appetizing. The 4" Moon Jelly spoon has been very popular and should be a go-to lure for every angler looking to land a Tyee. The Tyee Candy squid come in great colours for fishing locally such as Army Truck and Watermelon. These 6.5" squid are sure to attract fish at depths of 200 ft.

Jigging is a great hands-on way to catch fish off the hump. Kids may find this more entertaining than just simply trolling for salmon, especially when they feel the first bite! Drop your lure off to the side or just under a school of bait fish, and start jigging. This will mimic an injured bait fish that can't keep up to the rest of the school, an irresistible opportunity for feeding salmon. Green and Blue Nickel Point Wilson Darts are a favourite to use for this style of fishing, but don't be afraid to try other colours as you never know what the next killer lure will be.

Freshwater - The hot weather means trout will be retreating to the cooler depths of most lakes. In shallow lakes where they are unable to do so, the fish will become sluggish and uninterested in feeding at mid-day. Try fishing these lakes in the early morning or late evening to beat the heat. Try focusing your efforts on deeper lakes such as Comox Lake. Anglers have managed to land lunkers using 351 and 500 Tomic Wee Tad plugs. This is also a great time of year to use Worden's Flatfish in Silver Flake, Perch and Fire Tiger patterns.

There is also extra incentive to fish Comox lake as the BC Conservation Foundation and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources have teamed up to conduct a study on the lake's cutthroat trout. Recovering the marker from a tagged fish and turning it in could earn you a cash prize. Please remember to fish ethically, and remind yourself of the fishing regulations at Comox Lake before heading out.

Nicole, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942



Saltwater - The Campbell River area is truly earning its title of "Salmon Capital of the World" this summer. Expect abundant fishing straight through July. There have been multiple reports of chinook weighing over 30 lb. being caught around the Hump and Green Can.

Irish Cream seems to be the flavour of the month, so be sure to pick up a few Tomic plugs and Goldstar spoons in this pattern. The warm weather has finally attracted schools of pesky dogfish, so fishing bait will be a hassle. Most anglers have switched over to spoons, plugs and hootchies. This is a great time to try Durabait anchovies and needlefish in colours like Orca Glow, Lemon Lime and Bloody Nose. If you are determined to use bait, troll at a faster pace to discourage dogfish and entice salmon. Most salmon are being caught 200 ft. down, but don't be afraid to bring your lures up to 60 if the fishing is slow, especially off Willow Point.

Freshwater - Echo Lake is still producing trout, but the hot weather means they will be retreating to the deeper parts of the lake and may be a little lazy when it comes to feeding. A float tube or small boat will be your best friend this time of year. However, if you find yourself stuck on shore try casting large Krocodile spoons and Vibrax spinners into deep or sheltered parts of the lake. Live bait such as worms should still be effective in the early morning or late evening as temperatures cool off and fish cruise the shallows looking for an easy meal.

Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy.,

Campbell River, 250-287-2641



Salmon - fishing is great, lots of springs, with limit catches coming in from Hardy Bay, the Gordon Group, Duval and Masterman.

They’re all red fleshed fish, and there have been a few over 30 lb. They’re biting on Coho Killers in purple or chrome, on anchovies and on medium herring (with a 6 ft. leader).

Coho have started to show up in good numbers. They’re about 6 lb. so far.

Halibut fishing has been spotty, and the weather has been fishable but not ideal. Sometimes it takes an hour to find your halibut. They’re taking large herring, as well as purple and black, and glow and white jigs.

A few people have caught a few lingcod but they’ve been tough to find.

Don’t miss the Filomi Days Derby July 14, 15 and 16. There’s tons of great prizes and the salmon fishing mid-July will be great!

Trout - Lake fishing been good with the warmer weather. Trolling Flatfish has been good in Alice and Victoria lakes. Fly fishers have done well with leech patterns, Muddlers and dry flies during hatches.

Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982


Jasmine from Campbell River caught her very first fish (at Point Holmes) on her pink Barbie rod with a blue BuzzBomb. She was persistent in wearing her pink princess dress to match her rod.



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.

To buy your tidal waters fishing license on-line click here.


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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