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Vancouver Island Fishing Reports:
For July 2014
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, 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.
Atlantic salmon farming -Fish farm crusader Alexandra Morton recently presented her position on U.S. television. To see the 60 Minutes CBS from May 11, 2014. go to http://www.cbsnews.com/news/saving-wild-salmon/ She follows with new determination. “While the people of British Columbia, Canada, have known for some years that allowing foreign companies to use the coast of BC to raise Atlantic salmon is a bad idea, 60 Minutes brought this issue into the homes of millions of Americans on May 11.
2014 HALIBUT LIMITS - Halibut fishing opened for most of the coast on February 1, 2014. Effective April 1, 2014 until further notice:
The maximum length is 133 cm; The daily limit is one; The possession limit is two, only one of which may be greater than 90 cm in length; Annual limit is six halibut per licence holder.
All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on licence.
Areas 121, 23 and 123 Closed: Effective until December 31, 2014, no person shall fish for or retain halibut, rock fish and ling cod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48°34.00’N and 125°17.386’W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116° True to a point at 48°28.327’N and 125°01.687’W.
ROCKFISH CONSERVATION AREAS are closed to all fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish
SHELLFISH SANITARY CLOSURES - Over the summer shellfish sanitary closures are common in Island waters due to warmer temperatures leading to blooms of dangerous micobal life. Detailed bivalve shellfish closure information and maps are available at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/psp
Contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans For fishing regulations, to report violations, or just give your opinion: Website: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Tidal/coastalmap_e.htm Phone: Port Hardy 250-949-6422, Campbell River 250-850-5701, Comox 250-339-2031, Port Alberni 250-720-4440, Tofino 250- 725-3500, Nanaimo 250-754-0230 , Duncan 250-746-6221, Victoria 250-363-3252. \
CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS
Find out river conditions, water levels, volume, temperatures, etc, before you leave home.
SOUTH ISLAND FISHING REPORT - Victoria, West Shore, Sidney, Saanich
Salt Water - We’ve had 20+ lb. hatchery chinooks and a mixture of small and large wild springs reaching into the mid 30s. Halibut fishing remains fair, but dogfish have moved into most areas.
BECHER BAY– The best salmon fishing was around Church Rock, the Bedfords and near Aldridge Point to the Trap Shack for 6 – 20+ lb. hatchery springs. The average size is improving. Anglers have been catching salmon in depths of 50 to 80 feet. Most anglers are having their best results fishing anchovies. The most productive anchovy teaser heads were blue/green/chrome and Bloody Nose. For flashers the Madi and the Purple Onion have been good. Hootchies have been in black/white, white, glow, and Purple Haze. Small Coho Killers and G-Force have been working as well.
PEDDER BAY – In Pedder Bay, and close to Church Rock and Whirl Bay springs were 6 to 15 lb., with a few in the high 20s. Many caught between 60-80 feet on the downrigger. Anchovies were productive with UV green teaser heads. Anglers are getting some fish while trolling 3.5" spoons.
Halibut – There were fish into the 40s, but not too many. Anglers were using extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work well. 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 – Constance Bank was productive when the wind wasn’t blowing. The springs were close to the bottom and were biting more frequently around slack tides. The fish are getting bigger. Closer in, salmon were showing from Brotchie Ledge to Clover Point. Most anglers fishing Constance are using artificial lures. Seals continue to be a problem.
OAK BAY – On the Flats and in the Gap there were a couple of good days. Seals have been a problem and it seems that every boat that gets a salmon also loses one to a seal. There were some hatchery springs up to 25 lb. The most popular method for catching springs here is trolling near the bottom in 65 to 130 feet of water with squirts, spoons, or tiny strip. That being said, anglers jigging Delta Jigs, Luhr-Jensen Stringers or Gibbs Floorwalker Jigs have been catching their fair share of springs. It’s hard to say which method is the better technique right now. The fish that were being caught trolling were caught on Coho Killer spoons, Tom Macks and 3" to 4" G-Force and Gypsy spoons. Good squirts were the Electric Chair, Pickle Green, J-79 and Jellyfish. Good flashers have been the Purple Onion, green/silver or Green Jellyfish. We now have Tiny Strip in stock for fishing Oak Bay!
SIDNEY - The bigger fish are near Hambley Point and Fairfax Point. The ones coming out of the channel were smaller. Squirts have been out producing hootchies recently and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, Glow Below and Electric Chair.
Fresh Water - Remember wild trout must be released in all streams in region 1.
Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing right on the bottom. Yellow and Bubblegum have been good colours recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with a variety of lures. The Rhys Davis Baitrix Trout lures and UV Mini Strip Teasers work well for larger fish too. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers with the Police Car 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, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. Smaller Rapalas in Rainbow Trout or Brown Trout patterns also work well; the jointed Rapalas have been great for larger fish. Larger Willow Leaf Lake trolls with a size 6 hook tipped with a small piece or two of worm always produce fish. The biggest trout usually come from Langford Lake and Elk Lake.
BASS have been staying shallow and close in to shore for spawning. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style and crank baits with a fast retrieve work well. Soft plastics rigged Carolina Style is good on drop-offs and docks, in 4" Yum Bait colours in Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Surface lures have been producing in the evenings and mornings. Try Langford, Shawnigan, Prospect and Elk and Beaver lakes and St. Mary Lake on Salt Spring Island.
CARP – Carp fishing is good at Elk Lake. Corn and carp boilies have been the best bait recently.
Island Outfitters, 3319 Douglas St., Victoria, ph: 475-4969
SOOKE FISHING REPORT
Spring salmon fishing has been excellent at many of the local hot spots like Otter Point, the Trap, and Possession Point. Anchovies trolled in various chrome teaser heads have been effective. For flashers the super chrome Betsy seem to be a very good combination. Fishing depths have been good from 50 feet to 90 feet. For artificials the Coho Killers have been working. Try about a 44 inch leader with these guys.
On the halibut side Jordan River has still been good, but take a lot of bait because there’s lots of dogfish.
It looks like the fisheries forecasts are right and it is going to be exceptional year for salmon. So don't miss out on the action
Until next time happy faces and tight lines.
Al Kennedy, Reel Excitement Salmon Charters www.salmonexcitement.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org 250-642-3410
LAKE COWICHAN AREA FISHING REPORT
Salt Water - Halibut fishing is going strong for those venturing out to the banks. Try spreader bars with a 2 lb. weight bouncing the bottom to attract their attention. Top baits are octopus, XL herring. Best artificials are Berkley 8" Power Grubs. Fish showing at Port Renfrew, 8 to 30 lb. chinook. Best lures: Crushed Ice flasher with Jo-anne teaser heads and small anchovy.
Cowichan Bay: Jerkers doing well in Sansum Narrows on holographic jigs by P-line, fish to 25 lb. Trollers doing excellent with small anchovy, fish to 30 lb.
Fresh Water - Cowichan Lake fishing is going strong. Troll 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 3" Tomics, best colours are 231, 800 and 801. Try the new iridescent colours. We have over 300 Tomic plugs in stock with over 75 different patterns. Also working is the ever popular Gang Troll in green rainbow finish with a Wedding Band tipped with worm.
Fly fishermen have been doing well with large minnow patterns, brown Wooley Buggers or Clouser Minnows trolled on a full sink fly line especially around creek mouths and rock shoals.
Cowichan River trout fishing: Fly fishing has been awesome! Work riffles with Bead Head Nymphs. Prince is the main stay; Rubber Leg Pheasant Tails when May flies are hatching; Hare’s Ear when Caddis hatching. Best dries – American March Brown, Adams or Caddis in sizes 10, 12 or 14. For larger browns try Bead Head Rubber Legged Golden Stone Fly Nymphs dead drifted over shoals, into drop offs, or stripping Rolled Mudlers or large Wooley Buggers.
Bass fishing is hot at Shawnigan, Fuller, St. Mary, Quennell, Elk and every other bass lake around Greater Victoria. Fish 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. Stop by the store for an up to date fishing report.
May your rod bend to the butt and your smile go from ear to ear.
Our store is closing on December 31, 2014. Serious clearance prices.
Reduced hours Friday & Saturday 8:00 to 4:00
Gord March, Cowichan Fly & Tackle, 98 South Shore Road, Lake Cowichan BC 250-749-4964 www.cowichanflyandtackle.ca
PORT RENFREW FISHING REPORT (FROM MACH 25, 2014)
Chinook salmon in good numbers arrived on Swiftsure Bank on June 11. Father’s day weekend is normally the kick-off for our off-shore salmon fishery.
Halibut has been excellent for over six weeks now. If you are interested in a fantastic fun fishery, get to Renfrew for halibut. It is the place to be
Tyee sized chinook have already been battled along the magic mile at Port Renfrew from Owen Point to Camper Creek. We’ve seen our regular early season feeder springs with a good mix of teens. Typical set up, using anchovy in teaser heads, needle fish hootchies, small 3" to 5" Coyote or Titan spoons. Coho Killers are also a good bet. Wait for feed, and then fish the productive tides.
Everyone is jacked about our forecast record sockeye fishery. With the mix of migratory and local fish this season, Port Renfrew will be the place to be for fishing fun!
If your heading off-shore be sure you respect the commercial freighter traffic; there’s a lot going on out there in the thick fog. Go prepared and be safe. Better yet, hire a professional guide so you can crank on fish and let us get you there and back safely!
If you want a guaranteed West Coast fishing adventure contact me at number below or please visit on line at: pacificsportfishing.ca
Dan Harvey, Pacific Sport Fishing Charters, Port Renfrew, 1-866-537-2838
NANAIMO FISHING REPORT
Salt Water - Spring salmon fishing is going good at the Fingers and beyond and out at Thrasher Rock. A chinook in the low 30s won the Silva Bay derby in June and there are a quite a few fish being caught in mid-20s and a couple of 30s.
Anchovies and small herring are working best. In spoons try Pink Sink, Irish Cream and Homeland Security (white, orange, green). White and green hootchies also catch them. Troll at 150 - 200 feet.
Chinook fishing should remain strong all summer with good returns forecast this year. The coho are starting to show up also. So far they’ve been on the small side but they’re feeding actively and grow up to 1 lb. a week. In July and August we hope for good pink salmon fishing off the beaches at Departure Bay and the Milestone estuary downtown.
Lingcod are always out there. Find a good rock pile and jig your favourite bottom presentation.
Fresh Water - Local lakes are going good for trout fishing. White Powerbait seems to be a winning bait this summer. Bass fishing is still going strong.
Gone Fishin’, 600-2980 North Island Hwy. ,Nanaimo, ph: 250-758-7726
FRENCH CREEK / PARKSVILLE / QUALICUM FISHING REPORT
.I remember that early June morning last year like it was yesterday. On a clear calm day, fishing Out Front, the surface of the ocean looked as if it was raining. As far as the eye could see droplets on the surface, but no clouds? The coho salmon were back in huge schools pushing the krill to the surface, causing it to bubble. Everywhere I looked the feeding frenzy was on. It stretched out for what seemed like miles. Welcome home old friend!
I brought one side up to 70' on the downrigger. Not even five minutes went by when Fish 0n! 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 do is bring the fish carefully alongside the boat for a closer look. If the tail is squared off, silver in colour with scattered spots it's a coho. If it has a missing adipose fin (hatchery coho), then grab the net! When releasing wild coho (adipose fin attached) 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's a wild coho. With a little practice you can release salmon with relatively little harm done to them.
There are ongoing talks between the Area 14 Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (SFAC) and Department of Fisheries and Oceans regarding Area 14 coho salmon. SFAC is proposing a new rule of retaining one wild coho and one hatchery coho. No decisions yet, but I will keep you posted.
From my experiences last year the ratio seemed to be about 75 per cent wild to 25 per cent hatchery. Targeting coho salmon is 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 in 120' range and shallower in our local 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 the French Creek Harbour, making it accessible, and small boat friendly.
Coho fishing can be great for young anglers and families. Lots of hook-ups and action will keep everyone's interest level high. It was nice to see our local coho salmon make such a remarkable comeback last year. I hope to see them back again this year.
Darrell Jobb, Western Star Charters, 250-951-5927, email@example.com
& French Creek Harbour Store, 5 - 1025 Lee Rd., Parksville, 250-248-8912, www.frenchcreekstore.ca
MID-ISLAND RIVERS & BEACH FISHING REPORT
Spring and early summer can be the best time for trout fishing and several customers have had good sport on local rivers and lakes. I fished an Island river recently and found it full of cutthroats and rainbows that were hitting a beadhead silver Rolled Muddler virtually every cast! I had fished for an hour or so without great success until exploring and trying to read the river I came across one spot that seemed to be stuffed with fish. I cannot explain why, but it illustrates the need to cover water methodically and search to find the fish.
Although many do not regard Vancouver Island as a trout paradise if you are serious about fly fishing there are quality streams where you will be rewarded with superb wild fish. My first love is always to fish in rivers and streams which explains my passion for moving water and the life therein. I always carry, at this time of year, nymphs, baitfish patterns, and a selection of dry flies. Equipped with my Orvis 9’ 5 wt. rod. floating line, spare leader and tippet and sinking polyleaders I can quickly adapt to any situation necessary and travel light.
As the season progresses recommended patterns will change and some rivers will shrink to bare bones. Better then to prepare for the arrival of the pink salmon which will hit our beaches mid – July. For those of you who have not fished from the beach for pinks, you just don’t know what you are missing. A 6 or 7 weight fly rod with a matched reel and line is just the ticket for these incredibly powerful small salmon. Alternatively throw small Crocodile spoons or Blue Fox lures for success. Contrary to some opinions pinks make excellent eating when taken fresh from the sea.
Many fly fishermen are using Switch Rods for their beach fishing. These shorter double-handed rods have many advantages over the single hander, notably the ability to make 25 yard casts with relative ease. The extra distance and power provided by these rods is a revelation to those who have not tried them before. Call into the store to check these out and ask for a demonstration !
Whether you fish gear or fly we have all the right equipment and advice to help you !
Keith Hyett, Coast Sportfish, 202 - 891 Island Hwy. West, Parksville, telephone 250-586-6622, www.coastsportfish.com
WEST COAST - PORT ALBERNI / BARKLEY SOUND FISHING REPORT
Salt Water - Sockeye salmon fishing should be in full swing as you read this. It was going great until the low pressure system came in combined with extreme tides in mid-June.
Catch them off China Creek in 30 - 60 feet on the downrigger. Use small 3.5 inch spoons, or MP-12, MP-or MP44 or other pink squirts. You can keep four sockeye per day. Good sockeye fishing will last through July into early August.
Chinook salmon in Barkley Sound has been good with fish into the mid to high 20s in June. There will continue to be lots of big spring salmon swimming past in the outside waters and many of those will venture into the Sound presenting a chance to get a really big fish.
Halibut fishing has been pretty good when the weather allows you to go outside to the banks.
Lingcod fishing in Barkley Sound has been good. Look for rock piles and jig your favourite bottom presentation.
Fresh Water - The big lakes, Sproat and Great Central have been providing good trout fishing for trollers, casters and fly fishers. The alpine lakes are coming alive now with insects and all kinds of feed for trout. Summer-run steelhead will start to show up in the Upper Stamp River. The Taylor River is a nice place to got trout fishing, but remember that it’s fly fishing only.
Gone Fishin’, 5069 Johnston, Port Alberni, ph: 250-723-1172
WEST COAST - BAMFIELD FISHING REPORT
Late in June there were a few spring salmon at Swale Rock and Meares and other hot spots, but soon there will be plenty, and they’ll be getting bigger every week. Those springs are now hitting on needlefish hootchies and small spoons down 69-110 feet. There’s also lots of chinooks off-shore. That huge run of sockeye is just starting to show up. Halibut fishing has been good inside Barkley Sound. Lots of eating size halibut.
Dan Bishop, Bish’N’Son Fishing Adventures, Bamfield
250-722-2256, cell (250) 714-5989 www.bishnson.com
WEST COAST - UCLUELET
The June fishery here in Ucluelet was, to say the least, awesome! We caught solid numbers of chinook in the 15-30 lb. class and halibut galore.
Now that July has arrived, we are anticipating the return of our Tyee class chinook with every tide. Reports remain very solid up north of us with strong ocean bright Tyee being caught daily. Look for all of the favourite haunts to fish well throughout the month.
Off-shore: Lighthouse Bank, South Bank and of course Big Bank will all be fishing well. As the bait continues to grow larger look to polish up those 6-7" spoons in your favourite patterns. As well, it is the time to pull out your favourite plugs. The 602, 500, 727 and the 138c are all great choices when looking to hook larger fish. Set your plug back behind the clip about 40 feet. This allows the plug to cover more water as you increase speed. Ideal speeds are 2.8 to 3.5 mph to increase the action needed to entice these fish.
In-shore: July is our last month to fish in-shore in front of Ucluelet as the August 1 closure is put in place to protect larger Robertson Creek. chinook. Wya Point, Florencia Island, and Little Beach are excellent choices to fish if you are fond of the in-shore style. Anchovy in the UV, chartreuse, and glow teasers are your best choices. As well, flasher and hootchy will work to tease these fish into biting.
We still have a number of limited dates available for July and August so give our office a call to book a trip of a lifetime with Big Bear Salmon Charters. Tight Lines, The Crew @ Big Bear
www.bigbearsalmoncharters.com 1-855-9- Salmon
WEST COAST - TOFINO
Fishing has been off to a good start in Tofino with an abundance of feeder and migratory chinook salmon and excellent halibut fishing. Coho salmon are being caught on angler’s rods just off Tonquin Beach on BuzzBombs.
Chinook up to 27 lb. have been caught with most between 15 and 20 lb. Halibut up to 65 lb. have been seen at the dock although the average has been 16 to 22 lb. (mainly due to the size limit). The best fishing has been offshore trolling in 140 feet of water with needle fish and squid hootchies. Some days bait has been working better than artificial lures. Anchovies trolled in Purple Haze teaser heads paired with red chrome flashers has been a good combo. Most fish have been caught in 80-130 ft. on the downrigger.
Targeting halibut, jigging with 6’’ white grubs on a spreader bar and a herring has been effective.
With an abundance of bait, whales, sea otters, and salmon already in the Tofino area we look forward to another great fishing season.
For all your tackle, bait, fuel and boating needs, check out Method Marine Supply Ltd. Located right on the water it’s your one stop shop for all your angling needs.
Shawn Counts, General Manager - Method Marine Supply Ltd., 219, 380 Main St., Tofino 250-725-3251, 250-266-2384
WEST COAST - NOOTKA SOUND / MOUTCHA BAY
Salt Water - Fishing remains outstanding with limits of chinook 22 to 30 lb., and coho 8 to 12 lb., hitting our docks every day. If the forecasters are correct fishing should remain excellent throughout the rest of our season both on the inside and outside waters.
Bottom fishing has also been on fire, with chicken halibut in the 25 to 45 lb. range seemingly everywhere outside of Maquinna Point and out on the Reef. Popular areas continue to produce, with Wash Rock, Maquinna Point, Beno Creek, and Bajo Reef are still hot spots. There is bait everywhere including in-shore where it is legal this season to retain four wild or hatchery clipped coho per day.
Springs on the outside remain deeper in the 55 to 85 foot range. Fish on the inside (which is picking up every day now) are shallower in the 35 to 55 foot range. Coho are anywhere from 25 to 85 feet on random feeding programs. We are encountering bellies full of squid and needle fish in both species of salmon, so we have been sticking to small baits and glow hootchies. Lots of adipose clipped chinook are showing up on the dock thanks to the great hatchery programs south of us in the US.
A combination of flasher and straight white or glow white needlefish hootchies, and/or anchovie and flasher are still producing the best for salmon, however some spoons and plugs are starting to work as well. Try the Tomic 5" inch 602, or the new CRVP # 294 For spoons, go with the 4" inch Coyote Watermelon, or the Live Image.
Halibut, lingcod, and yelloweye fishing has been very good three to four miles off of Burdwood to Escalante. Jigging, drifting, or trolling just off the bottom with cut plug herring has been producing steady numbers and varieties of bottom fish. Just this past week our fish processing facility cut and vacuum packed a 130 lb. halibut harvested on sport caught quota, along with three other fish over 50 lb.
Fresh Water - Local lakes, rivers, and streams remain strong for cutthroat and rainbow. Both conventional gear and fly fisherman have been doing very well. We have now had a few different hatches throughout the spring, and feeding fish have diets that have changed from chasing salmon fry to multiple bug hatches, requiring a change in gear, from hardware to flies.
Tight Lines, Good Luck, and Safe Fishing
Gibran White, Marine Operations
Manager, Nootka Marine Adventures
COURTENAY / COMOX VALLEY
Salt Water - The Green Can has been the hot spot so far this year with an amazing show of springs ranging from the teens into the 30 lb. zone. Coho are starting to show at the Green Can as well.
The Campbell River Hump, at the south end, is also a target spot at 200 feet using Blue Meany, Michael Jackson or Jack Smith hootchies with a green or UV flasher. Tomic plugs are also hot this year.
As July approaches, the pink salmon will start to show up in the Brown’s Bay area and will be mixed in with springs and coho. Rumour has it that we’ll have a good run of sockeye this year.
We’ll keep you up-dated on facebook with current reports and openings on all species and hot spots. You can find us on facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org
Halibut is open however, the regulations have changed in order to avoid hooking the larger females. Please make sure to check out the new regs at:
Fresh Water - 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.
Many of the local lake have been stocked with cutthroat which can make a great day at the lake with the family. You can target the larger trout by trolling deep with Leo’s Wedding Bands, Wiggle Wood Lures or Flat Fish and a bit of weight. Muddler, ant and leach patterns work great in all of our local lakes. Thanks, Kerry
Kerry Amos, Tyee Marine (Peter’s Sport Shop), 870 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, 334-2942
CAMPBELL RIVER AREA
The south end of Hornby and Denman islands and Kitty Coleman are fantastic now for coho and springs and will be all summer. Troll at 180 feet using Cop Car, Nasty Boy or silver spoons or Purple Haze hootchies or green glow with a UV flasher. Jig with Point Wilson Darts for all species.
The Kitty Coleman Hump can also be good for halibut. Spreader bars with bait, Powerbait and Mudrakers all work well. Please read the halibut regs, changes have been made. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/species-especes/halibut-fletan-eng.html
In July we will start to see pink salmon. Shorelines and river mouths are hot spots for pinks. Use pink Buzz Bombs, Zzingers, or pink fly patterns.
The outside of Denman and Hornby have hidden prawning holes. You might need to snoop around to find a deep hole, about 300" and give it a try. Use lots of pellets with fish oil or Carlyle Cat Food.
Lorne, Wolf, Maple, Spider 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 Crocs, Panther Martins, or Blue Fox in the early morning or evenings. Muddler Minnows, Doc Spratley, Carry Specials and leach patterns can be trolled or fly cast. Tsable, Puntledge and Trent rivers all have resident trout. Use dry flies like Stimulators, Tom Thumbs, gnats, and ants.
The beaches and estuaries can be productive spots for sea-run cutties. Ues minnow patterns such as Mickey Fins or cast Koho or Kitimat Spoons.
Don’t forget Tyee Marine’s 6th annual FREE Customer Appreciation Salmon Derby from May 15 to Sept. 15
Tyee Marine, 880 Island Hwy.,
Campbell River, 250-287-2641
Lots of fish; it’s crazy how many spring salmon are out here. Guys are catching (and releasing) 15 - 20 fish a day. They have averaged 15 - 25 lb. The biggest fish I’ve seen so far was 33. lb.
Catch those salmon with anchovy or whole herring, Coho Killer spoons, and the new Durabait Needlefish style. The coming months are when we’ll see the really big chinook salmon. If the numbers we have right now continue through July and August it will be a phenomenal season.
The first coho showed up. They’re running 7 - 8 lb. - big for early June. They’re down at 60 ft. around Duvall, and they’re hitting on herring.
Halibut fishing is okay. Guys spending the time are getting their limits. They’re at 300 - 325 ft. Catch them on spreader bar and herring, or purple and black jigs with octopus.
Trout fishing is still going good though most people are now salmon fishing. Trolling black Flatfish or a Wedding Band and a worm works great.
Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982
CHECK CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS
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2014 TIDAL WATERS FISHING LICENSES ONLY ON-LINE
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.
BITUMAN CRUDE OIL PIPELINE THROUGH B.C. BY 2018?
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 (leadnow.ca) 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 http://www.leadnow.ca/canadas-interests
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 www.rapp.bc.ca.
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