Highlights from Pacific Outfitters' weekly overview of Island fishing, posted at www.fishingvictoria.com:
Winter chinook fishing has been good and fish up to mid teens were caught this past week. Halibut fishing was good — there was a 45-pounder caught off Contance Bank.
Fishing for winter springs was good off Victoria. Anglers have been catching chinooks both close to shore and out at Constance Bank. During the week the bank produced lots of nice springs ranging from 10–20 lbs. Although there were nice fish caught, seals remained a big problem this week. Esquimalt, Brotchie and Clover Point also produced fish this week. Anchovies have been working well in glow colours outside the harbour. Good choices in plastic baits are the Cloverleaf, Purple Haze and the Glo Below. Gibbs Coho Killer, Kingfisher and Coyote spoons in green and glow colours have been very effective.
Fishing is fair on most lakes in the south Island area. The weather has gotten warmer so fishing is slowly improving. Although not many fish are being caught, some of those are big ones. Winter-run steelhead fishing has been picking up.
The Cowichan River is still dropping. The steelhead fishing has been good and some large fish were caught and released. The Riverbottom area has remained the best area to fish, but there are steelies in all parts of the river now. For steelhead, good lures to fish are Spin ‘n Glo’s, Corkies, Gooey Bobs, Jigs and the always reliable Pink Worm. Although many anglers are successful catching winter runs on flies, most anglers chose to use floats and gear. The trout fishing in the upper river is excellent. We’ve also heard of some large wild sea run brown trout being picked up as incidental catches. There are rainbows, cutthroats and resident brown trout that are actively feeding on salmon eggs. Salmon egg imitations are the go-to lures for trout.