Chinook salmon fishing picked up considerably in late August and so far in September. Fishing has been good in the usual hot spots between Pedder Bay and Sooke Harbour. Anchovie on a chartreuse teaser head behind a Gibbs Delta tackle Rasberry flasher has been deadly. The best depth’s have been between 45 and 65 feet.
Coho fishing was awesome this past weekend. Large Coho are now been caught and in good numbers. Although wild Coho cannot be retained, there are plenty of Hatchery Coho to be caught, the limit on Coho retention at this time in “Area 20″, is two Hatchery Coho per day per person. So far the Coho run is far stronger than what we experienced last season.
Salmon fishing has been exceptional of late, with good catches of both marked Chinook Salmon and Chinook under 67 cm. The fishing depth’s have been all over the map, but staying with the usual pattern of being shallow in the early morning and getting deeper as the morning wears on. My best combination’s have been the red blade Gibbs Delta Moon Glow / Glow flasher with the Anchovy Special Gibbs Delta Bloody nose and the Gibbs Delta No Bananas flasher on the Anchovy Special Lemon/ Lime/ Glow. I have been using a 6.5′ leader and fishing Anchovy. Fishing the wall, the kelp bed and around the Can in Pedder Bay has been very productive at times when it has been to windy go elsewhere. Church Rock, the trap, Beechy Head, Possession Point and Secretary Island have also been producing well.
Halibut fishing continues to be strong, with nice size fish. I am attaching my list of good halibut tides that are still available this season.
2016 HALIBUT FISHING TIDES
Oct – 26, 27, 28,29.
Nov – 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13.
Early Halibut fishing has been very good. Wind has been a factor, leading to a number of trip cancellations. I fished East Race yesterday, hit four halibut, releasing one that was over 150 cm (100 plus lbs). Most of the hits came on a large Gibbs Delta Peanut Butter Hoochie, with an Oil Slick curly tail attached to the leader below it. I was using a size 14 Circle hook and fishing in 280 feet of water. We hit one fish on the flood tide an the other three on the ebb as it picked up.
Here are the 2016 / 2017 Halibut Regulations:
2016 HALIBUT LIMITS
Notice – Halibut Limits, Packaging and Closed Areas (PDF)
Halibut measures in effect April 1, 2016 until further notice.
- The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
- The daily limit for halibut is one (1).
- The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length. Note: This is a change from last year.
- The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 2016-2017 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
- All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2016-2017 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length (cm) shall immediately be recorded on licence.