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|Vancouver Island Fishing Reports: For August 2019 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.|
REPORT POACHERS AND POLLUTERS
John Falavolito, Owner/Operator Westview Marina & Lodge, Tahsis
N49* 55’ 13 W126* 39’ 78.5
PORT HARDY FISHING REPORT
Saltwater - There’s lots of salmon in the Port Hardy area now: lots of chinook (springs) and coho salmon.
The springs are now open to retention of one fish per day. Unfortunately DFO (federal fisheries) imposed slot size limits; fish between 62-80 cm are the only ones we can keep. That’s a very narrow range, fish between about 16 and 18 lb. There are plenty of chinook salmon in our waters, and we’re forced to release a lot of big fish. That restriction was announced just one hour before the chinook opening July 15. It’s another DFO blunder that we will not forget on election day.
Those springs are found between 40 and 60 ft. and are being hooked on anchovies. They are everywhere at every local spot that people fish.
The coho are up to 10 lb. so far, and getting bigger every week. They are also all over the place, right inside Hardy Bay, so it’s easy fishing for anglers in little boats. They’re biting on Skinny Gs and Coho Killers.
Lingcod fishing has been good. Halibut fishing is okay. They’re down at 240-260 ft, and biting on jigs and spreader bars. The halibut are much closer to Port Hardy this time of year.
Freshwater - Trout fishing remains good in the bigger lakes, Victoria and Alice. With the warmer water trout will spend time in deeper water. Trolling black and silver Flatfish will be effective. Fly fish with Wooly Buggers, Doc Spraleys, streamers and bucktails, and other wet flies deep on sinking line.
Jim’s Castle Point Charters & The Bait Shack, 250-949-9294, cell 250-949-1982
Jessica Rodgers with a November Vancouver Island steelhead. Photo courtesy Tyee Marine
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.
This Atlantic salmon was caught in the Salmon River on Vancouver Island. The faceless angler is a federal fisheries employee who fears for his job security if he is perceived to be making an anti-aquaculture statement in his off duty fishing.
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.
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.
For more information about bears and bear-human conflicts, visit:
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