Most lakes continue to improve as the weather has cooled down. The cooler weather makes for increased activity during all hours of the day. Try matching any hatch for a successful fly day. Using leeches and nymphs should produce results. Worms and wedding bands will also continue to produce. Lots of nice big trout starting to gather near any inflow and will take many different colours of Krocs or Deadly Dicks. Also a great time to drag a Cowichan lake troll with your favourite spoon or fly. Use a long leader and fish well back for best results.
A few Chinook will still be present but very dark in colour. Try a Vibrax Blue Fox spinner for good results. You may also use larger flies. The dirtier the water the brighter and larger the fly must be. Watch for bears as they are fattening up for the winter. It’s never a bad idea to pack some bear spray and use bear bells.
Chum have arrived in good quantities and just like Chinook are a real battle in river waters.
Fish Chum like you would other salmon just use heavier equipment and enjoy the battle!
Steelhead are here but few and far between. You patience may be rewarded.
Be prepared for an epic battle if you hook into one of these…
It’s the time of year the feeder Chinook will arrive. Tomic 4” Plugs should be the starting point. Some of the old faithful hoochies will also produce, the “Blue Meanie” and “Christmas Tree” are two Winter favourites. Also a great time for jigging with Point Wilson Dart Candlefish jigs. Helps keep you warm as well…
Halibut limits have been increased, check your on-line regulations for the latest updates.
Beach fishing is a fun winter activity with a few fish showing at creek and river mouths. Try using Rooster Tails, Krocs, Zingers and Buzz-Bombs.
Fly fishers will use a floating or hover line with an intermediate sink tip. A regular 9’ leader will suffice. Flies should not be weighted for beach fishing and many different flies will produce.
Colours of red, blue or chartreuse are a good choice. The chartreuse California Neil is one of the best in this area. Early morning or a rising tide are the best choices.
Prawning should be good over the winter months, look for depths over 300’ in most areas and keep an eye on the weather.
Use Carlyle Just Tuna and Tyee Marine Ultimate Prawn Pellets and Prawn Scent. They work best when combined in the same bait jar.
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