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Fishing & Derby Information

The Club conducts four annual seasonal fishing derbies that are open to all members of the Club. The derbies will be held during the months of January (winter derby), March (spring derby), July (summer derby), and September (fall derby). The fall derby is a Memorial Derby, named in memory of distinguished club members. All derbies span 2 consecutive weekends to allow for maximum participation.

In addition, since 2008 the Club has hosted (and continues to host) a very successful Father’s Day fishing derby, which was opened up to allow members to bring children and family members out fishing to give them the opportunity to catch the fishing bug.

In addition to the regularly scheduled derbies, an annual Ladder Derby (Jan – Dec) will be conducted. Members may enter into the Derby, entering the witnessed weight of all salmon caught during the year weighing more than four (4) pounds. On the Derby closing date, the Derby Coordinator will draw the winning weight to determine the Ladder Derby Hidden Weight winner. There will also be prizes awarded for the largest salmon caught by male/female, largest halibut and largest coho. A cash equivalent prize will be awarded to the winners at the next Annual General Meeting.

On the second Sunday of each derby, at 1230, participants are highly encouraged to attend an awards presentation for the derby and the included luncheon and social gathering in the Clubhouse (WP1031). In addition to the prizes for fish that have been caught, all participants in the derby will normally receive a small prize just for participating in the derby and an entry into a draw for a nice door prize. In order to receive any of the prizes, members must be present at the awards ceremony.

  • Winter Derby: January 19-20 and 26-27, 2019
  • Spring Derby: March 23-24 and 30-31, 2019
  • Father’s Day / Kids Derby: June 16, 2019
  • Summer Derby: August 3-4 and 10-11, 2019
  • Fall (Memorial) Derby: September 28-29 and October 5-6, 2019
  • Winter Derby: changed to January 25-26 and February 1-2, 2020 from January 18-19 and 25-26. 2020
  • Spring Derby: March 21-22 and 28-29, 2020

Below are links to several sites which can provide you with up-to-the-minute information on Victoria & Area Weather & Tides (all links open in new window):

Below are links to local fishing reports, updated regularly to keep you in the know! (links open in new window):

(from www.toomanyquotes.com)

Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.

 Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.

There will be days when the fishing is better than one’s most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home.

All the romance of fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

All fishermen are liars; it’s an occupational disease with them like housemaid’s knee or editor’s ulcers.

Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting.

My biggest worry is that my wife (when I’m dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it.

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.

Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary.

Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.

There’s a fine line between fishing and just sitting in a boat like an idiot.

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

Fishing is a… discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish.

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Marine Forecasts - Juan de Fuca Strait:

Juan de Fuca Strait - Marine Weather - Environment Canada

Forecast for Tonight and Saturday. - Juan de Fuca Strait - central strait

Wind easterly 10 to 20 knots increasing to northeast 20 to 30 late overnight. Wind northeast 20 to 30 Saturday. Rain this evening.
Issued 09:30 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Forecast for Tonight and Saturday. - Juan de Fuca Strait - west entrance

Wind northeast 10 to 20 knots tonight and Saturday.
Issued 09:30 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Forecast for Tonight and Saturday. - Juan de Fuca Strait - east entrance

Wind easterly 10 to 20 knots increasing to northeast 20 to 30 late overnight. Wind northeast 20 to 30 Saturday. Rain this evening.
Issued 09:30 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Extended Forecast - Juan de Fuca Strait - central strait

Sunday: Wind easterly 20 to 30 knots diminishing to easterly 10 to 20 in the morning and to light in the afternoon.
Monday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Tuesday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Issued 04:00 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Extended Forecast - Juan de Fuca Strait - west entrance

Sunday: Wind easterly 20 to 30 knots diminishing to easterly 10 to 20 in the morning and to light in the afternoon.
Monday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Tuesday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Issued 04:00 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Extended Forecast - Juan de Fuca Strait - east entrance

Sunday: Wind easterly 20 to 30 knots diminishing to easterly 10 to 20 in the morning and to light in the afternoon.
Monday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Tuesday: Wind light becoming west 5 to 15 knots late in the day.
Issued 04:00 PM PDT 23 October 2020

Whale Watching Guidelines
(Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers and Viewers) (Revised 2011) (See link below)

Seeing killer whales and other marine wildlife in their natural environment can be a thrilling experience. In our excitement, we sometimes forget that our presence has an effect on wildlife and their habitat. Just like us, marine animals need space to find food, choose mates, raise young, socialize and rest. When we get too close, approach too fast, or make too much noise, we may be disrupting these activities and causing the animals unnecessary stress. In some cases, we may be threatening their lives. Set an example for others, and help protect our spectacular marine resources.

Be Whale Wise – Follow these guidelines and local laws in the presence of marine wildlife.