Esquimalt Anglers Association
The Esquimalt Anglers’ Association was formed in July 1952 and currently operates their clubhouse, concrete boat launch ramp and 300 feet of floats serving local anglers and boaters.
The ‘shack’ (clubhouse) is manned daily with day launches, memberships and bait for sale. Lots of good advice is available on what’s catching Salmon and Halibut and how and where to catch the big ones.
The Esquimalt Anglers participate each year in Esquimalt’s Buccaneer Days. This is a community fair held in June with a parade and midway. Esquimalt Anglers puts on outdoor races and activities for children.
The Club’s Annual One Day Fishing Derby is held on the last Sunday of August each year and is open to all members. Thanks to our supporters there are lots of prizes for adults and youth.
The club holds its Annual General Meeting on the first Thursday of December at 7:00 PM in the upstairs lounge. Every member is invited to attend and eligible to vote for next year’s executive.
The club’s facilities are within Macaulay Point Park operated by the Municipality of Esquimalt close to the mouth of Victoria Harbour. The estuaries of both Colquitz River and Craigflower Creek are within Portage Inlet – accessed through these waters.
The EAA has operated a fish counting fence on Craigflower Creek for many years. For several years they monitored the original fence constructed in 1975 prior to building a new structure further upstream in 1991. That fence was re-built in 2011 by the club.
Coho salmon numbers in Craigflower Creek were low and fluctuated considerably (50-500) due to the lack of summer and early fall water in the creek. A guaranteed water flow was secured in 2013 from Thetis Lake and additional water from Pike Lake has augmented the low summer flows. This has greatly expanded salmonid (coho salmon and cutthroat trout) rearing habitat and coho numbers are responding with over 1800 returning fish in 2014.
Others are welcome to participate in any of the EAA projects. They need only purchase an Associate membership to be covered by the club’s insurance.
Funding is provided by the sale of annual memberships (commercial, boat owner, associate), daily launch fees, donations and grants.
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Weekdays and Weekends