Sooke Fishing Report
Welcome to the Sooke Fishing Adventures website! On this page, we will post regular updates on what's happening with Sooke fishing, Vancouver Island fishing, and other news of interest to our fishing friends from around the world.
Lots of great reports from Sooke lately....nice sized chinook salmon and plenty of pink salmon action for the kids.
Here's a great fishing forum post from Terry B "Walleyes" about his upcoming annual trip to fish Sooke's waters:
There have been some pretty darn nice fish landed in Sooke this year
already it's a darn good sign. I expect with the next wave of Chinook
coming through (with the bigger floods I hope ) it will bring a few more
in with them. There is always the big one down there, it's what brings
me 1400km every summer in search of him. The hope and expectation and
the feeling that this is the year I break 40# I have broke 30 3 times in
Sooke over the last 10 years twice in one week with a 32 and a 33 just 5
I cant sleep when I am there, I am lucky if I get 4 hours sleep a night. I
fall a sleep about 10 pm and am awake by 2 or 3, I can see those big
beauties slipping past the light house, past Otter, slipping by in the
dark under cover. I can't sleep, I am up with coffee made and at my boat
by 430, spot light out the front as I make my way through the crab
floats in the harbour. As you make the turn around the spit and the cool
west wind hits you in the face and you point the bow west you can
feel, this is the day. As you drop your first bait in the water just
past the rocks up tight to the bank on Otter, so dark yet you fumble
with your tooth pick to see it come through the teaser head. Rods set,
coffee in the cup, down rigger cables have that nice hum to them ... yup
today is the day. Whump,, the right rod hammers free from the clip and
the Islander screams free, your heart jumps cause you know this could
be the one, this battle you are about to have, this is the one you
have tried for since you were a young boy..
Ahhh just a few more sleeps !!!!
That's awesome ... very well said Walleyes. Wishing you tight lines and calm seas.
Big Chinooks and lots of Pinks
The big chinook salmon continue to come into the docks with regular catches in the 20 to 40 lb range. The pinks are around in abundance now and while some may not like having to sift through pinks to find the big chinooks, this is a great time for new anglers to learn to catch some scrappy salmon. Fresh pinks on the BBQ or smoked is excellent.
While the pinks seem to be taking every lure right now, white/glow hootchies are a popular choice. For the big chinooks bait is still preferred with the right roll being the key to catching the big ones (and a closely guarded secret by the guides).
Here's a photo sent to us by Warren Olsen, after a fun day on the water with Vancouver Island Lodge
. A great introduction to salmon fishing here in Sooke's waters.
A boat full of fishers right now can mean a boat full of pinks in a few hours.
Sooke Summer Fishing
After an unusually dry and warm late spring, summer is here officially in Sooke. And the fishing is hot.
Here's a happy guest with Luke from VIP Fishing Charters
with a 40 pounder caught at Muir Creek. The biggies are here!
As well, as an odd-numbered year, it means the pink salmon will once again pass through the Juan de Fuca Strait on their way to the Fraser River. That means lots of action, great for fishing with kids. And also great for smoking. This fishery normally starts in July, but they have arrived earlier. Below's a photo of some salmon candy about to hit the smoker. YUM.
Looking forward to a great summer ahead.
Bounty of the sea
Great fishing from Sooke to Victoria for Halibut and Chinook Salmon. Slot limits are still in place check the regulations before you head out! (wild salmon between 25 and 67 cm, hatchery greater than 45 cm). After Jun 14, the slot limit is expected to open up to retention of 1 Chinook over 67 cm, wild or hatchery and 1 between 45 cm and 67 cm. Reports of some larger fish showing up with salmon in the low teens to low twenties and a couple close to 30 lbs have come in.
Lots of halibut in the 40-70 lb range brought in during the Sooke Halibut derby.
Coho killers and spoons are working well for salmon with reports of some larger fish showing up with chinook in the low twenties and a few close to 30 lbs already.
Foghorn Fishing Charters
and No Bananas Fishing Charters
has been keeping clients happy with some great fishing.
|Happy clients ! (Foghorn top and bottom left, No Bananas bottom right).|
Halibut and Hatchery Coho
Fishing in Sooke area has been picking up with regular reports of successful halibut fishing and chinook salmon in the mid teens. With the longer days there is once again the chance for some after work fishing.
King Coop's Fishing Charters
had some very happy 12 year old anglers last week who came back with a halibut each, 40 and 52 lbs from the "greater Sooke" area (spot unnamed, can say it is to the east of Sooke ;-).
This Saturday and Sunday (May 16/17) there is a work party to clip coho salmon at the Jack Brooks Hatchery, access is off Young Lake road in Sooke. The gates will be open at 8:30 am and clipping will take place from 9 am till 1 pm each day. This is your opportunity to help ensure there are hatchery coho to catch in a few years time ! Last year there were 48,000 coho clipped , this year there are approximately 33,000 to be clipped. No experience or supplies are needed, just dress for the weather.
Welcome to 2015
First fish photo of the year ... Gord from Foghorn Fishing Charters
had a family day on the water, here's his 8 year old daughter Jordan with a beauty winter spring (resident chinook salmon). Big salmon and a bigger smile!
Here's looking forward to a great year's fishing in 2015.
Sooke winter fishing
Fishing in December...brings to mind toques and gloves, rain jackets and heaters, cold hands and hypothermia? Not quite! Sooke has had some nasty storms lately and also a recent cold snap ("ooh, -2c! take that Canada"), but in between these you can get days like this....t-shirt weather, sunny and calm. This place is paradise.
The fishing has been pretty good too. Anglers are reporting nice catches of winter springs (resident chinoook salmon) up to 15 pounds.
And there are halibut too, with less fishing going on, they seem to be hungry ... those with the hot spots are making fast work of it. Get them before the Dec 31st seasonal closure.
The Christmas season is a great time to get on the water -- not to mention a day off from the hustle and bustle that this season brings. Also, keep the Sooke Boxing Day Derby
in mind ... always a fun event, proceeds to the Food Bank.
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