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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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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.




Sunday, June 28, 2015

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.



Monday, May 25, 2015

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).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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.




Saturday, January 3, 2015

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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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.

Tight lines!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Q: How's the fishing in Sooke? 
A: I dunno, ask me in 5 minutes.

The fishing has been hot and cold, hit and miss. Seems like every day is different lately, or even down to every hour in every spot.  If you know where to be and when, or you are lucky, then here's certainly salmon to be caught.

The reports from the morning...great evening bite last night...both chinook (springs) and sockeye.  Maybe they have arrived and it will be gangbusters fishing for the of August!   Talk to me in 5 minutes ... ;-)

Here's a report from a few days ago from Curtis, www.fishwestcoastsportfishing.com
A little slow the past few days but there are still some nice ones to be had. Managed a couple locomotives on Friday morning at first light west of the Harbour mouth on anchovies. Also had a few hookups on Sockeye in 280' water just to the southwest of Sherringham Point, usual set up, pink hootchies (18" leaders), red hooks and a couple dummy flashers on the third rigger in and around 60 - 90 ft.


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