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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.

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,
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.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sooke Fishing Update July 2014

Plenty of nice salmon being caught in Sooke's waters lately.  The slot limit has now been removed, so anglers can now keep two Chinook salmon larger than 45cm.  There are coho salmon out in the deeper water (can keep 2 hatchery clipped) and there's some pinks around too (unusual in an even numbered year on west coast of Vancouver Island).   Everyone is keenly awaiting the upcoming Fraser River sockeye run. If even half of what's projected, it could be amazing. Everyone loves sockeye.

Russ Beaton with a nice salmon

Foghorn Fishing:

Finally, here's a video from some visitors to Sooke.  No salmon caught on the fishing trip, but some nice big red rock crabs from Sooke Harbour made for a nice dinner feast.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Sooke Fishing Report

The salmon fishing in Sooke has really heated up lately.

Luke from VIP Fishing reported a fun day this week: " Fishing with Catherina and her 4 kids we caught 4 big chinook in just 2 hours. Fishing was on fire! The kids were so happy and exited.  We caught a 28,25,22,15 lbs. ... wow what a day!"

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April Sooke Halibut and Crab Fishing

Lots of tales of nice halibut being caught in Sooke waters. Luke from VIP Fishing Charters reports: "Darryl and Johanne from Edmonton Alberta, caught a 20lb and 27lb halibut yesterday.  It was their first time fishing on the ocean and not the last time, they will be back for more action in August. We also had 7 crabs in the cage on our way back. The action was non-stop, we had about 10 big hits but hard to hook them on, as they stole our baits so fast. Also some ratfish were around. That is what you want, if the ratfish are there the Halibut are not too far!"

Sounds like there's some fun salmon fishing too ... most boats seem to report a keeper or two in the 6-8 pound range.

Just have to dodge those April showers, otherwise some nice fishing days out there lately.

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