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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.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Orcas!

Here's a great video from Paul Keene. Fishing off Race Rocks, between Victoria and Sooke, they got a great show from an orca / killer whale.  That pays for a day out on the water, any fish caught are a bonus!

https://www.facebook.com/pjlkeene1/posts/10155826910960993   

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winter chinook

There have been some positive reports lately of people catching "winter springs", or resident chinook salmon.  These fish are smaller than the summer mature chinook, the biggest are up to 10 lbs or so. But many consider them to be the best tasting salmon, very rich in omega fats, they bbq up fantastic.  These salmon are normally caught near the bottom in 130-150' of water, most commonly from the harbour mouth towards Otter Point (in front of the trailer park).  Sunny weather is the call in the days leading up to Christmas, so get out there and catch a fish ... the stores are open late Christmas eve, you can leave that shopping til later. ;-)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Coho Salmon are here!

Photo from Silver Streak Boats
Halibut has closed for the season, the chinook salmon have mostly headed up to the rivers to spawn, but the good news is the coho are here!  The reports vary daily, but most anglers are coming home with a few. Last weekend the reports said the fish were found in tight pockets, so as long as you stay with the school, there was plenty of action. One angler reported catching a 15lb hatchery coho!

A problem has been finding the hatchery marked fish, catching a lot of salmon that have to be thrown back. Starting Sunday Oct 1st, DFO has announced anglers in Sooke waters can keep 1 wild (unmarked) coho too. That's great news for fishers and also for the fish, as it means less wild fish damaged trying to get a keeper. [CORRECTION: the DFO website has contradictory info on daily limits -- a local angler has confirmed that in Sooke waters you can keep 4 coho total, of which 1 can be wild]

Sooke Saltwater Series continues on October 7th with the coho derby. $50 per rod, $3000 first prize. This is a fun event that benefits local Sooke recipients, the Food Bank and Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society. Tickets and more info here.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Sooke Salmon Fishing, late August

Summer is soon fading into fall, but no one told the weather man.   Hot weather in Sooke this week and no wind for a few days too. 

It's a mixed bag report, with some days seeing lots of action and some days slower. There's been days where the pink salmon are so thick that you can't chase the mighty chinook, use up all your bait. And then others where they are spotty, hard to find the schools.   There's also some nice early coho, including hatchery keepers.

Definitely worth getting out on the water!


Friday, August 18, 2017

August fishing heating up

Sooke's summer fishing season has had its ups and downs.  Hot streaks and days where they are few and far between, super windy stretches that seem like they will never die down, smokey dead calm humid days, plus the usual August fog. 

In mid-August the reports have been consistently good.  Below is a photo from Roy of Blue Wolf Charters, with a 3-boat trip that caught a whole bunch of nice fish!  Good size chinook/spring salmon, lots of pink salmon, and a few early coho thrown into the mix.  That's a fun day on the south west coast of Vancouver Island. Bright sunshine, big smiles.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Halibut and some salmon too

Most of the fishing effort around Sooke these days is focused on halibut.  And there's lots of nice fish coming back to the dock.

Here's Roy from Blue Wolf Charters with a boatload.  His photos page says: "50, 48, 39, 35, 29 lbs. Halibut - Albert Head -  DFennis, Ron, Neil, & Keely from Victoria BC, from Beacon Hill Petting Zoo 23rd year with Blue Wolf".  Nice!

Similarly, No Bananas Trevor braved some rough seas today to get this angler into a 40 lb halibut plus some spring salmon too. Trevor says "The new Gibbs Blue/Chrome Skinny g caught the salmon and a cut plug mackerel behind a small gibbs dodger for the halibut."


So -- the fish are out there, just have to get on the water and chase them!  

Wishing you calm seas and tight lines.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Halibut Fishing in Victoria and Sooke

The halibut fishing has been quite good lately, as shown by lots of great fishing reports, bragging posts, photos, and videos on Facebook. Some really snotty weather with rain and high winds hasn't slowed down the fishing action. 

Here's a couple of photos from No Bananas Fishing Charters, with halibut caught up to 50 pounds and also some nice winter chinook salmon.

Below is a two videos from Foghorn Fishing Charters, showing halibut some fun fishing -- including one filmed with a drone, pretty cool to see the eagle eye view of halibut coming aboard.

Early spring is a very under-rated time of year to get on the water! For a fun, safe, comfortable day, try chartering one of the Victoria or Sooke fishing guides.



 

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