There has been a lot of discussion around Sooke for what the salmon fishing regulations are going to be this summer. The key question is what to do about the Fraser River salmon run, as these are the fish that pass through Juan de Fuca and Sooke in May and June. Today's announcement from DFO clarifies the rules for keeping Chinook Salmon from now until July 15th.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans:Management Measures: The daily limit is two (2) chinook which must be either wild or hatchery-marked if between 45 and 85 cm or hatchery marked if greater than 85 cm.The minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 45 cm.
In other words, if the Chinook salmon is wild (has its adipose fin, the one to top just before the tail), then you only keep it if it is 85cm or less (maybe 12 pounds or so). But if the fish is hatchery born and has its adipose fin clipped, then you can keep them any size above 45cm. That's good news -- and three cheers for all those hatchery workers and volunteers slogging away all winter to grow these big tyees for us to catch!
Halibut: has been quite steady, with plenty of nice ones into the 50s being caught in local waters.
Salmon: a little spotty, some reports of salmon into the 20s. Most reports from Muir Creek west, lots of people have been fishing Sheringham, as that's been the western edge of the slot limit. Today's announcement extends the restriction to Sombrio Point, so unless Sheringham is super hot, you may as well save the gas and fish closer!