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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, February 27, 2019

Halibut Fishing March 1

Lots of excited Sooke and Victoria anglers are sharpening their hooks ... the opening of the halibut fishing season has been announce.  Halibut fishing opens again on March 1st.   There are many fantastic halibut fishing spots in central-eastern Juan de Fuca Strait.  Watch for a calm sunny early Spring day and get out there!

If you are not an experienced halibut fisher, then consider getting a local fishing guide to take you out. This is a fishery where knowing the hot spots makes a huge difference, as well as the correct tides/currents when the halibut will bite.  Optimal halibut fishing requires anchoring up, to focus on a spot and allow a scent trail to bring them in.  Anchoring is currents is one of the most dangerous aspects of recreational boating ... so if you aren't experienced, better to go with someone who is and learn the ropes!

Have fun and good luck out there.

Limits and sizes:
Effective March 1, 2019 until further notice:
-The maximum length for halibut is 115 cm.
-The daily limit for halibut is one (1). 
-The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which may be over 
83 cm in length.
-The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 
2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
-All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on 
the 2018/2019 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each 
halibut is caught and its length (head-on) shall immediately be recorded on the 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Winter Fishing in Victoria and Sooke

Too many people think the fishing season ends September 1st.  The salmon fishing in winter can be really good in the waters between Sooke and Victoria.  There are resident "feeder" chinook salmon  that are here year-round.  They hunt for their needlefish and other bait right off the bottom, so a troll 10' above the bottom with a hootchie or spoon can yield great results. 120-150' is most common.  Though the schools move around, sometimes hanging around Sooke's bluffs or the trailer park, other times down toward Oak Bay, so you have to look for them.  It's fishing, not all catching!  The other surprising thing about winter fishing is that a sunny but low temp winter day with no wind can actually be warmer than those bone chilling damp foggy August days - seriously!  Here's a fine winter spring for a grateful guest of No Bananas Fishing Charters.   Check out the other Sooke and Victoria fishing guides for your winter fishing adventure.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sooke River fishing

With the rains starting, the fish are migrating to the mouth of the Sooke River.  Today saw a bunch of coho salmon jumping, with a dozen or so anglers on the beach, plus a kayak and stand up paddle board.

A refresher on the rules:
  • Above the bridge requires a fresh water license, is fly only, and zero retention allowed.
  • Below the bridge requires a salt water license.  
  • You can keep up to 4 salmon, of which one can be a hatchery marked coho (adipose fin removed). No retention of chinook, to give them a chance to breed.
  • It is barbless single hook only, no trebles allowed -- and snagging is illegal, let's keep it sporting out there!
Have fun and good fishing.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Halibut Fishing Season Opener

Sooke and Victoria anglers are excited to once again be able to fish for some "white gold". Halibut fishing season opened today for the 2018 year. The rules are copied below ... with some changes to regs due later in March. 

Unfortunately no photos or reports to pass on from today though -- bit of a windy, chilly day kept some anglers off the water.

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0144-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut: 2018 Fishery Opening March 1 2018 and Management Measures in Effect Until March 31, 2018

For 2018, the recreational fishery allocation of Halibut is 927,990 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect as noted below.

Further updates on the fishing regulations for April 1, 2018 will be provided
later in March 2018.


Open time:
Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2018 fishing for Halibut will be opened coast-
wide until further notice.

Limits and sizes:
[Effective March 1, 2018 until further notice]
-The maximum length for Halibut is 133cm.
-The daily limit for Halibut is one (1).
-The possession limit for Halibut is two (2), only one (1) of which may be over
83cm in length.
-The annual limit is six (6) Halibut per licence holder, as set out on the
2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
-All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on
the 2017/2018 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each
Halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


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!   

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.

Sooke Fishing Adventures
Phone: 1-250-642-2587