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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.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nov 24 Sooke Fishing Report

The winter spring fishing continues to be steady in Sooke. Mark from Footloose Charters sent in this report "we were out today and got our limits of chinook ...the 2 largest around 12 lbs, and one chum. They were right out front of the Harbour mouth, caught on bait, 20 feet off the bottom".

The go to area continues to be from the Sooke Harbour Mouth west to the Trailer Park, fishing the bottom at 120-150 feet. Hootchies remain the lure of choice for most, with purple haze and glow colours reporting to be working -- but anchovies are always a good bet too.

The weather's been day blowing pretty good, others clear and cold, so you have to pick your spots, but all in all, there's fish to be caught and fun to be had. So get out there if you can!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sooke Fishing Report, Nov 17

Sooke's salmon fishing continues to be steady, with small-medium chinook being caught from the harbour mouth to Otter Point. Depths are 120-160, with some anglers choosing anchovies and other hootchies.

For those willing to make the run, the fishing is reported to be hot towards Pedder Bay and out to Constance Bank.

Sooke's weather remains mild, fairly dry, cool, not much wind, and unseasonably foggy.

Get out there and catch a winter spring for the bbq!

Monday, November 10, 2008

November 10 Sooke Fishing Report

Sooke continues to offer fun winter spring fishing. The salmon are being caught deep, 120-160 feet. Anchovies in green glow teaser heads has been a popular lure this week, behind purple haze or glow flashers. Glow and purple haze hootchies are working too.

The Sooke Harbour Derby wrapped up on Sunday. 41 fish in caught, with mostly winter springs, but the one and only chum caught Sunday -- after a 9 day chum fishing derby, weighed in 5 minutes to closing! A fun excuse to get out there, so hopefully it will become an annual tradition.

On a different note: here's a Youtube video of divers along Sooke's wastewater pipe (just off the Bluffs, in front of the tin shack). "The Sooke, B.C. wastewater treatment plant operated by EPCOR Utilities Inc. is helping in the restoration of the areas marine habitat. On a routine inspection last April of the outfall that dips into the Juan de Fuca Strait, divers observed rockfish, greenling and lingcod using the structures crevices for habitat and breeding. This video contains footage from that diving expedition, showing the marine life along the 1.7-km-long, 30-metre-deep fused plastic outfall pipe, concrete weights and ballast mats. " That's pretty cool, good to see more sealife down there.

Good luck fishing, if you can get out there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nov 5 Sooke Fishing Update

The Sooke Harbour Derby continues...19 salmon weighed in so far, with only 1 small coho and the rest winter springs. Where are all those big chum?

Mark Price of Footloose Charters is the current leader, with a 12.7 pound chinook. Four days to go, lots of good prizes up for grabs...and it's for a good the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society and go catch some fish! [photo below courtesy of]

Here's Kiwi Magic's report from this week's Sooke News Mirror:

"The reports out of Sooke the last few days of Halibut fishing were pretty darn good. Fishing between Secretary Island and Sheringham Point some anglers were limited out on the tasty critters, just in time before the closure for the rest of the year on October 31, which will probably last till March of 2009. Doesn’t sound like the stocks in this area are trouble, the closure is a political numbers game with the anglers losing out. With only salmon and crabbing the only opportunity on the water these days, what will be next?

Well, the Sooke Harbour Fishing Derby is going strong with over 60 entries so far, and there’s still time to buy tickets before the wind-up this Sunday afternoon, so far it looks to be a success. Although at press time the elusive Chum had yet to be weighted in, quite a few winter springs with the biggest being 12.79 pounds as well as one coho. Sunday afternoon featured a BBQ hosted by the marina gang with the proceeds going to salmon enhancement as well as the entry fees too. This coming Sunday another BBQ will be held 12 – 3 p.m. which at that time the winners will be announced. Try fishing the mouth of the Sooke Harbour in the 100’ to 120’ foot line seems to be working for some of the early weight-ins. Hootchies, bait, herring, and herring strip anchovies trolled in a teaser head behind a flasher should be good. Ask Eagle-Eye Outfitters they have all the goods to fit your winter fishing needs. More info on the derby call 250-642-3236 or For the results of the derby go to Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic"

Photo and report above courtesy of Sooke News Mirror.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November 1 Sooke Salmon Report

Sooke's fishing effort is once again focused on salmon, as the halibut season is now closed for 2008.

There's a fair number of boats chasing late season salmon. Sooke Harbour Marina is now running its "Here Fishy Fishy" salmon derby -- open from Oct 31 to Nov 9. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Sooke's Salmon Enhancement it's a good excuse to go fishing and support a good cause at the same time (not to mention, who knows, you might get lucky and win a prize!).

Results from the first two days show a bunch of feeder springs being weighed in, with the current leader 10.37 pounds. No chum have been weighed in yet...we'll keep an eye on that. However,2 Reel reports that earlier this week a 20 pounder was caught: "Derek Gates landed a very nice 20lb winter Spring trolling a hootchy 'with some red in it', off Otter Point, at 103ft on the downrigger". Trolling from the Sooke Bluffs to the Trailer Park remains the call, right off the bottom, 130-15o feet deep, with hootchies...purple haze being the "go to" lure of choice.

Here's the winning fish so far (from Good luck out there!

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