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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.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May 22 report for Fishing in Sooke

Fishing in Sooke this week continues to offer a variety of fun opportunities. The salmon fishing remains steady, with some 8-10 pound feeder springs and the occasional larger hatchery (fin clipped) spring salmon landed in the 20 pounds. The "slot limit" regulation has been extended indefinitely, meaning you can only keep unclipped wild salmon between 45 and 67 cm. See regulation excerpt below.

There are still reports of halibut being caught in local waters, mostly towards Jordan River.

Crabbing is reported to be excellent in Sooke harbour.

So...all in all, conditions are fair...not super hot fishing maybe, but definitely good enough to be worth getting out there.

Sooke Fishing Regulation update

* Fraser River Chinook: Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.): Effective March 1, 2010 until May 21, 2010: the daily limit is two (2) Chinook salmon per day which may be wild or hatchery marked between the size limit of 45 cm and 67 cm or hatchery marked only Chinook over 67 cm in length. Listed on 23/02/2010 FN0092
Update: These restrictions will continue effective May 22, 2010 and until further notice. Listed on 19/05/2010 FN0352

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 16 Sooke Fishing update

Halibut fishing continues to be steady around Sooke. Dave from Ocean Dreams Fishing Charters sent in this photo of a 50 pound halibut, his guest Gordy's first ever. They were fishing west of Sooke, using herring for bait. This halibut put a big fight before they got it aboard. Way to go Gordy!

Salmon fishing in Sooke waters is off and on, some days better, some slow. Anglers are catching mostly salmon from 10-15 pounds, though there are reports of a 20-25 pounder now and then.

Crabbing in Sooke Harbour is quite good, lots of keepers.

Good luck out there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Halibut derby update

Update on the Island Outfitters Halibut derby....the winning fish was 132 pounds caught by Shawn Melinchuk at Constance Bank. Nice fish and nice $7500 prize. In total, 129 halibut were weighed in, right down to a 12 pound chicken -- which by the way is still a pretty good meal or two of fresh fish n chips!

And "porcupine" posted this story to the SportsfishingBC forum On one boat, the angler who caught the smallest halibut for the weekend had to wear a dead octopus on their head at the weigh in for a full minute ... nice to know people will follow through on a bet!

As for salmon fishing ... we continue to hear reports of nice hatchery spring salmon being caught, 8-15 pounds, in the 80-120 depths, from Sooke Harbour to past Otter Point. Certainly worth sinking a line, as the only certainty of not catching a fish is if you don't give it a shot.

Have fun out there!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

May 8 Report for Fishing in Sooke and Victoria area

Gord from Foghorn Fishing Charters reports that salmon fishing has been pretty good, with some hatchery spring salmon keepers. Halibut fishing has been pretty steady too, though crowded at times in the regular spots .... Gord's advice "you just have to find your own spot and catch one, be a fisherman not a follower". It's a big ocean out there!

The 14th annual Island Outfitters "Just for the Halibut Derby" is this weekend. First day results show the current leader is an 88 pounder caught by Chris Davies. Winner takes $7500, so tomorrow should bring some intense fishing effort!

Today saw a major protest in Victoria against salmon fish farms. A crowd of 1000 gathered to mark the end of Alexandra Morton's 500 km Vancouver Island protest walk. Protecting wild salmon stocks is critically important, for fishing and for our west coast heritage.

Happy fishing, good luck out there!

Sooke Fishing Adventures
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