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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, September 23, 2010

September 23 Sooke Fishing Report

Sooke's fishing is hot and cold these days, some good days, some slow days.

Dave from Ocean Dreams Fishing Charters reports that he's been doing quite well lately, with some pretty spectacular days thrown in. There's been a lot of feeder chinooks in Sooke waters, with some decent size ones into the teens. This photo is from a couple of people who had never fished before, caught these ones at first light in the Sooke harbour mouth area, fishing at 90 feet with hootchies.

But the real action has been for coho, today catching 16 and 14 pound hatchery coho keepers, plus at least 10 wild ones that had to be thrown back. (Starting October 1st, anglers can keep one wild coho in Sooke waters) Dave said he had multiple fish on several times, two double headers and another two triple headers. That's great action! Below is a picture of Dave and a happy guest with a 25 pounder!

For halibut, a few reports of nice fish caught at Jordan River, including a 60 pounder. As well, one report of a 30 pounder caught drift fishing right off the Sooke Bluffs. So if they are being caught on the drift, either someone got lucky and dropped the gear right on the fish's head, or there's lots of them down there.

The weather is also hit and miss these days, starting to rain a bit. But in general it has been quite mild and not too much wind ... so get out there and enjoy some fishing before the winter weather arrives!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sept 5th Sooke Fishing Report

Hot and cold fishing in Sooke these days, some slow days but still some big spring salmon passing through. One report of a 40 pounder caught yesterday at the Trap Shack, location not disclosed, but they said it was caught at 50ft, with green haze flasher and teaser head. [photo to the right is Kel Phair (Northern Star Plumbing) with his own 40 pounder caught a couple of weeks ago with Sidetrack Fishing Charters]

So, if you're at the right place at the right time with the right gear, your fish of a lifetime may be passing by right now!

Sockeye catches are slowing down. Catches are still reported, but not the easy limits of 2 weeks ago. You have to travel around to find a school and work hard to stick with them now. Successful anglers are reporting cruising around at half plane with no gear in the water until they see fish on the surface or on the sounder, then fishing them hard once found.

Coho are starting arrive in local waters, with reported catches into the teens of the scrappy silver salmon. Let's hope for a productive late season, as that's about as fun as salmon fishing gets.

The Sooke Salmon Classic Derby was held this weekend, with Des Hatcher (Vicious Fishing Charters, member) taking the top prize with a 33 pounder. It was Des' 40th birthday yesterday, and the $100,000 top prize is about a pretty good way to celebrate it. Congrats Des!

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