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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.

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