Troy and Zachary Ziegler fished for big pink salmon Aug. 15 off Secretary Island. Troy commented: “A great day to have a kid out on the water.” (Contributed)

Big fish biting in Sooke

Salmon fishing in Sooke continues to be excellent

Ron Neitsch || Contributed

Salmon fishing in Sooke continues to be excellent.

Large spring or chinook, hatchery coho, and pink salmon are open for retention of up to four fish per person, only two of which can be springs or hatchery coho.

Please do not retain fish where you are unsure of the species, it may result in a fine.

Wild coho and sockeye salmon are also in the area, but are closed to retention.

Regulations and fishing licences are available on line at or at your local tackle provider. Regulations and species descriptions are also posted at most marinas.

A bleeding fish that “will die anyway” is not an excuse for bringing illegal fish back to the dock. Knowing and following the rules makes fishing more relaxing and fun.


Ron Neitsch is the owner of 2 Reel Fishing Adventures, based in Sooke.