Kathlene Delainey with the first big chinook of the morning. She was on her annual fishing trip in Sooke with her husband Doug. (Contributed)

FISHING ADVENTURES: Spring and chinook salmon big catches for anglers

Crabbing in Sooke Harbour has been excellent as well

Salmon fishing in Sooke is definitely at it seasonal peak for large spring or chinook salmon.

Lately anglers have been challenged by high winds in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, but the larger salmon are here and both onshore casters and trolling fishers are landing bigger salmon.

Otter Point, Possession Point, Secretary Island and Trap Shack have been producing large spring salmon caught on green and white, green and chrome, white and glow lures.

Trollers are having most success with anchovies trolled in an anchovy teaser heads at 45 to 80 feet on the downrigger in 60 to 100 feett of water.

The larger spring salmon are usually close to shore in the early morning hours. Pink salmon are around, but not in the usual numbers, most anglers are targeting chinooks and taking pink and hatchery coho salmon as bycatch.

Crabbing in Sooke Harbour has been excellent with common limit out catches of large male Dungeness crabs.


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