How times are changing on the water. Halibut like this one which won the 2012 Sooke Halibut Derby are no longer legal to catch and retain. As of April 1

Spring fishing

The better spring weather is sending out the fish boats

Wow what a spectacular Easter weekend with above normal temperatures and flat water for fishing.

The local Sooke boat ramp was busy all weekend long with boats coming and going taking advantage of the great weather. Lots of anglers were taking one last crack at catching a big halibut before the new rules come into effect.

Although the tides and currents weren’t the best for hali fishing anglers still managed to find a window to catch some nice fish. Salmon fishing remained good as well. Sooke Salmon Charters reported good fishing right in front of the harbour limiting out on chinooks in the eight to 10 pound range. Trolling the bottom with anchovies and Coho Killer lure worked the best.

The daily limit for chinook salmon caught off Sooke wild or hatchery between 45 cm and 67 cm is two  or a hatchery marked greater than 67 cm length can be taken as well. Anything else must be released. And as always, barbless hooks are required.

April 1 is also the time to purchase your 2013 fishing license. At this time the only way you can purchase one is online. With the new halibut regulations coming into effect changes to the hard copy licenses have been delayed for purchase for a couple of weeks. Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic