Darrel Gingrich with his first spring salmon landed. Gingrich was on his honeymoon fishing in Sooke on Aug. 8 with a local charter. (Contributed)

Springs and chinooks take the bait

Fishing in Sooke is at its best for large salmon

Ron Neitsch || Contributed

Salmon fishing in Sooke is at its best for large spring and chinook salmon.

The weather has been great with low winds and sunny skies. This is definitely the time to get on the water and fish for salmon and crab. Soon the large chinooks will migrate to the rivers to spawn and anglers’ focus will switch to coho salmon fishing.

The fishing has been hot at all the local hotspots: Otter Point, Possession Point, the Bluffs, Secretary and Trap Shack. Best depths in the early morning are shallow, 30 to 40 feet on the downrigger in 50 to 60 feet of water should get you into large chinook salmon. Most boats will move out into deeper water as the sun gets higher in the sky.

The old saying “stick and stay, make it pay” has never been more true. The bite will come on at these spots you just need to be there.

Now is the time to get out there and log your big spring salmon before they are gone.


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

Just Posted

Chef struck by car on Gorge Road dies in hospital

Khushal Singh Rana leaves behind a wife, four-year-old son and unborn twins

Young conductor to premiere new composition at Celebrate Canada concert Monday in Victoria

“Spirit of the True North” the latest musical accomplishment for View Royal’s Jared Richardson

Saanich Peninsula businesses recognized during annual Crystal Awards

Chamber of Commerce hosts 11th annual business excellence awards

Former Peninsula News Review carrier crowned Miss Teen Canada Globe

Anna Serogyna, a Grade 11 student at Stelly’s Secondary, did not intend… Continue reading

Rebels season over after loss in Cullen Cup Final

Westshore had won ten straight games prior to championship game

Sooke fudge company on Dragon’s Den Nov. 2

Fudge in A Round appearance on Dragon’s Den celebrated with a viewing party at the local Legion Nov. 2

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Council to hold public hearing on EDPA report Oct. 28

Saanich residents will finally get a chance to comment on a long-awaited… Continue reading

Book recycling program helps Peninsula families

It has been 12 years since Daphne Macnaughton was principal of Saanichton… Continue reading

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Pumpkins’ versatility goes beyond Halloween

Linda Geggie For the Saanich News Get this. My 13-year-old just came… Continue reading

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Most Read