Sooke resident David Homer with a 32-pound chinook salmon he landed Sunday morning trolling near Otter Point.

Big salmon biting in local waters

Salmon in the 25- to 30-pound range was landed and kept by fishers last weekend

  • Jul. 18, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Fishing for large spring salmon in Sooke has finally started last weekend, with more big chinooks showing up in time for some local fishing derbies.

Last weekend the Consultants Invitational Salmon Derby hosted by the Prestige Hotel and the Fins and Skins Derby held at Sooke Harbour Resort and Marina brought business and fishing to Sooke.

Salmon in the 25- to 30-pound range was landed and kept by fishers as of Saturday morning due to the salmon fishing restrictions in our area (20-5) finally being lifted.

Currently any chinook salmon greater than 45 centimeters can be retained by fishers with no maximum size limit in effect, please check the fishing regulations before heading out on the water.

Otter Point was hot last weekend with an active early morning and noon time bite producing lots of action for waiting trollers.

The larger Spring salmon were taken in shallow water by those trolling gear in 50 to 100 feet of water with spoons, anchovies or hootchies trolled right on the bottom.

Crabbing in the harbour seems to have improved with some better catches reported from those leaving the box traps down for a little longer.

•••

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

 

 

Just Posted

The strange case of Jesokah Adkens

All was not what it seemed in Sooke girl’s disappearance 18 years ago

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

Police arrest jewelry thieves in same building they allegedly stole from

More than $6,000 worth of jewelry was recovered

Coastline serves up a feast of fiddlers in Oak Bay

Local Juno Award winner musical director for ensemble

High of 21 C for Wednesday

Plus your weekend forecast

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

RCMP searching for missing Vancouver Island teenager

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home in Port Alberni

Sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks could net $100 fine in Penticton

The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30

B.C. man killed in logging accident ‘would have done anything for anyone’

Wife remembers 43-year old Petr Koncek, father of two children

Ottawa spending $24.5M to research on health benefits, risks of pot use

$390,000 will fund two cannabis public awareness

Most Read