Lower Mainland resident Guy Irving, right, took his family fishing in Sooke last week, landing some salmon, halibut and crab. (Ron Neitsch photo)

Lower Mainland resident Guy Irving, right, took his family fishing in Sooke last week, landing some salmon, halibut and crab. (Ron Neitsch photo)

Chinook salmon find hooks in local waters

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

Saltwater fishing in Sooke is picking up.

Larger spring and chinook salmon are coming in off the Sooke harbour mouth, the Bluffs, Otter Point and points West.

Fishers are reporting a few larger salmon trolled up higher in the water column, maybe 20 or 30 feet off the bottom.

There are still many winter sized spring and chinook salmon off the harbour mouth in a line from Possession Point to the Sooke Bluffs in 120 to 140 feet of water. These fish have been active most mornings for anglers trolling anchovy, spoons, or hootchies close to the bottom.

Halibut fishing has been spotty for most boats going out. Salmon bellies, heads, spines,and herring, have been working in the deeper water spots.

High winds, cool temperatures have definitely kept some boats off the water. Good news is the best halibut fishing is yet to come.

Upcoming events include: the Just for the Halibut Derby on April 21 and 22, and the Sooke Saltwater Series Sooke Halibut Derby May 5 and 6. Check with your local tackle provider for details.

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