Early morning fishers snag salmon

Early morning fishers snag salmon

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

Salmon fishing in Sooke has been great

Consistent catches of good 15 to 20-pound chinook salmon have been coming in on the sport boat fleet for weeks, and Port Renfrew reports indicate that the steady stream of good salmon fishing will continue.

The warm sunny weather has made for great early morning fishing even on those days when the wind starts to blow hard around noon.

Recently on those evenings that the wind is down and the tide is coming in, the fishing has been especially good.

The larger spring/chinook salmon are coming from Otter Point, Possession Point, Secretary Island, and the Trap Shack areas, trolling the gear shallow in 50 to 60 feet on the downrigger in 70 to 80 feet of water.

Favorite baits include anchovies and spoons trolled behind brightly coloured flashers, green/glow, blue and white have been good colours.

Local Sooke anglers have organized a “Protest Fish” for Sunday (July 29) at Sheringham Point, concerned fishers are asked to peacefully attend the Sheringham Point area by boat and demonstrate against harsh, unfair sport fishing closures and restrictions in our area. Those attending are asked to fish without hooks attached to fishing gear as to not illegally fish in a closed zone.

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