Salmon and Halibut fishing on the ocean has slowed down over the last couple of weeks due to poor weather, specifically higher winds.
A 20- to 25-pound halibut was reported landed by Sooke Sport Fishing on March 12, close to the harbour mouth in 260 feet of water, using octopus bait.
Not unusual for this area, many anglers have turned to the fresh water opportunities in Sooke.
Poirier Lake in particular has been popular since the recent upgraded access to the area. You can easily find parking and make use of the picnic style day-use area and public dock located off Otter Point Road near the Young Lake Road turnoff.
Many anglers are using bobber and worm combinations when fishing the lake, but a number of spinners will also work on the trout. Great way to get the kids out of the house during Spring Break.
Crabbing and shrimping off Rotary pier is another favourite productive past time of many Sooke residents, located at the end of Murray Road or through the access at Ed MacGregor Park. All that’s required is a couple of cage or casting crab traps and some bait which can both be bought locally, minutes from the pier. Try using very fresh bait and setting traps during an incoming tide.
Please make sure you have the appropriate licenses and understand the regulations before heading out fishing.
Ron Neitsch is the owner-operator of 2 Reel Fishing Adbentures, based in Sooke.