Fishing in Sooke has been getting better with large spring salmon weighed in consistently and good catches of halibut coming in from some of the local hotspots.
Many boats are finding salmon in front of the Sooke harbour mouth, while others are venturing down to Otter Point and beyond looking for more consistent fishing.
The springs are deep, near the bottom in 120 to 140 feet of water, while halibut reports vary from 70 to 300 feet of water. I prefer the deeper spots.
With nicer weather around the corner, it’s time to think about getting a new fishing licence. Both salt and freshwater licences are available online, and are easily bought if you have a printer and a credit card, just Google saltwater fishing licences Pacific and follow the prompts.
It can be much easier to get your licences ahead of time rather than running around the evening before your trip trying to print one off, and yes, you are required to have a printed licence with you, no electronic copies.
All recreational fishing licences expire on April 1.
Ron Neitsch operates 2 ReelFishing Adventures, based in Sooke.