FISHING ADVENTURES: Spring salmon find fisher’s hook

Warmer weather welcomed in local waters

Mike Thornborough from Calgary with his first Sooke halibut taken off the Bluffs on April 4. (Ron Neitsch photo)

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

April has brought some warmer weather into the Strait of Juan de Fuca – and larger Spring salmon.

There have been some great catches of eight to 15-poubd spring/chinook salmonout front of the Sooke harbour mouth and at Otter Point.

Trolling in 130 to 150 feet of water with the gear down at 120 to 135 feet has been working well locating these larger chinooks.

Remember that wild spring salmon over 67 centimetres in length must be released at this time. Hatchery chinooks over 67 cm can be retained. Please check the regulations before heading out.

Halibut fishing continues to be spotty, with some catches coming from spots out front of Sooke harbour and west of Otter Point.

New regulations limiting halibut length to a 115 cm maximum are in effect. Halibut limits remain the same at one per licensed person per day, six halibut in a season.

Two halibut derbies coming up soon; Island Outfitters Just for the Halibut Derby on April 21 and 22 and the Sooke Saltwater Series Halibut Derby on May 5 and 6.


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

Just Posted

Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

Take a walk, have a snack, and help donate to a local charity

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Sport fishing ban protest organizers trolling for attention

Hook-less anglers hitting Sooke area waters July 29 to protest DFO’s summer fin-fish ban

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Five fun things to do this weekend

From a paint in to festivals, there are lots of fun events taking place this weekend

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Most Read