FISHING ADVENTURES: Winter fishing starts to pick up

FISHING ADVENTURES: Winter fishing starts to pick up

Crabbing in Sooke Harbour continues to be good with large male Dungeness around

Ron Neitsch

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Winter fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca picked up this weekend, with better numbers of larger winter chinooks showing up.

Flat water and some sunny periods enticed a couple of salmon fishers to head out for some trolling west of Otter Point.

The amount of strikes was much higher and the fish size was better too. Small glow/white/green spoons like Coho Killers and Skinny G’s or similar coloured hootchies were working very well.

Most of the springs were picked up at 125ft on the downrigger in 130ft of water. Some larger salmon were also hooked in but didn’t make it in to the boat.

Current rules allow for licensed fishers to retain two of these salmon per person per day and four in possession for travel. Many feel that these are some of best tasting salmon around.

Crabbing in the Harbour continues to be very good with some large male Dungeness specimens around.

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Ron Neitsch is the owner of 2 Reel Fishing Adventures