John Nicholson visited Sooke last week for some coho fishing and did well off Secretary Island. (Ron Neitsch photo)

John Nicholson visited Sooke last week for some coho fishing and did well off Secretary Island. (Ron Neitsch photo)

Large coho have made their way to Sooke

Sooke Coho Derby is on Oct.6

Ron Neitsch | Contributed

Salmon fishing in Sooke has changed focus from large spring salmon to now include some very good sized coho salmon. These fish started to show up slightly earlier than normal around Sept. 1.

The best locations to fish for coho are Otter Point and off Secretary Island, in close or out from shore, depending on where they are that day, 50 to 75 feet on the downrigger.

Coho can be fished with anchovy, pink or green/glow hootchies or spoons trolled quick 10 to 12 feet behind the downrigger ball.

The large spring salmon are still moving through our waters, and can be found in the same areas mixed in with the coho. Afternoon strong incoming tides have been great fishing for both of these salmon species.

On the derby scene, Sooke Saltwater Series has announced that the Sooke Coho Derby will run Oct.6, weigh-in at The Crab Shack. The awards ceremony is at Buffy’s Pub in Sooke.

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