Photo of Blake visiting from Alberta shows off the spoils of his first salmon/halibut experience in Sooke.

Sooke Fishing Adventures

A round-up of how the local fishing season is coming along from Sooke's local fishing specialist.

  • Mar. 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Fishing in Sooke has been good for this time of year.

Typically the early spring/late winter is a great time  for saltwater fishers to drop crab traps in Sooke Harbour, troll for salmon and/or anchor for some halibut fishing.

The salmon have been consistent with at least a couple of strikes during an outing, Harbour Mouth, Trailer Park, and Otter Point have been reported as holding some salmon over the past couple of weeks.

Halibut fishing is picking up with good reports coming from Jordan River and spots closer to Sooke.

Fished with father and son John and Blake for salmon and halibut in Sooke.

Early 7 a.m. we began trolling at the harbour mouth heading west in 120/130 ft of water. Put a 3.5” chrome spoon and an anchovy (in a glow Oki-style head) down behind a purple onion and a bright green flasher, to 135 ft on the downriggers. Things were quiet until we got to Otter Point where we landed two nice springs, one on each set up. Continued to troll to the halibut spot, no more salmon bites.

Changed over to anchoring the boat in 150 ft of water between Otter and Sheringham Points.

The tide was ebbing at about 1.5 kts which put the gear at about a 45-degree angle in the rod holders.

We put herring down on double “J” hooks connected to spreader bars with 2 lb weights on them. Blake took the first nice hit which came at about 1:30 p.m., two hours after anchoring up. It was a nice 30 lb halibut.

The next one was John’s at about 15 lbs, and the last good bite was a nice Pacific cod to add to the white meat portion of our day. Great day, flat water and sunny skies.

Currently the limits for salmon in Sooke waters are that two chinook salmon can be retained by each angler carrying a valid saltwater licence with a salmon stamp.

Those chinook can be wild or hatchery fish, although there is a restriction stating that wild fish must be between 45 and 67cm, while the hatchery Chinook salmon can be any size over 45 cm.

This restriction is in place this year from March 1st to  June 12th, and applies to Sooke waters East of Sheringham Light House.

Possession limit on chinook salmon is four per person.  This means that visitors to our area may travel home with double the daily limit of salmon in their possession.

Regulation for halibut is currently one halibut per person per day with a possession limit of two, one of which may be over 90 cm with the head on. Maximum size limit on halibut is currently  133 cm.

DFO warns that fish must be cleaned in a manner that the species, number and size can be readily determined.

Easiest way to do this is to leave the skin, pectoral fin and a section of the tail on each whole fillet until you get the fish home for further processing.

Please check the DFO regulations on line or at your favourite tackle store before heading out. Knowing the regulations and following them will make your time out on the water far more enjoyable and stress-free.

Good Fishing,

Ron Neitsch, 2 Reel Fishing Adventures

 

Just Posted

Number of SD62 kindergarten registrations about same as last year

Approximately 850 kindergarten registrations for 2019/2020 school year

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

VicPD faces ‘significant pressure’ following Victoria’s 2019 budget decision

Chief Const. Del Manak says council continues to micromanage his department

Work set to begin on removing Sooke’s derelict boats from waterways

Seven boats earmarked to be removed this spring

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Most Read