How times are changing on the water. Halibut like this one which won the 2012 Sooke Halibut Derby are no longer legal to catch and retain. As of April 1

Spring fishing

The better spring weather is sending out the fish boats

Wow what a spectacular Easter weekend with above normal temperatures and flat water for fishing.

The local Sooke boat ramp was busy all weekend long with boats coming and going taking advantage of the great weather. Lots of anglers were taking one last crack at catching a big halibut before the new rules come into effect.

Although the tides and currents weren’t the best for hali fishing anglers still managed to find a window to catch some nice fish. Salmon fishing remained good as well. Sooke Salmon Charters reported good fishing right in front of the harbour limiting out on chinooks in the eight to 10 pound range. Trolling the bottom with anchovies and Coho Killer lure worked the best.

The daily limit for chinook salmon caught off Sooke wild or hatchery between 45 cm and 67 cm is two  or a hatchery marked greater than 67 cm length can be taken as well. Anything else must be released. And as always, barbless hooks are required.

April 1 is also the time to purchase your 2013 fishing license. At this time the only way you can purchase one is online. With the new halibut regulations coming into effect changes to the hard copy licenses have been delayed for purchase for a couple of weeks. Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic

Just Posted

Hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of VGH says case of retired 77-year-old veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Colwood applies for $325k to replace stairs in Latoria Creek Park

More than 200 residents sign petition to support grant application

Sooke takes a step toward Lot A plan

Final proposal anticipated for the end of February

Greater Victoria rugby players named to national Hall of Fame

Former Canada captains, Oak Bay’s Mark Wyatt and Victoria’s Hans De Goede to inducted this spring

What to know before you tow: Langford bylaw weighs in

Officials don’t recommend personal towing, like viral video viewed 42,000 times and counting

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

Teravainen’s 3 points lift Hurricanes to 5-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver heads into all-star break on losing note

UPDATE: Trees affecting travel at Comox Airport have been trimmed

Some YQQ flights have been rerouted or cancelled due to some trees impacting the safety margins

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

‘Dr. Lipjob’ avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

Ex-Mountie involved in Taser death at Vancouver airport sues government

Kwesi Millington claims he acted in accordance with RCMP training

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

Most Read