Darrel Gingrich with his first spring salmon landed. Gingrich was on his honeymoon fishing in Sooke on Aug. 8 with a local charter. (Contributed)

Darrel Gingrich with his first spring salmon landed. Gingrich was on his honeymoon fishing in Sooke on Aug. 8 with a local charter. (Contributed)

Springs and chinooks take the bait

Fishing in Sooke is at its best for large salmon

Ron Neitsch || Contributed

Salmon fishing in Sooke is at its best for large spring and chinook salmon.

The weather has been great with low winds and sunny skies. This is definitely the time to get on the water and fish for salmon and crab. Soon the large chinooks will migrate to the rivers to spawn and anglers’ focus will switch to coho salmon fishing.

The fishing has been hot at all the local hotspots: Otter Point, Possession Point, the Bluffs, Secretary and Trap Shack. Best depths in the early morning are shallow, 30 to 40 feet on the downrigger in 50 to 60 feet of water should get you into large chinook salmon. Most boats will move out into deeper water as the sun gets higher in the sky.

The old saying “stick and stay, make it pay” has never been more true. The bite will come on at these spots you just need to be there.

Now is the time to get out there and log your big spring salmon before they are gone.

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