Salmon Fishing in Sooke

Sooke's year-round salmon fishing is legendary!
Sooke is best-known in the fishing community for its world-class salmon fishing and also halibut fishing.
Anglers and fishing enthusiasts travel from all over the world to catch Vancouver Island's large and powerful Chinook Salmon is the largest Pacific salmon species.
As the local net pen and hatchery systems have been in place for years, fishing for salmon around Sooke has become better and better.
The Sooke public boat lunch is where the most active salmon and other fish species can be found. You are able
to drop crab traps in the harbour too, which can make a good day even better.
There is so much to see in Sooke, and its closeness to Victoria makes for incredible vacations for people from off-island as well as locals and islanders. Salmon, halibut and crab are available for fishing, and warmer weather means better anchoring opportunities for you to catch these tasty fish. Please check fishing regulations before venturing out.

Sooke Fishing Season in Sooke

Although you can fish year-round in Sooke, the fall and winter season brings an excellent opportunity for salmon species like chinook, and coho, the most energetic fighters of the salmon species, and also halibut fishing to the Sooke area.
There are winter chinook salmon, halibut and also Dungeness crab in the Sooke area, so winter is great for fishermen, especially salmon lovers, with the opportunity to retain chinook per person.
The population of coho may increase from mid-September through to mid-October, depending on how much it rains.
July to August, August to October and October to June are the three popular periods of salmon fishing season in Sooke.
For your next fishing trip to Sooke, refer to our Salmon Fishing Season Calendar to determine when salmon are expected to be most active and make the most of your time fishing; we'll tell you what times are ideal.

Getting to Sooke;
The Year-round Salmon Fishing City

Sooke is placed about 40 km northwest of Victoria, which is a scenic one-hour drive, taxi or bus ride from Victoria, which is served by BC Ferries from Vancouver or flights to Victoria International Airport.
Drive along the Pacific Marine Circle Route (Highway 14) to the picturesque seaside town of Sooke on winding, scenic coastline roads, past beautiful beaches, rainforests and parks.

Salmon Fishing Rates in Sooke

Vanisle Fishers offers some of the best fishing trip packages, from A short trip of a few hours to a long journey of several days, so you can choose the best that fits you.
Our fishing trip rates start from $165 per hour, so if you do not have much time, you can still experience an amazing fishing trip in the Sooke.

Fishing Regulations

Effective fishing regulations can be a key factor component of healthful fisheries. It contains information about open seasons, recreational fishing licences, fishing methods and, catch limits, as well as up-to-date fishing regulations for diverse fishing areas.
All anglers interested in salmon should check the Management of Salmon Fisheries in B.C for bait selection, gear selection, required licences and any other regulations for salmon fishing. Before planning your fishing trip, you must check the updated information and know the limited fishing areas.
• Using a fishing line to which more than one artificial fly is attached (i.e., to use “dropper flies”) is forbbiden.

• Using light in any way to attract fish except the light is submerged and attached to the fishing line within 1 m of the hook is unlawful.

• It is forbidden to fish with nets, including minnow nets, dip nets, cast nets, or gill nets.

• Using barbed hooks or any hook with more than one point in all rivers, streams, creeks, or sloughs in B.C is prohibited. (Although the use of barbed hooks in lakes is allowed except the one noted in the Regional Water-Specific Tables).

Fishing Tips

• Keep boat launch areas clear to give all boaters equal access. Prepare your boat for launching away from the ramp to avoid creating unnecessary delays.
• Don't try boating and alcohol. You will need your complete reflexes to keep you, your boat, and other stream users safe. It's unlawful to operate a boat while impaired.
• Limit your speed (particularly when getting into corners) to keep away from collisions with other boaters, anglers, swimmers, and hidden obstacles. Respect the Universal Shoreline Speed Restriction of 10 within 30 metres of the shore.
• Be careful when boating at dawn and dusk and in other conditions of limited light or visibility.
• Refrain from running your boat through water being fished by way of others. Go slowly or drift by anglers along the shoreline. Be considerate of others.
• Avoid sensitive habitats such as spawning areas, shallow water, and wildlife nesting or foraging areas.
• Give animals crossing the river the space and time to do so. It's unlawful to harass wildlife with a boat.
• Pack out your garbage. Old fishing lines, litter, fuel, and oil damage fish habitats, endanger aquatic life and reduce water quality.

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Salmon Fishing in Sooke Common Questions

All species of salmon from Chinook, Coho, Sockeye to Pink salmon pass from Sooke at different times and you can try to catch them.
Sooke's Chinook and Coho are known in Sooke and all over British Colombia.
It depends on the salmon species you like to catch, but the minimum number starts from 2 for chinook and coho in Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC.
Fall and winter are considered the best seasons for salmon fishing in Sooke, although you can enjoy fishing in Sooke year-round.
Yes, there are some great opportunities for crabbing along with salmon fishing in Sooke, Vancouver Island.