Fishing in Sooke B.C.Sooke, B.C. is a beautiful fishing community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Covering thousands of hectares, from East Sooke to Port Renfrew, the city is home to 11,600 residents, the world famous Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, and the best salmon fishing in the world. Join one of Sooke's quality fishing charters or go out on your own; you can charter a boat, catch your limit and have it processed to take home. The breathtaking scenery can be enjoyed year round. Sooke's local fishing guides can get you out on the water fast and safe, and help you catch the fish of your dreams. Sooke boasts some of the finest guides on Vancouver Island: http://www.fishingsooke.ca/charters.html Sooke's year-round salmon fishing is legendary and includes several species: Chinook (also known as Spring, Tyee and King salmon) Anglers come from all around the world to chase Vancouver Island's mighty Chinook, the largest species of Pacific salmon. Once hooked, Chinook put up a powerful fight, with long reel-screaming runs. Coho (also known as Blueback and Silvers) Coho are the most acrobatic and energetic fighters of the salmon species. These fish are found in deeper water outside of Sooke, in the second or third tidelines. Sockeye (also known as Red salmon) Sockeye are considered the best quality table fare of BC's salmon species, but a subject to limited openings. Pink (also known as Humpy salmon) Pinks are scrappy surface fighters. When you get into a school, it can be non-stop fishing action, with double-headers and triple-headers common, if you can handle that many lines in the water. Season is July-August, only in odd numbered years. Sooke also offers Bottom fishing opportunities: Many agree, Halibut is the best tasting white-meat fish, and a lot of fun to catch. While few anglers target Halibut off Sooke, small halibut are regularly caught on salmon gear when fishing deep and every once in a while a lucky angler will catch a "barn door" halibut bigger than 100 pounds. There are excellent halibut fishing grounds a 20-30 minute boat ride from Sooke. Sooke fishing locations
  • Possession Point is the closest spot to Sooke Harbour, a 5 minute run from the end of Whiffin Spit lighthouse. A good spot for big Chinook salmon!
  • Secretary Island, also called Donaldson Island, is 200 metres into Juan de Fuca Strait from Possession Point. Outside of Secretary is typically the starting point for Coho, Sockeye, and Pink fishing in summer.
  • Trap Shack is a 10 minute run towards Victoria, off East Sooke Park.
  • Otter Point is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Sooke fishing and is a 15-20 minute run west from Sooke. Trophy Chinook salmon from July through August.
  • Sheringham Point is 25-30 minute run west, and offers trophy Chinook opportunities.
  • Point-no-Point and Jordan River are a 45-60 minute run west, and offer halibut fishing March through June.
*By federal law you must possess a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing license to fish for any species of finfish or shellfish in British Columbia's tidal (salt) waters. If you want to fish for salmon, you must also purchase and affix a Salmon Conservation stamp to your license. For your convenience, many fishing charters are approved Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) license vendors.