Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Year-round salmon in the Juan de Fuca Strait makes Sooke a hub for sports fishing on southwestern Vancouver Island.
A handful of guides and charter operators are based in town and make it easy to get out onto local waters with all necessary bait and tackle. The main competition for fish? Passing pods of Orcas.
Highlight Fishing Spots
Most operators zip patrons out of Sooke Harbour and into a rich fishing zone commonly known as "the west side." It extends from Race Rocks lighthouse in the south off Metchosin to Sheringham Point, Point No Point and Jordan River in the north. Favourite local fishing spots include Possession Point (not far past the Whiffin Spit lighthouse), Secretary Island (a few minutes further east towards East Sooke) and Otter Point (a 20-minute trip west of town). Up in Port Renfrew, charters sail out to Swiftsure Banks, known its for summer schools of coho and chinook salmon.