How’s fishing?

Local fishing guide Steve Arnett talks about the fishing scene in Sooke and Port Renfrew

Not too good for these anglers who ran into trouble off Owen Point in Port Renfrew last week. All four people were safely rescued by a Coast Guard helicoptor and the boat was salvaged later at high tide.

Not too good for these anglers who ran into trouble off Owen Point in Port Renfrew last week. All four people were safely rescued by a Coast Guard helicoptor and the boat was salvaged later at high tide.

The May long weekend has passed, which marks the unofficial opening of the summer fishing season off Port Renfrew and Sooke. Although salmon regulations have slowed salmon fishing opportunities in Sooke, halibut has been the main focus for most anglers. Although anywhere past Sheringham Point anglers can take wild or hatchery chinooks. Local Sooke anglers are continuing to catch nice sized Halibut in the 15 to 30 pound range. Muir Creek, in 120 to 180 feet of water, has been the hot spot as well as Point No Point and Jordan River. The nice thing about fishing west of Sheringham Point —  you can switch over to salmon with no issues with over/under size limits.

Port Renfrew is heating up as well. The Port Renfrew Marina is open from now until Thanksgiving weekend for camping and moorage. It’s a great place to stay and they sell fuel, tackle, bait and the Cook Shack is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The  new Pacific Gateway Marina should be open by June 1 and they have moorage and as well they sell gas. The government wharf  docks should be in place in the next week or so with mostly charter boats. The great thing about Renny is that the chinook over/under rule is not in place which  is nice so when one catches a nice fish  it’s a keeper. And early season halibut fishing is very good anywhere from in front of Port San Juan or Sombrio to the east or Carmanah and beyond to the west.  Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic

Want to fish for halibut and salmon in Sooke? Call West Isle Fishing Experience 250-858-3611.

located in Coopers Cove @ the Stickleback West Coast Eatery

Want to fish in Port Renfrew? Trailhead Resort 250-647-5468.

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