World-Class Fishing in Sooke, BC
Sooke is famous for its fishing
Local fishing charters specialize in salmon and halibut, and offer a
variety of options for the avid fisherman or woman. Madrona Cottage,
located in the quiet community of East Sooke, British Columbia, is the perfect base
for your fishing adventures. Drive into Sooke or to Port Renfrew
for a fishing charter. Afterwards, relax at your own private oceanfront
A fishing license is required.
Some charters may help you
obtain a license; otherwise information
on recreational fishing licenses can be found here.
The local fishing charters mostly specialize in salmon. Sooke boasts
superb salmon fishing in the Juan de Fuca strait. Chinook salmon
can be caught year-round, plus there are also opportunities to catch
Coho, Sockeye, and Pink salmon. Fishing charters with experienced guides
can bring you to the best fishing spots around; advise
you of fishing rules from Fisheries
and Oceans Canada
; make suggestions on what to wear; provide
tackle, bait, rods, and rain gear; help you get a fishing license;
and clean and pack your catch. Ask your guide what's included in the price
of your charter. If you have something particular in mind, ask if
they can customize a trip for you.
Things you will want to bring on your trip include:
- Your fishing license. You can buy a
fishing license online or pick one
up from a vendor.
- Warm clothing, including long pants, gloves and a jacket with a hood.
West-coast weather can change rapidly and unpredictably so it's recommended
that you dress in layers.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection from the sun.
- A cooler to store your fish.
- It's also a good idea to bring some over-the-counter medications
in case you experience motion sickness.
Visit our Things To Do page for a
list of a few local fishing charters in the Sooke area.
Preparing Salmon (Recipes)
Freshly caught salmon is a delicious treat and doesn't take much to
bring out the natural flavours.
For savoury salmon: Season to taste with salt & a bit of
pepper; sprinkle with fresh chopped garlic; and then alternately layer
with lemon slices and slices of red onion (or if you prefer, chop up
some green onion and sprinkle it over the fish).
For sweet salmon: Make a marinade out of orange juice and
brown sugar. Use about 1 cup of fresh orange juice and dissolve
2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar into the juice (heating the juice
slightly will make this easier). Brush the marinade onto the salmon
before cooking, and again periodically while cooking.
To cook: Bake it in the oven or grill it on the BBQ. If
using the BBQ, make sure you lightly oil both the fish and grill
first (or wrap the fish in greased tinfoil). Cover the BBQ
to seal in the heat.
Here's more information on how to BBQ salmon
(this will open up a new page).
For something different, cook the salmon on a cedar plank. Soak
the plank overnight in water first (in a pinch, a couple of hours
of soaking will do).
The salmon is done when the flesh is pink (not red) and flakes
easily with a fork. Check the thickest part of the fish to test
if it's done.