2020 Sooke Reports

Discussion in '2020 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by SFBC, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    There were a lot of other areas opened up ( read the entire notice). In no means am supportive of the fishing restrictions imposed on 19/20, but this at least gives folks a small opportunity to keep a hatchery fish if they wish. I disagree with you it was waste of time.

    My thoughts are there was most likely some Fraser fish in the data, and CWT in the Sooke fishery in July. The bay likely indicated some hatchery heads. Not sure. I do know data was looked at to make these up.
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  2. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Not saying it was a waste of time, but not a great result for the amount of work
    put into the proposal.
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  3. Tips Up

    Tips Up Well-Known Member

    This is just going to open up a bunch of poaching. I’m sure that everyone will be honest and all hatchery fish at the Dock will have come from this area. No one would ever do a few tacks for the GPS track then go catch hatchery fish some where else. That never happens in other areas with similar regs.
    Just open up hatchery fish for retention for Fck sakes.
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  4. Tips Up

    Tips Up Well-Known Member

    How about opening hatchery fish in Sooke harbour where the returning fish from net pen should be coming to. That would make more sense. A lot of local money and effort put in to put fish in the water and improve returns and create a fishery that does not effect the Frazer runs of concern. (Hats off to those involved)
  5. eroyd

    eroyd Well-Known Member

    Because that would make too much sense. Campbell River faces the same closure. Do you think any of those coloured fish hanging out in the Tyee pool in August are actually Fraser River fish? The sliver of a season allowed at the end, staging fish, only allows for retention of old boots.
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  6. wildmanyeah

    wildmanyeah Crew Member

    The tyee pool will be opened
  7. Mudshark

    Mudshark Active Member

    Where’s the dfo posting for this “opening “?
  8. gon fishin

    gon fishin Active Member


    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN0611-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, and Subarea 20-5 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective June 30, 2020

    To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in commercial, recreational and First Nation’s
    fisheries to support conservation and promote recovery of these stocks.

    This Fishery Notice details pilot Chinook recreational fishery management measures outside the migratory path of at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks for the 2020
    fishing season in portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, and Subarea 20-5. These opportunities are contingent on regular data collection (DNA, CWT and catch reporting) and will
    be evaluated post-season.

    Additional opportunities will be considered around hatchery systems once in season abundance is assessed.

    Area 12:

    Subareas 12-27, 12-28, 12-35, 12-38, 12-40, and 12-43:

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    That portion of 12-26 north of line from Dinner Point on Village Island (50°37.628’N, 126°30.322’W) across to a point on the opposite shore on Turnour Island (50°
    37.536’N, 126°29.845’ W); AND east of the Lower Clio RCA boundary line at 50°35.397’N, 126°31.982’W; 50°34.943’N, 126°32.080’W.
    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    That portion of 12-39 northeasterly of a line from Gordon Point on Broughton Island (50°45.885’N, 126°44.158’W) across to the RCA boundary on Eden Island (50°45.510’N,
    126°42.831’W); AND those portions of Subarea 12-39 east of the Eden-Bonwick-Midsummer-Swanson Islands RCA:

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    Area 13 (Portions of Bute Inlet and Ramsay Arm):

    That portion of Subarea 13-19 easterly of a line that runs from 50°19.584’N, 125°00.292’W (on Raza Island) due north to 50°20.545’N, 125°00.299’W (west of Frances Bay).

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    Subarea 13-21:

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    DFO Charter Patrol will be operating on the water throughout the season; recreational harvesters are asked to provide requested information and/or samples when

    Area 13 (Campbell River Special Management Zone):

    In Subareas 13-3 and 13-5, those waters of Discovery Passage and Campbell River inside of a line starting at the fishing boundary sign at Orange Point located at 50°
    04.392’ north latitude by 125°16.608’ west longitude, then northeasterly to a point in the middle of the channel located at 50°04.392’ north latitude by 125°15.510’
    west longitude, then southeasterly to a point located at 50°00.507’ north latitude by 125°12.859’ west longitude, then southwesterly to the fishing boundary sign on
    the southern end of Hidden Harbour breakwater located at 50°00.504’ north latitude by125°13.945’ west longitude.

    00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

    Reminder these waters are subject to other restrictions to fishing gear and motoring in certain areas. Please check your local regulations and 2020-21 tidal water
    Conditions of Licence for more details.

    Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet):

    That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.731′N 124°57.980′W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.287′N 124°55.177′W); AND
    northerly of a line from Dean Point West Redonda Island (50° 17.1468’N, 124° 47.172’W) across to a point on East Redonda Island (50°17.145’N, 124°46.989’W); AND
    westerly of a line from Brettell Point(50°19.512′N, 124°44.152′W) to Hepburn Point on East Redonda Island (50°18.541′N 124°44.171′W):

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    That portion of Subarea 15-6 (in Toba Inlet) west of a line from a boundary sign at Snout Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 14, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day. Unmarked Chinook maximum size limit of 80 cm.

    Subarea 20-5 (portions of Becher Bay):

    That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554’N, 123°37.768’W to 48°19.589’N, 123°36.533’W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east
    to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700’N, 123°36.267’W, then to 48°19.633’N, 123°35.681’W

    00:01 hours July 1 to 23:59 hours July 31, 2020, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only.

    Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-0304

    Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished.

    Fishers are also reminded that local finfish closures, non-retention areas, and RCA’s remain in effect and to check the area regulations for areas being fished.

    Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

    For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters.

    Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-190


    Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.

    The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

    Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho
    Salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-
    483-9994 for further information.

    Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing. Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and
    salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

    Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-
    465-4336 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

    For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at
    1-866-431-FISH (3474).


    Erika Watkins, ECVI Recreational Fisheries Manager, Erika.Watkins@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
  9. Original

    Original Well-Known Member

    Typical , they post the Fish Notice but don’t change anything in the Regulations. What a messed up system they have.
    Who can draw that line to show what portions of bechy bay is open for hatch retention.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
  10. Fins -n- Skins

    Fins -n- Skins Well-Known Member

    It's on page 4 of this thread
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  11. cby

    cby Active Member

    Nice Day yesterday. Happy Canada Day. 4 for 6 on springs at Otter early. Then died off. Went out for coho. Gong show. So many around. Kept two hatchery coho. Springs totally died off after 9am. Went to Trap and Possession after 12pm Nothing. Seemed pretty quite for springs after 9am.
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  12. prettyboyfloyd

    prettyboyfloyd Active Member

    Evening worked out well tonight. Double header off the head For a couple hour float - both over 20. Released side of boat. No keepers for us but great fun with pops as fish we’re peeling line on both sides for a long time.
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  13. Admin

    Admin Admin Staff Member

    Put in a good shift on Canada Day with a couple good buddies. Fished the area inside Beecher Bay for a couple hours with about 10 others, including a Kayak-er, trying to find a clipped Chinook but didn't have any success and didn't see anyone else hook up save one small one released. Moved off to the Head and Trap Shack where we managed to get into the Coho. Must have been our day as everyone we got close enough to the boat to ID was clipped...I'm sure the 2 or 3 that we lost further out must have been un-clipped! I even threw a buck-tail out the back on an 8 wt. fly rod after seeing a few on the surface. Dragged it around for quite awhile and eventually had one take a big run at it, hit the fly, but didn't hook up. Would have been the cherry on top for the day! The water laid down nicely by about 7 AM which made for a great day filled with lots of laughs...what fishing is all about!

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  14. Fins -n- Skins

    Fins -n- Skins Well-Known Member

    Nice #2 Islander reel or 3.8 ? Pin that to the downrigger for some chinook fun.
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  15. Admin

    Admin Admin Staff Member

    It is a No. 2. I have landed a couple of high teens Chinook on it but with a bit heavier fly rod. My biggest Coho on a bucktail was 13 lbs in Tofino about 2008 with the saltwater fly fishing program they used to run out of Weigh West.
    Here is a picture of a buddy of mine with his fly rod and both of us with Chinooks caught on 9/10 weight rods.

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  16. Jama

    Jama Member

    Great morning around Otter today. 1 other boat there at 6am In the fog and maybe 10 off the point by 11. Released 9 springs at the boat from 8 lb to mid/high teens. Limit of Hatchery coho kept and seemed bigger than Monday too. Must have been close to 30 fish on the day, pretty much nonstop action.
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  17. spoiler

    spoiler Active Member

    what was the hot bait, lure?
  18. John Ingram

    John Ingram Active Member

    anyone know if there is an update on area 19 south island, gonzales point ????
  19. wolf

    wolf Well-Known Member

    Good weekend for fishing did 2 trips and both days limited out on some nice hatch coho usual 30 to 70 feet AP spoon and mint tulip hoochie was great getting 25 to 30 hook ups a day. Then went and got some nice springs for like 2 passes to finish day off only to be sealed EEERRRR oh well thats what happens when im the only boat at possesion pt , only sad thing is Ive never seen sooke with so low numbers of boats there was 5 boats out that i saw near secretary to otter...(sat) and even less yesterday and marinas are basically dead ...
    nows the time to get the kids out for some better then avg coho fishing
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  20. Fisherben3

    Fisherben3 Member

    supposed to open aug 1. The maximum size is 80 cm

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