Salmon Fishing in Greater Victoria
Chinook (aka Kings/Springs):
- 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.
- July-September. Troll with anchovies, herring, or spoons. When the going gets good, some also mooch with cut-plug herring, so you can feel the bite and get a better fight. As fun as fishing gets!
Coho (aka Silvers):
- Coho are the most acrobatic and energetic fighters of the salmon species.
- Mid July-August. Troll on the surface out on Swiftsure Bank with bucktail flies or Coyote spoons right on the surface.
- Sept-Oct. As they get ready to head up river, they come closer to the Port Renfrew harbour mouth. Trophy-sized scrappers, up to 25 pounds.
- Sockeye are considered the best quality table fare of BC's salmon species.
- July-August. Subject to limited openings. Troll in deeper water with hootchies. When you get into a school, it is non-stop fishing action.
- 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...and even quadruple-headers, if you can handle that many lines in the water!
- July-August, only in odd numbered years. Troll with hootchies or spoons, jig with buzzbombs, or pretty much anything...these fish are not picky eaters.