Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – April 24, 2014
As I sit back and ponder how the fishing is this week and what is yet to come for the 2014 season and future years, I am optimistic!
Where does the time go, this is the question I always ask myself. Seems only yesterday I was a young 20 year old looking for a way to think outside the box to create a job that fulfilled my passion. 30 years later I am proud to say I am still “living the dream” and feel that I have been lucky to be living the life surrounded by great people, clients, friends and fishing in one of the most spectacular area’s of the World. I feel energized by the inspiration of our team here at GRFA, summing it all up would be the word “passion”. We all believe in our product and service from the office staff to the guide team and this makes selling fishing adventure experiences come natural.
Fishing in the Valley has been very good on many fronts as of late. Steelhead is winding down but still amazing on the Vedder/ Chilliwack River, the Fraser River is fishing great for Sturgeon fishing and winding down for Trout, the Harrison River is coming alive and the Lillooet River has been very productive.
Fraser River is fishing very good and has begun its annual freshet a little over a week ago. There are still some places to go Trout fishing but they are diminishing fast with the river coming up nearly 6 feet now from it’s low point a little over a month ago. Be careful while navigating by boat as there are some gravel bars just under the surface and they cannot be seen by eye with the dirty water. Sturgeon fishing has continued to be good now with the Sturgeon moving around and seeking out food sources that are making themselves available, eels, worms and Eulachon are just some of the food that is available for these Dino’s. We have fished from the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver and are seeing good results in all areas. The Fraser Canyon is producing well and if you are interested an adventure experience we would be glad to show you the area – peak times are from May 1st to mid September and avail dates are limited.
There is debris starting in the river so be very watchful when your boat is anchored to ensure a tree does not come down on your anchor line, be aware of your surroundings. We have found some good freshwater fishing in locations like the Bed Springs aka McDonald’s landing, Sumas/Vedder canal and above in the jug hole, Strawberry Island, Hatzic flats and eddy area. Tidal – saltwater locations producing are the Race Track, Old Ferry, Stave and below by the mills, Haney marine, Golden Ears Bridge area upstream north side, Parsons channel and Douglas Island north and west sides. Try to stay out of
the main flow and anchor more to the edges unless on the tides when you can really move out. When using Eulcahon as your bait we find that at times the Sturgeon get a little picky and if you downsize your bait this can make all the difference in a productive day on the river. Sometimes we cut a Eulachon into 3 or 4 pieces. Remember these Sturgeon have incredible sniffers, we catch them sometime with 1 eye or even with no eyes so in that big river if they can still find food and pick it up and eat, that has really got to tell you something. If you are looking for particular information about Sturgeon fishing drop us a line and we will do our best to help you out to get the most out of your fishing days.
Vedder / Chilliwack River is still in great shape and so are the Steelhead. The river has been producing well this past week and we look forward to another week prior to the river turning to fly fishing only below the Vedder Bridge – May 1st the river changes over. If you are a fly fisher this is a great time to have the river virtually to yourself as there is a thinning of anglers and effort. If the weather stays a little cooler we could have one of the best Steelhead may fisheries ever.
The Harrison River has started to produce some very good Trout fishing with the annual migration of the fry; these are frantic feeding sessions that are incredible to see. I have found myself just watching when I should be casting but that happens when staring at these feeding fish. Fry patterns are your definite winners, epoxy minnows are my favorite but we do think outside the box and have used some very large white intruders and tubes and had great success. This fishery will be very good until late May and the river is a remarkable visual fishing area to spend the day.
The Lillooet River has been very good over the past month and should stay fishing well up to the first week of May depending on the freshet. The river has numerous Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, with migrating Steelhead and even the odd non-target species Chinook salmon. Wild, wild and more wild, this is a fly fishers paradise and
although we did not run our camp this season we will be taking bookings for the 2015 season. The camp will be open to only 6 anglers at a time – 3 per guide and only 2 guides. A fully instructional adventure experience offering 3 and 6-day options. We have a list already and the dates will be from late March through April (yet to be finalized). If you are interested please contact the office to book.
Looking forward to another incredible year of fishing one should not fail to mention the potential 65 million Sockeye Salmon that is due to migrate through the Fraser River in August to mid September. It is likely we will have a harvest opportunity that could extend upwards of an entire month (mid August to mid September). If you are looking to get out we are still taking bookings for 4, 6 and 8 hour adventures – please try to book far in advance as we are filling up quickly.
Fraser Valley Salmon Society AGM – April 24
I would like to draw some well-deserved attention to the Fraser Valley Salmon Society (FVSS) and its Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on April 24th, 2014 at the Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack at 6:45pm. This is an organization that has fought for the rights of all recreational anglers – I personally urge you all to go to this link http://www.fraservalleysalmonsociety.ca/history.html and read the history of the FVSS and why it is so important to support this group by becoming a member for today and the future. There will be presentations on the 2014 Fishing Forecast, Presidents report and many door prizes. There is also a chance to win 2 guided fishing trips, 1 for Sturgeon and 1 for Salmon *you must be present and current member or new member to be eligible for the fishing trips. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
In closing I would like to draw your attention to the continual battle to keep our rivers clean and healthy. Do your part and pack out more than you take in, if we continue to follow these rules we should keep our areas clean. If you see a polluter please report this to RAPP – 1.877.952.7277 and let’s show the world that we can keep our environment clean. I have also added a photo of our last river clean-up so you can see the impact of volunteers coming out to help do their part!
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><