Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 6th of August 2017.
What a strange landscape we seem to be living in lately. With all the smoke from the forest fires in the interior, coupled with an easterly breeze, the Fraser Valley looks like an apocalyptic scene from a zombie movie. Makes for a very interesting backdrop to a day’s fishing at the moment. Do not despair the fish are very much unaware of the haze we are living in and with westerly winds predicted for the upcoming week we should see most of it blow out of here very soon. Now some fishing news…
We are seeing some massive fish lately!! The raw tonnage to the beach is quite astounding. Great time for big fish…
The Fraser River is in prime shape at the moment. Water that was too fast to fish a few weeks ago is starting to slow down and become fish-able. As the water drops more and more fishing grounds opens up and the “holes” are getting more fish-able and larger. What this means to the angler is to keep moving around as the fish will spread out more with more slack water around. Even 100 feet can make the difference. Keep in mind that with the dropping water many gravel bars are starting to appear above the mouth Vedder River and one needs to be more careful when running the river, especially with a prop propelled boat.
The river also has a healthy number of salmon in it (but remains closed to sport-fishing for them) now and the Sturgeon are starting to switch their attention to salmon parts and Roe. Having said that do not forsake the tried and true summer baits, like Lampreys, dew worms and course fish, as every day seems to be different.
The Canyon continues to produce both numbers and size. If you are thinking of running this special piece of water keep in mind that is very “heavy” water and not for the timid or inexperienced jet boater. Please be very careful!! The canyon is a high water fishery and the sturgeon haunts are not always obvious as the water levels tend to hide the really good spots. If you’re interested in trying your hand at biggest of the big in one of the most spectacular venue’s in the world drop Rick a line and he’ll be more than happy to help organize one of our Ultimate Fraser Canyon Sturgeon trips with you. firstname.lastname@example.org
What better way is there to spend a warm summer day than sitting in a comfortable covered jet boat waiting on another bite from the almighty sturgeon. With limited fishing pressure on the river this is a great time of year to get out and experience these dinosaurs of the deep. We offer half and full day outing’s via jet boat with nothing but the finest in guides and tackle. We pride ourselves in ensuring your day is as comfortable, safe and enjoyable as possible. Whatever your speed, we will cater to your needs. Call or email today.
The river has been very up and down in terms of water levels. It has bumped a bit from last week with the heat melting the Glaciers. Because the Pitt is Glacier fed the water levels have been fluctuating with any warm weather bumping the river up and cool days bringing it down fast. If you are interested in trying out this river for the first time please keep in mind that is boat access only and the river can be treacherous to run for a novice jet boater, especially now.
The river has been fishing decent lately. The latest bought of heat did send many fish upstream and out of reach of the jet boats however we have seen more fresh fish still entering the system. Fly fishing is the choice of most anglers and a fast sink tip with different colored leach style streamer patterns in different color schemes are the norm.
Great River Fishing Adventures guides have many years’ experience fishing the Upper Pitt River watershed and are knowledgeable about the area and effective techniques to target all species. As Jet Boats and experienced boat handling skills are required to access and fish this river, you rarely see other anglers, and more importantly this area is not over fished. It is truly an adventure that is easily accessible within a day from Vancouver. For a free personalized quote please drop Rick an email at email@example.com
Vedder / Chilliwack River:
We need rain to bring up the river and get the fish that are in the river moving as we are now behind the main runs of Chinook. With the water levels low thefish are starting to stack up in certain holes, aprticulariliy in the upper river. Keep in mind that the sockeye are a non-targeted speces and should not be removed from the water! If you do happen to catch one please release them carefuly and unharmed. They are a species of concern and we need to do our part to ensure that they will be able to thrive as they once did.
If you see chinook rolling and showing themsleves stick it out, they can turn-on at the drop of a hat. Sockeye will also show themselves allot but are typically much smaller and just boil where as chinook will sometimes leap clear of the water or at least get their heads out and their obviously a much larger fish… We have heard of Chinook being taken on jenssen eggs, wool and roe, and the odd one on the fly. Fish are biting best during low liight conditions. Concentrate your efforts to first and last light or cloudy days.
That’s all for now, until next time: tight lines and scream’n reels.