Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – August 10, 2014
The Salmon fishing is here and in great numbers, seems like the ocean survival rate was good and we now have a fabulous run of Sockeye migrating up the Fraser River and it’s tributaries. This is excellent news for all user groups on the river (First Nations, Commercial and Recreational) and should be a bounty of economic boost for Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Along with the Sockeye we have seen some of the best numbers in years for Chinook (King) Salmon migration and in mid July when the recreational opening was announced there was a flurry of over 75 Chinook landed while bar fishing right straight across from Island 22 (Queen’s Bar) by our team of guides. This spin n glo style of fishing is really coming back and is a very social way of targeting fish with a fixed rod and reel either from the boat or on the sand bars. The bar fishing season from here to into December will be very good. I personally urge anyone who has not tried this to see how rewarding it can be both for family fishing.
The Sockeye fishery will most likely last until early or mid September so there will be many user’s on the river and although it seems busy at times there are still a number of spots to go with little pressure. Please try to remember this is a harvest fishery and these fish are great to eat, so they are very sought after. Once many anglers have their bounty for the day it is encouraged to make room for others, so that the experience can be good for everyone. Enjoy the fish and fishery as it only comes every 4 years in these great numbers, most in the world today can only stand back and marvel at what we have here in British Columbia. We have lots to be grateful for and it should not be taken for granted.
Education on the river is something we can all use a little more of at times a few simple rules that will make each day a rewarding one on the river:
- Be considerate to others on the river and watch around you for other user groups fishing, whether it is First Nations, Commercial or recreational fishers, we are all using the same water.
- Ensure you keep a safe distance between your boat and other boats, we like to take our boats off step when approaching or passing by smaller vessels whenever possible. Take note of First Nation fishers that are picking their nets, as they can be very vulnerable to your large wake on the river.
- Give people room on the bars of the river and share information with fellow anglers, please remember, we are all learning each and everyday on the river and helping others and being nice takes no extra effort at all. The experience for everyone will be more rewarding.
- Please pick up you garbage and also take a little extra home with you each and everyday. Travellers come here from all over the world and we should try hard to show them we are proud of our area. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth; we need to keep it clean.
- If you see violators on the river use your resources to make a report – the ORR Line (Observe, Report and Record), is a special phone line set up by Fisheries and Oceans to file reports. Leave your name and number and ask for a call back, give the details to the on duty personnel and ask to have your local Fisheries Officer call you back. If we want everyone to be accountable then we have to report to the right authority – the number is 1-800-465-4336
More on fishing the rivers – Sturgeon fishing on the river has stayed very constant, some slow days and some incredible days, personally I love them all and to be out on the rivers chasing the chance at hooking up a monster fish still makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. There are endless possibilities when Sturgeon you just need to keep and open mind when looking for new locations, try stepping outside the box and you will find a world of new locations that hold fish. The summer months mean migrating fish and even in less then 6 feet of water you can find giants. One of my favorite baits this time of year is full size fish
heads and trust me if you have not tried these before, the bite and the results tell the story – hook em through the nose and let the fish load up the rod, set the hook and hang on! I typically target slower flow rate water spots as it seems the bait does not spin then and lays nice, very presentable in other words and easy pickings for our Mr. Big Sturgeon. As for area’s to fish, it is pretty wide open right now so if you are anywhere from the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver you should do well. With lots of Salmon in the river we stick mainly to Salmon parts this time of the year.
The Upper Pitt River has been fishing amazing this season and if any of you are looking to book for 2015 season, you should consider it soon. We have sold out the rest of the summer season and have a waiting list for 2015 from June to mid August. If you have not tried this incredible wilderness fly fishing mecca, it is time you put it on your to do list. Our team of instructional professional
Pitt River Guides (Curtis, Ben and Chad), they are hands down simply the best!
The Lillooet River Wilderness Fly Fishing Camp will be running in April 2015 and we have a list of anglers now that are wanting to be matched up and also groups of 3 anglers with bookings for the instructional on water days with our team. This remote river is fished by few and holds some amazing days with numerous fish species to be caught on both single and double handed fly rods. We will be offering 3 and 6 day trips and only 21 days for the camp. We also offer day trips through the winter months, so let us know if you are interested and we will get you the information.
We are so super busy in the offices and also on the rivers it is hard to keep up with writing at this time of the year so – although we want to keep you in touch with what is happening we also encourage you to check out www.fishingwithrod.com for daily reports – this is the website that has it all. Rod has done an incredible job and he is our go to guy for “what’s happening” – check it out, you will find a wealth of information on his forum.
We look forward to an incredible Fall fishing season just around the corner and look forward to seeing the many returning clients and friends. Seeing the many new clients this season has been wonderful and we appreciate your business and having the ability to take you out and introduce you to some of the best fishing in the entire world. We love our business and how it continues to grow and we try hard each and everyday to make your experience with our team the best it can be.
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“The journey never ends when you share the passion”
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><