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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – July 27, 2017

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – July 27, 2017

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the  27th of July 2017.

2017.07.25EBefore we get to the fishing, we’d like to congratulate one of our guides, Chad for landing his first 10 foot sturgeon with Great River Fishing Adventure!! Although Chad has come close to the magic 10 foot mark on many occasions this is his first sturgeon with GRFA over the mark and we’d like to take a moment and celebrate this amazing fish.

Tibor, a regular guest with GRFA from Hungary, hooked this monster on Sunday the 23rd and after an epic battle and a few heart stopping jumps the fish came to hand and was released back in to the murky depths to fight another day. Please “Like” the Video and help us congratulate both Tibor and Chad on this phenomenal specimen.


Now let’s get to what’s happening on the fishing front…


2017.07.25DThe Fraser is still dropping but not nearly at the rate of a week ago. Water that was too fast to fish a few weeks ago is starting to slow down and become fishable. As the water drops more and more fishing grounds opens up and the “holes” are getting more fishable 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 and one needs to be more careful when running the river, especially with a prop propelled boat.

The river also has a good number of salmon in it 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.

2017.07.25CThe Canyon continues to produce both numbers and size.  It’s dropping fast and the fishing is getting faster it has been ultra-steady with good numbers of above average fish coming on every charter. 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 unexperienced 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.

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.


Pitt River:

2017.07.25BThe river has been very up and down in terms of water levels. Latley it has been very low and become tough to run with a jet boat, this is not the place for novice jet boaters!! Because the Pitt is glacier fed, water levels have still been fluactuating with any warm weather bumping the river up and cool days bring ing it down fast. If you are intersed 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.

2017.07.25AFishing  seems to be day to day with new bunch’s of fish pushing in every few days. The fish have been scattered and it’s been best to keep moving. Some salmon have been reported in the river but not huge numbers as of yet. We need a good bump of rain or hot weather to melt the glacier and raise the water levels to help bring them in. 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

Vedder / Chilliwack River:

2017.07.25FWe need rain to bring up the river a little and get the fish that are in the river moving as well as some fresh fish into the river. With the water levels low thefish are starting to stack up in certain holes. We have sen both Chinook and Sockeye through out the sytem now with some good concentrations in the middle stretch around the crossing. 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.





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