Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – July 7, 2014
There seems to be a lot going on these days on all the local rivers and tributaries and we are only at the half point of the year with much more great fishing to come. The Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river and we should be nearing the peak of the Early summer run by about July 5th. The mid Fraser from Chilliwack to Hope has been producing some great Sturgeon fishing and the Fraser Canyon too. Some wonder why it is the Fraser Canyon is deemed such a unique place to Sturgeon fish, it’s easy to explain, give us a call. The Upper Pitt River has been fishing very good swinging fly’s on both single and double handed rods, we even had a surprise earlier this week with non-target species.
Important in for 2014 Summer Fishing Season:
I would also like to take the time this week to recognize all the other user groups on the Fraser River and to, we all fish the river and we have to make efforts to understand the fisheries going on and how we are all affected. One of the fisheries that is happening now is the FSC (Food Social and Ceremonial) for our First Nation’s brothers. This fishery for Chinook at this time is typically on the weekends and is from sawmill Creek to below the Portmann Bridge. The openings are usually different for set netting and for drift fishing to give equal opportunity to each fisher and method. Last weekend June
21 only – the fishing times were (set nets – 7 am to 5pm and drift netting from 8am – 2pm). You should take the time to understand that there is limited time for First Nations to get their FSC fish and one should try to not interfere with there drifts and their process whenever possible. Try not to drive too close to set nets which can cause a net to move and become dislodged by the heavy wake from your boat. Courteousness goes a long way on the river and at times when drifting especially, it is easy not to see each other and the net can be coming down the river very fast in certain area’s.
My suggestion would be if you are Sturgeon fishing, then it is easy to move to different area’s where nets are not actively drifting. This promotes respect and being
aware of other needs. I always say that it is very important to have more friends on the river; the more friends the better as you never know when you may need help yourself.
In a short time we are going to be in Sockeye timing in a few weeks and we could have another record run size and all user groups (First Nations, Commercial and Recreational) will all want a fair opportunity to get fish. This could and will be problematic, so if we all watch out for each other. Try never to put someone in an unsafe situation, if you are bottom bouncing on a gravel bar from the Sumas River to Hope area and a net comes down the river, then bring your gear in and let them fish through, once they are by, then everyone can continue on. There is enough fish for all and I feel it is our responsibility to lead the way as recreationalists.
The Area “E” gillnet fishery will likely get a chance to harvest Sockeye and this will likely be mid to late August, this takes place from Mission to the mouth of the ocean. Watching for their nets and staying out of the way is very important, those days are good days to stay up river or way off to the sides of the river. Set a great example for all to see and that in my thoughts goes a long long way to keep any potential tensions to a minimum. The idea in my mind is that we all need to come home safely at the end of each fishing day. If anyone has any questions on these fisheries and or need more clarification, I am always available by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has been very good in all area’s, our team has had some great catches in all sectors of the river. The river has been dropping for over 3 weeks now and this really helps to bring stability to the fishery. You can now safely fish and productively fish from Vancouver to Yale. Lower river has been producing around the Mission bridge, the mills below the race track, Below the Stave and at the end of Crescent Island, the booms by Whonock, Haney Marine area down to Kanaka Creek and also all around Douglas Island just above the Portmann Bridge. The Mid River has been good by Hatzic in the flats and drop area’s near the sand bank, Strawberry Island along the pilings, the canal, the center section, devils run and bedsprings, jug hole, Cattermole, the boat launch hole, Mountain bar, Mount Woodside in the back eddy, Jesperson’s in the flats, Agassiz Bridge.
There is also lots of water to explore and fish from Agassiz Bridge to Hope and these area’s can reap rewards, Cheam View in the back channel area, Peter’s road across from Spring Island and by the power lines, Johnson slough, Ruby Creek and above Hunter creek. I find that anywhere you can stick an anchor in the riverbed you have potential to catch Sturgeon, location, knowledge and great bait is the recipe for success.
I continue to try to teach the value of circle hooks and how they really work well for Sturgeon fishing. I use Maruto Hooks and they are the best I have ever seen or used – you can check these hooks out online at http://www.maruto-ryobi.com/MarutoHooks.html and better yet go see Maruto hooks in person at Riverside Tackle http://www.rsfat.com Gary is the owner and he will gladly lead you down the right road to finding the perfect hook for your needs. Personally my favorite is the 348 SSC in the 8/0 sizing – these hooks are wicked cool !! Very reasonably priced and if you want to have a real Japanese built top quality hook for all your fishing needs, call Gary at Riverside Tackle, he knows these hooks inside and out!
The Upper Pitt River has continued to be fantastic for fly-fishing in June and we are expecting the same for July to mid August. We have had out numerous of clients that are fly fishing and many that are not and the experience with one of our top Pitt River guides allows them to learn the art of single hand casting and double hand Spey. There is no road access to this river and we are very happy about that, it still has that untouched and not crowded feel, just the way fly-fishing should be. This river has stayed in prime condition this season and has had little fluctuation in height. Many anglers that have used our service with Curtis, Ben and Chad have had the fishing trip of a lifetime. It won’t be long before we see the Sockeye in the river and Chinook. We found a non-target Chinook a week or so ago and it was our long time client Giles who was able to steer this beauty in for a quick picture and then off it went. Only about 45 days left to fish this nice system before it gets to low to be productive, so if you are thinking about coming to join us for a day email myself email@example.com or Matt firstname.lastname@example.org at our offices to get more information. Late year bookings will also be taken for the Coho run from October 15th – November 15th – this trip is booked only when the water levels are safe for you to have a successful adventure and there are fish in the system.
Another overlooked fishery and beautiful place to visit and fish is Chilliwack Lake. Only 40 minutes from the freeway, a glacier lake that is over 1000 feet deep in places. It has incredible fishing for both Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. Trolling is a relaxing way to have some productive catch, we use quickfish lures and apex in the slim green and downriggers can really help. If not ensure you have enough weight to get you down. You do not have to be in the middle of the lake to catch fish because the lake has so much structure you only need to find humps and bumps and keep travelling back and forth and the fish will keep biting. Another fun method for kids is to bottom fish around Dolly Varden creek at the far end of the lake; get into 45 to 65 feet of water and use light line (we prefer 6 lb braid) and a 12 inch leader with a little bell weight, small trout hook and a little roe or single eggs. Drop it to the bottom, hold your rod still and wait for the little bite (and we mean little). Set hook right away and enjoy the fight of some nice strong fish. We do not harvest these in this area but we have heard they make great table fair and remember you don’t have to kill your limit, but limiting your catch is the way to a sustainable future for all fisheries.
I would say that is about it for this report and we hope that you have learned a thing or two about the great fishing opportunities we are so fortunate to have in our area. I can finally understand now why people are so jealous of where we live, unlimited opportunity in such a beautiful landscape.
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Have a great month of July and remember to always take out more garbage than you brought in. Keep our rivers and surrounding area’s clean for all other users.
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <