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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 18, 2020

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 18, 2020

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 18th of June 2020.

With the official start of summer right around the corner we find ourselves approaching the 3rd phase of the BC Health Office (BCHO) Covid scale down and we are once again open for business! Rest assure that GRFA will be doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our guests. We recognize that this pandemic is still very reel and our actions will determine the BCHO decisions on protocols being reinstated or removed. In saying this we would like to reassure you that all will be done within reason to make sure that boats, rods, tackle etc… will be as sterile as possible and your safety is paramount as we move into a post pandemic situation. Please feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions or concerns. Now onto the important stuff… fishing


The Fraser River has crested and is starting its slow descent. This opens more water to fish; as the currents subside we can anchor in more and different spots. This also gets the fish more spread out and most feeding fish can be found in shallower water, less than 30 feet. Like most fish, sturgeon typically become very active as the river levels drop and warm will start to move actively searching out food. The trick is finding them… and then its “hang on” time as they have been jumping repeatedly and making blistering runs!


With the water on its way down try lamprey, coarse fish, single salmon eggs , roe and maybe even a little salmon meat. At this time of year the fish tend to be on the prowl and although some baits will outperform others the fish will tend to be more opportunistic.

Be ultra-vigilant when boating on the river as there is still a lot of debris coming down the Fraser. One is also wise to keep an eye upstream while anchored for logs and trees that may hang up on your anchor line and or fishing line; they can really make a mess in hurry. With all the debris you will need to check baits a little more often to ensure that they are also clear of small debris.


The Fraser Canyon has been fishing very well as of late and we have seen some truly huge fish. 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 obvious as the water levels tend to hide the really good spots. It’s also an area with massive rocks and underwater crevices that love to snag anchors and fishing gear, if you are uncertain about an area it would be wise to keep moving. If you’re interested in trying your hand at biggest of the big in one of the most spectacular venues 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 spring 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.

pink_salmon_005UPPER PITT RIVER:
The recent cooler weather has dropped the water levels on the Pitt and with this low water we are experiencing some very clear water fishing. This can make the bull trout fishing a little challenging, however with the weatherman promising warmer weather we are looking forward to some epic days. Because the Pitt is glacier fed, water levels have been fluctuating with any warm weather bumping the river up and cool days bringing it down fast. Keep in mind it takes a whole lot of rain to even move the river level a little at this time of year, in fact, rain typically means the river will be on the drop.  If you are interested in trying out this river for the first time it is boat access only and the river can be treacherous to run for a novice jet boater, be careful and play safe.


The fish have been scattered and it’s best to keep moving. 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. With the water fluctuating try smaller patterns when its clear and larger robust patterns when its colored up.


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


Report Poaching & Illegal Activities:

With the Covid restrictions in place the rivers have fewer eyes on them then ever and it is at these times that poachers and others that would do it harm can move more freely and take advantage of the situation. It’s up to us to be diligent and report any illegal activity that we see; however before you do please be certain that you are in the right and follow some guide lines. Here is a link with what we feel is the right procedure and protocol to ensure proper reporting. Click Here



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