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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 5, 2024

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 5, 2024

With Fathers Day right around the corner we are amping up for the upcoming summer season, which promises to be a very busy one. Still not sure what to get Dad for his special day? Why not take him fishing? Gift certificates available in all denominations. Drop us a line and we’ll get you hooked up. Now to the scene on the rivers.

With the Frasers waters up we find ourselves entering the much anticipated Fraser Canyon sturgeon season! It is in this higher water that canyon truly shines and provides some of the finest sturgeon to be had on the planet. In fact the fishing has been ultra-steady with good numbers of above average fish coming on every outing thus far. 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 us a line and we’ll be more than happy to help organize one of our Ultimate Fraser Canyon Sturgeon trips with you.

With the rising waters levels and temperature, most fish have moved into shallower depths than they were in the late winter. This spring movement will typically spread the fish out somewhat and one is best served to keep moving trying different anchor drops, remember moving 30 feet can sometimes make the difference. Rule of thumb: if you haven’t had a bite in 45 minutes pick up the anchor and move, at least a little.

The annual Eulachon run has come to an end and although some are still seeing success with this oily baitfish its time to start using different baits. 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.

With the Fraser in full freshet the visibility in the water is almost zero. Be ultra-vigilant when boating the river as there are many rock bars that are just submersed at the moment. Also keep in mind that with the rising water comes the debris and it is wise to keep an eye up stream of your anchor location for logs and other debris that could potentially wreak havoc on you anchor line.

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.

The Pitt is also experiencing freshet and this is great news as it has brought in a decent number of Bull Trout already! This special fishery continues through the summer but having said that typically the best Bull Trout fishing is during freshet, which is now until the first week of July. No explanation why, just know that the numbers do not lie. Bigger fish and numbers.

Of note is that the river seems to be running considerably “cleaner” this year in that water visibility, even in freshet, has been outstanding. Our only guess is that during the fall high water  an upper river clay bank, or the like, has run its course and is no longer adding “color” to the water. If you are going to try running your jet boat up the Pitt River keep in mind that this is a shallow water fishery and not the place for an unexperienced jet boater. The river has changed dramatically from last year and will continue to “move” around as the season progresses. This is not the place to run into trouble as it is a remote river and help can be far away…

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 us an email at


Take Dad fishing for his special day!! Then relax in luxurious accommodations 

Give the gift that every parent wants, to spend some relaxing time with family and friends… and why not catch a few fish on the way? Everyone wins!! Great River Fishing has gift certificates available in any denomination just drop us a line at and we’ll get you hooked up!!

Fraser Canyon Riverside Domes are open for the 2024 season!
These 2 Geodesic Domes are the ultimate headquarters to your Fraser Canyon sturgeon fishing adventure! Nestled onto an amazing piece of property right on the banks of the mighty Fraser River near Yale BC, it is ideally situated for the outdoor enthusiast, angler and nature lover looking to get away and enjoy what the Fraser Canyon has to offer. Boasting over a thousand feet of riverfront your guide will pick and drop you off via jet boat for an amazing day up the highly scenic Fraser Canyon chasing some of the largest sturgeon in the world.

These state of the art geodesic domes represent the new standard for all things “glamping”. Handsomely appointed and offering all the luxuries of home these structures and surrounding property will leave you breathless. Stargaze from inside your dome and enjoy 550 square feet of living space heated with a propane fireplace, as well as air conditioned to achieve your maximum comfort level.  Enjoy the wood burning cedar hot tub next to the river and take full advantage of the massive deck with a unique fire table and BBQ to enjoy your favorite cuisine. Then end your day next to a cozy fire in the beautifully created pit with wood provided (not in fire season). For a closer look at the Domes check out a short YouTube video here . For more info or to find out availability please reach out to Alyssa at

GRFA has joined forces with one of the top accommodation providers along the mighty Fraser, the Fraser River Lodge. This first class operation is known for its world class customer service, absolutely stunning food and luxurious accommodations in one of the most spectacular soundings in the Fraser Valley. Check out this quick video for a peak at these plush accommodations.

Offering packages from quaint single or small groups to large corporate events the lodge can accommodate all of your needs. This is truly one of the finest accommodation providers in BC and we are very excited to be able to work alongside them. Leave the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and come relax, stay and play with us at Fraser River Lodge. For more info please do not hesitate to reach out.

Fraser Canyon Teepee Escape
What an awesome way to relax and unwind after pitting your muscle and mind against the all mighty white sturgeon. Dates are dwindling fast for this summer and many weekend are now full. If you’re at all interested, don’t delay, drop us a line today.


These Teepee’s are located on the banks of the Fraser Canyon near Yale BC and offer a truly unique experience for those wishing to do a little “Glamping” in style. Guides can pick you up right from your personal river bank steps away from the teepees and drop you off again after a fun filled day of chasing dinosaurs in one of the most scenic river stretches in BC. Or spend the day exploring the incredible countryside and rich history of the Fraser Canyon and its importance during the Gold Rush of 1858 and First Nation culture and history. These teepees are your base camp for your next outdoor adventure!


That’s it for now. Conserve our waters and here’s to great fishing, forever…



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