Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – March 5, 2014
Fraser River in Chilliwack. We had clients going out tomorrow for Sturgeon fishing and we have had to call and cancel, we will not be able to get the boats into the river safely. Hopefully things will sort themselves out by midweek as I have some longtime clients coming to Sturgeon fish with me for 2 days and I was looking forward to a great early Springtime outing with them.
This leads me to the report on Sturgeon fishing which has been good lately with a number of GRFA team guides out fishing in various areas from Chilliwack to Vancouver. Some key locations have been below the train bridge on the Harrison, the mouth of the Harrison at the confluence, Duncan Rock, below the mouth of the Sumas River, Hatzic flats, Matsqui Island, below the Stave River, Albion Ferry at MacMillan Island, Truncated Pipe by the Miner, bottom end of Barnston Island and inside Douglas Island. All these locations hold feeding fish at this time of the year but you need to be there when they are feeding and have the right bait on that day or hour. Sometimes we change up 2 or 3 times in a 4 hour duration just to see what is working well. Best baits right now are single eggs in roe sacks, raw roe (Chum seems to work the best), Lamprey Eels and Eulachon.
Steelhead fishing on the Chilliwack / Vedder River has stayed very consistent with the up and down of the temperatures. We have been very lucky with the water levels and this has helped immensely. There has been loads of wild fish over the past two weeks but we have seen an influx of Hatchery fish too which has been encouraging for those looking to harvest a nice fish. GRFA team guides have been hitting the river hard, seems they are all addicts who just can’t get enough days on the rivers chasing these grey ghosts. There has been fish scattered throughout the entire river and also a few pockets of good fish numbers that were moving upriver this past week. If you were lucky to find this pocket you may have seen a 4 to 9 steelhead day and for this time of the year that is incredible.
Catching a Steelhead on the fly is pretty much one of those things that is on the list of “wow factor” in one’s life. Getting out at this time of the year and for the next few months is the time when you really have a great chance of hooking up. Both single hand fly casting and Spey casting are great on the river. One of the best fly’s still today is the egg sucking leech and or various versions of intruders. Our GRFA team has a lineup of amazing fly angler instructional guides that can show you the in’s and out’s of how to get some hookup action and hone your skills.
Trout fishing on the mainstem Fraser River has been limited over the past few weeks with some various conditions from week to week. The river is bull low again this Spring, some of the lowest water levels we have seen in 10 years. Good news is the fish are still moving around and this can make it a little easier to target them with easier access to certain locations. We are prime time in the next two weeks for some great fishing in the Blueridge area, soon as we get a burst of warm sun those fish will be teaming in there. If you are fly fishing try a bee pattern as they will be falling from the tree’s above and the fish will be smashing them. It will also be time soon for some of the Pink Salmon fry to be starting to migrate, so never be caught without some fry patterns. Other good locations right now are just downstream from Island 22 towards the Hope River confluence and the flats out from Cattermoles.
Well that’s it for this report and if you are not excited about the upcoming year of great fishing and prospects of good Salmon fishing, you should be. I will be compiling a 2014 Salmon forecast in the next week or so, but all reports we have read indicate another banner year for great fishing for everyone.
We urge all of you to get involved locally with some of your great clubs and society’s, looking after the future of all fisheries and outdoors in Beautiful British Columbia should be at the forefront of each and every angler using our resource today!
Keep cleaning up our rivers, on your way, while you are there and on your way home and we will make a difference.
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><