Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – May 17, 2016
Things have been heating up with both the fishing and the weather lately, so timing is great to be thinking of planning fishing trips for the year. We are seeing some faster then normal spring run off in many of the local rivers.
The Vedder/Chillwack River has started to swell thus we have finished our Walk-n-Wade Steelhead adventures for the season. We had incredible trips and were able to help many clients both learn and advance their angling skills. The river has turned to flyfishing only as of May 1st and is open below the Bridge at Vedder crossing. Remember that fly’s like Steelie Zonkers and minnow patterns can be very effective in this time frame. Good luck chasing the “grey ghost”
Sturgeon fishing has been very consistent and probably one of the most productive I have seen in over 10 years. The Fraser River has been on a slow rise for most of March and April and has jumped up fast in the past few days. The slower rise in water has helped the Eulachon run to keep moving upstream, the Sturgeon follow them and they become easier to target in our view. The Eulachon run seems to be one of the biggest in many years and they have been present in the river since mid-March. So whether you are fishing in the Vancouver area, Mission, Chilliwack or Hope there seems to be enough biting fish for everyone. All baits have been working
well but the key ones are Eulachon, Salmon roe, Lamprey and Salmon strips. If you
have never experienced the “Fraser Canyon” this is perfect timing (April to October). Incredible area to fish, amazing scenery, rich with First Nations history and culture and some of the best Sturgeon fishing on the entire river. Give us a call and we can “hook you up”.
Lillooet River fly-fishing has come to an abrupt end as this river went into early freshet and just likely will not come back into shape for the rest of the season. We will look to getting up there again in October. If anyone is travelling up to fish by boat, be careful, as this river can be very dangerous in high flow with lots of big debris. Also remember that we will be hosting our April 2017 Lillooet remote camp so start planning now to get your spot!
Pitt River fly-fishing has started earlier then usual with the river coming up and into shape. It should only be a few weeks before the sea run Dolly Varden and Bull Trout fishing will be excellent. This river fishes excellent from the end of May to August 15th each year and then again in the Fall, mid October to mid November with some rain helping to bring in the Coho Salmon. We have 3 professional fly fishing expert guides that can not only get you into fish but can teach and hone skills from novice to expert fly fishers.
Exciting news is that we have teamed up our resources to now include Ocean fishing trips right from Vancouver so if you are looking for a harvest fishing opportunity we would be more then happy to get you out on the new Grady White fishing machine. Salmon Fishing has been excellent and with the longer 8 hour trips you can even drop the prawn traps and crab traps to up your bounty. Salmon fishing will continue to be very productive and this is a great experience!
The Fraser Valley Salmon Society www.fraservalleysalmonsociety.ca just had their AGM (annual general meeting) in Chilliwack on April 21st and had an excellent turnout of all age anglers. There were 3 key presenters, Joe Daniels the “Fraser River Keeper” www.fraserriverkeeper.com who spoke on the concerns around the Fraser River and the garbage and pollution and how we can work together with the recently formed group FVIDA (Fraser Valley Illegal Dumping Alliance). Rodney Hsu from “Fishing with Rod” www.fishingwithrod.com he updated everyone on the “Chilliwack’s All About Fishing Event” held on March 12 and how it was well supported and had a turnout of 2000 people of all ages. It was a non commercial event and focused on
learning about fishing in the Chilliwack and surrounding area. Scott Lafferty from DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) spoke on Invasive species and how they are spreading through our waterways. How we can spread the word and educate others to kill as many of these as possible. One of the biggest concerns is the ever growing Bass population is devastating to Salmon fry and habitat.
The Fraser Valley Salmon Society has now been together for 31 years and leads the way to protect the rights for all fishermen. I encourage as many of you as possible to become members, this can be done online on the website or by contacting me personally.
Keep our waterways clean and educate all to pack out what they packed in and to always pick up a little more. We are all proud of our recreational area so we have to keep up the effort to make it clean for the future generations.
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><