Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – May 20, 2014
SOCKEYE…SOCKEYE…SOCKEYE…Looking forward to another incredible year of fishing one should not fail to mention the potential 65 million Sockeye Salmon that is due to migrate through the Fraser River in August to mid September. It is likely we will have a harvest opportunity that could extend upwards of an entire month (mid August to mid September). If you are looking to get out we are still taking bookings for 4, 6 and 8 hour adventures – please try to book far in advance as we are filling up quickly.
It’s a very interesting time of the year with so much going on with fishing in many different river systems. I love this time of year when most think Sturgeon fishing is non productive due to the high water levels. I would like to let you in on a few things that I know about high water conditions and Sturgeon fishing.
It is this time of the year when Sturgeon become super aggressive and almost like they are on “Red Bull”. When you hook a fish even at 3 to 5 feet they are out of the water and racing to get away from you, many leaps and powerful runs that really is the “thrill” of Sturgeon fishing. The days may not yield as many numbers of fish but it really depends on what you are looking for as an experience. Yes catching 10 to 30 Sturgeon is fun but having fish that pull like freight trains and with that never want to give up attitude really brings something to the table. So “just saying” when you think the conditions may be high dirty water, and look like we should not be out there, trust me when our team of GRFA Guides believes that this timing is incredible for Sturgeon fishing.
Last week we were out fishing in the Fraser Canyon and hooked up a great fish that really gave us an incredible battle and to date this season was my largest for that area. It was also another fish that was not tagged prior, so another nice fish to get into the mark recapture program. Harry, Craig, Gary and Will enjoyed the day in this peaceful scenic area of the Fraser River and we have planned another return trip for 2 days in August.
We also had a chance last week to team up with Rod from www.fishingwithrod.com and do some work on the short film for the Fraser River Discovery Center in New Westminster www.fraserriverdiscovery.org on some facts and info on Sturgeon – really a hands on one and one up close and personal with this great fish. We had Shannon and Mike as well as 2 youth fishers that really enjoyed catching their 1st ever true living
dinosaur. There seems to be a real connection with kids and youth and we are seeing a real rise in Family Fishing Adventures over the past few years. Hopefully once the film presentation is finished and is shown at the FRDC it will bring even more young people and families out to see what this is like on the river with our team of educational guides. Another win win in the world of fishing and life.
The Vedder River is still open although the river below the Vedder bridge is a little high there is some fun to be had on the fly rod. Many smolts are migrating to the ocean and seem to be very aggressive with almost any fly you want to use. The river closes on June 1st and the re-opens on July 1st when there will be Chinook salmon migrating in for the summer run fishery that many go out and enjoy fishing.
The Harrison River has been fishing well for Cutthroat and as the water in the Fraser River starts backing up it will create higher water conditions in the Harrison as well. Kilby area and the Harrison Bay area will open up to a mecca of opportunity to explore and chase feeding Cutthroat and Rainbows. Another fun fishery when all this is happening is the whitefish and the pike
minnow fishing, it’s easy and can be loads of fun for young fishers and adults alike. As mentioned in our last report fry patterns and epoxy minnows are key to success at this time of the year and using intermediate clear lines and stripping fast when you find a ball of bait. Watch for birds on the water and activity these are fish nomads and they can be almost anywhere in bays and covering 10 miles of this river system.
The Pitt River is now coming into shape and is the next up and coming incredible wilderness fly-fishing trip to be considered for May, June, July and up to mid August. There are numerous different reasons why this should be on your list, pristine, remote, scenic, wildlife and great fly-fishing. You have a chance to fish and
enjoy a river that very few get a chance to ever even see. These next 3 months are the very best of the entire season and this venue should not be missed. If you are looking to become a better and more proficient fly angler, our GRFA team guides are the most knowledgeable and dedicated fly anglers you will ever find. Their skill and determination to give you a experience that will give you a better understanding how to fly fish, read water and to make each day on the water the best it can be is what they love to share.
The Lillooet River is done for the season now and we will be revisiting in the late Fall possibly November and then we will be running our 2015 fly fishing camp there. If you are interested in booking a group or have some friends that want to fly fish this river send us an email and get on the list.
Writing this report and living a life of fishing and all aspects of running this business is still what I look forward to each and everyday of the year! Being with so many great clients and friends on the water throughout the year is the reward that we can never be thankful enough for. Thanks to all our faithful clients, followers, believers and we hope to continue on for many many more years!
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><