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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – May 26, 2023

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – May 26, 2023

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 25th of May  2023.

Feels like summer has arrived!! What an incredible spring we’re having. With summer like conditions out there it’s hard to imagine anyone that hasn’t felt the need the get out on the water and enjoy the sunshine. Also with Fathers Day quickly approaching it’s time to start planning Dad’s fishing trip with the family, a guided trip makes fantastic memories that the whole family can enjoy. Drop us a line and we’ll get you hooked up. Now onto what’s happening out there…

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With the Fraser in full freshet the river has reached its traditional max height. You may see small bumps and dips in the level but overall we are at the peak and should see a slow steady demise of water levels as we move through June and into July. Despite the high water the fishing has been excellent as there has been very little pressure on the fish and the initial blast of heavy debris has calmed down somewhat. Please keep in mind that three of the spawning channels are now closed to sturgeon fishing (May 15) these are Jesperson’s Side Channel, Herrling Island Side Channel and Seabird Island North Side Channel. Please see map below and check the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more details.

Sturgeon Closures

With the Frasers waters up we find the Fraser Canyon sturgeon season in full swing! 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. 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 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. info

With the waters levels up and warming from the spring freshet, most fish have moved into shallower depths than they we’re 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.

Obviously there can be allot of debris coming down and fishing lines need to be cleaned more often, at least every 20 minutes to make sure that the bait is not covered up. 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 larger debris as well and it is wise to keep an eye up stream of your anchor location for logs that could potentially wreak havoc on you anchor line.

With this high water it can be challenging to bring a large fish to shore since the water levels are most likely in the tree line. Larger fish should never be brought into the boat as the structure of their bodies is not designed to support their weight once out of the water. If getting out of the boat and into shallow water with the fish is not option then anglers need to boat side release the fish or perhaps invest in a side mounted sling cradle to aid in the release. Remember that sturgeon were designed to swim forward and should never be towed by the tail, this will drown them. Everyone of these amazing creatures are special and we need to do our part to ensure that the stocks remain strong for future generations.

What better way is there to spend a clear 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.

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The Pitt is also experiencing an early freshet and this is great news as we will be able to start running the river soon! Starting early this summer we will be offering trips up to this most coveted fishing destination. This special fishery continues through to about mid August but having said that typically the best Bull Trout fishing is during freshet. No explanation why, just know that the numbers do not lie. Bigger fish and numbers.


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


NOW OPEN!! 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!


With the popularity of these accommodations increasing constantly we have managed to add even more to the experience! The 20′ Teepee now has a stand alone rustic covered outdoor kitchen and bathroom with all the goodies to along with it, including a large deck with fire table overlooking the river.

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By moving the kitchen outside we added plenty of space to the interior of this teepee. This teepee is now set up the same as the 26 footer with a king bed and a daybed with trundle (2 regular sized twin beds). This is the ultimate canyon get away for those looking to add to their fishing adventure or just wanting to take in what the historic Fraser Canyon has to offer.


We’ve also added a small teepee for kids looking to get away from their parents… or maybe the other way around. This little teepee is a down scaled version just the right size for children to have their own glamping experience. To have a closer look at the Teepees Click Here For more info or to find out availability please reach out to us at



Fraser Canyon Riverside Domes ~ The Ultimate Staycation Glamping Experience
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. Check out a short video about the Fraser Canyon Riverside Domes.

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 more info or to find out availability please reach out to Alyssa at

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



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