Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 3rd of November 2017.
Winter arrived early this past week and temperatures have dropped dramatically in the last 2 days. Do not despair the weathermen promise us another warming trend toward the middle of next week and we’re looking forward to temperatures normalizing. November can really be a sleeper month to fishermen in the Fraser Valley. Traditionally the sturgeon fishing remains very good with all the early chum salmon carcasses in the river and a certain sense of urgency with winter coming puts them on the bite well. Also, the late returns of Coho salmon show up and stage in the Dewdney slough and Harrison River. Currently Chum are still in almost all the systems that hold them, and they too sometimes have a late push of chromers that shoot up to the Harrison at this time of year.
The Fraser is a little high at the moment but will drop fast with this cold snap. Most other system like the Harrison and Vedder Rivers are already down and we’ll probably see them drop some more this week with temperatures coming down. Warmer temperatures and Rain are forecasted towards the end of next week and this should really put the fish on the bite.
When fishing tidally influenced water such as the Dewdney and Lower Stave keep in mind that your best bite is around the slack tides with high slack being the best. We typically look at the New Westminster tide charts and add 2 to 3 hours depending on the system fished.
Right now anglers are catching chum and coho in the Stave and Harrison River as well as the Dewdney Slough. Most anglers targeting coho in these systems are utilizing spinning gear and throwing spinners and spoons in the slack water where the coho love to stage. Also, fly anglers have been having some decent success using slime lines and small streamer patterns in the same water.
Although some chum will come to those fishing the slack water for coho the chum tend to be best targeted in slightly faster moving water. Most anglers are running traditional float fishing rigs with the typical array of jigs, wool and corkies and the fly fisher’s swinging sink tips and brighter flashy flies.
When fishing tidally influenced water such as the Dewdney and Lower Stave keep in mind that your best bite is around the slack tides with high slack being the best. We typically look at the New Westminster tide charts and add 2 to 3 hours depending the system fished.
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The sturgeon fishing has been consistent as of late. Allot of fish have pushed down from the upper Fraser and the lower river is now producing good numbers. With the early run of chum dying off on mass now, the sturgeon have been very much fattening up on them for the winter and you can really tell, most of them look like butterballs and are very girthy… almost all fish are 10 to 20 percent heavier than 2 months ago!! Decent size average and decent numbers have been the norm lately.
Sturgeon has been primarily targeting the dead chum in the river. Using much of anything else has not been very productive. Roe and single eggs have really been the ticket lately but do not hesitate to try some flesh as well, particularly when targeting larger fish.
Fish have been starting to stack in their deep winter holes and if you find a few, stick around, there’s bound to be more. Some guides have been doing very well fishing the shallower edges of the holes as well, especially for larger specimens, as they sit next to the dying salmon waiting for them to perish.
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That’s it for now. Conserve our waters and here’s to great fishing, forever…