Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 3rd of October 2017.
October is upon us, or as we like to say R’October, this is “the” time of year to get out on the water and enjoy the bounty that Mother Nature provides us every fall. With salmon and sturgeon available at our doorsteps here’s the low down on what’s happening out there…
The Fraser River and all its tributaries are very low for this time of year. The extremely dry summer and early fall have brought the rivers down to historical lows for late September. We have not seen conditions like this for over 20 years!!
This has many of the salmon runs showing up late and traversing the river slowly. This bodes well for the late season but does not help us in the short term. Last weekend’s rains did help somewhat and we saw an up-tick in Chum numbers almost immediately. Also, with the rains, the lower Fraser River Albion Test Fishery has started to see allot of Chum in the last few days, over 200 Chum today alone!! These schools of salmon should be at our door step with in the next week and the fishing should follow suit. Fingers crossed…
Behind these schools of Chum we should start seeing the first real pushes of Coho and Fall Chinook bound for the Harrison River and other upstream spawning tributaries. There are some in the system at the moment but it’s been unreliable and sporadic for them. Look to seeing this improve very soon.
Currently the Pink salmon have basically finished their run and the remnants of them are still in the river, spawning and dying. There are a few fresh ones still around but it has gotten very tough over the last week and very few showing in the Test Fishery.
Most anglers are Bar fishing at the moment targeting Chinook and early Chum. Bar fishing is a simple techinque were one fish’s a spreader bar with a large spin glo and heavy weight. This is more of a chuck and wait for a bite kind of fishery.
Fly fishing has been effective for the pinks and the early chum that are already in. Fly anglers have been utilizing heavy sinktips and intruder style flies fished on a swing from the slower gravel bars. You may never see the Fraser in as prime of fly condition for this time of year again, visibility is excellent.
Also, one can throw twitch’n jigs, spoons and spinners in the quieter waters and back eddies. What ever your speed there is something out there for you now. Your local tackle store can help you through the maze of gear and techniques available.
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Although it can be a little to day to day the sturgeon fishing has been very consistent lately. With the end of the pinks near, sturgeon have been very much fattening up 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 a month ago!! Good size average and decent numbers have been the norm lately.
Sturgeon have been primarily targeting the dead pinks in the river. Using much of anything else has not been very productive. Keep in mind that Pinks remain closed to retention in the river!! Anglers have been using the dead fish found on the beach or sourcing them from other rivers and areas that remain open.
Fish have been stacking up in the deeper 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, especially for larger specimens, as they sit next to the dying salmon waiting for them to perish.
As noted above the river is very, very low and one really needs to be careful out there right now, we have seen a few boats high and dry on the gravel bars. Of particular note the old Five Fingers stretch of river (Wellington Bar to Bowmans Bar) is very touchy and a prop driven boat should steer clear of this area. Definitely want to keep an eye out for shallow bars and watch your sounders as your running even in a jet boat.
Even with the lower water the Canyon continues to produce both numbers and size. 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 inexperienced jet boater, especially in low water. 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 Rick a line and he’ll be more than happy to help organize one of our Ultimate Fraser Canyon Sturgeon trips with you. email@example.com
What better way is there to spend a warm autumn 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.
That’s it for now. Conserve our waters and here’s to great fishing, forever…