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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – October 6, 2020

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – October 6, 2020

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 6th of October 2020.

The summer like weather we are enjoying now coupled with the monsoon like weather from late September has really spurred on the fishing opportunities locally. It’s time to hit the water and enjoy the harvest season and the bounties that Mother Nature has in store for us this season. Here’s what’s going on…


The Fraser rose dramatically with interior rains really driving up the water and now we find ourselves fishing a dropping river and conditions are prime. With salmon returns finally starting up in earnest the big boys of the deep are waking up and we’ve been seeing some truly large fish as of late.

Sturgeon seem to be actively searching out food at the moment and many guides are reporting fish in shallower waters 30’ or less. Having said this, don’t forgo the deeper water, especially if you’re seeing fish breach. With the fish moving around a little more, its best to give it a little longer at each anchor drop and hope for a buzzer beater fish.

Most anglers are running a smattering of baits to entice these dinosaurs. Bait of choice has still been coarse fish as salmon returns are a little late this season. We should see them really switching gears to Chum parts and roe very soon as salmon numbers increase in the local rivers.

The Fraser River is dropping hard 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.

With most things fishing being a little late this year the Canyon is holding on very well, in fact it is on fire at the moment and continues to produce both numbers and size on every trip!! 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, especially in low water. Please be very careful!! Also keep in mind that anchoring in the Canyon is much different than the lower river and one can find themselves stuck very easily as the big water surges and pushes their boat. 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.


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.


With the heavy rains from late September raising the waters salmon have suddenly showed up in fishable numbers. Conditions are prime as the waters have resided, however success seems to be more of a day to day thing at the moment as push’s of fish come in schools. As we move into October we are poised to see quite the return of Coho and Chinook from all accounts reported in the saltwater. Chum are also looking fairly good as well, however these numbers are not always as accurate as other species, stay tuned. Keep in mind that the Fraser itself remains closed to any salmon fishing however all the tributaries that traditionally hold runs of salmon are open. Please consult your regulations for limits and restrictions.


The Vedder is really experiencing a good run of Coho and Chinook at the moment with quite a few Chum showing as well. Fish are throughout the river already and pressure has been high.  Anglers are running the usual gamut of float fishing gear to entice these fish. Only word of advice would be to use smaller offerings whether that be wool/bead combos, jigs or spawn sacs. Also worthy of note, the mouth of the river has been producing well on the slack tides with anglers working spoons and spinners.


The Harrison has just started to see its annual returns of coho and chum which is a little late compared to years previous. Most anglers are concentrating their time to the lower river just above the confluence of the Fraser and are fishing jigs, spinners and spoons. The upper river has some fish present and those in the know are getting a few. Keep in mind that the river has a lot of sockeye in the upper river and these fish are all non-target. If you happen to get one please release it as quickly and gently as possible.

Vedder River Steelhead Fishing

The Stave river has seen a few fish already but very little to report there. The Dewdney slough and Chehalis river have not seen any good pushes of fish yet but should start up in the next week or two. These systems are traditionally later than most and will typically hold on well into November. Stay tuned for more…

Salmon Fishing

“GRFA has decades and decades worth of knowledge when it comes to targeting salmon Fraser Valley. If you would like to learn more about this fishery or simply want to get out on the river for some salmon fishing we can help. Please contact Rick at and let us help you experience the thrill of salmon on the rod.”



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