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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – September 13, 2017

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – September 13, 2017

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the  13th of September 2017.

Istvans 10'2" Monster!

Istvans Monster! 122 x 47 inches (10’2″)  Estimated weight at 700 pounds!!

Good news!! The Fraser has opened to salmon fishing today!!! We are very excited to final be able to head out on the Fraser after salmon but first let’s take a look at Sturgeon…

Another ten footer to the bank!! Istvan File guided his first ever ten foot plus fish last Thursday with long time clients Dave Maughan and Ron Huggins, this fish was very much deserved. Istvan came to Canada 10 years ago from Hungary where he was a champion fly fisher. He started guiding full time for GRFA about 6 years ago and has fallen in love with the almighty white sturgeon. There are very few anglers that spend more time each year searching out these prehistoric fish than Istvan… and he catches allot of sturgeon. To finally put a 10’ plus to the bank is a true milestone and shows the commitment and determination that makes him such a great fisherman.


Istvan’s winning fish! 116 x 48 inches (9’8″) Estimated weight at 645 pounds!

After his amazing fish on Thursday Istvan went on to take the largest fish in the 6th Annual Duck’s Unlimited Sturgeon Classic Fundraiser with a 9’8” behemoth. This fish was 1 of over a hundred fish that were caught during this 2 day event which raises awareness and funds to help support wetlands through the efforts of Duck’s Unlimited Canada. GRFA is a proud sponsor of this fundraiser along with many other local Chilliwack businesses and individuals. Our thanks go out to all the businesses and volunteers that made this year such a fantastic success.

ST2Sturgeon have definitely switched gears and are actively searching out salmon pieces and roe now. There are some boats still reporting activity on other baits like lamprey and coarse fish but this seems to be a day to day phenomena rather than the norm.

The Fraser River is very low for this time of year. Keep in mind that with the dropping water many gravel bars are starting to appear above the mouth Vedder River and one needs to be more careful when running the river, especially with a prop propelled boat.

The Canyon continues to produce both numbers and size.  If you are thinking of running this special piece of waterST3 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!! 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.

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.



The Fraser River was opened today to sport-fishing for salmon!! Time to dust off the old bar rods and head out on the water to test your skill against some siler sided salmon. Regulations are as follows:

    • Waters: Fraser River in Region 2 from the downstream side of the CPR Bridge at Mission, BC to the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC.
      • Effective September 13, 2017 until October 9, 2017:
        – The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
        – The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
        – No fishing for sockeye salmon.
        – You may not retain pink or coho salmon.
        – You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.
      • Effective October 10, 2017 until December 31, 2017:
        – The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
        – The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
        – The daily limit for coho salmon is two (2) hatchery marked fish only. You may not retain wild coho.
        – You may not retain pink or sockeye salmon.

SA1The Fraser is low and in prime shape for targeting salmon. There is a healthy number of Chinooks in the river and the most popular fishing method of choice is Bar fishing when targeting them. Although early for Chum they are present as they have been in test counts for 3 weeks already… you may get lucky and get into some. Even though Pinks are in the system in huge numbers keep in mind that they do need to be released unharmed along with any early coho that you may happen into including hatchery marked fish (missing the adipose fin).

SA3Bar fishing is a simple technique were one fish’s a spreader bar with a large spin-n-glow and heavy weight. This is more of a chuck and wait for a bite kind of fishery. Fly fishing can be effective with heavy sink-tips and intruder style flies fished on a swing from the slower gravel bars. Also, one can throw 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.

“GRFA has decades worth of knowledge when it comes to tageting salmon on the mighty Fraser River. 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.”

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



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