Fishing Report – Vancouver & Fraser Valley 05-24-13
It has been a great few weeks of fishing even though the Fraser River was swelling for this time of the year. Hopefully this early freshet will allow the river to be a fair bit lower in July and we can get in a good bar fishing season for Chinook. The past 2 years we have riddled with high water flow right through to mid August and I have sneaky suspicion this year will be so much different. That all adds up to more options for all of us anglers.
The Sturgeon fishing has stayed steady and although most think that high water means no good fishing that is far wrong, some of the best fishing trips happen each year in these Spring months when the Sturgeon are spread out and searching for the food. Sturgeon are caught in many different area’s and although the numbers caught in a day can be down, but there are some real big aggressive fish around that can really put a strain on one’s back and our great sturgeon gear.
The Fraser Canyon is another incredible experience, not only the fishing but also the beauty of the surroundings. Rich in First Nations History, the dry rack sites and traditional fishing areas and camps are all a part of a day in the Canyon. Last year in July our team at Great River Fishing landed one of the largest ever Sturgeon recorded in the Fraser Canyon. This is a great experience for anyone traveling to British Columbia.
Best bait to be using right now has been Lamprey Eels, Salmon Roe and Eulachons. And the river is fishing well in Cattermoles, the Canal, Dwedney, Hatzic, Jespersons, Gill Road, Peter’s Road, Cheam View and Johnson’s Slough – all top producing area’s when the water is at this level. Think outside the box and not about fishing in deep water there are many fish lying in 5 to 15 feet of water on the seams of gravel bars and back channels.
The Upper Pitt River is fishing excellent right now and the Sea Run Dolly’s are in and taking them bug feathers. Truly one of those underutilized systems that is a gem of British Columbia and so close to the big city of Vancouver. This river boast so of the most scenic remote wilderness landscape one could ever imagine. Last week we had out Stephen and his business partner from Scotland, what they seen and caught blew them away. To think all this and not one other boat or person anywhere around, to me that tells it all. This river fishes amazing from now until Mid August and then again in mid October to mid November.
The Fraser Valley Salmon Society will be at Canadian Tire in Chilliwack for their “Jumpstart Day” – May 25th from 10am to 3pm. Volunteers are still needed so if you re interested in helping out, please contact Gerry Thomson our Director in charge and local realtor. If you have not bought your 2013 / 2014 membership it is still only $10.00 and we always are looking for support and even new Directors. The Fraser Valley Salmon Society is the driving force that stood up for all the rights of Recreational Anglers and was instrumental in re-opening the Chinook fishery on the Fraser River. Many opportunities for all anglers over the years have started with this organization and continue today. Please visit their Facebook page and “Like” the page and become a part of the solution for the future of recreational fishing in British Columbia. The Salmon Society mandate is *Conservation * Opportunity * Family.
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Remember to always take out more than you brought in by lending a helping hand to keeping Beautiful British Columbia clean and tidy. Trash does not belong in our river corridors.
Keep fishing and having fun in this amazing place we are so lucky to live and remember to take try to take someone young out fishing. You may just change their life!
Cheers and great fishing, forever, Dean <”)))><