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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – December 22, 2017

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – December 22, 2017

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 22nd of December  2017.


With the advent of the very busy holiday season upon us, we would like to take a moment and reflect on the year that was… Many special moments were made this year, from the first time angler who caught his first Salmon to the returning angler who finally landed their 8 footer after years of chasing Dino’s and even the first fly cast by some. We really love to share the passion and common bonds that all anglers seem to have. It is you we thank for believing in our team to make your dreams come true. From the entire team at Great River Fishing we would like wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season and a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2018!! Looking forward to fishing and seeing you next season!

With winter upon us the sturgeon have moved into their typical cold weather haunts and have switched to the usual winter baits. Look for fish in the deeper wintering holes. Once you find them, stay close as they tend to stack up in the winter and often ones does not have move much to get into consistent action. At this time of year a plethora of different baits can work on any given and it wise to have more of an assortment than during the salmon runs. Baits of choice are lamprey, coarse fish, single eggs, dew worms and roe.

WMA 2017.12.22

The river is low and will probably remain so for the rest of the winter. Be vigilant when cruising the river, particularly upstream of the mouth of the Vedder river as there are many exposed and slightly submerged gravel bars that become hazards especially for those that run prop driven motors on their boats.

WME 2017.12.22

What better way is there to spend a winter 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.

Steelhead have started to enter the Vedder River! We have seen a few fish already to the bank and heard of a few more. For this time of year this is a fantastic sign of things to come! Thus far the fish we have seen have all come to roe fished under floats throughout the Mid-Section of the river. Currently there is very little pressure and the river is in mint shape. Great time to dust of the old river rod and spend some time walking and wading the river; it’s absolutely stunning with a light dusting of snow and perfect water conditions…

WMB 2017.12.22

GRFA has acquired a 15 foot raft and will be offering float trips on the Vedder?Chilliwack River starting this February!! This is in an effort to enhance the fishing experience and open up water that is difficult to access any other way. Want to knock old square tail of the bucket list? This is your best opportunity…

Peak of the run is towards the end of February and through April. We will be primarily float and/or fly fishing for these chrome beauties and will use the raft primarily to offer ease of access to the water and most fishing will be still be done from shore. If this is something that interest you please drop Rick a quick email for more info.

WMC 2017.12.22

With winter upon us our thoughts turn towards the new fishing opportunities that it will bring. The Lillooet River is a gem of a winter fishery for Bull Trout and a great opportunity at some steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout as well. This is one of our premier trips and when you get there you will see why. This is a remote fishery that gets very little pressure and requires a skilled jet boater to reach the best waters. The shear beauty and majestic scenery coupled with miles of perfect fishing water makes this one of those bucket list kind of rivers… want to get it out of your bucket? Contact Rick for more info rstahl@greatriverfishing.comWMD 2017.12.22

Lilly Heat Sheet




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




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