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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – January 14, 2021

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – January 14, 2021

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 14th of January 2021.

We truly hope that you had a relaxed and happy holiday season and we wish you and yours a healthy, safe, prosperous and fish filled new year! With the advent of the new year we start to look forward to the new fishing opportunities that it brings. Here’s what’s happening on the river scene…


We’ve been experiencing more than our fair share of rain over the past few weeks and this has been keeping the waters up on the Fraser River. Couple this with some mild temperatures and you have the making for some fantastic winter sturgeon fishing. The higher water keeps a lot of extra scent in the river, which keeps the fish sniffing around, and the warmer temperatures keeps them active and feeling good about feeding. With the fish very much stacked up in their favorite wintering holes, we are seeing some of the fastest action we’ve experienced in quite a few years, especially for this time of year. In fact some of the best fishing of the season has been as of late with not only numbers, but size as well, with quite a few larger specimens over 8 feet in length on almost every outing.


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Even with the higher water 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 and along their edges. Once you find them stay close, as noted; 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 day and it is 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. Keep your offering size down to the minimum as larger baits at this time year are often ignored or the sturg will often “lay” down on it to save it for later; this results in foul hooked fish as the motion of the fish telepaths to the rod like a bite.


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.


Mid December saw the first push of steelhead into the Vedder/Chilliwack River and they have been sprinkling in ever since. This is the time to dust off the old centerpins or perhaps try out that new spey system you got for Christmas and get out on the water.

Vedder River Fly Fishing Salmon

With the recent rains we’ve been experiencing the river is high and often turbulent. Having said that, it seems there are a good number of fish in the system already and those that have ventured out during some of lulls in the water levels have done excellent. It only takes a day or two of no rain and/or cooler weather to drop the river and with the weather man promising this over the next week it is looking promising. With the water up and showing some color, look towards slightly larger offering such as rubber worms, jigs and roe. At this time of year with these conditions the fish will be quite spread out, keep moving and cover as much water as possible.

Steelhead Fishing

GRFA will once again 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 into March. We will be primarily float and/or fly fishing for the 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.


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


Columbia Trout

NEW FOR 2021!
GRFA has partnered up with some top notch guides and will once again be offering rainbow trout fly fishing, as well as Walleye angling, on the Columbia River starting this spring. The Walleye fishing is something to behold as generous limits on 2 to 3 pound fish are easily attained daily. The trout fishing is world class as trophy sized wild rainbows sip dry flies from the surface of the river. With over 30 kilometers of fishing and 1,500 fish per kilometer, the Columbia is a fly fisher’s dream. This fishery is a true hidden gem and offers anglers the best of both worlds with scrappy trout and tasty walleye. Drop us a line to learn more about this special fishery.



NEW FOR 2021!
KYUQUOT SOUND, BC – Saltwater Salmon
We have teamed up with one of the finest operations on the west coast and will be offering salmon and halibut trips. This area is re-known for its exemplary salmon fishing and was not effected by the recent closures. It’s also a phenomenal fishery for halibut and other bottom fish. Couple this with superior hospitality and a beautiful on the water lodge and you have the makings of a top notch West Coast experience. Reach out to us for more info.



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



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