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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 8, 2018

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – June 8, 2018

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the  8th of June 2018.

Sturg BThe official start of summer is right around the corner; however with the incredible weather we’ve been experiencing it seems we are running a few weeks ahead of schedule in fishing terms. The Fraser’s freshet has already crested and has been dropping hard and is in fabulous shape. In fact most rivers with in southern BC are now on the drop which is about 2-3 weeks early. Here’s the low down:


The Fraser River has crested and is currently dropping hard… it is in prime shape for this early season and we have seen some incredibly large fish of late!! The river has fallen to the tune of 15 feet in 2 weeks and this has opened up all sorts of fishing hot spots! This also gets the fish more spread out however they still seem to be clustered in small groups. What this mean to the angler is that they should be moving more. Even 100 feet can make the difference.

Most feeding fish can be found in shallower water (under 30 feet) at the moment and the most consistent bait has been coarse fish and lamprey. Like most fish, sturgeon typically become very active as the river levels drop and will move actively searching out food. The trick is finding them… and then its “hang on” time as they have been jumping repeatedly and making blistering runs!

Most boat launch’s that were closed to the public have reopened over the last 2 days. Of note Island 22 boat launch reopened yesterday to the general public.

Obviously there is still allot of debris coming down currently and anyone angling from an anchored boat really needs to keep an eye up stream to ensure that you don’t get run over by a floating log. Also, fishing lines need to be cleaned more often, at least every 20 minutes to make sure that the bait is not covered up.


Allot more bank is now exposed on the river making it easier to bring large fish to shore for pictures, having said that please be careful. Many banks that seem stable can be more treacherous than they seem with the recent high currents making cut banks and depressions that are not always obvious. Also some spots still do not have any or very limited beach to bring a dinosaur in. Please keep in mind that fish over 5 feet in length (150 CM) should not be taken out of the water, if you cannot make it to shore it is mandatory that you release these fish next to the boat!


We have had a phenomenal start in the Fraser Canyon this year. The fishing has been ultra-steady with good numbers of above average fish coming on every charter. 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. 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 spring day than sitting in a cozy 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.


Pitt River:
With June upon us we have started our annual Pitt River Fishery. We have seen some monster fish already and it’s shaping up to be a good season.  The Sea Run Bulls have started their annual migration up the river and the fishing should only get better as the month progresses. This special fishery continues through the summer but having said that typically the best Bull Trout fishing is right after freshet as the fish are entering the river feeding hard on salmon fry.


The Pitt river is unseasonably low for this time of year, the early summer like weather we had in May triggered an early freshet and the valley bottom is devoid of snow all the way through the park now. Because the Pitt is glacier fed, water levels have still been fluctuating with any warm weather bumping the river up and cool days bringing it down fast. If you are interested in trying out this river for the first time please keep in mind that is boat access only and the river can be treacherous to run for a novice jet boater.


Coming soon! The timing on the salmon runs up the Pitt River is from mid July through Mid August. These free rising fish are super charged chromers that love to smash a lure or fly. This is the height of the season for the river and we are filling up fast. If you are interested in trying this incredible fishery don’t delay, contact us today.


Great River Fishing Adventures guides have many years’ experience fishing the Upper Pitt River watershed and are knowledgeable about the area and effective techniques to target all species. As Jet Boats and experienced boat handling skills are required to access and fish this river, you rarely see other anglers, and more importantly this area is not over fished. It is truly an adventure that is easily accessible within a day from Vancouver. For a free personalized quote please drop Rick an email at


That’s all for now, until next time: tight lines and scream’n reels.



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