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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – November 23, 2018

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Fishing Report for Chilliwack to Vancouver – November 23, 2018

Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 23rd of November  2018.

Winter arrived early this past week and temperatures have dropped dramatically in the last week. This has left most systems in prime shape. November can really be a sleeper month to fishermen in the Fraser Valley. Traditionally the sturgeon fishing remains very good with all the early chum salmon carcasses in the river and a certain sense of urgency with winter coming puts them on the bite well. Also, the late returns of Coho salmon show up and stage in the Dewdney slough and Harrison River. Currently Chum are still in almost all the systems that hold them, and they too sometimes have a late push of chromers that shoot up to the Harrison at this time of year.



The sturgeon fishing has been consistent as of late. Allot of fish have pushed down from the upper Fraser and the lower river is now producing good numbers. With the early run of chum dying off on mass now, the sturgeon have been very much fattening up on them for the winter and you can really tell, most of them look like butterballs and are very girthy… almost all fish are 10 to 20 percent heavier than 2 months ago!! Decent size average and decent numbers have been the norm lately.


Sturgeon has been primarily targeting the dead chum in the river. Using much of anything else has not been very productive. Roe and single eggs have really been the ticket lately but do not hesitate to try some flesh as well, particularly when targeting larger fish.


Fish have been starting to stack in their deep winter holes and if you find a few, stick around, there’s bound to be more. Some guides have been doing very well fishing the shallower edges of the holes as well, especially for larger specimens, as they sit next to the dying salmon waiting for them to perish.


What better way is there to spend an 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.


Right now anglers are catching chum and coho in the Stave and Harrison River as well as the Dewdney Slough. Most anglers targeting coho in these systems are utilizing spinning gear and throwing spinners and spoons in the slack water where the coho love to stage. Also, fly anglers have been having some decent success using slime lines and small streamer patterns in the same water.


When fishing tidally influenced water such as the Dewdney and Lower Stave keep in mind that your best bite is around the slack tides with high slack being the best. We typically look at the New Westminster tide charts and add 2 to 3 hours depending on the system fished.


Although some chum will come to those fishing the slack water for coho the chum tend to be best targeted in slightly faster moving water. Most anglers are running traditional float fishing rigs with the typical array of jigs, wool and corkies and the fly fisher’s swinging sink tips and brighter flashy flies. Keep in mind that the only system with a retention on Chum is the Vedder River, all others are catch and release only.


When fishing tidally influenced water such as the Dewdney and Lower Stave keep in mind that your best bite is around the slack tides with high slack being the best. We typically look at the New Westminster tide charts and add 2 to 3 hours depending the system fished.

“GRFA has decades and 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.”


With winter quickly approaching 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


GRFA will be offering float trips on the Vedder/Chilliwack River this winter!! This is in an effort to enhance the fishing experience and open up water that is difficult to access any other way. These adventures will start the first of February and run until the end of April. Want to knock old square tail of the bucket list? This is your best opportunity…


Steelhead will start to enter the Vedder about the middle of December and are typically there in catchable numbers by the first week of January. Peak of the run is towards the end of February and holds on well into April. 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.

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



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