STURGEON FISHING REPORT

Our Sturgeon Fishing Report aims to be your number one resource for the latest up to date water conditions, bait we are using and on the water highlights. Conditions are constantly changing, as such it's always best to keep informed of what's going on before you head out as this enables you to increase your odds of hooking up.

January Steelhead and Sturgeon

Spring Sturgeon Fishing

Well, I must admit I have been a little late getting this fishing blog out.  I have had steelhead on the brain, and that condition can make even the most level headed fisher person lose all rational thought.  I do however hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season. The last two weeks of December produced some consistent steelhead fishing.  I was hooking fish almost every time out, managing to get a few to the beach. Then came January, and for me at least, fishing seemed to slow right down. However, the rains came, and with the rising water levels so did the steelhead. Fishing seems to be consistent again, and hard work is not without it’s rewards.  I find trout beads and pink rubber worms to be my best baits, but ask ten fishermen what their favorite bait is, and you are likely to get ten different answers.  Such is the way of the steelhead. Now lets talk sturgeon. Sturgeon fishing this Winter has been nothing short of epic , with 12- 20 fish in a day the norm.  Top baits for sturgeon have been Chum salmon roe, single eggs and lamprey eel. The sturgeon have been stacked up at select spots, all one has to do is locate the fish , and then its “game on”. The nice part of sturgeon fishing this time of the year is there is very little fishing pressure and its not uncommon to see no other boats during the days fishing. Also, Apring is just around the corner, which means the best steelheading of the season. Some killer sturgeon fishing is also on its way. During the month of May the eulachin ( a type of smelt) will begin making is way up the Fraser River to spawn. This is the Sturgeons first feast of the season, bringing the big boys out to feed. Sturgeon fight particularly hard at this time of the year, making it a great start to the fishing season.  Be sure to book your Spring fishing trip so you don’t miss out!

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Salmon Fishing on the Fraser is Open

Salmon Fishing on the Fraser is Open

Salmon fishing has reopened after being shut down for a few months. Salmon fishing was shut down by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans over concerns of the low sockeye salmon numbers. The Pacific Salmon Commission recently revised its already low forecast for sockeye numbers from 2.3 million to 1.1 million in the Fraser River, which would be the lowest number since records have been kept. The low numbers are attributed to a few reasons. According to John Reynolds, professor of aquatic ecology and conservation at Simon Fraser University, he states the low numbers are from “a small parental generation; a “blob” of warm water in the Pacific Ocean; and higher-than-normal temperatures in the Fraser River.” The warm water affects their whole ecosystem and their food sources. In addition, if the water temperature goes above 19 degrees salmon, being a cold water fish, could die on their way to spawn. The temperature of the Fraser River in August 2016 was 20.6 degrees. The Fraser River is a salmon fisherman’s paradise. Not only can you fish for so many different varieties of salmon but there are so many of them. Take your pick, Pinks, Coho, Chum, Chinook and Sockeye. There is a salmon for everyone. Fishing is good on the Fraser for Chum, Coho and Chinook right now and Fall is a beautiful time of year to go. Be sure to book your fishing trip soon before it sells out.

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2015 A Year in Review

Where does the time go? 2015 seemed to go by in the blink of an eye, and what an amazing year it was…especially for fishing. Sturgeon fishing was nothing short of incredible this year. We had many fantastic days on the water creating many memories and making many new friends along the way. The sturgeon seemed to fight harder this year creating some epic battles for our fishing clients. There were definitely some fishing stories created this year. I often tell my clients that sturgeon fishing is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going to get. Every time you set that hook into a sturgeon it could just as easily be 10 feet as it is two feet. A lot of people are under the impression that sturgeon are bottom feeders, scavengers if you will. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Sturgeon are highly efficient predators  when hunting their prey. Sturgeon feed on anything and everything that swims or lives in the river. This includes all species of salmon and a fish called the Pike minnow, which is one of the main sources of food for the sturgeon during the year. The sturgeon uses its sense of smell as well as chemical and electro receptors to hone in on its prey. Being such an efficient predator could be contributed to the sturgeons 135 million year existence on this earth. Truly an incredible fish. Catching a sturgeon is truly an experience you will remember and the Fraser River is one of the best places to find them. They are available to fish most of the year but prime season starts in March. Be sure to book your sturgeon fishing trip with Johnny.

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Oct./ Nov. fishing is spectacular

coho salmon fishing

Wow ! Where did October go? We have all been so busy on the river it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. Fishing this month has been nothing short of amazing, and the fishing should continue to be good right through November. We have been averaging 10-20 sturgeon in the boat per day, and the Chum salmon are here in full force, with easy limits for everyone.  Coho were a bit late this season, but are coming in strong now with only hatchery fish allowed for retention. October is the month to be using chum roe as bait for Sturgeon. Get yourself some panty hose and tie up some roe balls. I like to use “Magic Thread” to tie them. Some people may prefer using “Spider Thread.” Although both achieve the same outcome, I personally find Magic Thread a little easier to work with. Try to make your roe balls about the size of a walnut to golf ball, any larger is a waste of roe as it doesn’t work any better.  As for where to find the fish, that will require some effort on your part. They are everywhere, just search them out and you will find them. When fishing for Chum salmon, they can be caught on a variety of methods from fly fishing to spoon fishing, I find the most best method to be fishing a jig under a float, with pink and black/purple being the most effective colours. Chum are aggressive biters and hard fighters, 20 plus fish days are the norm. One will definitely sleep well after a day of chum fishing. Which leads us to my personal favorite salmon, Coho. One can fish for Coho using a variety of methods, fly fishing, casting/retrieving lures, popping jigs and the old stand by….bar fishing. Colors and preferred methods can vary from river to river so a little R&D may be required on the anglers part. Look for slow moving or still water, and as a rule if i cant see the bottom i don’t usually fish it.  Please remember that only hatchery coho may be retained, they are identified by a missing Adipose fin. I truly hope everyone has a chance to get out and experience the amazing fishing opportunities that October and November has to offer. We still have spaces available for those looking to get out on the river. Tight Lines Johnny

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September Fishing In the Valley

coho-salmon-fishing-charter

Well September is in full swing and the fishing is nothing short of amazing. The pinks are here and the river is teeming with them.  Pink Salmon are eager biters making it great fun for everyone , taking everything from flys to jigs.   The water temperature has gone down considerably, and the sturgeon fishing has picked up significantly, double digit days are becoming quite common, and there are some BIG fish around. the sturgeon are enjoying the pink salmon feast that September has to offer, and fishing is only going to get better as we progress into October. Chinook fishing has also been strong with most fish averaging 15 – 20 lbs. with a few pushing the 30lb. mark. We have been fishing these river beasts with spin’n’glos , kwikfish plugs, and spinners. This is a game of patience, we park on the travel lanes and wait for them to come. I don’t think you could describe a Chinook bite in any other way than it is a violent assault on the lure. Often line is being ripped off the reel before anyone knows what’s happening. One of my personal favorite species to fish for. With all the fishing opportunities that September has to offer, coupled with the good weather, now is a great time to get out. If you are thinking of getting out for some fishing , don’t hesitate to give us a call, we still have some space available. We are also booking dates in October for Coho and Sturgeon, don’t miss out!

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June fishing in the valley and the Pitt River

sturgeon fishing trip

Well it is mid way through June now , and things seem to be shaping up nicely in the valley. The upper Pitt river is producing some beautiful sea run bull trout. The upper Pitt is an amazing river valley, pristine and awe inspiring ,it truly is an amazing fishery. It seems the Fraser River is in the drop now, perhaps spring freshet is over for the year. The sturgeon seem to be on the bite and fishing has picked up considerably in the last week or so.  We have been consistently catching every time out which makes for a great time to book your next trip.

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May sturgeon Fishing

fraser river sturgeon fishing trips

Well it is now almost mid way through the month of may and we have had some fantastic weather, and some not so great as well.Sturgeon fishing seems to have gotten a little spotty with the fish sometimes playing hard to get.  With that in mind we have still been catching fish everytime out. There have been quite a few bait fish showing up which is very positive as the bigger sturgeon seem to key in on them. This will make for some very interesting fishing as these bait fish are often taken quite aggressively. Very seldom does one look at the rod and say “I think we’re getting a bite.” It’s more of a”Grab that rod before it’s ripped out of the holder!!! ” kind of bite. Also the water levels have been quite stable this spring with very little freshet. This would lead me to expect some spectacular fishing this season, for both sturgeon and salmon. If you’re thinking of a guided trip this spring don’t hesitate to drop us a line at 604 792 1382 and can arrange every aspect of your trip. come enjoy a relaxed day on the river with some good friends, what better way to spend a day.

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Springtime Steelhead on the Fraser River

fishing-chinook-salmon

Let’s go Steelheading! Well folks, its that time of year again. Time to renew your fishing license if you haven’t already done so. April is my favorite month, the crowds on our local rivers seem to dissipate as quite a few people don’t renew their licenses right away. The steelhead are in full swing and very aggressive, seemingly striking with reckless abandon, this makes for some exciting fishing. April is also one of the best months for swinging flies for these supercharged rainbows. If you’ve been dreaming of catching your first steelhead, now is the time to chase that dream, whether it be on gear of the fly, now is the primest of prime times. We can help you to achieve that dream, we are masters at teaching people how to fish and will work diligently to help you achieve your steelheading goal. So drop us a line if you want to get hooked up, we would be more than  happy to help, we offer walk and wade trips for up to 3 people. See you out there, and tight lines. Johnny

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