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Terrace, British Columbia - Freshwater Fishing Report
Skeena River
Noel Gyger

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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger February 6 to February 13, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: We had normal winter weather this week which means good Steelhead and Trout fishing.

The Skeena River is in good shape but full of ice flows and frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on the ice ledges! There may be some Steelhead wintering over in some locations. The Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available year round.

The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent.

The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is slow. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.

The Lakelse River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair. Lake ice fishing is good. Beware of thin ice!

Kitimat River: The weather in Kitimat has been a bit warmer and we have received rain rather than snow. A few hard-core Trout fishers have been out catching Trout. The Kitimat Combo is the more productive method of fishing for Kitimat Trout.

Douglas Channel: The Douglas Channel was very quiet as the Recreation Halibut Season remains closed. A few boats wondered out to do a little Crabbing. Important Halibut Information at the end of my Report. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.

Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook fishing, weather depending. If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me noel@noelgyger.ca anytime.

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River Reports

Note: fishing reports for the Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox, Babine and Meziadin Rivers North are posted "in-season" only.

Kalum River Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing for Steelhead is excellent. Both spin and fly is working well. Reminder: Bait ban Jan 1 – Mar 15

Lakelse River Is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.

Lakelse Lake Ice fishing for Trout is good.

Skeena River The Skeena River is full of ice flows, ice ledges and is frozen over in some locations.

Please be careful walking on the ice. Fishing for Steelhead is over. There may be some Trout available.

Zymoetz (Copper) River The water is in fair shape. There are some ice flows. The river is frozen over in some locations. Fishing for Steelhead is slow. Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon Jan 1 – June 15. You can still fish below the sign all winter.

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Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries

Fishing This Week

GOOD

Type of Fish Caught

River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.

Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week

River: 15-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: none reported

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Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com

Home Hardware Tackle Shop

E-mail wakita@telus.net

Phone 250-632-1275

Kitimat River The weather in Kitimat has been a bit warmer and we have received rain rather than snow. A few hard core Trout fishers have been out catching Trout. The Kitimat Combo is the more productive method of fishing for Kitimat Trout.

The Kitimat Combo is a Bubba's Bait Barn http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ Dew Worm comboed with a Berkley http://www.purefishing.com/ Power Bait 3" worm float fished with a Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ Float. We are receiving a fair amount of rain and the forecast is for a little snow.

Douglas Channel The Douglas Channel was very quiet as the Recreation Halibut Season remains closed. A few boats wondered out to a little Crabbing.

Special Report:

Feb 6 Glen Kilcup of Fishawk Guiding reports, "Yesterday Bruce Miller and I snuck out with the jetboat on the upper Kalum....(good boating conditions) and we were able to get into a decent days fishing. Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ Silver Koho 65 and copper Ironhead spoons were the winning factors. We saw about a half a dozen anglers who had walked in on various runs."

Thank You to everyone for providing info and photos to this Fishing Report.

We are booking for the 2011 Fishing Season. Anyone interested please contact Noel noel@noelgyger.ca

Thank You to everyone who provided Photos and info to this Fishing Report.

We are booking for next year. We are also offering Gift Certificates for Guided Driftboat Trips, Jet Boat Trips and Saltwater Charters. These would make excellent Gifts anytime.

Good Health, Good Fishing

Sincerest regards, Ron Wakita

wakita@telus.net

www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com

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Conservation

February 8, 2011 - New From TheCanadian.org http://thecanadian.org/ : A Closer Look at Closed-Containment; Rafe on BC Politics & Environment; Ray Grigg; 3 Upcoming Events

"Closed-Containment Salmon Farming Highlighted at Seafood Summit" by Damien Gillis

A panel discussion on closed-containment salmon farming at last week's global Seafood Summit, held in Vancouver, highlighted both the encouraging progress of the emerging industry and the real challenges it faces to becoming large-scale competitor to open net pen farms. Notably, it reinforced a recent shift in the discussion. As one participant summarized, "The conversation has gone from, 'Is it feasible?' to 'Where is it going to happen, how soon, and how much can it grow?'"

http://thecanadian.org/k2/item/520-closed-containment-salmon-seafood-summit

Rafe: Time Enviros Tune into BC Politics

"It is time for all environmentalists to start looking very seriously at BC politics because after the NDP convention, we'll be in the countdown to the next election. Even though the election will still be two years away, that will be the time we who care about environmental values must start turning it up, notch by notch."...Rafe runs down the environmental/energy policy creed of the contenders for party leadership and BC premier.

http://thecanadian.org/k2/item/521-time-enviros-tune-into-in-bc-politics

Ray Grigg: Predicting the Future

In this latest edition of Ray Grigg's "Shades of Green" series, the author discusses the work of Dr. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, a highly sought-after politics professor at New York University who employs game theory and mathematical models to predict the future...with a 90% success rate. What do the professor's predictions say about our ability to stick to emissions reduction targets and adequately address climate change?

http://thecanadian.org/k2/item/512-predicting-the-future-ray-grigg

Three Upcoming Events:

-Feb 16: SpOILed - The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival hosts an evening on the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. Multiple films and superb guest speakers - including Ian McAllister, spirit bear guide Marven Robinson, and photographer Garth Lenz. Feb 16 - 6:30 pm @ Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (2300 Lonsdale Ave). For more info: http://email.incontrolsolutions.com/t/ViewEmail/y/EAC1A08D0D88DD4B

-Feb 19: Two "Take Back Our BC" events - Port Alberni from 1-3 PM @ ADSS Auditorium; Tofino from 7:30-9:30 @ Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre.

We need your continued support to do what we do - please take a moment to contribute to our work: http://thecanadian.org/donate

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Highway Webcam – Terrace BC

Go here: http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/111.html to view road conditions. This one is near Terrace BC and is located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 37, looking east on Highway 16. The image will update every 15 to 30 minutes.

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Preliminary Salmon Outlook for 2011

Prepared November 24, 2010 by North Coast StAD and Institute of Ocean Science

Preliminary forecast of status (version 1)

Categorical, not quantitative

Status and targets are based on a variety of approaches including expert opinion

Skeena Region Outlook

Chinook

Lower Range - below target

Upper Range - near target

Coho

Lower Range - conservation concern

Upper Range - abundant

Sockeye

Lower Range - below target

Upper Range - abundant

Chum

Lower Range - conservation concern

Upper Range - abundant

Pink

Brood escapement good, above average returns expected.

Cast here to view the full report and learn the details:

http://www.noelgyger.ca/articles/2011-salmon-outlook.pdf

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Marketplace

Contact me noel@noelgyger.ca anytime to post your items. There is no charge for a posting. Here are the latest postings:

Rod Days for Sale

For Sale: 50 Skeena River, section 2, classified rod-days for $2000. These rod-days come without the license. Without license means they can be sold only to guides that already own Skeena 2 rod-days. Contact Noel Gyger for more info.

For Sale : Commercial Recreation Tenure #740801

Hi Noel, Kori and I have tenure up for sale. The area is from the upper Skeena and Bulkley from the bridge just above the Suskwa down stream on the Bulkley and then from there down stream to Prince Rupert taking in most of the tribs: Copper, Kalum, Lakelse, Zimacord, Exstew, Kasiks, Khyex plus over to the Kwinamass. Great for Rafting, Bear and other Wildlife viewing, River boat rides, Plus all the First Nations villages between Hazelton and Prince Rupert. If you are interested Call me Stan Doll 250-635-4686 or cell 250-638-2893 or e-mail at skeenawilderness@telus.net

Fishing Vehicle For sale: 2003 Nissan Xterra 110,000 km. Excellent condition, very well maintained

Asking $15,500 obo. For more info. please email Mike: mherzberg@telus.net

Wanted to Buy

Notice to Fishing Guides who own Classified Rod-Days: I know of someone who is looking to purchase rod-days and license for Skeena 2, Zymoetz (Copper), Ecstall, Kalum and or Gitnadoix Rivers. Contact Noel Gyger and I will put you in touch. noel@noelgyger.ca

Real Estate

Beautiful Log home right next to the famous Kitimat River

Kitimat BC A True Fisherman or Wilderness Lovers Dream Home. 2 minutes to Kitimat River Boat Launch. 3 Bedroom 2 full bathrooms, 2 Levels 1000sq/ft each plus 500sq/ft loft. 1000sq/ft detached heated shop with games room, plus second storage shed on extremely private tree'd lot. Beautiful cozy log cabin style home. Heated floors, many updates, New spa-steam-shower-tub, plus separate stand up shower in main floor bathroom. Loads of potential. Western Red and Yellow Cedar logs, 12"-20"" round. Unique Home. Asking $350,000. Please contact Noel Gyger for more information noel@noelgyger.ca

Terrace, BC This property is a ten minute drive from the Terrace/Kitimat Airport part way between Terrace and Kitimat. Near Mount Layton Hot springs, within 45 minutes of internationally acclaimed Shames Mountain, 15 minutes from 18 Holes at the Skeena Valley Golf Club, and central in all directions from world class salmon fishing, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking. This property features over 400 feet of sandy beachfront. While approximately 25 acres is left forested, the balance has been levelled and prepared for your dream home, or potential development. This property is home to local wildlife, including Moose, Deer, and perhaps the occasional Spirit Bear, plus countless smaller mammals and birds. This property is truly a one of a kind natural treasure. Properties of this quality rarely become available, act now! Contact Noel for more info. noel@noelgyger.ca

For Sale: Beautiful one level 4600 sq. ft. home on Skeena River Front 22km East of Terrace, BC

4.92 acres, fenced/landscaped around home. Click here to watch a 14 second video clip http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/normandy-video-clip.wmv that shows the best gravel bar fishing for Salmon and Steelhead just out your door with stunning mountain views. Fruit trees, flowers, lawn. House was built in 1994 and has 4 bedrooms (so spacious, it could be 6 or more), 3 bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, security system, double garage, tool-shed, storage buildings. The kitchen and dining room are open to one another and adjoins the family room where all the windows draw you in to look out over the Skeena River. The properties adjoining both sides of this home belong to the crown, so your privacy is assured. Suitable as a private home, B&B, lodge, or a private conference centre. Appraised at $640,000 discounted to $475,000 (fully furnished) for quick sale. Contact Noel Gyger for more info New! Oct 27/10 noel@noelgyger.ca

Terrace, BC With over 3200 feet of river front, panoramic mountain views, beautiful natural spring on the property, mobile home and guest cabin, barn, stable, workshop, gardens, a 5 1/2 acre area that was formerly a vegetable growing plot that supplied the local area and has been fallow for several years now. May be organically certifiable. Pick your fishing spot along the riverfront, with several different good looking options available. Clear views of the Seven Sisters range, plus mountains to the East, West and South as well. Located 76 KM East of Terrace this is literally a piece of Paradise on Earth. The balance of the property carries up the ridge toward the majestic peaks on the South side of Highway 16. Perfect as a small farm or build your dream home. Contact Noel for more info, maps and more photo's noel@noelgyger.ca

Wanted to Buy

I have a client who is interested in property of 5-10 acres or larger on the Skeena River or one of the tribs, not too far out from Terrace BC. Need winter access, hydro and phone connection, or at least wireless coverage. He wants to be able to walk down to the river with his Spey rod and fish, so Skeena 4 would be ideal, but no farther than USK. If you have larger acreage that is sub-dividable to suit my client please Contact Noel Gyger noel@noelgyger.ca

Contact me anytime noel@noelgyger.ca to post your FOR SALE river or ocean front property. Retirement folks from around the world are looking for this type of investment where they can fish the rest of their lives and still be close to home! There is NO charge for a posting. My FISHING REPORT AND WEBSITE has world wide reach. Monthly average: over 600,000 server requests handled.

View current postings http://www.noelgyger.ca/recreation-retirement-waterfront.htm

Hi Noel, I have a client/friend that I've been fishing with in the Terrace and Smithers area for the past 10 years. We have been looking recently at land in order to put up a small fishing cabin but we've noticed that most land listings in the Terrace area are for large plots. I was wondering if you know of anyone that has a larger plot of land on the Skeena (around Usk would be perfect) that would be interested in subdividing out a section of about 1 or 2 acres. Walking access to Skeena would be nice but not necessary.

I would be able to handle the legal work and associated costs to subdivide, so I just need someone who might be interested in selling off a small piece of their land that they aren't using. Also, it would need to have vehicle access which we could do by registered right of way across sellers prop if unavailable otherwise. Contact Noel Gyger if you have such property and I will put you in contact with the buyer. noel@noelgyger.ca

B&B's For Sale

Sooke, BC Ocean Wilderness Inn This breathtaking 4.6 acre oceanfront property boasts a private setting with small creek towering trees and lots of wildlife for photographers and nature lovers. The beautiful walk on waterfront is almost a full mile of private beach. The home offers 9 very large bedrooms with large bathrooms. The fir floors blend into the log theme of the home, everyone who visits feels at ease in this comfortable home. Current owners have done extensive renovations to keep the property in top condition. The home has been featured in several publications and is well known for its great meals, crystal clear water, spectacular gardens and customer service. Enjoy spectacular views from the hot tub. Just a few minutes drive to fabulous salmon fishing and surfing beaches. Contact Noel Gyger for more info noel@noelgyger.ca

Quadra Island, BC Moon Shadows B&B 4500 square foot home on an acre of beautiful gardens, lots of room for toys in barn and storage shed. What a wonderful life choice with the ocean at your door step and fabulous Islands and inlets to discover while sailing or kayaking, fabulous fishing, clamming and oysters. Just a wonderful way to enjoy life while raising your family. Home is fully operational as a B&B, and is being sold with all furnishings, bedding and kitchen tools as the current owners are leaving the province. Contact Noel for more info noel@noelgyger.ca

Sooke, BC Coopers Cove Guest House Beautifully appointed 6 bedroom 7 bathroom waterfront B&B. This spectacular B&B was featured on Oprah for its gourmet cooking classes. Fabulous large professional kitchen, wonderful grounds complete with herb and vegetable gardens, and two hot tubs. Home is steps from the Galloping Goose Trail leading into the heart of Victoria. Contact Noel for more info

To view the items currently listed please cast to: http://www.noelgyger.ca/market-place.htm

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Yours sincerely, Noel F. Gyger

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It is NOT too late to book a guided river or ocean trip

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available this winter on the lower Zymoetz (Copper) River. The BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel to book NOW! noel@noelgyger.ca

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Photo of the Week: Seasons Past: A guest of Tracey Hittel of  Kitimat Lodge with a
Photo of the Week: Seasons Past: A guest of Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge with a

Feb 6 Glen Kilcup of Fishawk Guiding reports,
Feb 6 Glen Kilcup of Fishawk Guiding reports,

Noel Gyger

About The Author: Captain Noel Gyger

Company: Noel Gyger Guided Fishing Adventures

Area Reporting: Northwest British Columbia Canada

Bio: My fishing and guiding history I was born in Smithers, B.C. Canada on December 25, 1946. I grew up there and fished the whole northwest area with my Grandpa, Percival (Percy) Benjamin Emerson. He loved to fly fish. His favorite Trout fly was the Royal Coachman. He built a cabin on Babine Lake where I spent most of my summer school holidays fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks to him, I am hooked on “Sportfishing” and I’ve come to love every aspect of it. My lifetime goals are to save the wild Salmon, Steelhead and Trout of the entire northwest area of British Columbia and establish a “Quality” sport fishing guiding industry. These are lofty goals but I will strive every day to achieve them. They are “my life long calling”. I have been married for 39 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. I am the owner of Noel Gyger - Weekly Fishing Report and Guided Fishing Adventures of 4012 Best Street, Terrace, BC Canada V8G 5R8 Tel/Fax (250) 635-2568 Cell (250) 631-2678 E-mail noel@noelgyger.ca Website www.noelgyger.ca I started fishing the Terrace area in the 1970’s. On May 24, 1983 I assisted my friend to land an 83-pound Chinook on the Kalum River. It was the river record. That experience changed my life and I started into the fish guiding industry and began exploring and fishing rivers by jet boat. I pioneered drift boats on the Kalum and Kitimat Rivers and taught many folks how to row them. I’ve owned a fishing lodge and guide business (Northwest Fishing Guides & Lodge) along with my wife from 1986 to 2001 when we sold it and retired but my love for the industry is just too great and after five years - I am back.

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