Chilly Fishing in BC CANADA
Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)
February 20 to February 27, 2011
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Weather very cold all week. Warmer on the weekend.
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 but just too cold to fish now. The Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available year round.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent when it is not so cold.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is poor due to the freezing weather. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.
The Lakelse River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair but too cold to fish now. Lake ice fishing is good. Cold weather does not seem to deter the ice fishermen. Beware of thin ice!
Kitimat River; Ariel Kuppers reports that the Kitimat River is iced up along the edges in the faster moving water and completely frozen over in the sections where the current is slower. Ariel also reports -20 degree temperatures. The only facts to report this week is that the Kitimat River is iced up and it is too cold to fish.
Douglas Channel; Dorothy from MK Bay reports cold temperatures and nasty winter conditions have discouraged even the Hard Core anglers such as Victor Lick. Victor is as eager an angler as you will find in our area and he visited the marina and went home. Halibut will open March 1st. Important Halibut Information in this Report. Check out the Ron Wakita report below. Prince Rupert: Sorry no report from Prince Rupert this week. 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 email@example.com anytime.
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New Items on Website http://www.noelgyger.ca/news-bulletin.htm to find New items:
Feb 24/11 One New item (Halibut Issue MEETING NOTICE)
Feb 22/11 One New item (New webpage added: Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing)
Feb 17/11 One New item (Special Guided Fishing Trips)
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 but all most too cold to fish right now. 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 but too cold to fish right now.
Lakelse Lake Ice fishing for Trout is good. See a detailed report below from Andrew Rushton of Kalum River Lodge
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 poor shape to fish right now. There are some ice flows. The river is frozen over in some locations. Fishing for Steelhead is poor. 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.
Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports
Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
POOR just to cold all week
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: none reported. Ocean: none reported
Ron Wakita - Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
Home Hardware Tackle Shop
Ariel Kuppers reports that the Kitimat River is iced up along the edges in the faster moving water and completely frozen over in the sections where the current is slower. Ariel also reports -20 degree temperatures. The only facts to report this week is that the Kitimat River is iced up and it is too cold to fish.
Dorothy from MK Bay reports cold temperatures and nasty winter conditions have discouraged even the Hard Core anglers such as Victor Lick. Victor is as eager an angler as you will find in our area and he visited the marina and went home.
Glen Kilcup reports that the Steelhead Rivers he has been fishing this week are iced up and the water and air temperatures have dropped. Steelhead Fishing has been very poor this week.
Feb 19 Justin Lowes and Mike Campbell hooked 7 Bull Trout and landed 5 bottom bouncing roe in the confluence of Kalum Lake. Congratulations Mike and Justin! Thank You sharing the photos and info for this Fishing Report
Thank You to everyone for providing info and photos to this Fishing Report.
We are booking for the 2011 Season. Anyone interested in Jet boat trips, Saltwater trips or River Drift boat trips please contact Noel firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Health and Good Fishing!
Sincerely Ron Wakita
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.