Fall Coho Fishing In BC CANADA
Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)
September October 24 to October 31, 2010
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Angling for all Salmon in our rivers is over for another year signified by the Coho closure on October 31. In general I think it was a good year. Steelhead is the only target fish now along with the smaller resident Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden Char, Bull Trout and White Fish. The weather has been good all week with lots of sunshine and frosty mornings. The rain has arrived on the weekend but should not cause much harm as most of it will stay in the mountains as snow. Fishing for Steelhead, Trout and Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been excellent.
The Skeena River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead continues although most fish are in their tributary rivers by now.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Coho is fantastic!
The Kitimat River was low and clear all week. Trout anglers caught lots of Trout on the Kitimat River and her tributaries. Float fishing with some variation of live worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ has been the most effective for Trout. Some Fly fishers have also had success fishing for Trout. Minnow patterns or Egg patterns http://www.redlsports.com/ have been the most popular. One Fly Fisher reported hooking 2 Coho on a 5 wt. rod. He also reported that he got his "Butt" kicked trying to land them. Lots of Coho were caught on the Kitimat this week but they were all various stages of spawning colors. This is normal for this time of year. It appears that the Kitimat Harbour Winter Chinook Fishery is starting. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean enough to fish and I have many reports of some great Steelhead catches with both fly and spin rods. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers and Andrew Rushton. Thank you to all of the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!
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Is in good shape both upper and lower end. There are good runs of Steelhead and Coho in the river now. Guiding closed October 15. Coho fishing will close October 31 but Steelhead remains open all winter.
The Skeena River is in good shape. Fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good.
Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in good shape. I have had reports of excellent Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear.
Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports
Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
Type of Fish Caught
River: Coho, 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: 20-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: None reported this week.
Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
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The Kitimat River was low and clear all week. Trout anglers caught lots of Trout on the Kitimat River and her tributaries. Float fishing with some variation of live worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ has been the most effective for Trout. Some Fly fishers have also had success fishing for Trout. Minnow patterns or Egg patterns have been the most popular. One Fly Fisher reported hooking 2 Coho on a 5 wt. rod. He also reported that he got his "Butt" kicked trying to land them.
Lots of Coho were caught on the Kitimat this week but they were all various stages of spawning colors. This is normal for this time of year.
Oct 26 2 Coho were reported caught at the Pump House. The angler I spoke to said, "One was bright silver while the other had started to turn".
Oct 27 Kyree Dos Santos and Athan Ivanaki landed 15 Trout using Bubba's Bait Dew Worms http://www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ and Gibbs http://www.gibbsfishing.com/ pink wool Gibbs Floats. They were fishing one of the tributaries of the Kitimat River.
Oct 28 Kyree and Athan landed 3 Coho on the Kitimat River. Well done Kyree and Athan.
Oct 29 Kyree Dos Santos and Athan Ivanakis hooked 3 Coho and bunch of Trout. Well done guys. I apologize for no photos but I had not received them at the deadline for posting this Fishing Report.
Anglers are reminded that Coho closes on the Kitimat River Oct 31. The regulations state: Kitimat River "Nov. 01 - Dec 31 No fishing for Coho"
With Coho closing on the Kitimat River early next week, anglers will focus their efforts on the Kitimat River to Cutthroat Trout. Fly fishing for Trout is very popular on the Kitimat River but be careful. When Trout fishing on the Kitimat River, there is always the possibility of hooking Coho or even the odd Steelhead.
We have some great Trout fishing on the Kitimat River due to the efforts of the Kitimat Hatchery. We are indeed fortunate to have the Kitimat Hatchery on the Kitimat River.
Richard from MK Bay Marina reports Humpback Whales in the Kitimat Harbour this week. "They were having breakfast right in front of the Marina" said Richard. Richard and I both agreed that the Humpback were in the Kitimat Harbor feeding on the Winter Chinook or some bait fish. Either way the Humpbacks are a good sign that there are Winter Chinook in the Kitimat Harbor. Richard was going to try to take some pictures for this Fishing Report but I had not yet received any at the deadline for this report. Anyone interested in viewing these Humpback Whales are always welcome to view them from the MK Bay Marina Restaurant.
Oct 12-13-14 Ferd Wuensche hooked 24 Winter Chinook fishing with Ray Hepting in the last 3 days. Ferd said, "We had a bunch break off. We limited out 3 anglers almost every day we went out." Sounds like an awesome 3 days of Winter Chinook fishing! Well done guys. Ferd and his group were fishing with the Gibbs Highliner Flasher with Rhys Davis Anchovy Teaser and Rhys Davis Anchovies.
It appears that the Kitimat Harbor Winter Chinook Fishery is starting. We have Charter boats available for any angler wishing to get out on the Douglas Channel. Please contact Noel email@example.com to book.
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Thank You to everyone for providing photos and info to this Fishing Report.
Good Health and Good Fishing!
Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita
Andrew Rushton: Kalum River Lodge
October fishing has been good for most of the month. We did have a period of high water but most of the month fishing was very good for both Steelhead and Coho. We were still catching bright Coho mid Oct. Rivers have been dropping very quickly now with the cooler weather this week.
Regards, Andrew Rushton
Gary Miltenberger Northwest Angling Adventures
There is no doubt, I about it ....Coffee and Goldsborough Creeks had made me an addict!
I needed fish.
I needed more fish, bigger fish, and wider variety of fish, preferably salmonids.
Every time we went to Hood Canal, to visit our friends out there (John and Mary Miller, from Seattle) who had a summer cottage quite close to the Twanoh State Park, I took my fishing tackle. But I didn't know much about salt-water fishing yet, and autumn, not summer-time, was the best time to find interesting fishing in Hood Canal. We were always there in the summer-time, not autumn. So I messed around with sculpins, perch and flounders.
I learned the hard way about the spines on the backs of sculpins one day, when I kicked one of them away from me in the canoe, and its spine went through my running shoe, and imbedded itself into my toe. Gawd that hurt!!!
When I'd visit my football teammate buddies, Dave and Scott, who lived out near Arcadia Point on Hammersly Inlet, we'd often spend a good part of the day watching the tides. At mid-low tides, we'd head out to the point with fishing tackle. As the tides dropped, a really long sand-bar would appear, beginning at the point and running diagonally across the inlet, to straight out from the Puhns house. We'd spend many long summer hours messing around on that sand bar turning over rocks to see hermit crabs to scurry away, fishing for mud-sharks, the occasional sculpins, and whatever else might be lurking on the bottom of the part of Hammersley Inlet. Occasionally, we'd split open a mud-shark and extract the livers, to use for bait to draw in the sea-gulls, so that Kim, the Puhns aging golden golden labradour, could chase them.
But neither Hood Canal nor Hammersley Inlet in the summer-time really offered the kind of fish and fishing that I was seeking. I wanted trout, steelhead and salmon. Bigger and in more quanity than Coffee or Godlsborough Creeks could offer. Since most of the time my transporttion as a kid was limited to my trusty Schwinn bicycle or my 16-hand high quarter-horse, who was named "Bay", the range of my wanderings was somewhat limited.
What to do to, for a solution to this dilemma???
At about that same time, I discovered the Boy Scouts of America. After months and month of pleading with my parents, I finally wore them down, and they conceded defeat. They finally let me join.
Ken O'Dell's Troop 110 met every Wednesday evening, from 7-9 pm, in the Mountain View School gym/multi-purpose room. It was a 10-15 minute drive there from our family farm, a drive that one of my parents had now committed to making twice weekly on Wednesday evenings, for the next several years.
I literally cruised through the scouting ranks: Tenderfoot, 2nd class, 1st class, Star, Life, and became Washington State's youngest ever Eagle Scout at the age of 13, in 1963. Much of the scouting program dove-tailed so closely with the rural skills that I learned living on the farm, and my personal interests in science, nature, conservation and the outdoors, that it really was all just an extension of who I was, and who I was becoming. I found very little about the entire program that challenged me very much, and it was a whole lot of fun! I went on to become inducted into the "Order-of-the-Arrow", and become a Jr. Assistant Scout Master. I earned the bronze and silver palms, as my collection of merit badges grew, after I'd achieved scouting's highest rank.
Scouting also provided my first introduction to mainland British Columbia, when I attended an international scouting Jamboree in Penticton, BC, in 1967. I don't know what all the other scouts on that Greyhound charter bus were thinking after we'd crossed the border, headed up the Fraser River, then took a right turn at Hope, and headed east into the mountains. But I remember very clearly what I was thinking. I was wondering what kind of fish resided in those small streams, lakes, and rivers that we were driving by constantly! Clearly, I would need to re-visit British Columbia at some point in time, after university.
I didn't know it at the time that I joined, but the Scouting program would give me far greater access to the waters that I would need in the future, to feed my fishing addiction.
Not long after I'd joined Troop 110, our first week-end camp-out was coming up. My father gave me an old vintage WW II canvas, steel-framed ruck-sack (the same one thar carried the two Goldsborough steelhead through downtown Shelton a couple of years later, as described in my previous story). He also gave me army surplus cutley, a mess kit, and canteen. I don't remember exactly where it came from, but an army surplus down sleeping bag was soon added to my growing list of outdoor gear too.
Prior to the camp out, several Wednesday evenings at Scouting meetings were devoted to menu planning. We were divided into four person teams, and told to plan the menu for our team for the camp-out weekend. Not only would we be cooking and eating our planned menu together, but we were also made responsible to equitably split up the food on our grocery list, then make certain that our mothers included what was on each member's list in her grocery shopping the week before the camp-out.
The camp-out weekend finally came.
Early Friday evening, after school was over for the kids, and the adults had finished their work for the week, we assembled at the Mountain View School. Scoutmaster O'Dell had recruited some on the parents to drive us to the "camp-out" campsite. We loaded our packs into the cars, bailed in ourselves, then proceeded down the hill from Mountain View, took a right turn at the bottom of the hill to Railway Avenue, turned right onto Railway Avenue, then out towards Shelton Valley....the very same route I travelled every day, from our family farm to school!
Then for me, it got even more bizarre! We turned onto the Greystone Cement road, drove up that road past the cement works, to the Goldsborough Creek dam. Just across the Simpson Timber Company railroad tracks from the dam, on the wooded flat next to the creek, was the place that in very short order, as packs were unloaded and tents went up, was converted to become our weekend "camp-out" campsite.
My first scouting "camp-out" had brought me nearly home! Imagine my surprise!!! We were camping at one of my personal playgrounds, which I profiled in my previous story. If I wanted, I could walk home from there in about 25 minutes .....
But I didn't, or course. I stayed, and enjoyed my very first camping experience, along with about 20 other scouts, and three or four adults.
On Saturday, we hiked up the rail grade, to the second, upper Goldsborough Creek dam. I'd heard rumours that there was one, but had never been there before. I could already see that this Scouting program was going to open up some new worlds for me. Access to more waters to fish was one of the worlds that excited me more than just a little!!!
Next time: the Olympic Mountains and its waters.
Tight lines, Gary Miltenberger
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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 email@example.com 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.