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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)
June 26, to July 3, 2011
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Most rivers are now fishable, some only borderline.
The Skeena River has been dropping since June 25 and is now fishable. There should be good numbers of Chinook (King) Salmon migrating up river to spawn in their native waters. Sockeye http://www.noelgyger.ca/H2O/Non-Tidal/TyeeTestFishery/Charts/SkeenaSockeyeDays.pdf fishing has started. Anglers are fishing at Ferry Island.
The Kalum River is high but in good shape. The boat ramps are starting to fill.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is high but fishable, Chinook should be coming in.
Kitimat River: Fishing for Chinook has been slow for some. The fishing guides have been doing well. The water is coming down and the fish are in.
Douglas Channel: I have reports of Chinook landed "out front" in the bay but it has been slow.
Prince Rupert: I have reports of good Chinook fishing. Bottom fish and Crab have been good also. Check the full report for details fishing the Chatham Sound area near Prince Rupert.
Meziadin: Marvin Reid reports the fishing at Meziadin has been awesome. There has been some excellent Dolly Varden being landed, along with a few Rainbows.
Smithers area: Most lakes, although higher than normal, are producing nice Char, Dollies and Rainbows. Rainbow Alley is still high and fishing is a bit slow. There are a few mayfly hatches happening at times. Minnow pattern is almost over now. Cranberry River is fishing well.
Bulkley River is high and dirty but starting to clean.
Kispiox River is fishing well.
This week reports came from Almudena Miles, Andreas Handl, Dustin Kovacvich, Andrew Rushton, Tracey Hittel, Marvin Reid and Steve Hidber. Thank you to the fishing guides and others who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!
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Skeena River has been dropping since June 25 and is now fishable. There should be good numbers of Chinook (King) Salmon migrating up river to spawn in their native waters. I took a drive around town and saw a lot of boats on trailers. Sockeye http://www.noelgyger.ca/H2O/Non-Tidal/TyeeTestFishery/Charts/SkeenaSockeyeDays.pdf fishing has started and I saw a few anglers at Ferry Island. All the fish will be bright silver so get out there and try your luck. More and more people are coming to our area to enjoy this fishery. News: The Sockeye run on the Skeena is predicted to be low this year. The first of the run is in the river now http://www.noelgyger.ca/H2O/Non-Tidal/TyeeTestFishery/Charts/SkeenaSockeyeDays.pdf. Reg: Sockeye limit: 2 per day. 0 per day from a boundary sign on the north bank of the Skeena River 100m upstream of the confluence with the Kitwanga River downstream to Mill Creek.
Check out the Skeena Tyee Test Fishery Chart for Chinook here:
Kalum River is high but in good shape. A few anglers are heading out to try their luck fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon. A few Chinook are being caught in the lower section only. Reg: After July 1 a person may retain one big Chinook per day below the lower canyon. Limit is actually 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. The record 85-pound (if my memory is correct) Chinook was landed by Gordy McDonald of Terrace, BC. It was landed in circa May 1985. Caution: Jet boaters please be careful, there are new channels and lots of trees have fallen into the river. How to: This is a good river to float fish a Pink Worm or Gooey Bob. I suggest the fishing rod be a GLoomis STR 1265c/10'6" MED-HEAVY Moderate Action (GL 2 8-17lb – 3/8 to 1 oz.). Reel Shimano Calcutta (400B) filled with 20lb test Maxima mono. Gibbs makes some great floats. Be sure to use a Gamakatsu hook.
Lakelse River is in good shape. Chinook will be coming into the lower end. Where: The bridge on the lower end is a popular spot to fish for Chinook. Camping: There is a rough forestry campsite close to the bridge. Tip: Fishing off of the bridge with a marabou jig is the most popular method, so is a Hot-shot or Kwikfish plug. Reg: Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge, Mar 1-May 31. I have reports that fly fishing for Cutthroat, Dolly and Rainbows in the upper end is very good right now. Steelhead should not be targeted.
Zymoetz (Copper) River is high but fishable. Chinook should be coming in. Regs: Fishing for Chinook is allowed until July 23. Fly fishing suggestion: Kamloops Dragon fly rod, 10' Kamloops fly reel, AFTMA #8line. Backing Dragon Fly "Bright Orange" 30lb, 150 yard spool. Fly line SA Sharkskin Steelhead WF-8-F.
Kitimat River Fishing for Chinook has been slow for some. The fishing guides have been doing well. The water is coming down and the fish are in. The drift boaters love to "pull plugs". The most popular plugs are the Hot-Shot and Kwikfish made by Luhr Jensen. Reminder: Bait ban, May 15 - August 31.
Kitimat Estuary Andreas Handl reports the fishing in the lower tidal section is excellent right now.
Chinook Salmon are running in strong numbers. For more detail and photos see Andreas' full report below…
Kasiks River is closed for Chinook (King) Salmon above the highway 16 bridge. Tip: Below the highway bridge can be a good spot to fish for Chinook when conditions are right. That is when the Kasiks River is cleaner than the mainstem Skeena. This is the time of year when the Chinook start migrating up the Skeena River. This is the first river to go out of shape from rain but is the first river to come back into shape once the rain stops. Sometimes, when the rain stops you can see the river cleaning right in front of you.
Exchamsiks River is closed for Chinook (King) Salmon above the highway 16 bridge. Tip: Below the highway bridge can be a good spot to fish for Chinook when conditions are right. That is when the Exchamsiks River is cleaner than the mainstem Skeena. This is the time of year when the Chinook start migrating up the Skeena River.
Cranberry River The river is in decent shape and reports of some nice fish being caught.
Kispiox River Out of all our "local" rivers the Kispiox is probably the go to river at the moment. The water is still high for this time of year. Reports of nice Chinook catches there also.
Bulkley River is still high and dirty and difficult to fish. Reports of the Morice River starting to clear up - which would really help clean up the Bulkley. Some fish being caught in the Houston area. Wading with quality Simms waders and accessories is the way to go.
Douglas Channel I have reports of a few Chinook being landed "out front" in the bay. The Chinook are on their way into the Kitimat River. Boaters will soon be able to limit out for both Halibut and Chinook consistently. Crab and Prawns are being landed on a regular basis. Suggestion: To make it very easy to pull your Crab or Prawn traps use an Ace Line Hauler.
Prince Rupert I have reports of some good Chinook fishing. Fishing for all bottom fish including Halibut is doing well. Tip: When trolling for Chinook try a SplitKing Lure. Jeff Carlson of BC Style Fishing Charters reports good success with this lure. I have reports of limits of Dungeness Crab and Prawns. Tip: Use the Ace Line Hauler to pull your traps. Reg: When travelling with Crab you must leave the shell on. Bottom fish and Crab remain very good, as usual.
Chatham Sound area OceanWild Nature Expeditions reports Halibut is good especially in Work and Steamer Channel. Springs are moderate to good (45lbs) in area known as Chicken Flats. Some days better than others but no complaints. See the report below….
Lakes – Smithers Most lakes, although higher than normal, are producing nice char, dollies and rainbow.
Report from Steve Hidber and the staff at Oscar's Source for Adventure in Smithers.
Rainbow Alley The Alley is still high and fishing is a bit slow. There are a few mayfly hatches happening at times. Minnow pattern is almost over now. Report from Steve Hidber and the staff at Oscar's Source for Adventure in Smithers.
Lakes - Meziadin The fishing at Meziadin has been awesome. There has been some excellent Dolly Varden being landed, along with a few Rainbows. For more detail and directions how to get to some of these beautiful wilderness Lakes check out Marvin Reid's full report and photos below…
Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports
Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week
Type of Fish Caught
River: Chinook, 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: 35-pound Chinook – Kitimat River Ocean: 75-pound Halibut – Rupert
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GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!
Yours sincerely, Noel F. Gyger
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Photo of the Week: Current Chinook: Here's a recent photo of a happy client, John Sartinsky, and Dustin Kovacvich of Nicholas Dean Lodge holding a 25 lb Chinook Salmon caught last week on the Kitimat River. John's wife Harriet woke up one morning in Ja
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 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.