Northern BC Canada Fishing Report May 22, 2012
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Commentary: This is a great time of year. Set your GOAL high by targeting Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. Trout fishing is excellent.
Skeena River: Water is a quite dirty and really not fishable. Apparently the Bulkley River and other tribs are coloured up. The spring run Steelhead are in the river now. Plus Trout and Dolly Varden Char. Early Chinook (King) Salmon are coming in now. Catching Steelhead and Chinook on the same day is possible. Just need some clean water to get at them.
Kalum River: The lower and upper sections are in good shape. The water is coming up slowly. These are the conditions we like. A good run of Steelhead are in the river now. Many of them have spawned and are now kelts heading back to the ocean. These fish should be handled with extra care. Chinook fishing is excellent. We should be able to catch both Steelhead and Chinook in the same day. Wow is this fun or what!
Regarding Chinook, here are some very important regulations:
Upstream of signs below lower canyon:
- Jan 01 - May 24 limits 4 per day, none over 65cm. In other words "catch and release" the big ones.
- May 25 - Dec 31 No fishing for Chinook.
Lakelse River: The water is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead, and Trout is fair. Chinook will be coming in soon.
Zymoetz (Copper) River: Water is too dirty to fish. Facts: Last year we had a record run of Steelhead, lets hope at least we have another good run this year. The fly rods work extremely well in this river. 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. Where: Sockeye fishermen are working the bars across from the Copper River. Fly fishing is the choice of many anglers on this river. Wading with quality Simms waders and accessories is the way to go. A friend of mine is very happy with his new Islander fly reel. Trophy XL fly rod, Cortland Line and Maxima Tippet . Tip: Fly fishermen please wade safely by using a wading staff. Trophy XL makes a nice one in 7 sections. Easily folds up and stores in a pouch on the waist.
Kitimat River: Steelhead are coming in now. Fishing has been excellent. More and more anglers are hitting the river. Trout fishing is excellent! The odd early Chinook have come in also.
“Despite the odds stacked against him – a big, chrome bright fish porpoising downstream through three pools littered with log jams, and errant backing wrapping around his rod tip on three occasions – Nicholas Dean Lodge client Gus Greer bested this 30 lb
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.