The photo of the week shows fishing guide Gord McKean (aka “splash Gordon”) with a beautiful, big Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon. Photo courtesy of Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 1 – June 8, 2008
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: Wow, the opportunity to catch a BIG Chinook (King) Salmon is here now! We have some decent river conditions. The weather has been pretty good all week and you can’t beat this early summer season. It has been a little on the cool side with the odd rain shower but this is good and helps the rivers shape up. Believe it or not the mighty Skeena is borderline (to fair) fishable. Normally, in a good year, thousands of Chinook Salmon are in the river heading upstream to their home rivers. The Salmon swim no matter how dirty the water is. If this water gets a little cleaner…watch out…the “bites” are going to be fantastic! Best places to fish are anywhere downstream of Terrace BC. Excitement grows from anglers and guides in the Terrace area for this opportunity and an anticipation of another good run. The only problem with this glowing scenario is we don’t know the size of the Salmon run yet. The lower Kalum has fresh Chinook (King) Salmon moving in and the knowledgeable guides know where to go and how to catch them. Fishing at the mouths of rivers where tributaries enter side channels of the Skeena River is also a good bet at this time i.e. the Exstew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks Rivers. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is still dirty. Thank goodness for the Kitimat River and other smaller coastal rivers and streams because if the big Skeena is un-fishable these smaller waters usually are. And ocean and lake fishing is fantastic. BTW - the Kitimat River is clean but fishing is only fair for Chinook. The run seems to be late this year. Check out the Ron Wakita report below for more detail.
The above photo shows six Japanese guests at Nicholas Dean Lodge. Mr. Tahara Yasufumi (bottom row – right side) was here 15 years ago. Nice to have a repeat guest even if it takes a few years. That’s me on the far left, second in from the far right is Gary Mills and far right is Chad Black. The dogs name is Ruger. They just finished two days river fishing for Chinook and are on their way to Prince Rupert for three days of ocean fishing. This is their fourth trip back for ocean fishing. The river fishing was slow for them.
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- June 6/08 details of a BOOK RELEASE from Nimmo Bay Resort http://www.noelgyger.ca/news-bulletin.htm
- June 7/08 on item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
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FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook and Trout for river. Chinook/Halibut/Bottom Fish/Crab for ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD
Note: I was going to leave the above graph at only FAIR but since the ocean fishing has been so hot I moved it to GOOD.
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 40-pound Chinook Where: Skeena trib Angler: Greg Buck
WEATHER: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 13. Region normal: Max. Temp. 19 degrees C. Min. Temp. 7 degrees C. Sunrise 5:00 AM Sunset 10:07 PM
WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.
For current Terrace weather information please cast on:
WATER CONDITIONS: Skeena River is borderline fishable. Lower Kalum River is fishable. Kitimat River is dropping and is fishable. Zymoetz (Copper) River is dirty. Most smaller coastal streams are in good shape.
CURRENT WATER HEIGHTS FOR:
SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been dropping all week and is now borderline fishable. This is what is needed to bring in the Chinook (King) Salmon runs.
KALUM RIVER: The water in the low end is fishable. Hopefully a good run of Chinook are still entering now.
This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.
KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.
EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.
EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.
Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2007 – 2009 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is still colored up.
AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.
The above photos show some very happy anglers who decided to go ocean fishing for Halibut this week…as they wait for the river fishing to get red hot for Chinook. Photo courtesy Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures
In Gill’s own words, “Here are a few photo's for a report from yesterday, what a 'BLAST' Austen, my son caught rat fish, dog fish, rock fish and of course the mighty Halibut. We even got broke off twice and I caught the same fish again with the hooks still in him!
Splash Gordon got spanked by a monster Halibut it was too funny! He is still talking about it!
Great day for the guides day OFF!
Hope you are all well…wish you were here to help us eat all this Halibut.”
Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge for the Week of June 1 to June 7, 2008
Water conditions have continued to improve on many of the rivers in the Skeena region over the last week. The majority of tributary rivers has dropped, and in many cases, has started to clear. Even the big river itself has been receding slowly, and is now in the “grey” phase. At this height and clarity, it is not quite fishable in all areas, but there are some locations which can be productive, such as clean seams, where water from cleaner tributary rivers enters the Skeena. Given similar temperatures over the next week, the Skeena should continue to drop and clear.
On the other hand, the Kitimat River has been clean for most of the week, and Greg and Sky have reported some success while fishing spoons and back trolling plugs from drift boats. The Chinook landed have been a little on the small side, around 20 lbs, but as the season progresses, more and larger fish will enter the Kitimat and Skeena drainages
Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels…
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River has been in great shape this week and there have been a few chinook caught. There was a chinook caught at the Lower Dike on Monday morning. Brad Schmidt, construction worker working the Eurocan Shut down caught a 20lb chinook also at the Lower Dike after work Tuesday evening. Work hard! Play hard! Well done Brad.
Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters fishing with his buddy Alvaro landed 21lb.Chinook on Friday. Mike and Alvaro also lost another Chinook on the same drift.
Terrance Reynolds also of Reliable Guide and Charters drifted this morning and they lost two Chinook, one right at the boat. As disappointing as it is to lose a fish so close to landing, it is an inevitable part of fishing that all anglers must come to terms with.
The Chinook run in the Kitimat River appears to be a little late this year and consensus of some hardcore chinook anglers is that they have had better results at this same period in previous years. We are on some big tides now and I suspect that catch rates will increase dramatically and so will the disposition of some chinook anglers. Fishermen are sure in a lot better mood when they are catching fish!
DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Douglas Channel is starting to produce some pretty good results. Doug Rumley and I boated a 25lb. chinook last Sunday. Shane Campbell of Shane's Fishing Adventures fishing with his buddy Vince Sealy and Vince's Uncle Wayne hooked seven Chinook landing four between 14lbs to 28lbs on Wednesday. They also boated six halibut on the same trip. Congratulations to Shane, Vince and Uncle Wayne on a great day of fishing!
My nephew Derek and I fishing with Derek's buddy Jordan boated a 20lb. Chinook this morning.(Saturday June 7th) Wes Owen of Golden Adventures boated a 28lb.chinook today as well and lost another one also in the Kitimat Harbour.
I agree with the local consensus that the chinook run may be a bit late this year but we are definitely seeing signs that the chinook run is picking up now especially in the Kitimat Harbour fishery and further down the Douglas Channel.
The above are Todd Haynes and Rob Vodola with some very nice Kitimat Douglas Channel Harbour Chinook Salmon that did not quite make it into the river. These fish were landed on Wednesday and were estimated to weight around 28-pounds each. Photos courtesy of Todd Haynes of Nautical West Charters
Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1
FISHING REGULATION WEBSITES:
2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009
2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009
NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s
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