BC Fishing Reports
River Fishing Report
Updated: January 13th, 2018 – 2:18pm
Remember to purchase a Steelhead Conservation Stamp (Steelhead Tag) before angling for Steelhead.
Winter Steelhead Fishing Courses —–> http://www.sea-run.com/winter-steelhead-gear-fishing-class/
Vedder / Chilliwack River
The river has been fluctuating in recent days, and the river took a little jump up last night. River levels have since leveled off, and the river still remains at a very nice level with good clarity. With that being said, clarity will be the biggest thing to watch now as the average temperature rises over the course of the next few days. There have been a few more fish around between yesterday and today, so it seems a little push has recently shown up.
We are certainly past the first quarter of the Winter Steelhead Season on the Vedder/Chilliwack system. Covering water is critical when it comes to being a successful Steelhead angler. With a proper lure/bait presentation, it is often that a fish will likely grab on the first cast this time of the year. Bait and lure choices this time of the year are often not as important as covering water, so make sure you aren’t growing roots in one spot.
Standard baits are great. Plastic or artificial presentations are a good bet this time of the year (ie. Plastic eggs, egg clusters, jigs, rubber worms etc.). Carrying a bit of natural bait is not a bad call either as it may entice a strike if a fish is missed (ie.)
Chilliwack River @ Vedder Crossing Water Levels: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/report/real_time_e.html?stn=08MH001
It’s that time of year – Winter Steelhead
Sturgeon: Surely we are into the slower period of time for Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River. Much colder water temperatures and the time of year will play a role in the slower fishing that approaches Sturgeon anglers this time of the year. Fish can certainly still be caught, but generally it is not to be as productive as the Spring, Summer, and Fall months.
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Cutthroat Trout: Cooler weather is certainly necessary to bring the Fraser into fishable shape for the Winter Cutthroat fishery. Back channels, side channels, and even the mainstem can be good options when targeting Coastal Cutthroat Trout. River levels and clarity will play a big role in success of finding and catching these fish. Weather conditions also play a big role in this fishery – Windy conditions will often cause disturbances on the surface of the water which can make locating Cutthroat difficult.
A large array of flies are ideal for this fishery – Attractors, minnow patterns, and dry flies are all good options. Wolly buggers, sparkle buggers, Doc Spratley’s, sticklebacks imitations, tom thumbs, sea-run specials and more.
Cutthroat Trout, Char, and whitefish are available in the Harrison for the Winter months. The winter Cutthroat fishery in the Harrison is one worth spending some time at. Fish range in good sizes and are often quite aggressive to take a fly or lure. These Cutthroat can be quite acrobatic and are often a beautiful looking fish.
January is often the first decent push of Steelhead into the Stave River. This is a hatchery augmented system designed to give more opportunity for a take home fishery. Most Steelhead caught here will be hatchery fish, but please make sure you have identified the origin of your Steelhead before dragging it onto the rocks. Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish, and even some char are available here in the Winter months.
The fishing in this river is often very dependable on water levels. Coho Salmon and Steelhead (Summer and Winter Run) are present at the current time. Remember, if you retain a Steelhead you must have a Steelhead Stamp and stop fishing for the day.
Fishing opportunities will be dependent on river conditions, and road conditions in the upper river.
Nearing the end of the Salmon fishery. The bait ban has also been lifted as of November 1st. Remember to release all steelhead.
It’s Winter Steelhead Season – we have extensive knowledge and selection of BC River fishing tackle, flies, gear and accessories. For up to date info you can contact us at [email protected] or call us at 604-931-5044. Stop by the shop and get stocked up before for your next lake fishing adventure #110-1140 Austin Ave Coquitlam, BC Google Map.
Updated: January 6th – 11:43am
Our local saltwater has been producing some great fishing over the last week. Good sized fish have been caught in decent numbers consistently over various locations. Winter Chinook (also known as feeders) will be where the bait is. These are not necessarily migratory fish, but these fish are going to be moving around following the bait.
Areas to target include the South end of Bowen Island, Tunstall Bay, areas of Howe Sound, and the mouth of the Capilano River.
When targeting Winter Chinook, artificial lures are often your best bet as natural baits can be a fuss when shaking off much smaller Chinook. The necessary lures used would include spoons in a variety of sizes and colours, along with hootchies in a variety of colours.
Covering water is critical this time of the year, along with being in the right spot at the right time of course. A certain location may consistently produce fish for days on end, but that can all change in a very quick period of time with tides and currents.
Keep those rods corked and your clips popping,
Winter Chinook Delights (pictured below)
We stock a full selection of Saltwater tackle to suit your needs
Local Lakes Report
Local Lakes are a great alternative for close-to-home lake fishing.
Updated: (new reports coming soon)
Local Lower Mainland Lakes: Spring 2017 Stocking Reports
|Release Date||Waterbody Name||Nearest Town||Species||Strain||Genotype||Life Stage||Avg. Size (g)||Quantity|
|2017/03/23||COMO||COQUITLAM||Rainbow Trout||FRASER VALLEY||Triploid||Spring Catchable||210.08g||500|
|2017/03/23||LAFARGE||COQUITLAM||Rainbow Trout||FRASER VALLEY||Triploid||Spring Catchable||210.08g||1,000|
|2017/03/21||MILL||ABBOTSFORD||Rainbow Trout||FRASER VALLEY||Triploid||Spring Catchable||210.08g||500|
Lakes to try:
- Como Lake
- Lafarge Lake
- Sasamat Lake
- Buntzen Lake
- Alouette Lake
- Rolley Lake
- Rice Lake
- Hicks Lake
- Deer Lake
- Weaver Lake
- Chehalis Lake
- Cultus Lake
What to use on Local Lakes:
- Carolina Rig (Standard Sliding Bottom Rig)
This Rig consists of a sliding weight system and a leader of 2-4 ft in length. One of the best baits to use for this rig is a floating Berkley Powerbait.
- Float Fishing / Bobber Rig
A great visual presentation for kids, and also an effective technique when fish are closer to the surface.
- Casting Lures (Spinners & Spoons)
Cast and retrieve your favourite small spinners and spoons
- Fly Fishing
Interior Lakes Report
The Chef posing with a “HAWG” rainbow trout prior to release.
We have an extensive knowledge and selection of BC lake fishing tackle, flies, gear and accessories. For up to date info you can contact us at [email protected] or call us at 604-931-5044. Stop by the shop and get stocked up before for your next lake fishing adventure #110-1140 Austin Ave Coquitlam, BC Google Map.