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FISHING REPORT for December 20, 2014 9:16AM
It rained hard all night here in Chilliwack, but it seems to be letting up this morning.  Water levels have not really bumped up from the rain yet... but it may later in the day. There have been three fish weighed in the derby so far along with some stories of wild fish getting released. The boxing day derby is one week away, do you have your ticket yet?

Now is a good time of year to dust off the indicators, and pull out the Troutbeads, Hevi-Beads, and Steelhead beads. Dollies and bull trout are wandering around looking for single eggs to drift on by. A single bead under an indicator can be very productive.

Early season steelheading is all about covering water to find a fish. Float fishing is the most common technique to target these winter bullets. You can use almost anything to fish for steelhead, but the most common baits would be roe, prawns, pink worms, jigs, or spinners. Swinging flies for steelhead is gaining in popularity very quickly. Egg sucking leeches, marabou popsicles or larger intruder type flies are just a few common patterns when looking for winter steel. Nymphing or indicator fishing is also a great way to target these fish.

The Fraser river is a fairly quite place throughout the winter. This opens some great opportunity to fish with little to no pressure and enjoy a beautiful day on the water.  Sturgeon fishing is still productive in certain areas of the river. Make sure you step down the size of your baits and hooks. Good quality lamprey, roe, or single eggs will be your best bet to hook up a monster dino. Fish tend to slow down as the water gets colder so keep that in mind when your on the water.

Try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole and see what climbs on your hook!

The Harrison is a great late season option for salmon fishing. Historically you can find good fish well into December if you look in the right places.

Trout and dolly fishing is excellent this time of year. Fish travel from all over to take part in the all you can eat salmon egg buffet. Drifting wool ties, troutbeads or jensen eggs is effective for the gear anglers.  Fly fisherman should use 5-7 weight rods with indicators. We have 3 different types of beads in the shop, Hevi-beads, Trout beads and Steelie beads. Try hitting them with some egg oil or krill scent!

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River...  The salmon fishing is done for the season. Fishing trout and whitefish with beads can be productive right now - if you don't mind the smell of rotting carcasses. Parking is still restricted so please pay attention to where you leave your vehicle.

Chehalis River... This system will fish well right through November and into December.

Fraser Valley Lakes

Kawkawa Lake... Make sure you identify your catch because the landlocked coho can not be legally retained. Bottom fishing with bait is one of the most common methods to hook up in this fishery. Fly fisherman should concentrate on fishing bloodworms, chironomids, micro/mini leeches in black or red, and small red or black Doc Spratleys with indicators or trolling a deep sinking line.

Sasquatch Park Area... Local lakes have be a tough go since the cold snap. Winter is right around the corner!

Chilliwack Lake... A great time of year to fish Chilliwack Lake for dollies, and trout. 

Cultus Lake... Highly under fished, Cultus Lake offers awesome opportunities for cutthroat, and dollies. The kids will have a great time from shore with a bobber and bait (worms, Pautzke Balls-o-fire, and PowerBait are staples) fishing for coarse fish, and even cutthroat.

Jones Lake... Very good fishing reports from Jones. The road isn't the best and the logging can make for a bit of stop and go. For gear you can't go wrong with wedding bands, Bingo Bugs, Flatfish, RoosterTails, and Hilldebrandts. On the fly go with mini/microleeches, spratleys, woolly buggers, and fry patterns like rolled muddlers.

Interior Lakes
Shorter days and cooler evenings are improving opportunities on the interior lakes.

Good all around options for fly fishing are pumpkin heads, micro leeches, wooly buggers, chironomids (black, olive, chromies), scuds, dragonfly nymphs, and Doc Spratleys.

For gear fishing you can't beat a willow lead with a wedding band, Bingo Bugs, Flatfishs, Apex lures, Rooster Tails, or Hot Shots.
Saltwater Report

Not a whole lot of news from the chuck of late. Now is the time to get ready for crabbing, prawns, and winter feeder springs. Be sure to get your downriggers tuned up with a visit to our Abbotsford store - we are an authorized Scotty service centre.