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FISHING REPORT for August 31st, 2015

UPDATE: The Sumas River is now open for fishing from the confluence with the Vedder River to the boundary markers at the Fraser River.

There have been lots of pinks in the system.  This rain should really change things up. If the water stays clear you'll want to continue with smaller presentations - wool, Troutbeads, small spoons, spinners, and jigs with a pink grub are the go to with a light to medium action spinning rod. Small, sparse, pink flies paired with a intermediate line or a floating line with a light tip are the ticket. We've got an excellent selection of pink salmon fly patterns to choose from in both locations.

Trout fishing (that includes juvenile steelhead) on the other hand has been very productive. There are plenty in the system, and they are willing participants. For gear use small spoons, spinners, or eggs.

Fly fisherman can match the hatch with small caddis dries, Adams, etc., or go with egg patterns, minnow patterns or nymphs (copper johns, hares ear, prince nymphs, stone imitations, caddis imitations, etc.). A floating line is all you need here as the river is low and trout generally will usually feed above where they lie.

There are still some sockeye in the system and they can be aggressive. A fun bi-catch but strictly catch and release, so be careful when handling these fish; i.e. avoid purposefully targeting a school of sockeye, don't drag them up onto shore, allow to revive and release as if they were your own child.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of Saturday, August 29th, the Fraser is open to SELECTIVE fishing methods ie. bar fishing, for Chinook.  There is still zero retention of Sockeye and Pink Salmon.  Bottom Bouncing is not a selective fishing method.

Bar fishing is a very effective method for catching Chinook.  Depending on the clarity of the water, smaller spin-n-glo presentations could be the ticket when chasing the big one.  The use of baits such as roe bags and shrimp along with a spin-n-glo is never a bad idea, using Mike's and Pro-cure scents are a great option as well.

When looking to switch it up, casting and retrieving tea spoons and bigger spoons ie, Kitimats, Ironheads, Crocs etc, is a productive method.

We've had some real solid reports from our guides who have had clients out sturgeon fishing in the past couple of days. Pink parts have been working well.  Lamprey, eulachons, roe and dew worms have also been bringing in some nice fish. Be sure to try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole and see what climbs on your hook!

If you're looking for something fun for the kids, set them up with an ultra-light spinning rod and go after pike minnow. These feisty little creatures are lots of fun for the kids, and make for great sturgeon bait.  Target areas close to the shore and around structures and docks.


Chum and pink retention is open on the Harrison River, and since this is still early in the season you'll pretty much have the whole river to yourself. This is also a good opportunity to fly fish for rainbows, cutthroat, dollies, and whitefish. Minnow patters, egg patterns, and nymphs are good options. When there's a hatch, and the fish are dimpling the waters, going to a dry or emerger pattern can be challenging but worthwhile.

If your prone to casting spinners, the lighter the better this time of year. Drifting Troutbeads under a small indicator can also be very effective.

Other Local Rivers

Stave River... Closed until further notice.

Chehalis River... Closed until further notice.

Squamish River... The pinks have invaded this system. Remember that they are heavily affected by tidal conditions, and since they come up in schools it can be red hot or non-existent. For lures you want pink, pink, and more pink - jigs with grubs, spinners, spoons, zingers, buzz bombs, etc. Flies on this system should be BIG and pink. By big we're talking 3" of gnarly pinkdom. You'll want to swing the fly as opposed to stripping. If something rips in front of their face they will grab it. Also, be sure to use heavy sink tips to get down in front of the fish - 5 - 7.5 of T-8 to T-14 depending on the water conditions should about do it. We have the 30' RIO InTouch (T-8, T-11, T-14, T17) tips in stock that allow you to cut to whatever length works for you.

Fraser Valley Lakes

Kawkawa Lake... Summer on Kawkawa can be fun but challenging with the amount of recreational activities in the area. Kokanee fishing will run up and until its closure but you definitely have to get down.

Sasquatch Park Area... These lakes will do well through the summer. Warmer weather always dictates fishing deeper.

Chilliwack Lake... This is a great summer lake for cutthroat, kokanee, and bulltrout/dollies. Trolling a bit deeper with spoons, and plugs.

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... 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.  Putting a small crayfish trap down for a couple hours is also a good way to pass time.  Good baits include cat and dog food.

Interior Lakes

A bit of a change of pace now on our interior lakes. Temperatures have been warm for a good stretch and that's a game changer. Lakes that were once chironomid crazy have drifted to a broader spectrum of bugs. So what does this mean? Bring all of your options when you go - chironomids, mayflies, damsels, dragons, scuds, leeches, boobies (not a bug but a weapon) and sedge patterns. And bring all of your lines - floating, intermediate, type 3, type 5, type 6, and type 7 (the latter 3 being somewhat interchangeable).

Give us a call if you have any questions about a particular lake that you're going to. We get info from customers that go to many different lakes and we may be able to point you in the right direction.

Vancouver Saltwater Report

The last week we have seen some of the best chinook fishing of the year. We have been hitting several big fish each charter with some fast and furious daily limits and multiple double headers.

These Fraser River bound fish are big and feisty and are stacking up in good numbers between the the Bell Buoy inside the harbour and all the way down to the T-10 marker just off the YVR airport. We have been spending most of our time fishing a few miles south of the North Fraser jetty which is just 15 minutes from our dock. 

The most productive depths have been 50-90 feet on the down riggers. We have been using anchovy, herring and hoochies with success. Anchovies with 6-8' leaders behind a variety of Gibbs glow flashers have been the hottest ticket but glow white and glow splatter back hoochies have been very productive as well. It seems the chinook are coming through in schools because we have had several double and triple headers the last week. Most of the fish are between 12 - 25lbs, and are hard fighters.

The next few weeks the fishing should remain HOT for chinook and as the pink salmon start to show up in the next week or so, the fishing will be amazing. If you are thinking of getting out for some salmon fishing this summer, the next month is the time to do it. 

The pink salmon fishery over the next several weeks is perfect for kids from ages 5-95. Multiple fish days and not too hard to handle.

Saltwater Marine Report provided by:
Dan MacLeod
Pursuit Sport Fishing Charters

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