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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Fred's Vedder Crossing location will be open at 6:00am for the month of October to accommodate those of you needing tackle for the first light bite.

FISHING REPORT for October 24, 2014 8:37AM
Amazing how things can change over night. Yesterday the river was a murky mess, this morning it's looking good. Lots of nickel chrome chum have moved in, and there's still plenty of coho and chinook. Steve from our Chilliwack shop is fishing up river and called in a glowing report of coho, springs, and chum.

It has been an incredible year for local chinook fishing. Anglers have been picking them up throughout the day on many different presentations. Chum are becoming more present everyday, try short floating jigs in the lower river with the tides to pick up the cleanest fish.

Float fishing is the most common technique when targeting fall salmon. Roe, wool, colorado blades, Troutbeads, and Jensen or Mad River eggs are some effective presentations to float down the river. Using light spinning gear with blue foxes, small kohos, crocs and other light tackle is deadly effective for coho. When the coho are rolling in froggy water, twitching jigs is another awesome option. Trolling around the mouth with Blue Fox Vibrax, and Cascade spinners is also a very effective technique.

Fishing for coho on the fly is incredible effective. A 7 - 8wt rod, with an  intermediate sinking line, and a 3' - 5' fluorcarbon leader is a good setup. For flies we recommend bead head rolled muddlers (natural, olive, blue, gold, chartreuse), coho buggers, KCKs, California Neals, olive wooly buggers,  and Supervisors. Troutbeads, Hevi-Beads, and Steelhead beads (6mm - 8mm) under an indicator with a floating line is a great option if you want to pick up more than just coho.

The limit is 4 chinooks per day with only one over 62cm. The limit for coho is 4 hatchery marked fish per day.  Chum limit is 1 per day. You may only retain 4 salmon per day no matter what species. Ex: 3 hatchery coho and 1 adult chinook.

Albion test net has been full of chum for the past week. Lots of fish moving into the Harrison system and stacking up near the Vedder mouth. Bar fishing for chinook has been very productive over the past few weeks. Try using large spinners when sitting on anchor, the grabs are incredible!

We've been putting in a lot of hours sturgeon fishing the past few days, and have done very well. Roe and lamprey have produced the majority of our fish. Stink baits weren't overly productive. The bite is not aggressive so you'll have to be very very patient. Using circle hooks can reduce the amount of frustration you'll experience tending your rods. We also highly recommend getting the Scotty Rod Balancers for this style of bite.

 Chum and coho fishing is doing very well on both the fly and fishing gear. Please remember chinook fishing is only open below the highway bridge.

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River...  There river is loaded with chum salmon now. Coho fishing will pick up over the next few weeks. Parking is still restricted so please pay attention to where you leave your vehicle.

Chehalis River... The river is open to coho and chinook - chum opens November 1. This system always fishes well after a rain. Based on the number of coho moving into the Harrison, the Chehalis should be doing well now.

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... Trout fishing is solid in the Harrison area lakes. Grace, Wolf, Deer, Trout, and Hicks are all great options. Nothing big but can be very productive. For the fly fisherman look to chironomids, leech, pumkinheads (of course), mayfly nymphs (52 Buicks, etc.), and small scud patterns. Bingo Bugs, Dick Nites, Hildebrandts, Rooster Tails, wedding bands, and Skookums are all great options.

Chilliwack Lake... A great time of year to fish Chilliwack Lake for dollies, and trout. There are tonnes of fry in the lake for the dollies and cutthroat to gorge themselves on.

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, wooly 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

Notice: August 3, 2014 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye in those waters open to salmon fishing in: Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 and 29-11 to 29-17 (Mouth of Fraser River upstream to Mission).

Chinook fishing of the Cap was strong end of last week but has slowed down over the past week. Fish right on the bottom with Gibbs Delta STS T10 and Bonchovy flashers with Rhys Davis teaser heads in Chartreuse and Green splatter back and longer leaders is working. Also a herring in a bullet troll teaser no flasher is something to try. Slow roll is the key these fish aren't actively feeding bites are reactionary mostly. I heard Friday of Sockeye still being caught at Sandheads and so it's another option if someone wants to give it a try. If you want to avoid the traffic The Bell Bouy and Point Atkinson for Chinook is an option. Casting off the beach around the cap mouth or cates park will start to pickup for coho.

Report provided by Rick Clark, Gibbs Pro Staffer September 21