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FISHING REPORT for September 21, 2014 7:47AM
Recent rain has added some flow and color to the system. There are fish in the hatchery which translates into fish from the mouth of the Vedder to the boundary on the Chilliwack. The trick will be getting fish to co-operate throughout the day. First and last light will be one of your best options to hook up.

Float fishing is the most common technique when targeting fall salmon. Roe, wool, colorado blades and jensen eggs are some of the most 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. You may only retain 4 salmon per day no matter what species. Ex: 3 hatchery coho and 1 adult chinook.

Regulation change: Mission to Hope Sep 04- Oct 06, 2014 Bait ban and no fishing for coho.

The sockeye are back!! Most commercial fishing has stopped and we can see the difference already. Test nets are full and anglers are catching limits once again. Get out while you you still can!

When bouncing, the size of weight varies by location - some spots can use 1.5oz while another uses 6. We recommend going prepared. Nothing like having a boatload of 3oz weights and going to a bar where 4.5oz is what's needed to get a good bounce.

Sturgeon fishing is has been doing well in the non-tidal river. The more salmon carcasses that are available the more aggressive these dinos get. Make sure you have a good selection of weights to get you through the different water conditions. Bait selection can vary at this time of year so make sure to have lamprey, eulachon and roe on board. Salmon parts and pike minnow are also good bait choices.

Coho is now open above and below the highway bridge. The limit is 4 hatchery marked fish per day. Retention of sockeye in the Harrison is also open for 2 per day below the Highway 7 bridge. Anglers fishing for chinook in this section of the river have reported getting a by-catch of sockeye on various different methods. Bar fishing with spin n glo's or plugging are very common techniques.

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River... Not a whole lot of activity yet, but with more chum and coho starting to show up in the test nets we're not far off here. Trout and whitefish anglers will always find willing fish either on the fly or with spinning gear. 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 bit of rain might bring fish into the system.

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