|FISHING REPORT for January 28th, 2015 8:36AM|
We had 11 fish weighed in yesterday. The river is dropping nicely which almost always translates into some good fishing. Overall this January has been incredible fishing for most anglers. We will probably double derby weigh-ins for January compared to last year, and easily beat 2013, and 2012 numbers.
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 quiet 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, and eulachons seem to be working better than roe, or single eggs. 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!
It's been a bit slow for trout and dolly fishing. The whitefish tend to school up pretty tight so once you find them you can spend the whole day getting you "tug on".Drifting wool ties, troutbeads or jensen eggs is effective for the gear anglers. Lighter fly rods are fine (3 - 6 weight) 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... 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... Winter steelhead are entering this system now. Make sure you have your license and tag before fishing!
|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... The gate is closed for the season.
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.
|Waiting for ice off.... It might be an early one this year?|
Prawn and crab fishing has been excellent as of late. There are some winter chinook around, but nothing to get to excited about yet. Be sure to get your downriggers tuned up with a visit to our Abbotsford store - we are an authorized Scotty service centre.