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February 6th, 2016

The river had a very minor bump in height overnight but appears to have leveled off and should continue to drop providing the rain holds off.  Steelhead fishing is usually prime after a high water spike, so if you are thinking of getting out there and hunting some ghosts, now would be a good time. These are very good conditions for steelheading - water on the drop and near perfect "steelhead green" visibility. As usual you'll want to cover a lot of water and fish the entire run from head to tail.

Popular steelheading methods include float fishing rubber worms, jigs, spinners, juicy roe or a nice prawn. When the water is murky you'll need to catch their attention so throwing a spin-n-glo in the mix is a good idea too. When the water warms up steelhead tend to be more aggressive, so don't be afraid to swing a fly through a nice riffle or seam.  Black, blue and purple intruders are very popular, if not a trusty classic pattern will for sure entice these ghosts.

Another ridiculously effective method of catching steelhead, trout, dollies, bulltrout, and whitefish is beading - a Troutbead, Hevi-Bead, or under a float or indicator, with a bit of split shot to get down in front of the fish. You want to peg the bead 1-2" above the hook. What salmon in its right mind would pass up a well presented bead? Not many. Plus you'll have a good chance of getting any other species of salmonid, oncorhynchus, or salvelinus that may be in the area as well.

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It has been an awesome sturgeon season. There are still some good opportunities to get into some dinos, with most guys off the river during the winter months, moving around and finding holes should be a breeze. Roe is still a go to, as is lamprey. If you know there are fish around, try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole.

We had some solid reports of cutthroat when the water was low. A bit early but who cares?

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Cutthroat, whitefish, and rainbows are the target species this time of year. The river is in fantastic shape for winter fly fishing, or using an ultralight spinning outfit. Troutbeads, globugs, alevin patterns, or very small black nymphs will be your go-to's right about now. 

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Other Local Rivers

Stave River... It's cutty, whitefish, and steelhead season on the Stave. We've had some reports already of a few hatchery steelhead coming out. The more alevin that start getting active the more cutties will show up.

Chehalis River... There have been the odd steelhead reported. There are also a few slim opportunities to get into some coho action. Float fishing jigs, roe and blades are effective ways to target them.

Squamish River... It's bulltrout season on the Squamish - a fly angler's paradise. Egg patterns, Troutbeads, big leeches, wooly buggers, and sculpins being your best bet.

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Fraser Valley Lakes

Kawkawa Lake... This lake shuts down until the kokanee open on March 1, 2016.

Sasquatch Park Area... These lakes will fish right through the fall and winter. They definitely slow down when it's cold and you'll want to fish from a boat. Come spring time fishing from shore is a good option.

Chilliwack Lake... Gates are closed for the season.

Cultus Lake... Highly under fished, Cultus Lake offers awesome opportunities for cutthroat, dollies, and pike minnow. 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. You can also try trolling spoons, wedding bands and other lures to attract the dollies.

Jones Lake... Pretty much done for the season. The winter road may make navigation a bit taxing.

Interior Lakes

Ice fishing has kicked in on many of the higher elevation Merritt and Caribou lakes. We've got a very good ice fishing tackle selection, including a number of rod/reel combos for every budget.

Vancouver Saltwater Report

Well, there is not much to report for salmon fishing from the saltwater for the month of November but this should change in December. Historically we start to see some good catches of winter chinook by mid December and it gets better as the winter months roll along.

If you have a half day for fishing, the middle of the harbour around the freighters as well as west Van and Pt. Grey are good bets. If you have a full day available to you then head up Howe Sound, the west side of Bowen, Coal Ports or Gabriola Island for some action. As usual, trolling your spoons and hoochies as close to the bottom as you can is the key for success for winter chinook. Smaller spoons like the Gibbs/Delta coho killers, Skinny "G", G Force, Clendon Stewart or Tom Mack spoons in the 1.5" to 3" range will work well. Flashers help but don't be afraid to go with out a flasher if you are fishing in depths between 50'- 120'. Any deeper you may need a glow or UV flasher to attract attention. If the chinook fishing is anything like it was last winter, we are going to have another great season of fishing.

Guides in the Victoria area are already reporting some descent chinook fishing!

Crab and prawn fishing should also pick up over the next few months as the commercial boats are finally done for the season. It is still worth putting out your traps but don't expect good crab/prawn fishing until closer to spring. There are still some 'honey holes' out there where the commercial boats did not get to. Also, be aware that there is a growing number of thieves working the harbour and steeling your catch and even the crab and prawn traps all winter. Keep and eye on your traps as you fish for salmon.

Saltwater Marine Report provided by:

Dan MacLeod
Pursuit Sport Fishing Charters