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FISHING REPORT for November 20, 2014 10:08AM
An early showing of steelhead has made a few anglers' day. Brian from our Chilliwack shop was out throwing a fly and picked up a darling wild steelie on his first swing.

Coho are still holding their own with the majority of reports coming from the upper Chilliwack. All that to say Steve got a nice chrome wild fish this morning fishing in the Vedder. 

Now is a great time to dust off the indicators, and pull out the Troutbeads, Hevi-Beads, and Steelhead.com beads. Dollies and bull trout are wandering around looking for single eggs to drift on by. A single bead under an indicator can be very productive.

Techniques

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. Dollies and Bull trout are char and are catch and release only.


The big river is dropping nicely and sturgeon fishing really picking up. Most guide boats have been having over 10 fish days in the past week. Roe is your go to bait right now. You can change things up with a salmon parts and lamprey.

Try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole and see what climbs on your hook!


The back channels have been holding lots of coho. Fly and light spinning gear being your go to. Coho can come through as late as early January so don't call it quits just yet.

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River...  The salmon fishing is done for the season. 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... This system will fish well right through November and into December.

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. 

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

Not a whole lot of news from the chuck of late. Now is the time to get ready for crabbing, prawns, and winter feeder springs. Be sure to get your downriggers tuned up with a visit to our Abbotsford store - we are an authorized Scotty service centre.