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FISHING REPORT for November 30th, 2015

Water is looking so nice - that "steelhead green" if you will. Reports of the odd coho but they are fewer and further in between.  Trout fishing has been particularly great lately, especially for the bullies that are gorging on salmon eggs and flesh.  Greedy would be an understatement, these powerful guys are hungry and very willing! 

A 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.

This point of the season is typically the transition from salmon to the epic hunt for steelhead. The cold weather and a river on the drop nearing December is a PERFECT recipe for some early winter steelhead! Tie on your favourite worm, jig, spinner or some juicy berries and look for those nice seams.  You could be rewarded with some early season chrome!

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The later we move into the season there are less opportunities for shore fishing salmon. For the most part we're at the end of salmon season, and sturgeon fishing will be your only option until cutty fishing kicks in around February/March.

It has been an awesome season for sturgeon, and it remains to be very good with plenty of opportunities to get into some big dinos. Steve has been getting into a lot of fish, with many in the 9' range. Fresh chum roe has been key. Lamprey continued to provide good results as well. If you know there are fish around, try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole.

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Barren is about the only accurate word that describes the Harrison right now. After the river jumped up, most fish moved up to their spawning areas. Typically another small run of Chehalis coho will come in briefly between December and early January but they're a tough find. 

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Other Local Rivers

Stave River... Not a whole lot of anything showing with the chum and coho pretty much done for the season.

Chehalis River... Still some opportunities to get into some coho action. Float fishing jigs, roe and blades are effective ways to target them. There have been a few steelhead show up 

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 but fishing from a

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

Many anglers are chomping at the bit to go ice fishing on the Thompson Okanagan, and Caribou lakes. We've already had some reports of ice fishing in the Caribou for brook trout.

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