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FISHING REPORT for October 5th, 2015

If you're fishing from the Keith Wilson on down, be on the lookout for seals. They have no fear whatsoever. We've had reports of them stealing fish from people right up to shore.

The river is in excellent shape with plenty of fresh, chrome Chinook entering the system. The coho have also been working their in the lower section of the river. If you can find them in a happy place (rolling etc.) then make the most of it.

Short floating cured roe or roe bags, as well as colorado blades underneath a float are excellent methods to target coho and chinook. Swinging spoons can also be a fun and very productive. If you are out looking to entice some Coho with a fly, stripping olive woolly buggers, rolled muddlers (in various colours), california neils, and Christmas tree patterns in slack water can be very effective.

There are still some fresh pinks coming in. If you don't see them, go looking or just wait - they will come. Pinks tend to be more aggressive down low (Keith Wilson Bridge to the mouth of the Sumas). The further up river you go, the more closed lip they become.

Pink spinners, jigs and grubs, blades, and wool is working well. You can either cast and retrieve, or drift them under a float.

If you are out chucking a fly, pink and sparse patterns with a bit of flash have been productive, as has small chartreuse patterns. In slower sections of water, an intermediate line or tip is more than adequate. For the faster and deeper pieces, you may need to use a faster sinking tip or line such as a type 6.

Another ridiculously effective method of catching salmon, 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. 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.

Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of Saturday, September 5th, both the tidal and non-tidal Fraser River is open to pink and chum retention. DFO is recommending anglers use selective methods when salmon fishing for salmon. This includes bar fishing, float fishing, casting spinners, spoons, and jigs, back trolling, plugging, and fly fishing. Bottom bouncing is not considered selective. Please refer to these DFO notices for details - tidal notice / non-tidal notice.

River is fishing extremely well right now for chinook. Bar fishing is probably one of the best methods, and the least invasive on other non-retention species. Depending on the clarity and speed of the water, smaller spin-n-glo presentations could be the ticket when chasing the big one.

When looking to switch it up, casting and retrieving t-spoons and bigger spoons ie, Kitimats, Ironheads, Crocs etc, is another productive method.

With the pinks open you will want to focus on using pink spinners, blades, jigs and spoons.

Sturgeon fishing has been very good as well. Steve from Chilliwack has been out with clients is getting into lots of fish. Pink parts have been working well. Using large parts, like a whole head, will almost guarantee you a large fish. Lamprey, eulachons, roe and dew worms have also been bringing in some nice fish. If things are a bit slow but you know there are fish around, try out Pro-cure Sturgeon and Garlic scents before leaving a hole.

If you're looking for something fun for the kids, set them up with an ultra-light spinning rod and go after pike minnow. These feisty little creatures are lots of fun for the kids, and make for great sturgeon bait. Target areas close to the shore and around structures and docks.

Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers

We've had some very good reports from the Harrison of late. There are chum, coho, and pinks in the system. The sockeye will be there for the next few weeks staging, but there is no retention. There is also no retention for chinook until further notice.

Floating marabou jigs, blades and spinners underneath a float is an excellent way to entice Chum and Coho salmon.

Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers.

Other Local Rivers

Stave River... Now open to coho, chum, and pink salmon.

Chehalis River... After the drought this river is bouncing back quite well. Coho are moving in and may be worth checking out.

Squamish River... Closed to pink retention, and open to coho.

Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers.

Fraser Valley Lakes

Kawkawa Lake... Summer on Kawkawa can be fun but challenging with the amount of recreational activities in the area. Kokanee fishing will run up and until its closure but you definitely have to get down.

Sasquatch Park Area... These lakes will do well through the summer. Warmer weather always dictates fishing deeper.

Chilliwack Lake... This is a great summer lake for cutthroat, kokanee, and bulltrout/dollies. Trolling a bit deeper with spoons, and plugs.

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... 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. Putting a small crayfish trap down for a couple hours is also a good way to pass time. Good baits include cat and dog food.

Interior Lakes

Water temperatures are dropping which should translate into happier fish getting ready to put some weight on before winter. Lakes that were once chironomid crazy have drifted to a broader spectrum of bugs. So what does this mean? Bring all of your options when you go - chironomids, mayflies, damsels, dragons, scuds, leeches, boobies (not a bug but a weapon) and sedge patterns. And bring all of your lines - floating, intermediate, type 3, type 5, type 6, and type 7 (the latter 3 being somewhat interchangeable).

Give us a call if you have any questions about a particular lake that you're going to. We get info from customers that go to many different lakes and we may be able to point you in the right direction.

Vancouver Saltwater Report

The salmon fishing continues to be great here in local Vancouver waters. As a matter of fact, we have had exceptional chinook fishing since December. If the amazing chinook fishing we had over on the west coast of the island this summer is any indication, we will continue to see great fishing for several more weeks.

Sandheads and Iona continue to produce good numbers of salmon on most tides. Herring and anchovy behind glow flashers with 5-7' leaders is the best choice but white and blue glow hoochies are also taking a bunch of fish. High and low slack tides are producing the best bites as usual so plan your outing a few hours before and after each tide change for the most success.

We are also getting a few coho as well lately and these numbers will increase as we start to see the Vedder, Chehalis and Harrison coho show up early October. Further south towards the Coal ports can be dynamite for coho action late September and October. A variety of green, blue or white hoochies will take coho any time and anywhere.

West Vancouver shoreline and in particular the mouth of the Capilano River is also kicking out some good catches of chinook on the flooding tide but the last few days it has been very slow. This will change significantly as we get later in the month and into October. Herring and anchovy trolled very close to the bottom is the best way to intercept these Cap chinook but we got quite a few last year in shallower water. It can be very busy in front of the Cap especially on the weekends so don't be afraid to go shallower and further away from the Cap to find fish. A large volume of boat traffic will scatter the fish into deeper water and often into shallow water.

Saltwater Marine Report provided by:
Dan MacLeod
Pursuit Sport Fishing Charters