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FISHING REPORT for August 21, 2014 9:29AM
NOTICE:  Sockeye are moving into the system in good numbers. These fish can not be retained, so please handle them with care. Sockeye will have no spots and white gums, where a spring has large spots and black gums.

Lots of trout and whitefish on the fly or with ultra light tackle. Dry fly can be a lot of fun, typically in the mornings and evenings. These fish aren't too picky but smaller is usually better. 

Very few reports of salmon now. The water is in fabulous shape though. Many of the upper river fish are getting dark and aren't the best for eating.

The limit is 4 per day with only one over 62cm. This mean you can kill one adult chinook and 3 jacks per day.  Float fishing roe, prawn, and wool (or any combination) are go to setups. Other effective options include Blue Fox Vibrax spinners and jigs.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Be very aware of your belongings when on a busy public bar. There are predators / scum out there who are looking for an easy grab. We get people coming in everyday telling us how their spare rod, backpack, tackle box, jacket, etc. disappeared while they were fishing.

Mixed reports from various parts of the river - everything from sluggish to fantastic. The recent commercial opening put a blip in the run but that will clear up quickly. 

When bouncing, the size of weight varies by location - some spots can use 1.5oz while another uses 6. We recommend going prepared. Nothing like having a boatload of 3oz weights and going to a bar where 4.5oz is what's needed to get a good bounce.

Sturgeon fishing is really starting to pick up. The more salmon carcasses that are available the more aggressive these dinos get. Make sure you have a good selection of weights to get you through the different water conditions. Bait selection can vary at this time of year so make sure to have lamprey, eulachon and roe on board. Salmon parts and pike minnow are also good bait choices.

Retention of sockeye in the Harrison is now open for 2 per day below the Highway 7 bridge. Anglers fishing for chinook in this section of the river have reported getting a by-catch of sockeye on various different methods. Bar fishing with spin n glo's or plugging are very common techniques.

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River... Not a whole lot of activity during the summer months. Trout and whitefish anglers will always find willing fish either on the fly or with spinning gear. Ramps up for salmon fishing in late September. Parking is still restricted so please pay attention to where you leave your vehicle.

Chehalis River... The river is now closed for chinook retention until September 16th. 

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. There are tonnes of fry in the lake for the dollies and cutthroat to gorge themselves on.

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
Summer fishing can be tough as the fish stay in comfortable oxygen rich waters. Reports from Tunkwa are the bombers have started, which is a great opportunity to pull out the #10 chironomids and stare at an indicator.

Mayflies like to blossom in the evening so be sure to have a supply of pheasant tails, hairs ears, and half back nymphs. Having a few dry fly options is always a good idea too.

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, although Bingo Bugs, Flatfish, and Hot Shots are also must have as well.
Saltwater Report

Notice: August 3, 2014 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye in those waters open to salmon fishing in: Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 and 29-11 to 29-17 (Mouth of Fraser River upstream to Mission).

Salt Water fishing in our local waters has been good and spotty and this has gone on a day to day basis. It's all about being there when the bite is going. Tide changes really have been the key as well.

Things really picked up Thursday morning for Coho salmon off the West Vancouver shoreline then with the bump of rain it almost seemed like the Coho shot up the river and the fishery got very quiet ... things have been picking up a bit over the last few days but it still isn't as good as we've seen in the past few years. You have to put your time in ... with the dry weather this week things should improve as the week progresses ... Gibbs Delta Guide Series STS and Bonchovy flashers with Rhys Davis teaser ( Chartreuse Glow Splatter , Green Glow, or Chrome Finishes as well ) head rigger with an Anchovy as been the ticket lately, White hoochies are always worth a shot and I have heard of guys hooking Coho this year with Irish Cream and Cookies and Cream Silver Horde Spoons in 3.5. In the deeper water Guys are running four rods stacked in Depths of 30 - 60 feet. Shallower water 24 - 28 and only two rods on the flats. Remember to troll a little faster for Coho.

There has been some nice Springs Caught around Point Atkinson and All the Way to the Cap Mouth as well. We got a couple off the fisheries and have seen quite a few caught in this area this week. Tucked in behind the freighters. We have been fishing 57 - 75 and targeting Springs specifically and it has worked. Having said that,  we caught a few in the past two weeks right on the flats in West Van and we saw one caught in shallow water right of the Ambleside Beach that was around18 pounds. Flasher and Cookies and Cream Spoon caught that fish. We have been running bait though,  Gibbs Delta Guide Series STS and Bonchovy flashers and same teasers as above. A few Springs have been caught around Hole in The Wall in Howe Sounds as well.

I heard of a Sockeye caught and released in Howe Sound Tuesday and the forecasts I have been in touch with are saying the recreational fishing may open as soon as August 1st ... that's this weekend! If you haven't got or seen the new Gibbs Delta Guide Series T-10 flasher it's something that all anglers should look towards stocking up on as well as pink/glow Yamashita hoochies. This flasher was specifically designed by local Gibbs Delta prostaff for this years fishery ... so you know it will produce. While the fishery will open things usually pick up a little closer to the middle of August.

Should be an amazing August!

Report provided by Rick Clark, Gibbs Pro Staffer