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FISHING REPORT for April 18th, 2015 8:50AM
It's shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. A regular went out for a few hours and hooked into two fish swinging small steelhead flies in the lower Vedder. This is an opportune time to get out there for both gear and fly. With the derby over not many people are coming in to weigh fish so the reports have been fewer. However, we have had some real nice reports of late. 

Remember that you're 2014/15 license is now expired and you'll need to renew it if you plan on fishing any time soon.


Techniques
Steelheading is all about covering water to find a fish. Float fishing is the most common technique to target these winter bullets. You can use almost anything to fish for steelhead, but the most common baits would be wool, single eggs, roe, prawns, pink worms, jigs, or blades. Swinging flies for steelhead is gaining in popularity very quickly. Egg sucking leeches, marabou popsicles or larger intruder type flies are just a few common patterns when looking for winter steel. Nymphing or indicator fishing is also a great way to target these fish.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  As of April 1st, it is illegal to fish at night (1 hour after sunset and 1 hour before sunrise) in the non-tidal portion of the Fraser River, on the Pitt River, and on the Harrison River.

The water is still in very good shape. Those guys getting out are getting into some nice sturgeon. Bring a few different bait options - lamprey, eulachons, or roe. Use your sounder to help locate where the bigger fish are laying, they are moving around to much to pick your bait up.

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


The Harrison is finally dropping - it has come down 1.25 meters over the past 2 weeks. Cutthroat fishing has started to ramp up but the water can be a hindrance. Tackle options include stripping fry patterns on the fly, troutbeads under an indicator, nymphs under an indicator, or small spinners and blades on the spinning rod. Keeping your gear light will make for a more enjoyable experience.

Other Fraser Valley Rivers

Stave River... Cutthroat fishing is picking up with the warmer weather. Fry are starting to pop and there is some good trout fishing to be had. Parking is still restricted so please pay attention to where you leave your vehicle.

Chehalis River... The Chehalis has been very low and clear for a few weeks now. It is much harder to locate fish and find willing biters with these conditions.

Fraser Valley Lakes

Kawkawa Lake... Kokanee fishing is doing well. Remember to ID the fish before killing - there are coho in this lake and they are a no no.

Sasquatch Park Area... These lakes are doing okay. The water is still quite cold so the fish aren't too active.

Chilliwack Lake... With the salmon fry starting to show themselves the cutthroat, dollies and kokanee will begin coming out to feed.

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, woolly buggers, and fry patterns like rolled muddlers.

Interior Lakes
We've had a bit of a cold spell lately but that is expected to change. There have been plenty of positive reports from the Merritt and Kamloops area lakes - . Stump, White, Roche, Gardom, Peter Hope, Red, and Tunkwa to name a few.
Saltwater Report

Fishing report by Pursuit Sport Fishing... The good saltwater fishing trend continues in the Vancouver harbour, Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands.  The last few weeks we have seen consistent catches from the Vancouver Harbour in and around the freighters and Jericho Beach.  Trolling the usual Silver Horde and Gibbs spoons on or near the bottom continues to produce with some good size chinook up to 20lbs. The hot spot for the last few weeks has been the upper reaches of Howe Sound.   The annual herring spawn has attracted lots of hungry chinook but as the herring spawn finishes up, we will see these chinook follow the herring back out of Howe Sound and into the harbour and Georgia Strait.  April we will start to see the annual south Bowen chinook fishery heat up as the early Fraser River and Columbia River runs show up. Trolling the bottom with spoons will still be productive in the Vancouver Harbour but the early Fraser chinook found off Bowen island will be suspended higher in the water column, typically from 60-150'.  Anchovies in glow teaser heads, glow hoochies and glow spoons will out perform all others as the Fraser river freshet causes an algae bloom and the water becomes coloured.  

Crab and prawn fishing continues to be good as well.

Be sure to get your downriggers tuned up with a visit to our Abbotsford store - we are an authorized Scotty service center.