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FISHING REPORT for July 27, 2014 8:58AM
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.

There are still fresh chinook entering the vedder over the past week.  Fish are now spread throughout the river with larger concentrations in certain areas.
When fishing upriver expect to see more dark fish at this time of year.

The limit is 4 per day with only one over 62cm. This mean you can kill one adult chinook and 3 jacks per day.  Spring salmon like to spend time in the faster water and heads of runs. Make sure you use enough lead to keep your presentation in the zone and the correct size float to properly suspend it.

Float fishing roe, prawn, and wool (or any combination) are go to setups. Other effective options include Blue Fox Vibrax spinners and jigs. Trolling (spoons, large spinners, etc.) or plugging at the mouth or in the canal from boat is also a very good option.  

NOTICE: Effective one hour before sunrise July 28 - one hour after sunset Aug. 31, 2014 chinook retention will be
4 per day, wild or hatchery marked, only 1 greater than 50 cm.

We had one of the best openings to red springs in many years! Bar fishing was very productive until the water colored up from recent rain.

Bar fisherman have been doing very well with spin n glo's and plugs. There seems to be a good amount of fish that fall under the slot limit. Anglers out sturgeon fishing have also reported good numbers of rising salmon. Looking forward to a very good salmon season.

Bar fishing, bottom bouncing, and plugging are the three most common and affective means of fishing the Fraser.

Sturgeon fishing is picking up with all the salmon entering the river. 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.

Not a whole lot going on in the Harrison right now. This fishery typically picks up in September.

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... Opened June 1st for retention of chinook salmon. The limit is 4 per day with only 1over 50 cm. Chinook are starting to show up in better numbers throughout the river . Popular option when fishing for springs are roe, wool or colorado blades.

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

Chinook fishing out of Vancouver has been heating up this past week. Thrasher rock and Entrance island have been producing good numbers of fish. The south end of Bowen island, Gibsons and Sechelt are also holding good schools of bait.

The first thing you must do when looking for these fish is find where the bait is located. Start fishing on the bottom and move up from there using spoons, hoochies, anchovies or herring strips. Good options for flashers are purple haze, moonjelly, green racer and jellyfish. When selecting the right spoons and hoochies for spring fishing start with green glow or green and white.

Report provided by Captian Chris Speed