Sunday, December 8th

Fraser River is open to late season coho fishing. Chum retention closures are still in effect on to all Region 2 Fraser River tributaries. Please check the regulations before going out. 

Chilliwack/Vedder River Report

December 08, 2019

The Wally Hall Jr. Memorial Steelhead Derby officially began last week but it really doesn't get rolling until the first fish get weighed in. There have been a couple of reports of wild winter-run but not many. 

We are reaching the end of salmon season, however, a recent push of chum that moved in is keeping things interesting. Plus, you might even bump into the occasional coho.

This is also a good time of year to fish flesh flies, egg patterns, and Troutbeads for opportunistic char and trout feeding off the scraps.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where we are posting regular updates.

The gear you use will depend on what your targeting. Here are some general tips:

  • Float fishing is the best "all-around" method. You can use roe (never a bad choice), a Colorado Blade, jig, or wool. Blades are highly underrated, and something you should definitely add to her tackle box;

  • Twitching jigs are another great "all-around" method for salmon and steelhead;

  • Casting spoons or spinners are great for coho and pinks, and an option for springs or chum depending on the water you're fishing.

  • Fly fishing for coho, pinks or chum can be super effective, but not as effective for springs due to the type of water they frequent.

Whatever approach you want to take, both stores are equipped with gear to get you into fish.

Please be aware of the regulations and how to identify your fish. Release all non-retention species properly. Do not take them out of the water. A single barbless hook is very easy to remove. Stay within your limit.

Real Time Chwk River Level at Vedder Crossing


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

Fraser River Report

December 08, 2019

Late Fall sturgeon fishing is usually slower as the larger fish start to shut down. The smaller fish (6' and under) remain relatively active and can make for an enjoyable day. Be prepared to pull anchor often in search of moving fish.

Of note, we highly recommend using circle hooks this time of year as the juvenile sturgeon have a tendency to lay on their food, protecting it from other fish. This can lead to foul hooks, which can be negated using a circle hook.

Lamprey eel has been a successful option, as are roe sacks. We have both in the shop, including an excellent batch of uncured chum eggs available in vacuum-sealed bags.

The incredible power and strength of these unique fish are demonstrated with acrobatic jumps, long hard pulling runs, and most important the impressive durability. Making them one of the most exciting catch and release fisheries on the planet.


Many people have taken the time to educate themselves on the conservation and management efforts that the Sports fishing sector has dedicated over 20 years to ensure that these fish will be around for years to come. If you have never experienced a Sturgeon fishing excursion, we highly recommend you try this world-class fishery that is dedicated to conservation and sustainable fisheries for generations to come.

Please handle these prehistoric beasts with care and keep them in the water as much as possible. Our job is to keep an eye out for these fish and report your observations to the authorities immediately. 

Real Time Fraser River Level at Mission

Real Time Fraser River Level at Hope

Real Time Fraser River Level Near Agassiz

Albion Test Fishing Data

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

Harrison River Report

December 08, 2019

Not a whole lot of activity this time of year. Although you can get some productivity fishing flesh flies, egg patterns, and Troutbeads for yearning trout, char, and whitefish.

Chehalis River Report

October 21, 2019

The Chehalis receives a small return of Chinook Salmon through July and August, these fish are notoriously hard to catch due to the extremely clear water conditions. Getting out first or last light can determine how successful you are fishing this river. We've had positive reports of a strong return this season.

These fish love roe, prawns, spoons and spinners. The Chehalis also produces some incredibly strong and beautiful Summer Run Steelhead. This being said they are extremely elusive and usually move through the system quite quickly. We suggest concentrating your time fishing the 3 to 4 ft riffle water or deeper slots at the heads of the runs in the heavier water.

 

Being that Summer Steelhead enter the river sexually immature, they spend close to a year living in the river actively feeding in the ecosystem, this fact is why these particular steelhead are extremely aggressive and are generally smaller and skinnier. Bubblegum pink presentations steadily produced fish as well as spinners and spoons.  

Stave River Report

October 30, 2019

With the coho, and chum runs are done now, and we swtich into trout and whitefish season.

Dewdney/Norrish Creek

December 08, 2019

Salmon season is all but over, with trout and whitefish season being a viable option.

Local Lakes Report

December 08, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please read this notice and let others know the significance of invasive species in our lakes and river systems. They are not welcome and practicing catch & release is not recommended for the longevity of our native fish.

With the cooler weather comes a reduction in fishing opportunities. Some of the urban lakes will still offer up a bit of trout or bass fishing on the warmer Fall days.

Interior Lakes Report

December 08, 2019

Hard water season has begun, with many of the high altitude lakes available for fishing.​

Be safe out there, and check the regulations to make sure the lake you are intending on fishing is actually open.

 

Salt Water Report

November 18, 2019

Compliments of David Korsch @ Predator Charters. Click here for more about Predator, and their guiding services.

Hello Fellow Anglers   

 

I'm back from my short trip to warmer climes, and while I was away it seems that our winter Chinook fishery has become quite a bit more consistent.  A couple of associates got out a half dozen times this past week during the good weather, and both landed legal fish every day, and they both had days where they landed 3 legal fish as well as hooking into additional fish that they lost and/or released. One of the landed fish was 18 lbs, so it looks as if some of those larger feeders I talked about in my last newsletter (that should have had a better survival rate through the summer months) may be starting to enter the Sound.

 

We have some pretty crappy weather hitting us for the next couple of days, but after that, it looks as if the weather will be quite nice for several days. At this time of year, the temperatures on sunny days aren't nearly as cold as later in the winter, which means we typically don't have to dress up as the "Michelin Man" in order to keep warm.  

 

Between charters, I am still presently working at Sewell's finishing up some dock projects for the next couple weeks anyway, so I can easily be available for a charter even on short notice. I do plan on working my usual construction job in Gibsons after that, but I will still have the freedom to do charters most days as long as I have a bit of notice.

 

Prawning has continued to very good in recent weeks with only one or two "egged" females needing to be released each day.  I did have a guy "poach" my traps in late October though. He didn't steal the traps but just emptied them. I guess I have to be thankful they weren't stolen or dropped into water too deep so they either float away or the buoy sinks, but it is still a piss-off when you go to pull the traps at the end of the fishing day only to find a couple of prawns instead of the usual haul of 100+. One has to wonder about the mentality of people who steal other people's prawns and or traps. I don't keep my traps out all the time now, as it can often be several days between my trips (and because I don't want to provide prawns for this poacher), but even dropping them out "for the day" around Horseshoe Bay can provide good catches.

 

2019 Charter rates are as follows: for one persons the 5 hour rate is $600.00 + GST, for 2 people it is $630.00 + GST, for 3 people it is $660 + GST, and for 4 people it is $700 + GST.  Additional hours are $100.00 + GST.  

 

Remember to get your Fishing License if you don't already have it. The 2019 saltwater fishing licenses are available on-line from the Department of Fisheries or at Fred's Custom Tackle.  You now have to purchase licenses on-line as they are no longer for sale in tackle shops and marinas unless they do it online for you.  This takes quite a bit of time, and often they will charge a "surcharge" for their time and printer costs.  The following is a link to the DFO website where you can purchase your license.  Remember to get a salmon stamp as well as the basic license as the stamps are not available at the marina either.  http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/index-eng.html

 

There is also a new free BC Tidal Water Sportfishing App for iPhones. It will have the soon to be updated regulations, species identification, a catch log, and the ability to display your license, though you still need to have a printed paper copy of your license to record your catch with you when fishing. The hope is that soon we will switch to an electronic license, and be able to do away with the silly paper copies.

 

As always, feel free to pass this information along to any associates who may appreciate the report.  I will be posting pictures and results of my fishing trips from out on the water with Instagram as they occur on both my Facebook and Twitter pages.  If you are interested in "following", my "name" is "salmonfishdave (http://twitter.com/salmonfishdave). 

 

If you have any questions, or wish to book a charter, e-mail me, or call/text me at (604) 329 - 8642

 

Note:  If you see this report posted on my website and you didn't receive it directly like you use to, please send me an e-mail and I will put you back on the list.  If you wish to be removed from this e-mail list, please let me know and I will do so.

 

Tight Lines,

David Korsch
Predator Charters

www.predatorcharters.ca

davekorsch@gmail.com

http://twitter.com/salmonfishdave

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