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May 15th, 2023


Chilliwack/Vedder River Report

May 15, 2023

Walk-and-Wade trip reservations are available for the up coming salmon season. Please contact our booking hotline at 604-835-3474 (FISH) or to book your trip today!

Freshet is well underway, with high, murky green water from the mountain run off working its way to the Fraser.  

This doesn't mean the river is unfishable, just quite tough. Accessing water by foot where you can cast a fly is tough, and the strong flow means you're either fishing dry flies or super heavy sink tips.

Plus, there is a lack of distinct runs and identifiable holding water to target.  

The river will be closed for the month of June, opening July 1 for red spring season. With the high water coming early this year, we may have some prime water for opening day (fingers crossed).  

New to the Chilliwack/Vedder system? Pop into the Chilliwack store and talk to one of the boys and see what they would recommend.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, and Instagram, where we post regular updates.

Please be aware of the regulations and how to identify your fish. Release all non-retention species properly. Please 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

May 12, 2023


Fishing for salmon is currently closed on the Fraser River.



Spring has sprung and so has the annual parade of debris down the Big Muddy. There are some big logs coming down right now. Some are virtually submerged and can be super dangerous.

Even with the water being what it is, the fishing has been good. The staple eulachons, roe, worms, pike minnow, and salmon parts all working - either by themselves or in tandem.

Our calendar for guided sturgeon trips is filling up fast. Give our booking hotline a call at 604-835-FISH (3474) or email to book your adventure.

About Sturgeon

The incredible power and strength of these unique fish are demonstrated with acrobatic jumps, long hard pulling runs, and, most importantly, 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

May 12, 2023

Getting out of the Big Muddy and sturgeon fishing on the Harrison can be a great alternative during mid-Spring and early Summer. 

Resident trout, char, and whitefish are always on the prowl for a meal. 

Chehalis River Report

Febraury 13, 2023

Still fishing reasonably well for coho depending on where you're willing to go. This system is notorious for its late run of coho - as late as January.

Be sure to check out the Region 2 freshwater salmon regulations for details.

Stave River Report

April 18, 2023

Coho and chum fry are starting to make their way to the ocean, making it a great time to get out and do some light tackle fishing.

Be sure to check out the Region 2 freshwater salmon regulations for details.

Nicomen Slough/Norrish Creek Report

November 17, 2022

Fishing the slough has been very good with coho moving in during an incoming tide. Could use some rain.

Be sure to check out the Region 2 freshwater salmon regulations for details.

Local Lakes Report

April 18, 2023

The Freshwater Fisheries folks have been busy stocking our local urban lakes with catch-ables. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the family out to wet a line.


Larger lakes, such as Alouette, Chilliwack, Cultus, are getting more productive as salmon fry are moving through heading to the ocean. Catching the attention of trout, kokanee, cutthroat, and char. 

Interior Lakes Report

April 18, 2023

Lakes are starting to ice off. Morgan and Six Mile have been open for a while and are producing fish.  

It's been a long cold winter, and it may be later than usual until the major lakes are open. Tunkwa is just starting to show some dark patches and a small amount of open water around the perimeter. While Roche was white as snow last week.

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