Thursday, September 24th

Lots of fish in the Chilliwack/Vedder. The rains have definitely bumped up the water level so be very safe out there. Every year anglers are killed on our local rivers due to undue care and attention.

Message from Fred...

September 24, 2020

"The failed management of the Fraser River has eliminated some of the best opportunities in the Fraser Valley with no sign of improvement for the future. It is very apparent that anglers who have the least impact on the resource are being unfairly treated." Follow this link to read the latest message from Fred. 

Chilliwack/Vedder River Report

September 24, 2020

UPDATE... We are taking reservations for Walk-and-Wade trips. Please contact either location for details.

Will the rain comes more fish, and a higher level of danger. Please be very cautious when on the river. We lose anglers every year unnecessarily due to their lack of care and attention.

The already strong push of salmon has continued. The chinook have come in excellent numbers, as have the coho,.  We're getting reports of some sizable hatchery coho making their way home for the bbq (be sure to check the latest regulations for retention details).  The tackle of choice has been roe and Troutbeads in the moving water, with twitching jigs and flyfishing in the calmer frog-water.

At the mouth of the Vedder and up in some of the softer canal water, casting Gibbs Crocs, Gibbs Kohos, and Blue Fox spinners are proving very productive for coho. 

There has also been a good number of chum which are currently catch and release only. The chum will be open to retention on October 1st.

If you're new to the Chilliwack/Vedder system, be sure to pop into the Chilliwack store and talk to one of the boys (from 2M away) and see what they would recommend.

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

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

September 04, 2020

UPDATE: We're now taking bookings for guided sturgeon trips. Call 1-604-746-1481 to book your spot today.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The FRSA is organizing a test fishery for Wednesday September 9th. Please follow this link for more details.

The river is in very good shape, with sturgeon to be found in all areas. With salmon moving upriver to their spawning grounds, the sturgeon will follow them around looking for a solid meal.

Bait options include roe, eulachon, and lamprey with a smattering of dew worm to spice things up. Pike minnows are also an excellent bait option and can be a fun opportunity to bring the young-ones out fishing and get some bait.

Summer is a great time of year to do some shore fishing for sturgeon. Although you can use a regular sturgeon outfit, a big sturdy spinning outfit can be excellent for getting extra distance. 

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

September 22, 2020

Salmon season on the Harrison is kicking into gear, which will run through to early November - coho, chum, chinook, and sockeye will all be wandering in. Keep an eye out on the Freshwater Salmon regulations for retention opportunities and boundary restrictions.

Chehalis River Report

June 23, 2020

Per FN0579, the Chehalis is now open for the retention of chinook salmon. Be sure to check the notice for details.

This has been a heritage fishery that we look forward to opening on June 1 (better late than never). Float fishing roe, or casting big spoons are the most popular options.

Stave River Report

September 14, 2020

Salmon season is kicking into gear on the Stave. We're not expecting much in the way of chum retention due to dwindling returns over the past few years and poor management by _ _ _. Be sure to check out the Region 2 freshwater salmon regulations for details.

Dewdney/Norrish Creek

December 28, 2019

This Fraser River backwater produces some beautiful Coastal cutthroat trout throughout the winter months, generally becoming more productive to fish closer to spring when the salmon fry start working their way out. The old Dolly Varden and Rocky Mountain Whitefish have been known to make appearances into the slough when the food source is around

Local Lakes Report

July 27, 2020

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.

This is a fabulous time of year to head to some of our bigger lakes, like the Chilliwack, and do some deep trolling with willow leaves, small dodgers / flashers, and spoons to imitate baitfish. Dollies, cutthroat, kokanee, and rainbows are all on the prowl for fry.

 

Kawkawa Lake is another great lake to fish this time of year for kokanee. Anchoring up and jigging, or trolling deeper waters are two go-to techniques.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society stock a number of easy access lakes which make awesome opportunities for families, younger anglers, and for a nice evening casting a line. Both gear and fly fishing work well in these lakes.

Interior Lakes Report

July 10, 2020

This is an interesting time of year for lake fishing in the Interior. With a smorgasbord of food options, there's really no one go-to method to speak of.

Dry fly fishing is always special because it is so visual. There's nothing like casting a dry fly to a rising fish - truly heart pounding.

Anyway, be sure to check out our blog post 10 Must Have BC Trout Flies for some ideas on what to have in the fly box.

Salt Water Report

August 22, 2020

Hello Fellow Anglers

I am sitting at home today looking out the window at some torrential rains today after correctly postponing a trip that was booked for today. I know I definitely wouldn't have wanted to be out there in this weather today...lol. The weather also serves as a reminder that fall is coming, and with that the change in the fishing regulations.  Starting on September 1st, the waters around the mouth of the Fraser River and Vancouver, in general, will finally open to Chinook retention since it closed on April 1st, and the daily limit will be 2 Chinook per day with no maximum size restriction (it is 80 cm at present in the open areas away from Vancouver). 

 

Since we opened up for Chinook retention in the portion of the Strait of Georgia west of the Gower to Thrasher line (July 15th), and then West of the Gower to Porlier Pass line (August 1st), I've been fishing off Gabriola on about 90% of my trips. Unfortunately strong winds kept us away from Gabriola a few days, but at least most days have been calm enough to cross.  While we are definitely past "prime time" for that area, we are still finding decent numbers of Chinook over there, though lately "oversized" Chinook greater than the 80 cm maximum size have been making up a significant portion of the catches...close to 50% of the fish over the last week or so.  I'd think we will see similar action over there for these last 10 days of the month.

 

All of Vancouver's saltwater anglers are waiting for the September 1st Chinook opening off the mouth of the Fraser. While I have not done a catch and release DNA sampling trip there yet this August, reports from those that have indicated that the Chinook numbers are fantastic again this year (or at least they were prior to the monsoons today and yesterday).  This should mean that once it opens up, we will see some great action from the N. Arm/Bell Buoy area all the way down to Sandheads, though the Sandheads area should be the more consistent producing area due to the fact that the majority of fish head up that arm of the Fraser.  Remember, a trip down to Sandheads requires a minimum 8 hour trip (like Gabriola trips) as well as relatively calm winds. The Mouth of the Capilano river will also begin to produce Chinook on a regular basis in early September, so this is another option for the shorter 5 hour charters.  

 

If you wish to do a strictly catch and release trip, getting out before September 1st will likely provide the best days of action off the Fraser since there won't be crowds of other anglers to contend with. My  scientific license for DNA collection means I can fish the mouth of the Fraser in August and target Chinook strictly to collect DNA even though this area is closed to Chinook fishing until September 1st (i.e. it isn't even open to catch and release)...we need that data to show that stocks of concern are not present in the hope that we can get this area re-opened or at least partially open in future years. The present regulations will leave a blank hole in the vital data for this time and area without the odd trip out there. 

 

As of this time, I still have lots of open dates during these last few days of August and in September, though many guys have said they are going to wait and book a trip in September or we have postponed a trip until September if we got "blown out" on a scheduled August trip to Gabriola. Now that September is approaching, I expect that over the next few days many of my open days will get booked up, so if you are thinking of getting out in September, don't leave it too late. 

 

Of course October can also provide us with some great fall weather as well as Coho fishing off the Fraser, and there should also still be some late Chinook kicking around off the Capilano early in the month. I have also encountered several legal sized "feeder" Chinook off Gabriola in recent weeks (one was already 74 cm), so this may be an indication of a good strong start to our "winter Chinook" fishery. We are lucky in that the Howe Sound winter Chinook fishery can start as early as October, and some years it is already producing very well early in November, so this is always an option for those wishing to get some prime eating Chinook before the end of the year. 

Tight Lines,

 

David Korsch
Predator Charters

www.predatorcharters.ca

davekorsch@gmail.com

http://twitter.com/salmonfishdave

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