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July 3, 2024

Chilliwack/Vedder River Report

June 4, 2024

Guided Walk-and-Wade salmon fishing trips are super popular. Contact our booking hotline at 604-835-3474 (FISH), info@rivertitan.ca, or follow this link to book your trip today!

Red Springs (chinook) are the species of choice through to mid-August. The river is a bit high right now so the fish are moving. As the river level drops, the fish will slow their migration making them easier to target.

They generally show themselves during low light conditions, but can also be seen porpoising as they migrate through the system. With the last 2 seasons having higher than usual return rates, we're optimistic that the 2024 season will also prove fruitful.

BE AWARE there are also sockeye coming through so be sure to clearly identify your catch before yanking it onto the rocks. These are catch-and-release only so please be careful.

Float fishing with roe, big soft plastic eggs, jigs, and good old-fashioned GloBug wool are the weapons of choice. You want to get your presentation down in the deep slots where the reds like to hang out.

If you've got a boat, the lower Vedder and Sumas provide opportunities for plugging or backtrolling/bouncing Kwikfish, MagLips, Flatfish, spinners, or spoons. These can be run bare or with a dropper weight in deeper runs.

For you fly anglers, swinging a fly can be super tricky. A shallow stretch of river, devoid of a deep slots is your best bet for swinging a fly. A heavy sink tip and weighted fly is your best option.

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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

July 3, 2024

SALMON
 

There are no current salmon fishing or retention opportunities in the tidal and/or non-tidal portions of the Fraser river.

 

STURGEON

IMPORTANT NOTE: The DFO is clamping down on the use of illegal bait and bait that cannot be traced to a source. Be sure to keep your receipts for any baits you purchase - especially lamprey. They will be conducting spot bait checks on the river this season. 

Early Summer sturgeon fishing on the Fraser is dependent on the freshette conditions. The river is still on the rise and with this hot spell setting in for a couple of weeks it should sty high. Flow is fast with plenty of debris coming down. This can include partially submerged logs do pose a danger. Stay on the lookout if you're planning on going out. Staying closer to shore will help keep you out of the debris path.

Fishing has been okay with big fish roaming around looking for a meal. There are salmon moving through, which makes them a bit more migratory.  A sounder with side imaging is also an absolute must. Slowly working your way through deep slots will help pick out fish.

And you don't need a boat to enjoy this fishery either. Shore fishing on the Fraser River is easily accessible, super relaxing, and can also be a great family activity. Chuck out a couple of rods, play on the beach, and see what happens.

If you would like to learn more about gear and technique, drop into either store and the gang will be happy to share their knowledge. We've also got all of the gear specific to shore fishing for sturgeon to get you started.

Our calendar for guided sturgeon trips is filling up fast. Give our booking hotline a call at 604-835-FISH (3474) or email info@rivertitan.ca 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

June 4, 2024

The Harrison will start to see salmon returns by mid-September. During the "off-season", anglers can take a shot at trout, char and whitefish. Although sturgeon fishing is an option, you're better off sticking to the Fraser until the salmon start returning.

Chehalis River Report

November 18, 2023

It's now late in the season but there are reports of coho moving up. There are always late returns that work up the Harrison to the Chehalis, even as late as January (not a typo).

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

Stave River Report

October 27, 2023

With the closure of targeting chum by DFO, the last of the coho fishing is all that is left. This fishery is winding down for salmon, with sturgeon fishing near the mouth a really good option.

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

Nicomen Slough/Norrish Creek Report

November 18, 2023

It's coho season in the slough. Working the incoming tide can be your best bet.

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

Local Lakes Report 

The smaller urban and rural lakes and ponds are usually fishable year-round, slowing down from October to March, and relatively productive from April to September. 

Bass fishing is becoming more and more popular in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Cultus Lake has become a hot spot, with invasive smallmouth appearing in frightening numbers. Late Spring through Early Fall are a great time to target these fish, and it is recommended that you kill them when caught.

Larger lakes, such as Alouette, Chilliwack, and Cultus can be go-to's during the spring and summer months with the aid of a sounder and an optional downrigger. Fish can be found at various depths, but often deeper than traditional trolling hardware can achieve without assistance. Depending on the body of water you can find rainbow trout, cutthroat, kokanee, bulltrout / dollies, lake trout, brooktrout, and whitefish.

Kawkawa Lake is another local option for kokanee. Although a downrigger can be very useful, it isn't necessary.  Presenting a jig is another highly effective method when you know where the kokanee are hanging out in the water column. 

Although you can "fish" Harrison Lake, it is not renowned as a productive body of water.

Interior Lakes Report

May 1, 2024

Spring has sprung! It's time to hit your favourite lake and enjoy world-class trout fishing.

Check out our blog post on the 10 Must Have Trout Flies for BC Lake!

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