Fishing Report: The photo of the week shows my very good friends Jerry Vodola and Kevin Howell with a 30-pound plus Chinook (King) Salmon Jerry landed (within one minute of fishing) on the Kitimat River on Thursday, June 26th. I managed to shoot a video clip. The clip is now posted at: http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm It is Chinook New clip number 0004. Some of you may recognize these “fishing buddies” from last fall. They “starred” in another video clip. It is Coho video clip # 0004.
Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
4012 Best Street, Terrace BC V8G 5R8, Canada
Tel/Fax: (250) 635-2568
Cell: (250) 631-2678
Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca
Fishing Reports: www.noelgyger.ca/past-fishing-reports.htm
RECORD SALMON & STEELHEAD Spin or fly-fishing
RIVER, LAKE, STREAM or OCEAN!!!
Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca
Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 24 – July 1, 2007
Dear Fishing Friends:
Some of you may have already noticed my website has expanded to include four new web pages. They are titled News Bulletin, Conservation, Market Place and Photos Of The Week. I am starting to add content now. Check my Home page often during the week because I will post a notice when a new item is added. If you fish…you are going to be very interested in this service. Contact me anytime if there is something you want included. You ALL are invited to be my correspondents.
As we wait for the main stem Skeena River to come into shape our focus is now on the Kitimat River, Douglas Channel and other northwest costal rivers. The lower Kalum River is still high but it is clean enough to fish. I drove down to the lower Kalum/Skeena River boat ramps to see how many boats were out. I counted two. I could also see the Skeena was very dirty as it has come up over the last few days. Fishing on the Skeena is just going to have to wait.
If I can be of service to find you the “best” guided fishing adventure let me know. Cast here to check out more of what I have to offer and review the latest updates regarding last minute openings at: http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm Please note many of these trips are now being offered at a discount price. Contact me for All the details and to book. These dates are updated on my website whenever there is a change.
Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for more info on my history, Quality Waters Strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles and archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Salmon forecast for 2007: Chinook look very good for the Skeena and Kitimat systems; Coho are good to excellent; Pink expect a reasonably good run; Sockeye returns to the Skeena are expected to be good this year; Chum average return.
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook (King) Salmon in river and ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 40 -pound Chinook Where: Kitimat River Angler: Fred Burton
WEATHER: A mix of sun and cloud. 30% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs to 18 degrees C. Region normal: Max. Temp. 21 degrees C. Min. Temp. 10 degrees C. Sunrise 5:03 am Sunset 10:13 pm
WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.
For current Terrace weather information please cast on:
WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena River has come up over the last few days and is too dirty to fish. Other rivers in the area are in good shape.
CURRENT WATER HEIGHTS FOR:
SKEENA RIVER: RIVER AT USK (08EF001 RIVER AT USK (08EF0
SKEENA RIVER: has come up over the last few days and is not fishable. The main stem is the “highway” for Salmon heading to their many different tributary rivers.
KALUM RIVER: Chinook (King) Salmon are available in the lower five mile section. The water is still high but is clean enough to fish. You can now launch jet boats at the two boat ramps on the lower end.
This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.
KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes, the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.
EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.
EXTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.
GITNADOIX RIVER: The Chinook will be entering the river soon. You are limited to fishing for them downstream of the powerline crossing near river mouth.
Note: sadly, the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very lower end. Please check 2005 – 2007 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Like other Skeena tributaries, the Chinook (King) Salmon will start coming in now. You may fish the whole river for Chinook until July 23rd, then it closes upstream of the Highway 16 bridge.
CRANBERRY RIVER: Chinook (King) Salmon will be entering this river soon. It may be fished for chinook to July 31. Limits 4 per day, only 1 of 65 cm. Monthly quota = 1 over 65 CM
KINCOLITH RIVER: The BIG fresh, silver, Chinook (King) Salmon are coming into the river in the high tides. One may angle for Chinook downstream of white triangle boundary signs located at the Kincolith River Bridge. You would be fishing in the river but it is actually tidal water, so please remember you must have a salt water license to angle here. Cast here to buy them on line:
TSEAX RIVER: This is a Nass River tributary. Chinook (King) Salmon fishing begins around July 1st. You may retain one big fish per month.
KWINIMASS RIVER: Chinook will be coming in soon with the high tides. You may fish for them until July 9. You must release the BIG ones. You may retain “Jacks” DFO describes limits as 4 per day, none of 65 cm.
ECSTALL RIVER: The main Chinook (King) Salmon runs start into this river around July 15. You may retain one BIG fish up until July 31 after that the big ones must be released but you still may retain a “Jack” under 50 cm.
OCEAN FISHING PRINCE RUPERT:
A summary of what is available year round can be read in the Archived Fishing Report dated April 13, 1997. For a direct link cast here: http://noelgyger.ca/archived-fishing-reports/Old%20Fishing%20Reports%201997.doc
New Cast to this link for Prince Rupert tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1
AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Reliable Guide and Charters
The lower portion of the Kitimat River had good results for the bank fishers and the drift boats earlier this week. More Chinook seem to be migrating the river with the higher water and the growing high tides. Our guided drift boats have boated more Chinook this year in the river during this portion of the run than any other year. The higher than normal river conditions have presented some challenges to hook fish but the high water in the river has definitely influenced more Chinook to migrate into the river.
As reported in the Kitimat update earlier Reliable guide Alex hooked five for his client Fred Burton who landed four of them. Mike Herzberg also a guide with Reliable landed two Chinook on Tuesday, twin 27lber's. Eugene Hascock guided by Reliable guide Mark Girard landed a 24lb Chinook on Wednesday June 27th. Harold Sears and Dean Ruyter also guided by Mark Girard landed a 26lb. and 16lb Chinook respectively on Friday June 29th.
Alex Nemeth also of Reliable Guides guided Richard Prokopanko on a last minute booking. Richard didn't contact us for this booking until 10:00 AM. Saturday morning. We were able to organize his drift for a 12:00 launch. Richard then informed us that his catch would be the main course on the dinner menu at Minette Bay Lodge scheduled for 5:00 or 6:00 that evening. Feeling a little pressure to produce the Chinook for dinner I decided to help out by going with Alex and Richard. With me in the boat we could fly an additional rod. We hooked about a thirty pound chinook in the first hole on a back trolling plug that we call "Scar Face". This plug was evolved courtesy of Mike Herzberg. The hook shook loose shortly after we cleared the other rods. We were the casualty of fishing big tough Chinook with barbless hooks. Now majorly motivated we moved on in search of the "Dinner Fish". Two holes down we hooked and landed a 28lb Chinook fulfilling Richard’s obligation to provide the main course.
I would like to publicly Thank Richard for the added stress of promising to produce the fish for dinner. More importantly I would like to recognize my associate, Alex Nemeth on a great job guiding to put us onto the chinook. Well done Alex! Great Job Richard to battle the fish to the beach, I'm sure you felt the pressure as well. I could touch the urgency in the air to land this fish. It was a gratifying moment when we beached this one. It should also be noted that Mark, Mike and Pat all helped contribute the information to get us dialed to the sweet spots and gear to produce this fish. Great Job Team!
Mike Herzberg guiding Barry Collier and Dr. Brim landed a 28lb and a 10lb. chinook on a later Saturday evening drift. They hooked and landed the 28lb. early in the drift and then waited until minutes of the end of the trip to boat the second chinook.
This week was full of "Stressful and Rewarding moments in the guiding business" Awesome Job Guys and Thanks for the grey hair!
With the Kitimat River flowing higher than normal the Chinook do not seem to school up in the harbour as they typically do. When the river was high as it was early in the week there were very few Chinook caught. As the river dropped on Wednesday and there was a pretty good catch in the tidal Fishery. Our Guide Jetboat boated a 10, 24 and a 27lb. On Thursday as the river dropped there was a pretty good bite on at the river mouth. The four or five saltwater boats trolling the low slack almost all limited out. Right place at the right time. Good Job guys! The river bumped up in height a little on Friday and the bite for the saltwater trollers once again was spotty.
Wes Owens, skipper of one of our salt charter boats managed to boat three chinook. To do so, Wes and his group, Tyler, Duanne, Joy and Brian Hanson put in a pretty long day and covered a lot of water. Their perseverance was rewarded with a 30lb., 24lb and a 20lb, Congrat’s Guys.
Tight Lines to all.
Report and photos from Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:
DFO Salmon forecast for 2007: Coho return is expected to be normal; Chinook were at or above average, so good fishing is anticipated; Chum are always strong; Pink returns are expected to be normal, which means very plentiful; Sockeye is not expected to be high.
Craig Murray did report this week as he may be back east supporting his son Clifton as he competes to be the next Canadian Idol.
Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge Fishing Report for the Week of June 24 to 30, 2007
The Skeena River continues to have heavy flows, although earlier last week, it had started to drop and a few anglers were seen fishing near Ferry Island, on the outskirts of Terrace. If the prevailing cool weather of the last 3 weeks prevails in the future, the Skeena should be in good shape for fishing within the next few weeks. We are excitedly anticipating the start of our summer season, with fishing for the giants of the Skeena – the trophy Chinook Salmon. Check out Noel’s special guided section if you are interested in fishing for these tackle busting fish with us in the prime weeks ahead.
And although the Skeena has been for the most part unfishable, the Kitimat River has been in its prime. There have been good reports of Chinook caught both in the lower and upper drifts, and so of course, myself and Sky Richard (one of the great Nicholas Dean guides) had to check it out. On Wednesday of last week, we hooked 8 fish up to 30 lbs, with the majority of them being fresh, chrome fish. It was my first introduction to Chinook fishing, and having landed my first BC Chinook, it was very exciting fishing!! While fishing spoons, we would target seams off the main current or where a side channel entered the main river; it was there that we saw a number of fish rolling on the surface, or on our lines! Then, yesterday we went on the same upper drift and landed 4 out of 5 hooked. The best fish of the day, a 25 lb plus chrome hen, took my spoon just as it fluttered underneath an overhanging tree. And one of my most memorable moments was sadly the fish that got away – using a #80 Gibbs Koho spoon, I hooked into a large fish in a long, slower moving pool, which proceeded to race upstream and downstream, peeling line off the drag like I’ve never experienced before! Needless to say, I am now hooked on Chinook fishing…
Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels.
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!
FISHING REGULATION WEBSITES:
2005/2007 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2007
2006/2007 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007
NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s
2007 TV SHOW SCHEDULE FOR SPORTFISHING BC with host Mark Pendlington
CHANNEL Friday Saturday Sunday
Sportsnet Pacific 6:30 AM PST
(9:30 AM EST)
Knowledge Network 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 11:30 PM PST
(2:30 PM EST)
A Channel 7:00 AM PST
(10:00 AM EST)
World Fishing Network Check local listings
CATCH & RELEASE FORMULA: Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches) Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)
MARKETPLACE (Sportfishing related items only please)
For Sale: 16 foot Aluminum boat with a 40hp Evinrude. Boat, trailer and motor $1500. Complete with Hummingbird sounder, VHF marine radio, downriggers $2000. Kitimat BC E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sale: Three 20 foot Custom Flat Bottom Jet Sleds (build by Dennis Farnsworth) with Mercury 90hp/65 Jet and trailers. $8000 each OBO Houston BC E-mail James Britton email@example.com
Cast to http://www.noelgyger.ca/market-place.htm to view the items for sale.
To receive my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT and PHOTO via e-mail please send your name and e-mail address to: Noel Gyger firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!
Noel F. Gyger
Back to: http://noelgyger.ca/past-fishing-reports.htm
Home page: www.noelgyger.ca