May 16 Fishing Report Update

I guess this next couple weeks is going to tell the story, while eastern BC is on flood watch, the Fraser Valley is holding on tight, hoping for the best. Local rivers are running very high and near record levels. The Vedder River in Chilliwack is about as big as we have ever seen it, the Fraser River is rising and is now at 5.6 meters at Mission Station and 9.2 at Hope Station. These are serious levels and by the looks of it, it’s going to get higher before it begins to recede.

Although water levels on the Fraser are extremely high we are still fishing for sturgeon on the Fraser, Salmon out of Vancouver and we are getting ready for our fly fishing season on the Pitt River and our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Season.

Fraser Sturgeon has been fairly good considering the high water, not as many fish as last week but some very healthy fish over 7ft were caught this past week. Best bait for this time of year is Lamprey Eel , Salmon eggs and Salmon Bellies. I’m sure other baits will work but these would be your key baits for consistent catching.

Fishing out of the main flow will be critical for fishing and safety while out during high water. Most fish move into the side channels where flow is less so if your targeting sturgeon, we would suggest doing the same. Fish the side channels and back eddies where debris and flow is less. Also keep in mind that travel will be limited due to high water, bridges such as Kilby Train Bridge, Barrow Town Pump Station and even Mission Train Bridge will be dangerously close to high water levels so safe passage under these bridges may be limited.

Vancouver Salmon fishing has been good to excellent this past week. Chinook Salmon has been the main target fishing around Vancouver and Nanaimo area. South end of Bowen Island, Tungstall Bay and Thrasher rock have all been producing good results. Best method has been trolling close to the bottom using the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with G-Force Spoons, some guides are also trolling larger 4.0 G Force Trailhead, Bon Chovy and No Bananas and 4.0 Irish Cream and Homeland Security Silver Horde seem to be matching up well to the 5 inch herring in local waters!

Our Pitt River Fly Fishing trips are just starting up, we are doing a few scouting trips over the next week or so and then we will begin guiding on this river. Our main target will be sea-run Bull Trout for the month of June then as the sockeye and chinook roll in we will begin seeing some salmon action on those fly rods and light spin tackle. June is the best month to target those larger sea run fish so great time to book a trip.

West Coast Salmon and Halibut is also near start up, we will be moving some equipment over to the island in early June so we are ready for our first group of anglers by middle of June. We are almost sold out for 2018 but we still have June 30 – July 5 available and we can take one more group between June 21-25 . If you’re interested in some amazing salmon and halibut fishing, this is the trip to do.

Our Fraser Canyon Sturgeon Adventures/ Hells Gate tripsare almost full for the summer. STS Guidings founder and past owner Vic Carrao and deckhand Renee Coghill will be spending another summer fishing and jet boating in the Fraser Canyon. We still have a few dates available in August and September but dates are getting thin.

There is one Sunday still available on August 12 and another on Sunday September 23, these are the last two weekend dates available. We still have a few weekdays in late August and early September as well.

Fraser Canyon trips include; 132km round trip from Hope to Hells Gate, Sturgeon Fishing, Barbecue Lunch and skeet shooting if time permits. This trip has it all, incredible scenery, big white water, beautiful canyons and some amazing sturgeon fishing. Vic is one of the only Jet Boat Pilots that consistently runs this section of the Fraser so you don’t need to worry about safety. Vic can take up to 12 passengers so this makes for a great Corporate or family outing.

Hope you have a great weekend and please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions

Your Team at STS Guiding.


April 27 Fishing Report Update

The fishing has been nothing short of amazing this past week, double digit days have been common for sturgeon and some great salmon fishing going on out on the ocean out of Vancouver. Trout fishing has been fair to good so looks like we have turned the corner and spring fishing has finally arrived.

April is coming to an end but the great fishing is just getting started, sturgeon fishing is on fire with some great days out on the Fraser. Best baits have been Eulichon, Roe and Lamprey. With spring freshet arriving we are now fishing some of our main haunts that can produce some big fish this time of year. May is a great time to get out and we have plenty of room for a last minute trip.

Salmon fishing has also been very good out in the open water out of Vancouver. South end of Bowen Island and Thrasher Rock are both producing some good results. May is a great time to fish both salmon and sturgeon so you can do day trips or we can offer a 2 day trip where you fish salmon one day and sturgeon the next.

May through to October offers some great fishing, if your looking for that trip of a lifetime, look no further. We fish 365 days a year and offer one of the strongest teams of guides anywhere in the province. Come join us for the 2018 season.

Hope you have a great week.

Vic Carrao



March 27 Fishing Report Update

Its that time of year again when anglers and jet boaters begin to dust off the gear and prepare for the upcoming season. Local rivers like the Harrison, Fraser, Vedder and Chehalis are all coming alive with salmon fry migrating downstream heading for the open waters of the ocean. This past weekend we ran the entire Fraser from Mission to Hells Gate, it was encouraging seeing the birds feeding on migrating salmon fry which is the first indication that spring has arrived. See below for more.

For those of you interested in fly fishing or catching trout on the big water of the Fraser or Harrison rivers, this would be a great time to venture out. I spotted at least 4 big balls of fry heading down the Fraser over the weekend which is exactly what you want to see when fishing for trout in the spring. The Harrison is also a great place to fly fish for trout so dust off those rods and get out there while the spring fry migration is happening. One of my favorite fly patterns for spring is the Rolled Muddler or the Epoxy minnow , both these patters can have their days. Here are the patterns if you would like to tie.

Sturgeon Fishing has been fair to good, a few seals starting to hang around Mission area which is usually an indication that the Eulachon run has arrived. Sturgeon love these little smelts and feed heavy on them throughout the month of April. This is a great time to get out and fish the Fraser for sturgeon with many great days on the water. If your looking for a trip on the Fraser give us a call, we have some special spring pricing that we can pass along and you will be helping us tag sturgeon for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

Here’s a nice little 4 ft sturgeon caught yesterday by Al and son Garret while fishing with STS. The rain is not letting the fun stop, all our boats are covered and heated if needed. Now more than ever it is important to fish and handle sturgeon correctly. As more anglers take to the water in search of that trophy pic, anglers need to take the time to ensure they are using strong enough tackle and understand the rules and regulations around the handling of sturgeon. If we don’t, the future of this amazing sturgeon fishery will be at jeopardy.

On April 7 & 8, STS is putting on our spring sturgeon seminar, there is no better place to learn all about sturgeon and how to catch them, handle them and care for the future so the next generation of anglers can also enjoy this amazing fishery. The cost is $195 for the 6 hour seminar, this is on the water fishing seminar with one of our experienced guides. We will also be tagging sturgeon for the FRSCS on this day so you will also learn all about the Mark recapture study currently taking place on the Fraser.

I would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend and spent the day with us on the Fraser for our 10th annual jet boat seminar. Hopefully we have saved you some time and money learning how to handle these powerful jet boats. I know how much I enjoy sharing my experiences with all of you. I am selling my Humminbird 1198 Side Imaging unit if someone is interested, call me at 604-671-3474

Please feel free to share our report, hope to see you on the water and have a great week.

Vic Carrao

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Jet boat seminars

It’s almost that time again, our river seminars are only a few weeks away. HCome join us and learn everything there is to know about the Fraser River and Sturgeon fishing.

Jet boat seminar- March 24- sold out
March 25- sold out, March 31- 3 seats available. For more info go to

Sturgeon seminar- April 7- 2 seats available, April 8 – 3 seats available
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Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

best regards

Vic Carrao

Feb 28 Fishing Report Update

Its been a while since we posted a detailed fishing report, the weather is beginning to improve so it’s just about that time to break out the boats and get back out on the water. Speaking of boats, STS Doug Elias has upgraded his 19ft North River to a beautiful new 22ft Thunderjet . The BC Fishing & Hunting Show is this weekend, drop by and say hello, STS will have a booth in Hall A, also if you like Doug’s new boat Thunderjet will also be at the show..

Speaking of new shinny jet boats, Vic didn’t get himself a new jet boat but “Twice as Nice” did get an overall and will be ready to hit the water in a few weeks. Also if you are in the market for a new boat or have purchased a new boat in the last few years and would like to learn all there is to learn about the Fraser River, Jet Boats and Jet Boat handling, we still have a few seats on our March 31 Jet Boat Seminar, cost is $195 for the full day.

This seminar is a full day on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao of STS jet boating 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and Back. This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run whitewater, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost: $195 per person
Date(s): Saturday March 24, and March 25 are both SOLD OUT, we have a few seats available for March 31.
Registration: Register by emailing us at sts

Spring Sturgeon Fishing

Spring Sturgeon fishing is just around the corner, our next peak period is only 4 weeks away so we are really looking forward to some great weather and fishing. The next 3 weekends we will be traveling from city to city attending Sportsman Shows. This weekend we will be in Abbotsford and Red Deer Alberta. We have some great SHOW SPECIALS that you can save hundreds of dollars so drop by and say hello. You can also take advantage of our SHOW SPECIALS by calling us at 604-671-3474 or send us an e-mail.

STS Guide John Popowich and guests with a 10ft Fraser River Sturgeon caught in 2017

Salmon Fishing Report

If you are wanting to catch a few salmon there is only one place to do that during winter months. Vancouver area offers some decent winter Chinook fishing in around the Harbour and around local islands such as South Bowen, Howe Sound and Tungstall Bay. To catch these fish you need to troll with flasher/hoochie or spoons and use downriggers to get your gear near the bottom. The best rods and guides are all using GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and a variety of their popular spoons and hoochies. You can visit their website at or drop down to the show this weekend and visit their booth.

Steelhead Report

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good this past month, looks like the last week has produced some great results for local angler who put in the time. Yes I know everyone says that but it’s true, you need to put in your time, cover lots of water and hunt these elusive fish just like you would a Trophy Elk or Moose. The saying “90 percent of the fish are caught by 10% of the anglers” applies to steelhead fishing more than any other species. Paying attention to the finest details is what separates the average angler from the top rods on the river. You can improve your chances by talking to local pros and dropping into your local tackle store for updated information. You can also hire a local guide for a 4 hour walk and wade seminar which would greatly reduce your guess work.

Hope you all have a great weekend, hope to see you at the local shows.

Best Regards

Vic Carrao


Come join us this summer

Some amazing sport fishing happens each year on the Fraser. Take advantage of our trade show specials coming soon to a town near you.

Canyon sturgeon fishing with a Hells Gate Tour make a great family or corpora event.

Mission offers some of the most consistent fishing on the Fraser. Spring and Fall are the best two times to experience the Fraser River

Our 2 night 2 day package includes accommodations, breakfast, lunch and 2 full days on the water. Special trade show price- $550 pp based on 4 anglers sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat/ guide.

Hope to see you at the show

Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

best regards

Vic Carrao

Feb 16 report update

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is only a few weeks away. STS will once again attend the show with our booth in Hall A. If your looking for some free tickets, head over to our Facebook page and enter to win 2 free tickets.

For all our local clients, this show is a great place to book your 2018 fishing adventure as we have several sales going on. Drop by and save at the show.

For 2018 we will be offering some great deals on guided fishing, kayak tours and jet boat tours. Visit our website or give us a call to book.

Sturgeon fishing is just getting started on the Fraser, we have been out on a few charters mostly tagging smaller sturgeon for the FRSCS. Fishing will begin to pick up by early March with our next peak fishery between March 15 to May 15.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.

best regards

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service