July 19 Fishing Report update

Vic Carrao of STS Guiding has been providing fishing report updates for this website and many others for the better part of 23 years. Vic has been away on an Adventure of a lifetime motorcycling around North America visiting 24 States, 8 Provinces riding 24,365 Km in 65 days. Vic has returned this past week and will be back on the key board writing reports, answering your questions and helping with bookings and trip planning. If you have any questions for Vic , would like to book a trip or just chat about the upcoming salmon and sturgeon season, please feel free to call or E-mail Vic at 604-671-3474 or email at sts.

Vic’s Report is posted below.

Good to be back home after 65 days on the road, I think I have arrived back just in time for some great fishing as the water conditions throughout the Fraser and local rivers look perfect. Looking at the salmon runs as they enter the Fraser things are starting off a bit slow but numbers of fish past the Albion Test Fishery are improving daily. Local rivers like the Vedder are getting some early Chinook and Cultas Lake Sockeye but just keep in mind the sockeye are all catch and release.

I know many people think sockeye don’t bite but they actually do in clear water so if your just after action, try fishing shrimp or even roe bags under a float and you might just be surprised how good the fishing is. We like to cure our shrimp or krill with double hot red pro cure. You don’t need to cure it long, just put a dozen or so shrimp or krill in a zip lock baggy, then add some pro cure and shake. I prefer to do this early morning before I head out the door, by the time you get to the river, it’s ready to use. This method works great on clear rivers like the Vedder and Harrison Rivers.

Talking with our guides, sturgeon fishing has been improving with some nice fish being caught this past week. Most of the fish are being caught using salmon bellies or Pike Minnows. Fish are being caught in all parts of the river so it’s great to see the mid July fishery already picking up. The spawn area closure is not in effect as of now so you are free to fish the entire river for sturgeon. We have some of the most experienced and best trained guides on the water so if you looking for a guided trip for salmon, sturgeon or trout, feel free to call us.

Thomas was up on the Pitt River yesterday doing a trip and reports that fishing was a bit slow and the river has changed drastically since he was last up. If your planning on going up just be carefull as things can go bad very quickly in that type of water. If your wanting to experience a Pitt River Adventure, now through to August 15th is good for Bull Trout, Sockeye and the occasional Chinook by catch. All fish are released unharmed and fly fishing is the preferred method.

Long time STS Guide Doug Elias reports good sturgeon fishing on the lower Fraser, Doug landed some big sturgeon this past month, some of the jumpers shots he managed to get were spectacular. Doug has been guiding with STS for 11 seasons now and can find the fish day after day. Doug is also a fly fishing guide so if your looking to tackle those Pink Salmon on the fly, Doug would be a great guide choice.

Tony has just returned from a week of fishing up at our Saltwater Lodge in Quatsino Sound. The fishing for salmon, cod and snapper has been excellent, the Hali fishing was a bit slower this week but we are still getting them. Thomas will be heading back up to guide a few trips next week and I will also be heading up to take advantage of this great fishery.

Now that I am back I will be posting regular reports and also running my twin engine boat up in the Canyon, if your looking for a canyon adventure, I still have a few weekday available in August and September. We also haveseats available for our Hope to Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour for August 20 and August 27, book now to get your seat, cost is $139 per person.

Hope you have a great week on the water and good fishing.

STS Guiding Service



April 20 Fishing Report Update

Primetime Sturgeon Fishing Right Now

Spring is finally starting to show itself. It is about time! Our largest Sturgeon of 2017 measured over 10 feet in length with a few others over 9ft. This past week sturgeon fishing has been amazing, some of our boats are bringing in 15 -20 fish on an 8hr day trip which is great fishing by anyone standards. We are using lamprey, salmon eggs and Eulachans for bait fishing anywhere between Stave River and Agassiz Rosedale bridge. This great fishing should continue through April and last well into May. Once the water comes up we will still be catching fish daily, just need to work a little harder to find the fish.

This is the time to book your Sturgeon fishing adventure! We have great dates still open for the end of April and some boats left most days right through until fall. If you are thinking of a fishing day trip or fishing holiday in 2017 now is the time to book and get your dates confirmed.

Adopt A Sturgeon

Did you know you can adopt a Sturgeon? Well you can! Adoptions can be done on any of our Sturgeon charters through the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society’s Adopt a Sturgeon Program. Visit their sitewww.frasersturgeon.com or call our office 1-877-796-3345 to learn more about this great program.

Steelhead Fishing

Generally, April is a good time to fish Steelhead as it is not as crowded and fish are aggressive with the warmer water. For those wanting to fly fish we have great opportunities for both Steelhead and for Trout on several local rivers. Water will rise and drop quite drastically over the next 4 weeks but fishing can still be good if water clarity remains consistent. Day trips are available for both gear and fly fishers.

Come spend a day with our expert Spey Guide Matt Bentley, he can also help you out with casting and fishing techniques to improve your ability and catch rates,

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Our west coast salmon and halibut trips are almost full for the season, we still have 3 available dates in late June and first week of July. These trips are fully inclusive fishing out of our lodge in Quatsino Sound. Our 4 night 3 day trip consists of 4 nights at our beautiful lodge, all meals and 3 x 12 hours a day on the water. You will catch Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut, Snapper, Ling Cod and a few other species of bottom fish. If your looking to fill the freezer, this is the trip. The cost for 4 people sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat is only $2195 per person. Transportation to and from Coal Harbour is included.

Fraser River Salmon Update

We will have some good salmon fishing opportunities in 2017 Summer Chinook should show up in better numbers in 2017. September looks strong as well as it is a Pink Salmon year! Millions of Pink Salmon enter the Fraser river and their aggressive nature makes them an amazing sport fish for family fun or for anglers learning how to flyfish for salmon. They are also like by big sturgeon so this is an amazing time to fish for both salmon and sturgeon, action can be insane. We are expecting a good run of fall salmon and as usual our best bar fishing for Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon will take place between Sept 15 to October 31. If your looking for that trip of a lifetime, this is the time when those dreams come true.

Golf/Fishing Day on the Sandpiper/Fraser

Looking to try something different our “Hook, Line & Sink It” golf and fishing program combines a half day of incredible sturgeon fishing with 18 holes of breathtaking golf. We can accommodate 4 – 144 participants. Our package includes golf, shared power cart then a 6 hour guided fishing trip. For more details follow this link or contact us by phone or email.

From all the staff at STS, have a great weekend.


April 12 fishing report update

It’s been a while since we last updated our fishing report, we have been busy attending sportsman shows and getting boats ready for our spring season. We are now into full on spring sturgeon fishery with some great fishing happening right now. Our guides are on the water daily and putting some very nice fish on the beach.

Macayles rocking the sturgeon bite. 14 years old and slamming hook sets her first two were 7’7 and 6’7, way to go girl.

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent, the spring fishery is going full on with some great action this past week. Some boats were landing over 15 fish in an 8 hour charter so it looks like the bite is on. Best bait right now is Ulichon, lamprey and salmon eggs. Bite can be very aggressive or pick up and drop, each day is a bit different, you just need to put in the time. Although 6 hour charters can be enough in late Fall, we highly recommend 8 hours on the water when considering booking a trip.

We are very excited to have Chris on our team this year, there is going to be some great fishing in his boat and we can’t wait to see the results.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

The fish sure seem to be moving around quite a bit! Had a good day Friday, tough day yesterday, and a bit better day today. Hootchies have been pretty good still! Today’s fish hit a @gibbsdelta STS Flasher and a glow hooch! Looking forward to some calm water and fishing the Hump this week

Some nice crab and prawns also available on all Vancouver Ocean trips , keep in mind that we can offer you both salmon and sturgeon fishing trips year round so if you are looking for a spring or summer fishing trip, we can offer both species out of Vancouver and Mission locations.

Hope you have a great week out on the water

Best Regards


Thanks for dropping by the BC Boat & Sportsman Show.

We Just wanted to thank the many people who dropped by the booth and said hello. As many of you know, the past owner of STS, Vic Carrao is battling cancer like many other Canadians, he was overwhelmed by the love and support received at the Show. Vic has started treatment and is doing well and will be guiding for the 2017/2018 season. Thank you for dropping by and making Vic’s weekend a very special one.

Vic and the STS team will be traveling to Edmonton next week and will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, if you live in Alberta and you plan on attending the show, please drop by and say hello.

STS Spring Show Schedule & Specials

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is this weekend March 3,4,5 in Abbotsford, doors open Friday at 12noon to 9:00pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5:00pm. Our booth location is same as last year, booth #312 in building A, east wall near the Berkley/Penn Booth. Please come down and say hello and take advantage of our Show Specials. Next weekend we will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, drop down and check out our Edmonton Show Specials and save money on your next guided fishing adventure.

Spring Show Special

Fill the Boat for only $500 for 6 hours ( 4 anglers max) savings of $200

Fill the Boat for only $640.00 for 8 hours ( 4 anglers max ) savings of $210.00

Seminars for 2017

Fraser River Jet Boat Clinic

Come join us for a full day on the water Jet Boating the Fraser River from Mission to Yale. This seminar will mainly focus on navigation between Mission and Yale with some focus on shallow water jet boating and running canyon rapids. This is a one-day clinic with an optional second day Jet Boating in your own boat.

This course is suitable for Jet Boat owners looking to improve skills and knowledge, any boaters wanting to learn safe navigation of the Fraser River between Mission and Yale and new boaters looking to purchase there first jet boat.

Also included:

  1. Jet boat safety,
  2. Pro’s & cons of various hull designs and styles
  3. Looking after your jet boat
  4. Pumps and Engine Configuration
  5. Anchoring techniques for salmon and sturgeon fishing.
  6. Reading water

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Saturday April 1 –seats available

1-day seminar – Mission to Hells Gate – Sunday April 2 –seats available

  • Total cost is $195.00 per person,

Feb 16 Fishing Report Update

Been a great week on the Fraser fishing for Sturgeon, ice flows have smelted and river is in great shape. Vedder River is producing some nice fish and smaller tributaries such as Stave, Alouette and Chehalis are all fishing pretty well.

Please see below for detailed report.

Fraser River Sturgeon – We have been out on the water all week and have done very well for Sturgeon, our largest fish caught this week was over 9ft , congrats to Patrick and Stephan who are visiting from Sweden. We have averaged 6-8 fish per day with this 9ft 3 being our largest, also some nice 7footers and a bunch of fish under 5 feet. Best bait has been salmon eggs but Lamprey and Dew Worms will also work well.

Our Spring Special is in effect, Fill The Boat for $500 for 6 hours or Fill The Boat for $650 for 8 hours.

Vedder River Steelhead – The Vedder River is on the rise has and is now dirty due to the heavy rainfall we are experiencing. Once the river drops again, it will be back into shape and we should see some great fishing. February is primetime for the Vedder River Steelhead run so this is the time to get out. While the river is dirty and quite high try fishing the Upper River above Tamahi Rapids. This will be the first place that starts to clear up. Once rain stops it will take a few days but be ready as there will be some great catches once this happens.

Wally Hall Junior Memorial Fishing Derby is happening right now until March 15th. Tickets are $20 each and can be bought at Fred’s Custom Tackle. All proceeds are donated to habitat restoration projects on the Chilliwack/Vedder River. Currently, the largest fish weighed in is 15.103lb.

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is only 2 ½ weeks away, if you would like to enter our FREE Draw for VIP Tickets, just go to our facebook page and share this report post. We have 5 tickets left to give away. Make sure you drop by our booth #312 and say hello. We will have a few ball caps to give away so be one of the first to our booth and just ask for one of our ball caps.

Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar – We still have some seats available for April 1 and April 2, this trip travels 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and back. It’s a full day on the water with long time Fraser River Guide and Jet Boat Pilot Vic Carrao. Vic has an extensive background on our local waters guiding and jet boating for over 35 years. Vic is one of the few pilots that have run through Hells Gate and has extensive knowledge of the Fraser River and Fraser Canyon region.

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 white water, 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 April 01, 2017 or Sunday April 02, 2017 (we sell out every year so book early to get a seat)
Registration: Register by emailing us at sts.

Spring Sturgeon SpecialSpring Sturgeon 2 Night 2 Day Package

  • 2 nights accommodations at Best Western Mission City Lodge
  • 2 x 8 hours of guided Salmon, Trout or Sturgeon fishing with one of our professional fishing guides
  • All Best Western packages now include full breakfast
  • Catered Lunch for each day of guided fishing
  • All fishing tackle, fully equipped jet boats and private guide exclusive to your group
  • Private Dock for your safety and comfort

2 person – $850 p/p
3 person – $675 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)
4 person – $575 p/p ( sharing 2 rooms)

Call or e-mail us to book one of these great package specials.

If the package your looking for is not above please call or email us for your personalized vacation package.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – fishing has been good this past week, Howe Sound and Bowen Island are both producing some good results. Winter fishing is hit and miss at best so you really do need to work the water and fish multiple locations to find the fish. Our boats are out on the water daily and will find the fish if they are there to catch. Winter rates are still in effect.

​Have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service



Feb 2 Fishing Report Update.

Not much of a report this week as winter weather has hit the lower mainland pretty hard. Snow accumulations ranging from 6cm to 30cm has fallen and now the rain and in some areas ice rain has begun to wreak havoc on local roads. Water conditions on smaller tributary rivers like Vedder, Chehalis, Norish etc are about to rise due to a warn weather trend that is about to hit the Fraser Valley. See below for more details.

Vedder River Steelhead – River conditions are still very good but you can expect the Vedder River to begin to rise and color due to a warming trend that will start later this afternoon. Typically, the mornings will be more fishable, as temperatures warm late morning/early afternoon, water will begin to color and rise. You might see another good push of fresh fish once water begins to rise which should turn things on a bit. We did have a charter out on the river yesterday for a 6 hour walk and wade, our guest Vince Andreana visiting from Milton Ontario managed to land one nice wild steelhead and they saw 3 more fish caught which is a pretty good day considering the weather.

We offer these instructional trips all winter for anglers looking to learn the river or improve their knowledge on local steelhead tactics.

Great job Andrew and Vince.

Fraser River Sturgeon – Local boat launches have been a bit of a disaster this past week, lots of snow and ice so not many boats out. As temperatures begin to warm we should see some better access and a few boats out by early next week. I have been updating some of my Sturgeon tackle and though I would mention a reel that I have been testing. The Penn Fathom Lever Drag is a reel that I have been using this past season, I was running 3 Penn International VSX12 which is my reel of choice but as I get older, slower and weaker I am finding that the international series is a bit heavy for all day use.

Penn has come out with the new Penn Fathom which is very similar to the Penn VSX but less than half the weight. It comes in a 2 speed as well as single speed and offers a variety of sizes. I really like this reel and have now purchased another 3 to replace my VSX series. The price point is very attractive, less than $300 which makes this reel the perfect Fraser River Sturgeon or Halibut and jigging reel. I am using the 40 series size and it seems to hold enough line and do the job. If you would more technical information on this reel visit http://www.pennfishing.com/penn-reels-conventional-reels-penn-fathom/penn-fathom-lever-drag-2-speed/1347896.html

I will be working the STS Booth and Penn Booth at this years BC Boat & Sportsman Show, please feel free to drop by and have a look at the new products we will be showing at the Pure Fishing Booth. The STS booth will be same location as 2016 show, Our booth #312.

Spotting Sturgeon on your Hummingbird Side Imaging Depth Sounder. – A few weeks back while working at the Vancouver Boat Show I was asked by a customer how I could tell what a sturgeon looked like on my side imaging unit, it’s hard to describe so I thought the best way to explain is to show some images on what a sturgeon looks like when laying on the river bottom. If you look closely you will see that sturgeon images are thicker on one end then the other and more often than not, the fish are laying behind a hump or laying on the down stream side of a hole. I will look through my archives this week and see if I can find a few more images for next weeks report.

Blow Out STS Swag Sale – We have a few Hoodies, Long sleeve and Ball Caps left over from the 2016 season.

Hoodies $70 – Blow Out – $45

Long Sleeve Shirt – $40 – Blow Out – $29

Ball Caps – $20 – Blow Out – $12

Shipping charges may apply.

Hope you have a great weekend, if your out on the water and would like to share your fish porn, please feel free to send to us at sts


STS Guiding Service