Fishing Report for April 13, 2011

Vancouver Saltwater

We spent the entire week on the Fraser so I don’t have much to report on Vancouver Saltwater Scene. I did hear from several associate guides that fishing was fair to good for Chinook Salmon. Some of the larger Chinook are starting to show up around Bowen Island and moth of Capilano. Trolling near the bottom is a good bet for those larger fish but you might want to run a rod or two in the 5o to 80 ft range as well. These fish do suspend the bottom but also come up off the bottom to find bait.

Sturgeon Fishing On the Fraser

Wow, what a great week. We saw some excellent fishing this past week for sturgeon from 2 to 10 ft. On Monday we battled a large fish for 30 minutes, we finally got it to the surface when the rod exploded leaving us with nothing but a rod handle and reel. The sturgeons tail was visible so we have a pretty good idea when the tail is 3 ft that the fish was probably over 10 ft. Unfortunately we never did land the fish so it is only a fish story.

Even though we lost this big one, we landed more than our share of nice fish between 4 to 7 feet. Our group from Calgary went home with sore arms and some great fish stories of the big one that got away. The best bait seemed to be Ulichons but we also caught quite a few fish on Lamprey eel. Salmon roe also worked but I think Ulichons is your best bet.

The Parna family visiting from Toronto managed to land 17 fish on their one day trip. I think we beat their expectations by about 16 fish.

I have a feeling they will be back sometime soon.

We spent all day yesterday in the Canyon running to Hells Gate and doing a little sturgeon fishing, our group from Edmonton had blast and said it was a great way to end their 3 day trip. We landed two very nice fish, enjoyed a nice camp fire and had some wild and wet rides through some big rapids.

Steelhead Fishing on the Vedder River

Another great week on the Vedder, we hooked fish both on fly and gear. If your wanting to fish the Vedder for Steelhead you have 2 more weeks until the river closes to all methods and as of May 1 switches to Fly fishing Only . Our fly guide Thomas will be available for fly fishing guide trips, just give us a call and we will hook you up with one of the top fly guides in the valley. Keep in mind you have 30 days as the Vedder Closes to all fishing on May 31.

Once the Vedder closes we will turn our angling efforts over to one of our remote rivers for Sea-run Bull Trout. This fishery is as high of quality as you get in the fly fishing world. Getting there is half the fun, fishing the Upper Pitt is an experience you won’t soon forget, some say addicting. These sea-run Bull Trout average size is between 3 to 8 lbs with good numbers of fish in the 6 to 10 lb range.

To maintain the high quality experience STS will limit the number of anglers per day offered by our guiding service. You must book early if you are wanting to fish this spectacular river during primetime. Fishing weekdays is far more relaxing and gratifying although we will offer guided trips on Saturday & Sundays. Please book early to experience this great fishery.

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


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