Sept 13 Update

Fraser Valley Update for Sept – November 2012

The Fraser Valley offers some of the best fishing opportunities between September & November. This is when the local salmon rivers like the Vedder, Harrison, Chehalis, Dewdney begin to get their fall returns. All these fish travel up the Fraser past our front door in Mission and head for their home waters. The area between Mission and Harrison Confluence offers some great salmon and sturgeon fishing. October and November are our two best months with lots of great fishing to be had.

We usually start the day with salmon and end with some sturgeon drops. Some guests prefer to fish sturgeon all day and we are good with that too. Fly fishers can target Chinook and Coho between middle of September to middle of October, then the Chum move in. We also like to Plunk big Tee Spoons for those Harrison Chinook, last year we did great right through to about Oct 22 then it died off for Chinook.

For anglers wanting to cast spoons and spinners, there is no better time or place than the Fraser river in October. We fish all the bars top to bottom covering lots of water for both Coho and Chinook. Last year we had some great results from late September through until late October. We still have some good weekday availability for October but weekends are getting tight.

This past week we have seen a significant change in water clarity and action on the bar rods, the past two days we have hooked 12 Chinook a couple Coho and even a steelhead. This plunking style of fishing is very productive and nothing is more fun than seeing your rod tip buried into the water.

Plunking is basically bar fishing from the boat, a little lighter gear is used and hook up are more aggressive.

Below is a nice steelhead caught on Sept 12 , 2012 while bar fishing the Fraser

Don’t overlook the first week of November, I and many of my guides think that this might just be one of the best weeks of the season. Year after year we see the same consistent results. Sturgeon fishing is usually on fire, some great fly and spoon fishing on the Harrison for Coho and the Stave and lower fraser get their last push of chrome silver Chum. My top two choices would be between Oct 24-30 or Nov 1-10.

Pitt River Coho

Pitt River bound Coho begin to migrate in late September with peak fishing between Oct 10 to 30. You can pick up some good fishing in early October but fish usually start to stack up in runs by the 10th of October. We have added a new fly fishing guide to our roster who runs the perfect Pitt River Jet Sled. Trips up to the Pitt for fly fishing for Coho will be offered all Fall and Trout fishing is still offered year round.

Fraser River Sturgeon fishing is at Its best

October & November are by far the best two month for sturgeon fishing on the Fraser. The area between Chilliwack and Mission produces some of the best results found anywhere on the Fraser River. Many of the trophy sturgeon pictures you see on the internet are caught in Mission area during this time period. Some of the larger 10-11ft sturgeons are usually caught in this time period.

Here is an 11ft 4 inch ( fork length) well over 13ft caught by STS Guide Tom Pearce while fishing in Mission area. This fish was caught in October.

Vancouver Island West Coast Salmon & Halibut Fishing 2013

Come join us for some of the best fishing the west coast has to offer at our new Whales Reach Lodge.

Whales Reach Lodge is located just 20 km west from Port Hardy in the remote Village of Coal Harbour. This small native village is nestled in the coastal mountains on the northern tip of Vancouver Islands West Coast. Coal Harbour lies in the protected waters of Quatsino Sound that leads west to Winter Harbour 1 hour away by boat. This area is filled with some of the best and fertile ocean waters found anywhere in the world. Abundant salmon like Chinook and Coho, halibut, ling cod, snapper, black bass and the list goes on.

The protected waters in Quatsino sound offer anglers the great west coast fishing without having to run 20 miles off the coast in rough seas. Chinook and Coho can be found on the inside and just off shore near Winter Harbour. Halibut grounds can be found within eyesight of shore so again a great opportunity to fish in calmer seas while still hammering on fish.

When you arrive we get you checked in, quick snack, then we hit the water for the afternoon fish. Upon return we have a sea-food dinner and bonfire in the lodge firepitt. Day 2 & 3 are full days on the water departing at 5am, the last day your back at the Marina between 11 – 12pm. All your fish will be cleaned and packaged, vacuum sealing is available at extra cost.

Early offer for STS Clients

We have now set our dates for the 2013 season, before we hit the trade shows in February we would like to offer all our past , present and future clients this early booking offer.

All trips will include lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all fishing is guided with max 3 anglers per boat.

4 day 3 night Whales Reach Lodge Package.


3 nights accommodation at Whales Reach Lodge

Breakfast each morning

Lunch each day of guided fishing

Dinner each night

2 Full days guided fishing (8-10 hrs per day)

2 Half days guided fishing (5-6 hrs per day)

Fish cleaning and packaging

Call us for pricing.

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