This past week water levels have risen on most local rivers, the Fraser was up about 1/2 a meter as was the Harrison. Water levels have leveled off and are now beginning to drop. Water temperatures on the Fraser are in the low 50’s which is normal for this time of year. Last night there was allot of debris coming down the Fraser but I think most of it was from a logging boom that broke apart. Overall it looks like we should have a good weekend, lots of good fishing still to be had.
Although the rain looks like it is never going to stop, we really don’t notice it that much when your rod is cranked over fighting a big fish. Seems like the story of the month for most of our guests, large sturgeon, sore arms, big smiles and lots of fish stories.
Lots of fish in the 5 to 8 ft range being caught, most of them on Chum roe but Lamprey and other salmon parts are also working well.
Sturgeon fishing will continue to produce good results until water temperatures get below 50 degrees, then we will start to see a considerable slow down in catch rates. This usually doesn’t start to occur until mid to late November.
There is a fairly large push of fresh chum that move into the lower Fraser is early November with peak migration in around Nov 14, these chum are called “Black Heads” by local Native groups. These fish will move into the Stave, lower Fraser and Harrison River and are now coming into the Fraser.
At our last Sport fishing Advisory Committee Meeting ( Oct 23)we received our seasonal Salmon update. Looks like we are having a great Fall run of Coho and Chum Salmon with an estimated run size of 2.3 million Chum. This is great news as last year we were well under our normal escapement goals of 1 to 1.3 million fish.Coho fishing is still fairly good, need to work for your fish but they are around and we are still catching them for those anglers who would like to take a few fish home.
Lots of great fishing still to come
The Sturgeon and Salmon fishery is far from over, lots of great fishing still to come for the entire month of November. Although I will be heading down to Idaho for my annual Steelhead trip, Tom, Thomas and Doug will be staying around Mission guiding until end of November.
Target Species for November will be Sturgeon, Coho and Chum Salmon. Some of the best time to fly fish is now,but we can also fish with jigs, spinners and spoons for Coho and Chum Salmon. If your coming on a charter with us in the next few weeks, be sure to let us know if you are wanting to fish for salmon, also don’t forget to get your fishing license on-line before you come.
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