So far this season we have been experiencing some great salmon and sturgeon fishing. Last week we spent considerable time bar fishing for Harrison and Fraser run Chinook as well as the last bit of Pink Salmon Fishing. Now that the pink salmon run is over we are now in a transition to Coho, Chum and Fall Chinook. Please read on for a more detailed report.
Here is a 9ft Sturgeon caught & released by Paul Hunt while fishing with STS Guide Vic Carrao last week. Paul is the owner of Canadian Carpin Holidays based on the St Lawrence river.
Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing
The Fraser River has been fishing incredibly well for sturgeon, many larger fish in the 7 to 9ft range have been caught this season as well as many fish between 4 to 7 foot. As long as we continue to handle these fish with extreme care this fishery will only get better and anglers will see some great catches like the one above in this picture. This past week fishing has been slightly slower than the past weeks but that is expected as these fish need to digest all those Pink Salmon that were eaten over the past month. We are still catching large fish but just have to work a bit harder for them.
The first week to 10 days is a transitional period for both sturgeon and salmon, sturgeon are now switching from Pink Salmon Baits to Chum and Chinook as these salmon are now entering the Fraser. For most of September our baits were large and bites were aggressive, it is now time to scale down the size of baits to accommodate those fish that are full and are not looking to bulk up. It is also a good strategy to pay closer attention to the bites and be ready to strike the rod sooner as these fish will not be as aggressive as they were a few weeks ago. This doesn’t mean you won’t get some of those crazy aggressive bites, they will just be fewer.
Best baits for the next month will be Chum Salmon Eggs, Chinook eggs and of course our favorite, stink bait ( rotten salmon parts).
Fraser River Salmon
Salmon fishing on the Fraser has slowed slightly from last week but that will not last long. Like I mentioned above we are in a transition from Pink to Chum, Coho and late run Chinook. Bar fishing for Chinook was impressive the last few weeks but many of those fish have now moved into the Harrison River. Some anglers are still out there bar fishing and doing well for Coho and odd Chinook, the Chum run seems to be down so far but we should see a more fish in the Harrison area by end of next week.
Harrison River Salmon & Sturgeon
The Harrison has been fishing well for sturgeon, some nice fish being caught throughout the river from Harrison lake all the way down to the confluence with the Fraser. Coho and Chum fishing has been slow so far but that should change soon enough. I spent 2 hours castings Gibbs Spoons at the confluence as few days ago and out of 10 boats we only saw 1 coho and a few chum salmon caught. I would expect with each high tide a fresh push of salmon will enter the river so just keep an eye on this area as it will heat up very soon. If your after Coho, keep reading down the report.
7ft 5 inch Sturgeon caught at the confluence of the Harrison River a few days ago, congratulations to Rui Carrao on his largest Sturgeon landed.
Vedder River Salmon Fishing
The Vedder River is producing some great Coho fishing from confluence right up to boundary. Yesterday morning there was a good school of Coho moving up the canal with some larger hatchery and wild fish mixed together. These fish will move up the river fairly quickly so the lower peach road area should produce some great results over the next few days. This 11lb hatchery was caught by Mission resident Dale Adams yesterday morning while fishing the low tide near the Vedder Canal, there was also some larger wild fish caught and released in this same area.
Some of the best Fall fishing is yet to come, the Vedder, Chehalis, Dewdney, Harrison and Fraser will all see a large migration of salmon over the next week to 10 days. Sturgeon fishing will only improve until we reach our next peak season which is Oct 15 to Nov 15. If you are looking for a salmon or sturgeon fishing adventure, please feel free to call or e-mail us. Looking for a an event for your company, give us a call, we still have some great dates available.
Speaking of events, the Harrison Sturgeon Challenge is taking place November 4 to 6, 2015 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The Challenge will be limited to 15 boats, fishing the Harrison River
and a portion of the Fraser River.
Longest Fish, 2nd Longest Fish, Most Combined CM (team) : CASH
Smallest Fish: Adoption of your fish
Largest Fish – Daily: $200 Settler Bucks each day
Packages include: 3 days of guided fishing, 4 nights’ accommodation at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, buffet breakfasts each morning, lunches on the boat each day,tournament entry and activities. The event kicks off with a welcome reception at the Resort for all participants. Pick up your swag bags, and meet your fellow anglers. Fishing starts at 8am sharp the following morning, followed by daily prize announcements each evening. On the final evening, join us for the awards banquet dinner.
Last but not least, STS Fraser Canyon Adventure is nothing like any other trip available on the Fraser. The Fraser Canyon begins at Yale and ends at Boston Bar. Our full day canyon adventure departs at Hope but the canyon experience begins at Yale where Vic Carrao is one of the only guides working this area of the canyon. We spend the full day fishing for sturgeon, navigating some of the biggest rapids on the Fraser and if weather permits we even try a bit of Skeet shooting in the canyon. We still have a few dates available for 2015, cost is $275 p/p based on 6 or more.
Have a great weekend