Oct 23 Fishing Report Update

It’s been a great week for sturgeon and salmon fishing, good numbers of Chum and Coho being caught on most local rivers as well as some great sturgeon fishing. October through to middle/end of November is peak season so great time to get out and enjoy the incredible fishing opportunities the Fraser valley has to offer. See below for detailed report.

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Fraser River Salmon

The Fraser River has been fishing very well for both salmon and sturgeon, the test fishery is showing excellent numbers of migrating Chum which is expected for this time of year. We have been targeting both Chum and Coho with good success using Gibbs Crocs spoons on light spin tackle, and float fishing with purple maribou jigs and Gibbs Colorado Blades. The key to fishing jigs or colorado blades under a float is to ensure that your jig or spinner is close to bottom and that a dead drift presentation is achieved. When dead drifting try adding a small twitch every 4 or 5 feet, this adds action to the jig or blade enticing salmon to bite the lure. Using this technique can greatly increase your hook ups. Over the next 3 weeks salmon fishing for Chum and Coho is at it’s peak, great time to get out and enjoy a day on the water.

Fraser River Sturgeon

It’s been a great week for catching sturgeon on the Fraser and we expect this to continue through until middle to end of November. Although we don’t fish much in December for sturgeon, there is still some great fishing to be enjoyed. This past week most of our fish are being caught using fresh Chum roe but we are also getting some fish on Chinook roe and Lamprey eel. Both the middle and lower Fraser has been fishing excellent as well as the Harrison River. Speaking of the Harrison River, Sturgeon fishing on the Harrison has been better than average with some great catches being experienced by our guests.

Late Fall Special( Bring 2 guests for FREE )

We are currently offering a special discounted rate for last minute sturgeon and salmon charters, book any 6 or 8 hour charter for 2 people and bring an additional 2 guests for no charge. Please ensure you let us know at the time of booking that you have read this report and ask for the special discount. It is not offered automatically so you must let us know. Call us 604-671-3474 e-mail sts@guidebc.com

Harrison River Salmon and Sturgeon

As mentioned above, the Harrison River has been producing some excellent results so far this season. We offer guided fishing for both salmon and sturgeon, fly fishing and Bald Eagle Tours through the months of November to February. Trips depart daily from Harrison Hot Springs, Kilby Park and Mission Harbour. For anglers looking to catcfh a few salmon while the wife is bird watching, there is no better place than the Harrison River in October/November. Please feel free to call or e-mail us to book your next guided adventure.

Eagle Watching Tour

Every year, Harrison Mills and the Harrison River attract one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the world. Upwards of a 1000 Eagles have been counted in the Harrison Mill area at the height of the season. Starting in mid October and typically continuing through February, these incredible raptors are here feeding on salmon that have come to spawn in the Harrison River and its tributaries.

Join STS tours as we transport you down the Harrison River by jet boat and then float leisurely through the Harrison Mills area past this incredible natural phenomenon. Watch the eagles as they feed on the spawning salmon.

Our jet boats are covered, comfortable and heated so that regardless of the weather you can enjoy this spectacular event.

Season: October – February (depending on the Eagles!)
Rate: $69 per person or $289 for groups of up to 6 people (plus tax)

Vedder River Salmon

Lots of Coho, Chinook and Chum Salmon are being caught daily on the Vedder, most anglers are float fishing with cured salmon eggs or short floating with jigs or Gibbs Colorado Blades. The first light bite has always been an important part of fishing the Vedder, not only to get your favorite spot but also the best time to get those Coho to bite. More often than not, Coho will move out of the thick schools of Chinook and Chum and lie in the softer water closer to shore. Always begin your casts close to shore and work your way out into deeper water for best results.

More Rivers less crowds

October/November offers anglers some amazing fishing opportunities, there are so many smaller rivers in the region, anglers don’t need to stand shoulder to shoulder on the Vedder to catch and salmon. The Stave River, Dewdney Slough, Norish Creek, Chehalis River are just a few. All of these rivers have returning Chum and Coho Salmon which will last well into December. With the milder weather forecasted for this weekend, great time to get out and wet a line.

Have a great weekend

Vic Carrao