April 14 Fishing Report Update

Fishing has been excellent again this week, good numbers of salmon being caught in Vancouver area and sturgeon fishing has been nothing short of spectacular. The salmon fry are beginning to hatch and migrate down the Fraser River so trout fishing will begin to turn on over the next few weeks. Harrison Lake has been producing some nice Cutthroat as has Harrison River. See below for more details.

Sturgeon fishing has been spectacular this past week and should remain this way well into May. A bit of debris in the water but nothing too crazy. Eulachon and Lamprey Eel has been the best two baits but we are also getting a fair number on salmon eggs. If you have never tried sturgeon fishing on the Fraser, this is the time to get out and give it a try. Our average day has been in the double digits with a few days where our guides are landed 20-25 fish in a full day charter.

Vancouver Salmon fishing has also been very good, the Hump, Howe Sound and Vancouver Harbour have all been producing some great catches. Now is the time of year to start we start running a bit more bait and hootchies in addition to spoons. We usually run 4 rods and mix things up a bit to find the depth the fish are feeding and biting at. Usually the fish will be between 75 to 150 feet, but there are years where we get them as shallow as 40 feet and as deep as 180 feet. Good bets for spoons are the G Force No Bananas, Bon Chovy, Trailhead and Outfitter. Skinny G’s will also work in the same patterns. The GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers will also be key in the murky water with the UV and Glow really making a difference.

Gibbs /Delta Tackle offer some of the best selection of flashers and spoons for Southern BC Coastal waters, you can’t go wrong choosing some of their spoons and flashers. Have a look at their website and head down to your local tackle store. Berry’s Bait & Tackle have their annual sale on this week offering 10% off any Gibbs Flasher so great time to pick a few up. Check out GibbsDelta tackle at http://www.gibbsdelta.com

This summer the West Coast of Vancouver Island is preparing for one of the best salmon seasons in decades. Our boats will be over in Quatsino Sound from Middle of June through to end of July targeting these large runs of Chinook and Coho salmon along with Halibut and Ling Cod. We offer 3 and 4 day trips with lodging and all meals. You can also book day trips if you are planning to visit the area around Port Hardy this summer.

An afternoon of bottom fishing provides us with amazing results.

All packages include accommodations at Kagough Lodge, breakfast, lunch & wine with dinner, full days of guided fishing 10 hours per day, all fishing tackle and private guide and boat for each group. We do not mix groups so all packages include private guide.

  • Private Guide & Saltwater Certified Boat
  • All fishing tackle provided
  • Catered lunch
  • 10 hours guided fishing each day
  • Transportation to and from Port Hardy
  • Additional days fishing is available on arrival date and departure date @ half day rate

All Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars, Fishing License, 5% tax and Gratuities are not included. Gratuities are not mandatory but appreciated.

A La Carte Per guest
1 room
2 Anglers
1 Boat
Full Day
2 Anglers
1 Boat
½ Day
$220.00 $1200.00 $800.00
Packages 2 Anglers
1 Boat / 1 Room
3 Anglers
1 Boat / 2 Rooms
4 Anglers
1 Boat / 2 Rooms
3 Nights / 2 Days $1975.00 $1895.00 $1550.00
4 Nights / 3 Days $2950.00 $2495.00 $2195.00
5 Nights / 4 Days $3575.00 $2985.00 $2500.00
Shuttle Pick up
at Port Hardy
Max group size is 8
$100 each way

I was up in the Fraser Canyon this past weekend and water was up about 15 feet from previous week. This would indicate the beginning of freshet (when snow begins to melt). Our peak season for our Fraser Canyon Adventure and Hells Gate Tour is from July 21 to Oct 15, I still have a few weekend dates and some Fridays. If you would like to join me in the canyon this summer, book early.

The full day in the Fraser Canyon includes the 136km trip to Hells Gate & back along with sturgeon fishing, shore lunch and some skeet shooting if time permits. Cost for the full day is $275 per person based on 6 or more with a maximum of 12 people. Excellent adventure for families, larger groups and corporate team building.

Hope you have a great weekend. Give us a call if your looking for a last minute trip.

Tight lines

Vic Carrao