Early Bird gets the Worm

It’s that time of year again when we begin planning our fisheries for our 24th straight season. For 2018 we are expecting a large run of sockeye to return to the Fraser River beginning in late July running through until early to middle of September. Peak fishing for this fishery would be between August 15 & September 15 but exact dates will not be known until the fish begin moving into the Fraser so it is a bit of a gamble on when to book. If the numbers show, the fishing will be great throughout late summer. Day trips start as low as $450 for 4 hours or a full day for $700.00

The Chinook fishery on the Fraser has been showing poor results for the past few years but the Harrison River Chinook run that begin returning in early September has been a bright spot in our fishery. These fish are larger than the Fraser Chinook and make for some great action and battles on light tackle rods. Best time to book to take advantage of this fishery is September 15 to October 10.

During the same time period as the Harrison Chinook we also fish for Coho, Chum salmon and Harrison River Sockeye. These fish can be caught using many methods including spin fishing, bar fishing, plunking spin n glo’s and fly fishing. Overall our salmon fishery on the Fraser is best from August 15 to November 15. Don’t forget that all of our salmon charters also include sturgeon fishing if you wish. The Sturgeon fishing during summer and fall salmon season is nothing short of amazing so great time to book a combination salmon/sturgeon trip. Our most popular packages for this fishery is our 4 night 3 day package starting as low as $900.00 or our 2 night 2 day package starting at $575 per person.

Speaking of salmon, we also fish for Chinook and Coho salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island as well as Halibut and Ling Cod. Our Quatsino Sound Lodge Packages include accommodations, meals, 8-10 hrs of fishing each day and transportation to and from Coal Harbour. The advantage to choosing to fish our location is the flat calm water that is often found off winter harbour and Quatsino sound. Many of our best days are fishing as close as 1 mile from shore.

Our most popular package is our 4 night 3 day all inclusive for $2195.00 per person based on 4 anglers sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat/guide.

Sturgeon fishing has become one of the most popular fisheries on the Fraser. Anglers from around the world converge on the Fraser both in spring and fall to catch these amazing prehistoric fish. Anytime is a good time to fish for sturgeon but like most species there is a prime season when fishing is just too good to be true. That time is April/May or August through to late November. Similar to our salmon you can purchase day trips for as low as $450, overnight packages starting at $575 per person for our 2 night 2 day.

One of my favorite places to fish is the Upper Pitt River, this fishery is mostly light tackle spinning or fly fishing, we target Bull Trout in June, Sockeye and Bull trout in July and first half of August. Although we don’t target Chinook on the Pitt we do usually catch a few during middle to late July through early August. If you’re looking for a remote fishing experience with incredible scenery I highly recommend booking a day or two on the Pitt River. Day trips on the Pitt start at $850 per day, only full day charters are available.

Last but not least we also fish the Vancouver area for salmon year round, this fishery is not like the west coast but we do have some amazing days out on the water. This fishery offers a great opportunity to experience salmon fishing without having to travel great distances, also we can combine a Fraser River spring sturgeon trip with some early Chinook Salmon fishing out of Vancouver.

To sum it up, we fish year round and can always find the fish, whether you’re looking for a last minute trip or planning that trip of a lifetime, give STS a call and let us show you why STS has been the leader in the industry for over 24 years.

Hope to see you out on the water.

Best Regards

Vic Carrao

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