Sept 22 Fishing update

The Fraser River has had a banner year for sockeye, even today the Fraser is still teaming with sockeye headed up river to spawn. This late run is mostly Adams River and other smaller local tributaries. Currently the Fraser River is closed to sockeye fishing to protect these fish which means no bottom bouncing with a long leader. There is some excellent bar fishing going on right now and you can also target them using spoons or fly fishing.

Some of our best salmon fishing is yet to come, October is our best month on the Fraser for salmon fishing, we can target Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon using fly, spoon, bar fish or float fish. You can also fish the Harrison River for the same species, again, using fly, spoon or float. If your fishing the Vedder, Chehalis or other local tribs, floating fishing is the most popular.

Here is a beautiful Sturgeon landed today by our guests from Long Beach California. This giant measured 9ft 5 with a 55 inch girth. Fishing for sturgeon has been a bit spotty as of late, and some areas of the river have been extremely slow. These fish have been feeding on sockeye salmon for the past 2 months so a slow down was expected.

I think we just might have just turned a corner as we have seen some good fishing the past 24 hours, STS guide Doug Elias also landed a fish over 9ft today in fact it was bigger measuring 9ft 6inch with a 50 inch girth. Doug captured this monster near Mission City where we have been guiding for over 24 years. Right now we are throwing just about everything at them, lamprey, salmon eggs, sockeye meat, gills, heads etc. The key is finding feeding fish, lots of drops for short periods, most fish are coming in the first 5 minutes of a drop.

I know it’s been a while since I posted a fishing report, after 24 years I think I needed a break. I have been focusing on keeping healthy and working hard up in the canyon. It’s been an amazing season for Renee and I so far, great guests and some amazing fish. My schedule is slowing down a bit so hopefully I have a bit more time to keep the report up to date. I have one Sunday left for our Canyon Trip, October 7 is still available, you can call or e-mail us if you would like to book.

We still have lots of great dates for 6 and 8 hour charters or multi-day packages, email us at sts


We are doing a Free Draw on our facebook page, I have some Gibbs/Delta STS UV Glo Flashers to give away as well as some Scotty Rod Holders. Just go to and like and share our page and post. If you tag a friend they will also be entered to win.

Over the next 7-10 days we will start seeing more Chinook , Coho and Chum Salmon and less sockeye salmon in the Fraser. We still have a couple more unstable days of weather then the sunshine is expected all next week with highs of 24 which is beautiful. The Fraser is currently rising from all the rain but by Tuesday it will be in great shape.

Get out there and give it a try, this has been an amazing season for both salmon and sturgeon and some of the best is yet to come. Tight lines and see you on the water.

Have a great week

Vic Carrao