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October 13 Fishing Report Update

Fishing has really picked up this past week, lots of salmon entering local rivers and main stem Fraser. Most of these salmon migrating up the Fraser are entering into the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder and Harrison River. Best fishing for salmon right now is occurring from Harrison River downstream to as far as Stave River. Prime Fishing for Coho, Chum & Chinook Salmon as well as some amazing Sturgeon fishing. Also available is our daily Harrison River Eagle Tours. . See below for detailed report

A Thompson Steelhead passing by on it way home, caught while Bar Fishing for salmon on the Fraser River this week.

Salmon Fishing Update

Large schools of salmon are now migrating up the Fraser with each high tide, the main species migrating are Chinook, Coho & Chum Salmon. As mentioned above, these fish are heading to their home waters on the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder, Harrison and Chehalis rivers. If you are fishing the main stem Fraser, you can target these fish with several methods. Bar fishing with Yakima Bait Spin n Glos or GibbsDelta Tee Spoons are very productive, we prefer using #2 spin n glos in the half n half, or chartreuse poke a dot. If your using Tee Spoons, Chartreuse blade or chrome/brass work well.

If your fishing the Vedder, Stave or Chehalis, try traditional float fishing with cured roe, single egg/wool patterns or purple/chartreuse/pink maribou jigs. One of my favorite is float fishing with Colorado blades, use the same set up as you would if you were float fishing with roe except exchange the cured roe for a small #2 GibbsDelta colorado blade, dead drift the blade same as you would roe, change nothing except as you drift through the tail out of the run, add a little thumb pressure to the reel to raise the blade off the bottom and add blade speed.

Sturgeon Fishing Update

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent for the most part, the odd slower day but overall some incredible catches by our guests the past few weeks. Sturgeon fishing will not only remain this good, it will even improve as we get into November. Some of our best days happen between October 21 & November 15, reason you ask? Water temperatures are beginning to drop, lots of food in the river as salmon begin to spawn, die and deposit massive amounts of decaying matter on the river bottom.

STS Guide Matt Derekson with a massive Fraser River Sturgeon landed near Mission, BC (left)

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is a world class fishery, the area between Harrison River and Stave River is some of the most productive water to fish because of the mass amount of food available to sturgeon. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Harrison and Hope. There is still lots of great fishing ahead of us and to celebrate what we consider primetime Fall fishing, we are offering some great discount specials for November/December. There is still plenty of great fishing ahead of us, come join us.

Come join us for some of the best fishing of the season and save hundreds of dollars.

Late Season Fishing Special

  • Book any salmon or sturgeon fishing trip for 4 anglers and save $100
  • Book any salmon/sturgeon accommodation package of 2 days or more and Save up to $200
  • Book any 2018 Fishing Trip before December 1 and receive FREE STS SWAG.

Bald Eagle Tours are NOW Available

Its that time of year again when Blad Eagles from around North America begin migrating to their winter feeding grounds on the Harrison River. Thousands of Bald Eagles spend the winter in the Fraser Valley pearching high amoungst the cedar and fir trees waiting for their opportunity to drop down and feed on dieing and dead salmon. It is a special time on the Harrison River as many of these eagles will feed daily in the area known as Pretty Flats. Our jet boat tours visit this and other important feeding grounds where you will see many Eagles.

This Tree is located on the Harrison River half way between Kilby Park and Harrison Hot Springs Resort, only accessable by water, our scenic tours visit this location on every tour.

Bald Eagle Tours on our fully covered and heated jet boats are now available, departing daily from Harrison Hot Springs, this 90 minute tour visits some of the most prolific Bald Eagle Feeding ground found anywhere in SW BC. All ages are welcome.

Daily Tours: Depart at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Cost: $69 per person

Departure : Harrison Hot Springs

To Book: call 604-796-3345 or e-mail us at sts

Hope you have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Celebrating 23 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures: 1994-2017


October fishing is heating up

Some great fishing right now on local rivers, lots still to come. October and November are the two best months, call now to book your next outdoor fishing adventure. 604-671-3474 or email us at sts

Here is a beauty landed yesterday by STS guide Thomas and guests, amazing fishing out on the Fraser right now. Sturgeon fishing will stay strong right through until late November.

Here is a beauty sturgeon landed up in the canyon, lots of big fish around right now both in middle and lower Fraser. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Hope and Harrison.

Pictures says it all, Fraser River beauty morning sunrise,

If you can get away, nows the time to fish the Fraser and other local rivers, not just sturgeon but some great salmon fishing as well. Hope to see you soon.

Fly fishing and gear fishing for Chinook, Coho and Chum salmon is really picking up, Harrison and Fraser are both fishing well. Lots of Chum and Coho moving into the Harrison River the past few days, should be a great week.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tight lines

Vic Carrao

Sept 29 Fishing Update

This past week we experienced summer like temperatures with some good to excellent fishing for both salmon and sturgeon. Some of our guides have been targeting Coho with both fly and light tackle spin, while others are still finding some Pink Salmon. A couple Bar fishing days produces some nice Chum and Coho so things are really starting to pick up for both numbers and variety of salmon species to target.

The most productive methods for targeting Chinook is to Bar fish the main stem Fraser between Confluence of the Vedder and Harrison River, this section of the Fraser is know as the gravel reach and produces some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer. If you’re after Coho, fly fishing or light tackle spin fishing with spoons is best. We like using GibbsDelta Crocs or Iron heads for best results. If you prefer to bar fish or plunk, fishing Gibbs/Delta Tee spoons is a great way to target these fish.

If you’re after action and don’t care if you take fish home, Chum salmon are a great way to spend your day and gets those arms hurting from steady action. Float fishing Jigs or casting spoons will do the job. The trick is to keep your jig close to the bottom and watch for that float to stop or hesitate, set the hook and your on.

Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent, each day is a bit different which is a bit unusual for this fishery, seems like the bite is on one day and next day you struggle to get a few fish. Could be that these larger sturgeon are getting a bit full of salmon but like past years, once they digest they will be back on the feed within a short time.

We are out on the water daily with some great success, our guides are working hard to provide the very best Fraser River experience possible. If your looking for a guided trip out on the Fraser, October/November offers sopme of the best fishing of the season. If your tired of looking at all those amazing fish our guides have been catching, come out and enjoy the day with us.

Call us at 604-671-3474 or email at sts

Hope you have a great weekend

Team STS.

Sept 22 fishing report update

Now that the Fraser is open to salmon fishing there are plenty of opportunities for fishing in the Fraser Valley. The albion test fishery is showing good numbers of Chinook migrating up the Fraser, Chum salmon are now starting to trickle in and a few Coho starting to show at the Vedder confluence. Overall it is really starting to take shape and sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent.

Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent this past week, lots of fish in the lower river with 6 to 12 fish per trip on average with a few larger fish being caught as well. Some of these giants are starting to get full so using smaller baits and trying baits other than salmon parts is a good choice. We’ve done well on Lamprey and Pike Minnow this past week as well as salmon parts.

Salmon fishing is now open on the Fraser River, as mentioned above, the test fishery is showing some strong numbers so it’s a great time to get out and try some bar fishing for Chinook and chum or fly and spin fish for Coho or Pink Salmon. Be sure to check your regulations for species and methods to use for sportfishing. Once again the government is asking anglers to selectively fish using methods such as bar fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing.

Over the next 60 days is some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer for both salmon and sturgeon, if your looking for that trip of a lifetime, we still have space and would love to have you out. Give us a call 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at sts

Have a great weekend,

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Salmon Fishing Open Today on the Fraser River

Finally, the Fraser River is Now Open to Salmon Fishing, see below for retention limits and species.

Salmon Fishing on the Fraser will open today, see below for details. Notice will be out shortly.

The recreational fishery for salmon in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River will open with the management measures noted below.

Waters: Fraser River in Region 2 from the downstream side of the CPR
Bridge at Mission, BC to the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 9, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– No fishing for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain pink or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 10, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– The daily limit for coho salmon is two (2) hatchery marked fish only. You may not retain wild coho.
– You may not retain pink or sockeye salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 from the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC to the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 14, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not fish for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain chum, pink, or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 15, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not retain chum, sockeye, pink, or coho salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 upstream of the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures: You may not fish for salmon.

Reminder: In Region 2, fishing for salmon is only permitted from one hour before sunrise to one after sunset each day.

Sept 11 fishing report update

Fishing for sturgeon has been very good the past few weeks, catch rates were average with 5 to 10 fish being caught per trip but size of sturgeon was well above average.

STS Guide John Popowich and guests of Taiga Building landed a 10ft 4 inch sturgeon on Sept 10 which measured a 56inch girth, what a monster. Congratulations to everyone on landing this amazing fish.

Thomas, Doug, Chris, Matt, and Tom have also been landing some nice fish on a daily basis, most of these bigger fish are being caught in a bout a 10 mile stretch of river between Sumas confluence and Stave River confluence but there are some beauties also being caught above Chilliwack in the Harrison Agassiz area.

Salmon fishing is still not open on the Fraser River but we are able to target salmon on the Somas/Vedder River and Harrison River. We are optimistic that the Fraser will open soon but until then, we will continue to fish the Vedder/Somas and Harrison Rivers for salmon. We also offer salmon fishing out of Vancouver so there is options.

For anglers wanting to target Pink Salmon on the fly or light spin tackle, there are opportunities in the valley, Pink salmon are entering most tributary rivers so you might need to do a little walk and wading.

Pink lures such as Gibbs/Delta Crocs work well for light spin tackle or for the fly angler try a rolled muddler or any fly that is Pink or has some flash. Pink salmon are aggressive, the trick is to present your offers very slow and in their face.

Some of our best fishing is still ahead of us, October is one of the best months for for salmon and sturgeon and a great time to fish the Fraser River and tributary rivers. We offer day trips and multi-day packages. Check out our day rates at and packages at

If your looking for a unique fishing adventure, STS Guide Vic Carrao offers a trip like no other guide service can offer. Vic’s 30 years of driving experience takes you deep into the Fraser Canyon where you will run some of the Frasers biggest and baddest rapids, view some amazing scenery and catch a few sturgeon while enjoying a barbeque shore lunch. We still have a few dates available in last week of September and a few dates in October.

Hope you all have a great week, give us a call at 604-671-3474 or emails us at sts to book your next guided adventure.

August 20 Fishing Report Update

Fishing this past week has been excellent, we have been targeting sturgeon on the Fraser, Chinook Salmon out in the ocean and even had a few trips for trout. You have to work for your fish but if you put in your time, there are some really nice fish out there. See below for detailed report

As you can see by the above picture, there are some monster sturgeon out there to be caught. Best bait right now is salmon parts but the standard lamrey, pike minnow and eggs are always a good choice.

Sturgeon fishing has been steady action in the Mission area, a bit slower up river but some big fish around if your not looking for numbers and put in your time. After all sturgeon fishing is not about how many fish you can out in the boat, it’s about fidning that one or two quality fish.

Speaking of quality fishing, October is creeping up on us quickly, this is the best time to fish sturgeon and salmon on the Fraser river, you can come out for the day or pick one of our valued accommodations packages. Our BW packages start as low as $345 per person for a 2 night 1 day, you can find more information by visiting.

Salmon fishing out of Vancouver has been good this past week, Thomas was out for a full day trip on Tuesday and put 6 nice Chinook in the boat and released a few wild Coho. There are a few pink salmon starting to show up bu the bulk of them are still migrating along the coast and are about a week away. Our west coast lodge packages are wrapped up for 2017 but we are already selling and booking for 2018 which should be one of the best years ion the 4 year cycle.

Over the next 90 days we will have our best fishing of the year for both salmon and sturgeon, we have plenty of great dates still available for fishing out of Mission, Chilliwack or Harrison and a few limited dates for the canyon. Come out and join us, call Vic at 604-671-3474 or email us at sts

Have a great week.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service