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Dec 13 update and winter wrap up

Well it’s that time of year again when we put most of our boats away for the winter, do some maintenance and get ready for our 26th season on the Fraser. It is also a great time to reflect on the past year and thank all of our guests for choosing to fish with STS. These days there are many options for guides on the Fraser, we do really appreciate our loyal guests who return to fish with us year after year. The staff at STS would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2019 was a good season for sturgeon fishing, right from the get go in early spring we were on the big fish. It seemed liked it never ended. Spring, Summer and Fall all produced amazing results for better than average sized sturgeon. Even as I write this, only last week STS Guide Renee managed to guide a group to a beautiful 8ft 4 inch sturgeon out of our Mission location.

Over the winter months we will continue to offer sturgeon charters out of Mission, Chilliwack and Harrison. On all sturgeon charters we scan, tag and release working closely with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society and Ministry of Natural Resources. All of our catch data is provided to these organizations so that they can monitor the health of our sturgeon population. This program is critical for our future so when hiring a guide, consider hiring ones that participate in this important program.

Salmon season was challenging to say the least, most of the west coast was closed to retention and the Fraser was closed to salmon fishing most of the summer. We did manage to have some good salmon fishing but that was only because we have other systems we can fish that were not affected by the closures. By early Fall we were fishing the Harrison River which produced some decent fishing all the way through until middle of November. Were hoping for some better salmon fishing opportunities for 2020.

Speaking of 2020, we are extremely excited for this season to begin, we have started off with with a strong burst of early bookings so please don’t wait too long to book your accommodation/fishing packages. Some of the more popular accommodation options that we offer are already filling up, just shoot us an e-mail or call the office at 604-671-3474.

2019 Tournament Winners

Annual Spring Events – We will once again be putting on our spring Jet Boat Seminar and spring Sturgeon Tournament, both of these events will take place in April and should be booked early to participate as they both fill up fast.

Jet Boat Seminar – April 25 or April 26

This one day seminar is catered to the beginner to expert who is looking to learn all about the Fraser River. We travel 200-280km departing from Mission Harbour at 8am. Learn all about boat safety, navigation, handling, reading water, and everything else you need to know. Trip details below.

When – April 25 or April 26 –

Where – Mission to Yale (Hells Gate subject to water conditions)

How long – 8 hours 200-280km round trip

Cost $195 pp– Max 10 people

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or email sts

Sturgeon Tournament – April 18, 2020 –

1st prize $1000.00, 2cd prize $500, 3rd prize $250, more prizes for largest fish, most fish etc. All guests will participate in the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation mark recapture program where all fish will be scanned, marked and released unharmed. There will be a pre-tournament meet and greet with coffee and snacks and a post tournament event where the winners will be announced. This is a one day event with option to purchase a second day.

When – April 18

Where – Mission Harbour

How Long – 8 hours including pre/post events

Cost $275 pp or $1100 per boat of 4.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

Big Fish, Big Battles, Big Stories that’s what canyon fishing is all about. Come join Vic and Renee in 2020 for one of the most exciting trips offered on the Fraser River. This trip is the only one offered on the Fraser that travels from Hope to Hells Gate. Vic has been exploring the Fraser Canyon since early 2000 and has a passion for this region of the Fraser. All trips are full day adventures where you will enjoy the amazing scenery, fishing, whitewater and history.

When – July 15 to October 10

Where – Fraser Canyon ( Hope to Hells Gate)

How Long – 8 hours – full day

What’s included – full day sturgeon fishing, 132km round trip to Hells Gate, Barbeque lunch, skeet shooting ( if time permits)

Fishing licenses and gratuities not included.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

Sturgeon Capital of the World – Day Trips & Multi-day packages

As always we will be offering day trips and multi-day packages out of our Mission location. Mission is considered Sturgeon Capital of the World, that’s why we have been offering charters from this location for over 25years. Mission boasts more fish per river mile than any other location on the Fraser, Come join us and see for yourself.

When – Year Round

Where – Mission Marina

How long – 6 & 8 hour trips offered 7 days a week

What’s included- Guide, boat, all fishing tackle. Fishing licenses, gst and gratuities are not included.

How to book – call 604-671-3474 or e-mail sts

All the Staff at STS would like to thank you for taking the time to read our reports and fishing with us this past year. We hope you all have a great holiday and come join us for another great season on the Fraser. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at STS.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Vic Carrao & Staff.

October 9 fishing update`

Fishing in the Valley is really starting to pick up, each and every day more salmon are entering the Fraser River headed up to tributary rivers like Vedder, Stave, Chehalis and Harrison. Although the Fraser is closed to salmon fishing, these rivers I listed are not closed and offer some great action on spinning, float fishing or fly fishing. We still have lots of great fishing ahead of us and we have some available dates. If your looking for a last minute fishing trip, give us a call. 604-671-3474.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Sept 23 Update

It’s been and busy summer year out on the Fraser River, some incredible fishing for sturgeon throughout the river from Mission all the way up to the Canyon. Salmon season has begun on local tributaries, the Pink Salmon are coming to an end but the Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon are just getting started. Most weekends are now sold out but we still have a days left and some good weekday availability in October. If you are wanting to get out with us, please call or e-mail us.

If you are wanting to follow our season we post daily on Instagram and facebook.

August 6 Fishing Update

We are having an excellent season so far with sturgeon being our main target. The past few weeks have been great for big fish, lots of 6-8 footers and the occasional 9 plus. Some of the battles have been epic with many great fish stories being created. I think I could safely say that all of our guests this season have gone away with great memories. See below for more information on our fishing and season.

Our reports have been far and few between so I apologize for that, but these days is all about Instagram and facebook, which we have both and post daily. If you are wanting to keep track of your upcoming trip or you are thinking about booking, this is the best way to watch our season unfold. Call our office, get booked in, and watch our season build to your trip. 604-671-3474

This season is playing out a little different than what most of our clients are use to, we are running a smaller team this year so we already have many sold out days for 2019. Weekends are getting very thin and some weeks are completely sold out. If you are planning or even thinking about fishing with us in September, October please contact the office and check on dates ASAP so that we can fit you in. Hope to see you in 2019.

We are currently offering guided fishing trips from Mission, Harrison and Hope. Our Mission trips are most popular as there are more fish per mile in this area than any other region of the Fraser. We can access the Chilliwack , Harrison and Stave Rivers from this location. September and October are the very two best months for fishing in Mission so if you are looking for a trip, this would be a great time.

We are not expecting allot of salmon fishing opportunites but we should get a good run of Pink salmon starting in late August through September. There is also a pretty good coho fishery beginning early September and of course the Harrison River Coho, Chum and Pink Salmon in middle to late September through until late October. So not all bad news in the salmon fishery, also the west coast is back open and fishing has been great. We offer daily trips our of Vancouver if your after Chinook Salmon.

Vic and Renee have been busy in the Fraser Canyon doing their Canyon Adventure trips. So far we have had many epic battles and great weather. We only have two weekend dates available for 2019. Sunday September 28 and Sunday October 6. Vic also has a few week days, just shoot us an e-mail and we can see what we have left.

Thanks for following us and hope to see you on the water this season.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

July 12 Fishing Report Update

For the past few weeks I have been off traveling around BC with my wife Teresa visiting our daughters so time to catch up on the local fishing scene. As you have probably heard on the news there was a big slide above Clinton and record rainfall up north so the Fraser has been a mess the past few days. Trees, logs and all kinds of debris coming down the river.

The water is beginning to drop so it will only take a few days for the Fraser to clean up but slide area needs some quick action to help the salmon migrate past this new obstacle. I’m not really sure what the answer is but hopefully a few good engineers will come up with a solution.

Fraser River Sturgeon

The water conditions are poor right now but with a dropping river we should see improvement over the next few days. Most anglers are using lamprey eel, salmon eggs or some of last year’s salmon parts to catch sturgeon. The average catch right now is between 3 to 5 fish per day but we should start to see some improvement as more salmon enter the river.

Our Fraser Canyon Adventure is almost sold out for 2019, Our last available weekend date is Saturday Sept 28. If you would like to book this date e-mail us at sts

We also have a few Fridays in August available, please call or e-mail us if you would like more information.

The Canyon Adventure begins in Hope, British Columbia and travels 132km round trip to Hells Gate. We include sturgeon fishing, barbecue lunch, jet boat trip through some of the largest rapids on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao and Renee Coghill. Learn all about the Canyon War, Caribou Gold rush, Hills Bar and visit two of the current Fish Ladder sites at Saddle Rock Canyon and Hells Gate. E-mail us for pricing and availability

Also in the news has been the Fraser River Chinook Salmon, there has been lots of discussion regarding ocean closures in regions that don’t see Fraser stocks, you really need to wonder why this government has chosen this path. They could have closed areas known to catch high volumes of Fraser Chinook and left other regions open. The sport fishing industry brings in millions of dollars to the local economy so really makes no sense.

Cool shot of a monster sturgeon on the line.

The Fraser Salmon fishery forecast for 2019 does not look good, we are closed until August 23, the bright spot is we might see an opportunity to catch and release salmon after August 23 and maybe even keep a few pinks or sockeye. The Vedder river is now open for retention of Chinook Salmon, the Harrison river has been fishing good for Cutthroat and the occasional pike minnow and sturgeon.

We having been guiding out of Mission, Harrison and Hope for Sturgeon and Harrison and Pitt River for Trout, if you are looking for a guided fishing trip please give us a call or e-mail us at sts We still have some great dates for our prime fall salmon and sturgeon fishery.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

June 20th Fishing Update

This past week has been decent out on the Fraser, we just finished up with our guests from Saskatchewan who fished 3 days, we managed to land 4 or 5 fish over 6 feet and 2 over 7 feet and a few smaller ones. Water still has lots of weeds and sticks but it is starting to clear up and water is dropping even though we have warm weather which tells me the snow melt is over.

As I mentioned above sturgeon fishing has been good, we expect the conditions to continually improve on the Fraser as we get closer to primetime sturgeon and salmon. For 2019 we are running a smaller crew so if you plan on joining us this summer or fall, please don’t wait as we have many sold out dates already.

Trout fishing has been fair to good, we have been targeting cuttroat trout on the Harrison and Bull Trout on the Upper Pitt River. Both systems are p;roducing some good results and should continue through June and July. We offer daily trips on both Harrison and Pitt and the Lillooet River as well.

Our Fraser Canyon Adventures are starting up this weekend, we will be in the Canyon both Saturday and Sunday so watch our social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. Your best source for up to date reports.

Hope you all have a great weekend and hope to see you out on the water.

Celebrating 25 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2019

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

May 10 Fishing Report Update

Celebrating 25 Years Fishing the Fraser 1994-2019

There has been lots of negative news lately regarding BC West Coast Salmon fishery. It seems as though our Federal Government is not only going after the oil industry in Alberta, they are also hell bent on destroying the Sport fishing industry in British Columbia. Although there are many areas along the West Coast that are now catch & release for Chinook Salmon until July 15, there is still some great fishing for Halibut, Ling Cod and other ground fish. There are also some areas that are open as usual like our west coast adventure in Quatsino Sound.

On the Fraser it will be business as usual, we will still target some salmon on tributary rivers but for the most part we will be targeting sturgeon on the Fraser until late August early September. We will also be targeting some salmon and trout on several remote tributaries rivers in June, July and early August. By late August we should be able to find some Pink salmon to fish for as well as some hatchery Coho. As usual September, October and November will be our Peak fishing season for both salmon and sturgeon.

April was a great month for sturgeon fishing on the Fraser, the big snowmelt did not come and spoil our great fishing and still today as I write this report, the Fraser is still in great shape for fishing. With the way that the weather has been, hot/cold/hot/cold, we could see a slower than normal snowmelt which will result is good fishing conditions all through Maybe, June and early part of July.

Big jumper shot taken by one of our guides Doug E on a guided trip this past April, who would have thought a 200lb fish could jump like that?

As I mentioned above lots of negative news about salmon closures on the West Coast. The fishing community along BC coastline relies on this industry like no other, many of these small remote communities get 100% of their annual revenue from the sport fishing industry so this catch and release Chinook regulation will severely affect them. Please keep in mind that these restrictions are only until July 15 so you will still be able to fish your favorite spots. If you’re an avid Saltwater angler or have frequented the West Coast each year for your annual salmon harvest, please support the SFI, you can visit their website at or facebook @ sportfishinginstitutebc

For those of you who had planned to visit the West Coast this June/July and are still looking for some salmon fishing opportunities, we have several areas that have not been affected by the closures, just give us a call and we can discuss some options for you. If you’re looking for some salmon on the fly action ( all catch and release) we do have several options fishing one of our remote river systems.

We are open for business, Jet Boat Tours are running daily, fishing charters for sturgeon are available 7 days a week, salmon fishing opportunites will be made available as they are announced and the fly fishing for trout is just about to heat up. Next up for May, June, July – Sturgeon on the Fraser, Trout on fly and light spin tackle.

Have a great weekend

Vic Carrao