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Nov 2 Report Update

Hard to believe it is November already, the weather has been fairly mild with off and on rain storms. Fishing has been excellent the past week and continues to produce some great salmon and sturgeon results. We are continuing to offer daily charters through the months of November with our off season rates to take effect on Dec 1.

Early morning fog is the normal start to our mornings in November but once the clouds lift, most days are still very nice. You can expect to have some great days on the water through the month of November and well into December. Best baits right now are chum eggs and chum meat, small roe bags seem to be trick these days, keep your bait small for more bites. If your planning on targeting Coho the Gibbs/Delta Croc in Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe is a great choice, also float fishing with Gibbs Colorado Blades is another great choice.

Eagle Watching Tours

Bald Eagle Tours are now being offered on out of our Harrison Hot Springs location, each day trips depart at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm, cost is $69 per person and the trip is 90 minutes long taking you down the Historic Harrison River to see the annual Bald Eagle migration to their winter feeding grounds.

Winter Salmon Fishing in Vancouver

For the past 5 seasons STS has been offering guided fishing charters out of downtown Vancouver as well as our Richmond Location near the Vancouver Airport. Our salmon fishing begins in January with Winter Chinook fishing lasting through until early Spring, we then switch to Gulf Islands for April, May and early June, then back over to Vancouver area for August & September. Combine our Vancouver fishery with Fraser river and Vancouver Island STS is truly one of the only full time year round guide companies in Southern British Columbia.

Christmas Gift Idea’s from $69 and up

Well I guess it’s that time to start talking about gift idea’s for the fisherman in your house. At STS we not only offer guided fishing trips but also less expensive tours that range from $69 to $139. Below I have provided a list of Gift idea’s for the entire family, there is nothing more fun than a family day out on the water.

90 minute Harrison River Eagle Tour – $69.00

4 hour Hells Gate Tour – $139.00

8 hour – Mission to Hells Gate Tour – $195.00

4, 6 or 8 hour guided fishing trips – $450 – $850

If you would like to purchase one of the above tours, or just purchase a Gift Certificate for any STS adventure, just e-mail us at sts

Seminars for 2017

2017 STS Guiding Sturgeon Seminar – We are once again offering our Spring Sturgeon Seminars, this seminar is 6 hours on the boat with one of our full time guides learning everything you need to know to be a successful sturgeon angler.

We cover: best baits, sturgeon migrations, where , when and how to target sturgeon in all water conditions, hook sets, readying bites, best sturgeon handling practices and much more.

Cost is $175 per person.

2 Dates – Saturday April 15 or Sunday April 16 ( limited seating available)

To register e-mail us at sts

2017 Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar

Speaking of Seminars, we also will be offering our very popular Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar. This seminar is a full day on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao of STS jet boating 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and Back. This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run whitewater, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost – $195.00 per person

2 dates – Saturday April 1 or Sunday April 2 ( we sell out every year so book early to get a seat.)

To register – email us at sts

Have a great day


Oct 17 fishing report update

Some great fishing going on right now for both salmon and sturgeon, the rivers are filling up with salmon and lots of amazing sturgeon going on. The weather hasn’t been the greatest this past week but considering all the wind and rain forecasts we have missed most of it. The next 4 weeks will offer some of the best fishing of the season, take advantage of the great fishing and book today.

This week’s largest landed sturgeon was just under 10ft, a fair number of fish between 7-9ft are being caught and lots of 5-7 footers as well. These fish are now feeding for the winter, how aggressive you ask? Have a look at the pic below, this sturgeon had just eaten a live chum salmon and before it was even swallowed , it grabbed STS Guide Doug Elias bait right after eating a salmon.

Some big Coho around this week, some great fishing on the Harrison River and lower Fraser, you can bar fish, spin fish, fly fish or plunk tee spoons, all these methods are working right now and the action is good. The chum salmon are pouring into the Fraser, Vedder, Harrison, Stave and Dewdney Slough. Lots of Chum boiling and it’s a great time to go out and catch them.

Here is a monster Coho caught by our guests fishing with STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann while bar fishing on the Fraser River.

The Chum salmon are big this year, lots of great action on fly and spoons, our favorite is drifting Colorado blades, Pink wool and Purple Jigs. If your fly fishing try a rolled muddler or a flashabou fly for best results.

If your casting spoons, try the Gibbs Croc Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe or Hammered Silver with Red Fire Stripe, they both are amazing but most Gibbs Crocs in Brass or Silver will work well.

Our Hells Gate and Canyon trips are done for the season, the past heavy rains have made it dangerous to venture deep into the canyon, by the time the river drops back down we will have the big twin tucked away for the winter. 2017 should be a great season in the canyon and we are already booking up at around 50% > if your looking for a full day in the canyon, book now to get your date reserved.

Have a great week and hope to see you out on the water.


Oct 2 fishing report update

Fishing has been fair to excellent the past two weeks, now that the Fraser is open , we are able to fish for salmon and sturgeon on all charters. Good numbers of Coho and Chinook have been migrating up the Fraser and this past week Chum numbers have greatly increased. The next 6 weeks offers some of the best fishing of the season and we still have some great dates available.

Like I mentioned above, salmon fishing is really picking up, local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis and Harrison are really coming into their own now that we have had a bit of rain and some great tides. The guides have been getting some nice sturgeon down in Mission / Chilliwack area , the lower river below Mission is also fishing well.

Opening day, 5 minutes into fishing Thomas landed this beautiful wild Coho while Bar Fishing the Fraser, Bar fishing is one of the selective fishing methods used to catch salmon during Fall salmon migrations. You can Bar fish for Coho, Chinook and Chum Salmon so time to put away the Bottom Bouncing gear.

If you are looking for a guided salmon or sturgeon trip, please give us a call or e-mail. 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at

Have a great day

Sept 13 Update

Here we are already in Mid September with 2 thirds of the fishing year already in the books! It is hard to believe how fast the seasons go by. There have been some amazing fish caught this year and we still have the whole fall season to go!

We are right in the middle of our fall season with Sturgeon Charters in full swing and Salmon fishing just beginning on the local rivers like the Harrison Vedder and Stave rivers. The Fraser should re-open in the next week for Coho, Chinook and Chum fishing. The river is in great shape so we should have some great results! Although our fall is very busy we do have some good dates still available. Call the office for options available.

As mentioned above some of the best sturgeon fishing is yet to come, October is one of our best months so we are looking forward to some great fishing for sturgeon. We offer day trips of 4,6 and 8 hours and multi-day packages with or without accommodations. Come join us for some great October action.

Lots of negative news about salmon fishing with longer than expected closure of the Fraser, the good news is that we are still offering daily salmon charters on the ocean and we are now seeing good numbers of salmon entering the Vedder and Harrison River where we are fishing the confluences. We are not able to fish the main stem Fraser but we are casting spoons and spinners for Coho and Chinook at the confluence of these rivers where fishing has been fair to good.

We have had some great trips into the canyon and still have 2 or 3 dates left for the full day canyon adventure, give us a call to check dates.

We still have lots of great fishing, come join us.

Have a great week

The Team at STS.

August 21 Report Update

We have had some amazing fishing the past few weeks with many large sturgeon caught , tagged and released. The salmon fishing was closed on the Fraser due to low sockeye numbers but we are still offering Vancouver Salmon charters out in the ocean and our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Charters are producing great results.

Sturgeon fishing remains consistent with many fish over 7ft being caught on a regular basis, best baits has been salmon parts and lamprey eel. Our best sturgeon fishing is still yet to come, October is one of the best months to fish the Fraser for both salmon and sturgeon. We still have plenty of prime dates available and offer day trips as well as overnight packages.

We have been fly fishing the Upper Pitt for sea-run Bull Trout as well as fishing Vancouver area for salmon. Both fisheries has produced good results and like the Fraser, the best is still yet to come. Over the next few weeks we will see a transition take place where summer salmon will pass through and our Fall runs will begin to show up. This is when the fishing gets even better, Booking for October is a great way to ensure a trip full of incredible memories.

Last but not least we have had a few cancellation for our Fraser Canyon Tour, we still have a few dates in September and early October. The canyon is a special place to see and Vic is the guy to show you the upper reaches. We will continue to offer canyon trips through September and into early October so it’s never to late to give us a call.

Have a great week and Hope to see you out on the water

The Team at STS.

JUly 29 Fishing Update


Please Read – As you can see above the Fraser will open for salmon fishing on August 1st, lots of hard work by industry leaders to get the river open so please don’t blow it by going out and bottom bouncing. Why, because sockeye numbers are still low and only Chinook salmon are open to anglers. When bottom bouncing anglers will intercept sockeye which is not permitted so end result is the river will be closed if anglers do not use selective fishing methods.

The Fraser is slowly dropping and clearing up very quickly, it won’t take long before anglers are able to consistently catch Chinook using Bar Fishing Methods , if your not sure how to do this, use this link to access past articles written by Vic Carrao on Bar Fishing the Fraser .

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent this past month, not big numbers but big fish and that’s what sturgeon fishing is all about. All of our regular guides have been consistently catching fish between 5 to 9 ft and by the way things are going it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Yesterday my first fish was 8ft 3 and we didn’t land anything under 6ft all day. August through to November is primetime, Now’s the time to book.

Our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Charters are going well, if you are looking to catch some amazing Coho, we are getting them right now in the 10 to 15lb range along wioth some big Ling Cod and limits of Halibut on a daily basis.

2016 is shaping up to be a great fishing season and it’s only getting started. We still have lots of available dates, come join us for the 2016 season.

Have a great day

Celebrating 21 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2015


July 18 Fishing Update

I must appologize for the late report, been a busy 30 days with fishing, guiding, trip to Costa Rica and just returned from West Coast of Vancouver Island. I continue to post daily reports on our facebook page so if you are not following us, here is the link

Fishing in the last half of June and the first half of July has been excellent, we are fishing Sturgeon on the Fraser, salmon out of Vancouver, Salmon and Halibut out of Quatsino Sound and Fly fishing the Upper Pitt River. All of these fisheries are produsing great results and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come with August through to November being our best months for fishing in SW British Columbia.

Idaho Boys 20th year in a row fishing with STS, great customers always turn into great friends, looking forward to next year.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent, lots of fish in the 60 to 250 lb range with a few landed this past week reach well into the 300lb range. The area between Harrison confluence and Stave river is fishing well, hot bait this week was Lamprey and salmon eggs. I did my first summer trip up the canyon yesterday and found some nice fish down below Hope, salmon eggs were the ticket on this day.

Here is a beauty fish measuring 8ft 8 with a 43 inch girth

We are now booking for August, September, October which are the 3 best months to fish sturgeon, if you are looking for that trip of a lieftime, these are the months to plan a trip for. We offer day trips and accommodation packages for groups of 1 to 50 or more, give us a call or send us an e-mail to book your next guided fishing adventure.

Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing has been very good out of our Vancouver location, lots of nice Chinook being caught as well as a few Coho, most of our fish are being caught using the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with a Silver Horde Spoon in a variety of colors. One of my favorite this week was the No Bannans and Cop Car trolled behind the STS UV Glo Flasher. This can be a killer combination.

Our Vancouver Island charters are going well, it has been a bit slower than predicted but we are still filling the boat with salmon and bottom fish on most charters,just got to work a bit harder than normal. I have been using the Delta Hali Hog jigs fished with a hi vis glo spreader bar, this combination has been working incredible with limits of Halibut in minutes of arriving at the grounds. Snapper and Ling cod also like this set up so it nice to have one rig that will catch all bottom fish.

I wanted to give a big shout out to Islander Reels for hooking us up with the new MR3 mooching reel, wow are these smooth. There are many manufactures who are doing their best to imitate the Islander reels but none have exceeded. If you are looking for the smoothest single action reel, look no further than the Islander MR3. Thanks Islander for making my west coast trip so enjoyable, loving watching that reel scream.

Looking for something other than a fish charter for a summer activity, we now have kyak tours, kyak rentals and daily boat tours from Harrison Hot Springs, prices range from $29 to $69 so these activities are great for the family.

Coke and joiun our team this summer as we enjoy another great season in SW British Columbia.

Have a great week and see you on the water.