It’s that time of year again when us jet boat owners need to spend a little time getting our boats ready for the cold winter months ahead. This article was written by long time Fraser River Guide Vic Carrao who has owned many brands and styles of jet boats over the past 35 years. There is lots of great tips and tricks to not only store your boat for the winter but also a few winter projects that will improve your boat handling and performance.
The Fraser River is producing some amazing results for the catch & release sturgeon fishery. This past week we have had several groups out on the water with 67 fish landed, scanned, tagged and released in only two trips. Although most anglers will put their boats away for the winter we always leave one or two ready to fish as this is a great time for us to get out and tag fish for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society. If you are wanting to help out with the tagging program, book a winter trip with one of our experienced angling guides.
Salmon season on local river is pretty much over although if you put in the time, you can still find a few late Coho or early run Steelhead in local rivers such as Vedder or Chehalis. Winter Cutthroat fishing has already begun on the Harrison River with some nice fish being caught on the fly. You can also fly fish the main stem Fraser but I would wait another few weeks for water drop a bit more.
If you are wanting to fish for salmon in the winter, our local ocean fishery out of Vancouver can produce results all winter long. This fishery is hit and miss but our last two trips out produced a couple nice keepers fishing the Vancouver Harbour and West Vancouver shoreline. Best results come from trolling GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with G-Force Spoons. Our favorite is the STS Guide Series Flasher as it has proven to be one of the top winter producers.
Christmas is just around the corner and our sales team has been hard at work trying to provide our guests with the best possible pricing for those who like to book early. If you book your 2018 STS fishing adventure before Dec 31, 2017 you get an extra 10% off our posted pricing. We also have some great inexpensive gifts ( Ball Caps, Coffee mugs, T-Shirts, Hoodies , Sturgeon Pins) for sale out of our Harrison Hot Springs office or you can just call and order and we will ship for FREE any purchases over $100.00
Fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of great fishing still to be had, salmon fishing has slowed right down but sturgeon fishing is still quite good, Tom and Tony have been out this past week and had some great fishing. Eagle watching Tours are going full speed with daily tours departing from Harrison Hot Spring at 10 am and 2 pm, private tours are also available 7 days a week. We are continuing to offer daily charters through the month of November and December with our off season rates to take effect on Nov 15.
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.
Black Friday Sale:
This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,
Black Friday Specials
8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200
All 2018 Seminars 25% off
Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278
Eagle Watching Tours
Bald Eagle Tours are now being offered on out of our Harrison Hot Springs location, each day trips depart at 10am, 12 pm and 2 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.
Private photo clinics are available for private groups wanting to take advantage of our boat access to some of the greatest populations of Eagles in the Fraser Valley.
Winter Salmon Fishing in Vancouver
For the past 6 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 is just around the corner, we will once again be offering gift certificates for Jet Boat Tours and Guided Fishing, Our STS Seminars are also very popular, watch for our next report for more information on Christmas ideas.
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 ( must book full boat)
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 2018
2018 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 $195 per person.
2 Dates – Saturday April 7 or Sunday April 8 ( limited seating available)
To register e-mail us at email@example.com
2018 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 March 24 or Sunday March 25 ( we sell out every year so book early to get a seat.)
Quite the week in the Fraser Valley, warm and sunny to wet, cold and now snow. The good news is that fishing hasn’t changed at all, it’s still very good and the weather is going to get better again by early next week. Lots of great salmon and sturgeon fishing going on right now. See below for detailed fishing report.
Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent to incredible, lots of big number days with 10 to 20 fish landed in an 8 hour charter. Most fish are being caught using salmon eggs but lamprey eel and rotten salmon skin ( stink bait ) is also producing some nice fish. Water temperatures are slowly dropping which sends a signal to feeding sturgeon that winter is knocking at our doorstep. When this begins to happen sturgeon feed aggressively until the food supply begins to dwindle.
We still have plenty of excellent sturgeon fishing in November so we are offering a great deal on day trips and over night packages, save $100 on our 4 person charters and save $200 on our 2 night 2 day packages. If you are like me and start your Christmas Shopping early, we will extend this offer for the 2018 season as long as the trip is purchased and paid in full by November 30.
Fraser River Salmon Fishing has been excellent for Chum and fair fishing for Coho. You have to work for your Coho usually being more patient while casting spoons, spinners, twitching jigs and fly fishing. The Chum fishing has been excellent both on the fly and fishing jigs under a float. Our good friends at GibbsDelta have aquired a new product line of jigs that are perfect for our local waters. Zak Tackle Jigs are perfect for fishing under a float, you can dead drift them or twitch them, eiother way works but twitching is more effective with the heavier jig heads.
For Color selection I would recommend the Pinks, Purple, Chartreuse for the Chum and brighter colors like Pink, Red, White and Chartruses for Coho. Dead drifting is when you allow the current to take your float down river without drag, when you add a twitch every 3 or 4 feet, iot really adds to the action and makes for a more natural presentation. Give it a try next time your out on the flow, you will be surprised how well they work.
Here’s the guys from Reel West Coast TV Show having some great success using the Zak Tackle Twitching jigs on Northern BC rivers.
Local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis, Dewdney and Stave are all fishing well for Chum, Coho and the odd late Chinook. Now that the weather temperatures have dropped, the rain will not effect these rivers as much and should keep them fishing well through the next week or until it warms up again if that happens at all. The Dewdney has produced some great Coho fishing and Norish Creek is also fishing well. The lower canyon in the Chehalis is also fishing well so don’t let this short lived cold weather storm stop you from get out.
We still have a good 2 to 3 weeks left for our local salmon fishery so get out and take advantage of the great fishing. If your done with fishing, there is some great Bald Eagle watching opportunities on the Harrison River right now as well as watching the salmon spawn. If you have already put your boat away, we offer daily Jet Boat Tours on the Harrison River for only $69 per person deaprting daily from Harrison Hot Springs. These also make for great Birthday and Christmas Gifts. You can purchase one at a time or book the entire boat for a family or corporate group.
Looks like its going to be a great weekend with some sunny warm weather, the salmon and sturgeon fishing is both on fire right now. Come join us for the weekend.
Lots of double headers, bent rods and crazy sturgeon jumps right now. November is a great month to get out and looks like weather is going to stay mild.
Local rivers are not back into shape, the Harrison, Fraser, Stave and Dewdney are all fishing well the past 24 hours. Water levels are dropping and clarity is shaping up fast. Should be a great week for fishing for both salmon and sturgeon.