August 4 Fishing Update

This past week we have seen some great fishing on the Fraser, Vancouver ocean and West Coast Vancouver Island. The Pink Salmon are starting to show up in Vancouver harbour and Howe Sound and by the looks of our sturgeon catches, the big monster fish are staging getting ready for the big feast on salmon.

Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of big fish around including several over 9ft and a few over 8ft. Good numbers of smaller fish as well so the action has been steady. One of the best months for sturgeon is October, we still have some great dates available. Weekend packages are very affordable starting at $575 pp for a 2 night 2 day with hotel, breakfast lunch and full days of fishing. Day trips start as low as $125 pp so good time to book your October sturgeon trip.

Vancouver salmon fishing has been spotty but the last few days have really picked up with some Pink Salmon moving into the Harbour. Over the next week or so we should see more Coho move in and those Fraser Chinook should be showing up anytime. The sockeye run has been slow to arrive but lets keep our fingers crossed that they show up as Alaska is having a record year.

If your not a big fan of trolling out in the ocean, try casting Gibbs Delta spoons for Pink Salmon, you can do this from a boat or from shore in places like Furry Creek or Ambelside park. The trick is to retrieve slow and set that hook when you feel the lure stop. Once of the best lures is the Gibbs Croc in pink or chartruse.

West Coast fishing has been excellent, lots of Chinook around as well as Halibut and ling cod. We will be wrapping up our west coast operation over the next few weeks then focuising 100% on the Fraser River. If you are wanting to get out next season, this is a great time to book your 2018 west coast adventure.

Hope you all have a great long weekend.

Best Regards

Vic Carrao



Fishing Report Update for July 28

This past week has been good out on the water, we have had charters out Vancouver Harbour fishing for salmon, West Coast fishing for Salmon and Halibut and Fraser River fishing for sturgeon. Looks like some great weather for the weekend so if you are wanting to get out, we still have a few boats available for salmon, sturgeon or fly fishing for trout.

Our very own Frank Kozel getting out on the west coast to experience the amazing fishing we offer out of Quatsino Sound.

Local salmon fishing has been slow out of Vancouver area but a bit stronger over in the Gulf Islands. If the weather and wind permits, we strongly suggest spending the extra time/money to do the 10 hour Gulf Island adventure. Some nice Chinook being caught over there with much higher chances at a great day on the water.

Happy Anniversary to Radine and Thomas Rutschmann, Thomas and Radine have been part of the STS family for 19 years, we wish them many many more.

Fraser Sturgeon Fishing has been good, the guys are working hard out there and producing some great results. Best baits have been salmon, roe and pike minnow. I’m sure there are other baits that are working as well but these seems to be the most consistent. Our guides have been working the water between Hope and Mission producing good results throughout the river. It is hard to believe we are almost into August, seems like summer is just getting started and we are now excited about the Fall.

STS Guide Matt Bentley was out tearing it up this week, some great fish caught with his group of clients visiting from out of town.

There is no better time to enjoy a day on the river than in the summer when it is hot and sunny, believe me we have our fair share of rainy days so when weather is like this, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the Fraser River.

Local Salmon runs that are in migration to the Fraser are having a slow start, according to Albion test fishery and DFO in season forcasts the sockeye migration has been slow as well as the 4.2 and 5.2 spring and summer Chinook. What does this mean for local anglers, well it means it unlikely that you will be fishing the Fraser for salmon until atleast middle to late August. Having said that, there are still local salmon fishing opportunities in the Vancouver and Howe Sound area and of course our local rivers such as Vedder, Chehalis, Stave etc.

We still have about two weeks left if your wanting to try your luck on the Upper Pitt River, the fishing really dies off after August 15 so if you are looking for a great fly or light spin tackle trip into a remote area, this is a great trip. Currently we are catching Bull Trout, Sockeye and the odd Chinook, this river is all catch and release.

Hope you have a great weekend,

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Hells Gate August Cancellations

We have had two cancellation for August.

Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour

August 27, 2017

This is our 4 hour Hope to Hells Gate Jet Boat Trip, traveling 132km up the Fraser Canyon.

Cost is $139.00 per person, trip departs at 9am

Bottled Water, soda pop and snacks are included.

Fraser Canyon Adventure

Sunday August 20 –This is our last available day in the canyon on a weekend for 2017 summer season.

Fraser Canyon Adventure – Full day in the Canyon that includes: 132km round trip to Hells Gate, Sturgeon fishing, barbeque lunch & whitewater jet boating some of the largest rapids on the Fraser River. This is a full 8 hour day of fun and adventure.

Cost $275.00 per person.

To book please call 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at sts

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

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July 19 Fishing Report update

Vic Carrao of STS Guiding has been providing fishing report updates for this website and many others for the better part of 23 years. Vic has been away on an Adventure of a lifetime motorcycling around North America visiting 24 States, 8 Provinces riding 24,365 Km in 65 days. Vic has returned this past week and will be back on the key board writing reports, answering your questions and helping with bookings and trip planning. If you have any questions for Vic , would like to book a trip or just chat about the upcoming salmon and sturgeon season, please feel free to call or E-mail Vic at 604-671-3474 or email at sts.

Vic’s Report is posted below.

Good to be back home after 65 days on the road, I think I have arrived back just in time for some great fishing as the water conditions throughout the Fraser and local rivers look perfect. Looking at the salmon runs as they enter the Fraser things are starting off a bit slow but numbers of fish past the Albion Test Fishery are improving daily. Local rivers like the Vedder are getting some early Chinook and Cultas Lake Sockeye but just keep in mind the sockeye are all catch and release.

I know many people think sockeye don’t bite but they actually do in clear water so if your just after action, try fishing shrimp or even roe bags under a float and you might just be surprised how good the fishing is. We like to cure our shrimp or krill with double hot red pro cure. You don’t need to cure it long, just put a dozen or so shrimp or krill in a zip lock baggy, then add some pro cure and shake. I prefer to do this early morning before I head out the door, by the time you get to the river, it’s ready to use. This method works great on clear rivers like the Vedder and Harrison Rivers.

Talking with our guides, sturgeon fishing has been improving with some nice fish being caught this past week. Most of the fish are being caught using salmon bellies or Pike Minnows. Fish are being caught in all parts of the river so it’s great to see the mid July fishery already picking up. The spawn area closure is not in effect as of now so you are free to fish the entire river for sturgeon. We have some of the most experienced and best trained guides on the water so if you looking for a guided trip for salmon, sturgeon or trout, feel free to call us.

Thomas was up on the Pitt River yesterday doing a trip and reports that fishing was a bit slow and the river has changed drastically since he was last up. If your planning on going up just be carefull as things can go bad very quickly in that type of water. If your wanting to experience a Pitt River Adventure, now through to August 15th is good for Bull Trout, Sockeye and the occasional Chinook by catch. All fish are released unharmed and fly fishing is the preferred method.

Long time STS Guide Doug Elias reports good sturgeon fishing on the lower Fraser, Doug landed some big sturgeon this past month, some of the jumpers shots he managed to get were spectacular. Doug has been guiding with STS for 11 seasons now and can find the fish day after day. Doug is also a fly fishing guide so if your looking to tackle those Pink Salmon on the fly, Doug would be a great guide choice.

Tony has just returned from a week of fishing up at our Saltwater Lodge in Quatsino Sound. The fishing for salmon, cod and snapper has been excellent, the Hali fishing was a bit slower this week but we are still getting them. Thomas will be heading back up to guide a few trips next week and I will also be heading up to take advantage of this great fishery.

Now that I am back I will be posting regular reports and also running my twin engine boat up in the Canyon, if your looking for a canyon adventure, I still have a few weekday available in August and September. We also haveseats available for our Hope to Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour for August 20 and August 27, book now to get your seat, cost is $139 per person.

Hope you have a great week on the water and good fishing.

STS Guiding Service


April 20 Fishing Report Update

Primetime Sturgeon Fishing Right Now

Spring is finally starting to show itself. It is about time! Our largest Sturgeon of 2017 measured over 10 feet in length with a few others over 9ft. This past week sturgeon fishing has been amazing, some of our boats are bringing in 15 -20 fish on an 8hr day trip which is great fishing by anyone standards. We are using lamprey, salmon eggs and Eulachans for bait fishing anywhere between Stave River and Agassiz Rosedale bridge. This great fishing should continue through April and last well into May. Once the water comes up we will still be catching fish daily, just need to work a little harder to find the fish.

This is the time to book your Sturgeon fishing adventure! We have great dates still open for the end of April and some boats left most days right through until fall. If you are thinking of a fishing day trip or fishing holiday in 2017 now is the time to book and get your dates confirmed.

Adopt A Sturgeon

Did you know you can adopt a Sturgeon? Well you can! Adoptions can be done on any of our Sturgeon charters through the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society’s Adopt a Sturgeon Program. Visit their or call our office 1-877-796-3345 to learn more about this great program.

Steelhead Fishing

Generally, April is a good time to fish Steelhead as it is not as crowded and fish are aggressive with the warmer water. For those wanting to fly fish we have great opportunities for both Steelhead and for Trout on several local rivers. Water will rise and drop quite drastically over the next 4 weeks but fishing can still be good if water clarity remains consistent. Day trips are available for both gear and fly fishers.

Come spend a day with our expert Spey Guide Matt Bentley, he can also help you out with casting and fishing techniques to improve your ability and catch rates,

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Our west coast salmon and halibut trips are almost full for the season, we still have 3 available dates in late June and first week of July. These trips are fully inclusive fishing out of our lodge in Quatsino Sound. Our 4 night 3 day trip consists of 4 nights at our beautiful lodge, all meals and 3 x 12 hours a day on the water. You will catch Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Halibut, Snapper, Ling Cod and a few other species of bottom fish. If your looking to fill the freezer, this is the trip. The cost for 4 people sharing 2 rooms, 1 boat is only $2195 per person. Transportation to and from Coal Harbour is included.

Fraser River Salmon Update

We will have some good salmon fishing opportunities in 2017 Summer Chinook should show up in better numbers in 2017. September looks strong as well as it is a Pink Salmon year! Millions of Pink Salmon enter the Fraser river and their aggressive nature makes them an amazing sport fish for family fun or for anglers learning how to flyfish for salmon. They are also like by big sturgeon so this is an amazing time to fish for both salmon and sturgeon, action can be insane. We are expecting a good run of fall salmon and as usual our best bar fishing for Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon will take place between Sept 15 to October 31. If your looking for that trip of a lifetime, this is the time when those dreams come true.

Golf/Fishing Day on the Sandpiper/Fraser

Looking to try something different our “Hook, Line & Sink It” golf and fishing program combines a half day of incredible sturgeon fishing with 18 holes of breathtaking golf. We can accommodate 4 – 144 participants. Our package includes golf, shared power cart then a 6 hour guided fishing trip. For more details follow this link or contact us by phone or email.

From all the staff at STS, have a great weekend.


April 12 fishing report update

It’s been a while since we last updated our fishing report, we have been busy attending sportsman shows and getting boats ready for our spring season. We are now into full on spring sturgeon fishery with some great fishing happening right now. Our guides are on the water daily and putting some very nice fish on the beach.

Macayles rocking the sturgeon bite. 14 years old and slamming hook sets her first two were 7’7 and 6’7, way to go girl.

Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent, the spring fishery is going full on with some great action this past week. Some boats were landing over 15 fish in an 8 hour charter so it looks like the bite is on. Best bait right now is Ulichon, lamprey and salmon eggs. Bite can be very aggressive or pick up and drop, each day is a bit different, you just need to put in the time. Although 6 hour charters can be enough in late Fall, we highly recommend 8 hours on the water when considering booking a trip.

We are very excited to have Chris on our team this year, there is going to be some great fishing in his boat and we can’t wait to see the results.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

The fish sure seem to be moving around quite a bit! Had a good day Friday, tough day yesterday, and a bit better day today. Hootchies have been pretty good still! Today’s fish hit a @gibbsdelta STS Flasher and a glow hooch! Looking forward to some calm water and fishing the Hump this week

Some nice crab and prawns also available on all Vancouver Ocean trips , keep in mind that we can offer you both salmon and sturgeon fishing trips year round so if you are looking for a spring or summer fishing trip, we can offer both species out of Vancouver and Mission locations.

Hope you have a great week out on the water

Best Regards


Thanks for dropping by the BC Boat & Sportsman Show.

We Just wanted to thank the many people who dropped by the booth and said hello. As many of you know, the past owner of STS, Vic Carrao is battling cancer like many other Canadians, he was overwhelmed by the love and support received at the Show. Vic has started treatment and is doing well and will be guiding for the 2017/2018 season. Thank you for dropping by and making Vic’s weekend a very special one.

Vic and the STS team will be traveling to Edmonton next week and will be at the Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show, if you live in Alberta and you plan on attending the show, please drop by and say hello.

STS Guiding Service