Fishing Report for April 13, 2011

Vancouver Saltwater

We spent the entire week on the Fraser so I don’t have much to report on Vancouver Saltwater Scene. I did hear from several associate guides that fishing was fair to good for Chinook Salmon. Some of the larger Chinook are starting to show up around Bowen Island and moth of Capilano. Trolling near the bottom is a good bet for those larger fish but you might want to run a rod or two in the 5o to 80 ft range as well. These fish do suspend the bottom but also come up off the bottom to find bait.

Sturgeon Fishing On the Fraser

Wow, what a great week. We saw some excellent fishing this past week for sturgeon from 2 to 10 ft. On Monday we battled a large fish for 30 minutes, we finally got it to the surface when the rod exploded leaving us with nothing but a rod handle and reel. The sturgeons tail was visible so we have a pretty good idea when the tail is 3 ft that the fish was probably over 10 ft. Unfortunately we never did land the fish so it is only a fish story.

Even though we lost this big one, we landed more than our share of nice fish between 4 to 7 feet. Our group from Calgary went home with sore arms and some great fish stories of the big one that got away. The best bait seemed to be Ulichons but we also caught quite a few fish on Lamprey eel. Salmon roe also worked but I think Ulichons is your best bet.

The Parna family visiting from Toronto managed to land 17 fish on their one day trip. I think we beat their expectations by about 16 fish.

I have a feeling they will be back sometime soon.

We spent all day yesterday in the Canyon running to Hells Gate and doing a little sturgeon fishing, our group from Edmonton had blast and said it was a great way to end their 3 day trip. We landed two very nice fish, enjoyed a nice camp fire and had some wild and wet rides through some big rapids.

Steelhead Fishing on the Vedder River

Another great week on the Vedder, we hooked fish both on fly and gear. If your wanting to fish the Vedder for Steelhead you have 2 more weeks until the river closes to all methods and as of May 1 switches to Fly fishing Only . Our fly guide Thomas will be available for fly fishing guide trips, just give us a call and we will hook you up with one of the top fly guides in the valley. Keep in mind you have 30 days as the Vedder Closes to all fishing on May 31.

Once the Vedder closes we will turn our angling efforts over to one of our remote rivers for Sea-run Bull Trout. This fishery is as high of quality as you get in the fly fishing world. Getting there is half the fun, fishing the Upper Pitt is an experience you won’t soon forget, some say addicting. These sea-run Bull Trout average size is between 3 to 8 lbs with good numbers of fish in the 6 to 10 lb range.

To maintain the high quality experience STS will limit the number of anglers per day offered by our guiding service. You must book early if you are wanting to fish this spectacular river during primetime. Fishing weekdays is far more relaxing and gratifying although we will offer guided trips on Saturday & Sundays. Please book early to experience this great fishery.

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

Vic Carrao

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Some pictures from the last few days on the water

I didn’t have time this morning when I posted the report so here are a few pictures from fishing this week.

Today we landed 5 fish in 6 hours, we could have easily hook double that but we were covering ground trying to fish as much river as possible.

My Youngest Daughter Deanna, her friend from Germany Mirium, and STS guide Chad Hammond.

Our new Islander reels are ready for the salmon season. Our 26ft Grady White is Moored near the Vancouver Airport 13 minutes from the best fishing grounds.

These Happy young anglers managed to land this fish with the help from Dad. Getting ready to land the big one, This fish measured just over 5ft

This picture would look way better if the boat was RED!! Al??? We laid the first foot prints of the year in the Canyon, time to book.

See below for current fishing report

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Vic Carrao

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Fishing Report For April 9, 2011

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing

We were out fishing several days this week, fishing was not as good as last week but we did manage to find a couple small keepers in the 7 to 9 lb range. Lots of crab still in the Harbour so nobody went Home empty handed. On April 5, we took some of our friends from Vancouver Tourism out for a ride on the Fraser. We took our twin engine jet boat up the Fraser to Pitt Lake to view the Fjords but unfortunately the clouds and rain made visibility poor. We did manage to catch a sturgeon so all in all it was a great day.

If you would like to experience the lower Fraser river & Pitt Lake Wildlife Reserve, we offer private and group tours departing from the Delta Airport Hotel. For more information you can call or e-mail us or contact your hotel conseirge at Delta Airport Hotel or through Tourism Vancouver.

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser

We have been out on the water all week, fishing has been good to excellent in the Mission area. On Thursday we landed 5 fish, lost a couple more but it was nice to see that 4 of the 5 fish were over 5ft. There has been some monsters hooked this past week so it looks like spring fishing has finally arrived. Best Bait has been Lamprey Eel and Ulichons.

Vedder Steelhead

Thomas was out on Thursday and landed 5 fish, if I could just get him to e-mail me pictures ( hope he reads this) I could show you some beauties. Water conditions were good but I’m afraid the forecast is not looking good. Thomas has been using shrimp mostly but then again you can use almost anything, the trick is finding them.

Mike Cooper and Vic fishing for steelhead on the Snake River.

Fraser Canyon Tours is starting to book up, we did our first run on Friday and had ablast. Checkout our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour website at www.helssgatejetboattours.com

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

Vic Carrao

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March 29 Fishing Report Update

I’m off to Edmonton for the second and last trip of the spring trade show season. This time I will be at the Fishn Hole Show at the Mayfield Center working for Pure Fishing. We will have a small display but if you drop by show you will find me at the Pure Fishing Booth ( Berkley/Fenwick) or selling rods and reels in the Fishn Hole Tackle area. Please drop by and say hello.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

We had our new Grady White out today for an afternoon trip, weather was not that great but fishing was decent. Dan and Chad ended up taking home several nice Feeder Chinook as well as some Dungeness Crab. The salmon fishing will begin to pick up as we get further along in the season, we are now starting to head over to the Gulf Islands fishing for larger Chinook Salmon up to 30 lbs. We can also fish for bottom fish and crab as well. Todays Chinook were caught just outside the freighters in 70 to 90 feet of water, trolling spoons.

Vedder Steelhead

The last few days the river has been low and clear , fishing has been more difficult than the previous few weeks with our guides working much harder to find fish. Gerry was out last night as saw a few rising fish but no takers. We still have a good 4-6 weeks of steelhead fishing before these fish move onto the spawning grounds. Fly fishing, fishing with bait or artificial eggs are all producing fish. As we get closer to May trying using single jensen egg with white wool, it’s one of my favorite lures for April steelhead fishing.

Pitt River Trout fishing is approaching fast, we have a great season last year and expect another great fishery. June is our best month, book now before the limited dates are gone.

Fraser Sturgeon

I was out on Sunday with the family and had a great day, we didn’t fish much but did manage to use up 100 shot gun shells while shooting clay pigeons. We did fish for a couple hours and landed 1 – 4 ft sturgeon. Thomas was out guiding for us on Sunday as well and managed to land 4 or 5 fish, nothing real large. During the BCFR fishout there were several large sturgeon caught, one over 8ft which was measured and tagged and a reported 10 plus footer. Overall the river is fishing about average for this time of year, still need to work for your fish but that is expected. Best baits have been Lamprey and Ulichons, some fish on salmon eggs a well.

STS Guide Dan Macleod fishing the Fraser for sturgeon

Have a great week and weekend, I will update this report when I get back from Edmonton on Monday.

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

Vic Carrao

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Fishing update for March 22

Just returned from a week in Edmonton, man I’m glad I am back in BC. It was a beautiful day today, 12 degrees with some sun and cloud. Although I didn’t leave the office all day it was still nice to walk outside and see trees and mountains. Anyway I would imagine your looking for a update fishing report so here it goes.

Fraser River Sturgeon

We had a large group out this past week, 5 boats with 22 anglers all trying to catch that monster sturgeon. Our Top boat for the day was Tom with 22 fish ( not a surprise) most of the other boats managed between 4 to 8 fish. A couple fish in the 6ft range but most of the fish were between 2 to 4 feet. Thomas has been out all week fishing sturgeon and most days resulted in 8 to 10 fish although the last two days was a bit slower. Best bait has been Ulichons and eels but a few fish also caught on salmon eggs.

Vedder River Steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been fair to good, water clarity has been a bit off but that is expected when we get this much rain. It was a beautiful day today so the river should be in good shape by tomorrow or Wednesday. Quite a few anglers have been trying their luck with the fly rods, some success but don’t expect the same results as you would get with using a bait casting rod and cured eggs. As water and air temperatures rise, steelhead will become much more aggressive making the fly rod a very useful tool. Remember to fish the run all the way through as more often than not, those bigger fish are holding in the tailouts in knee deep water.

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing.

Well, the fishing remains good in our local waters. After a bit of a slow period in early February the fishing seems to be rolling along well with good catches by ourselves and local guides. Good numbers of winter springs are feeding actively in the harbour and we are also getting great reports from the Gulf Islands. This fishery will stay steady well into April as we have had some of the best winter spring fishing in the months of April and May. We will start to shift gears in late April and into May to more of an offshore fishery on the south side of Bowen Island and the outer reaches of the harbour for some of the early Squamish Springs. These bad boys are plentiful and can be BIG. Gulf Islands will just keep getting better from now until June. If you are looking for a seafood safari give us a call and we will do our best to get you some salmon and crab for the table and a have a great time doing it.

Hells gate Jet Boat Tours

Our 28ft twin engine jet boat is out of storage and back onto the water. We are now booking for both spring and summer runs to Hells Gate. If your planning a trip with me in my twin, you better book soon as most weekends are gone and weekdays are going fast. We are also booking canyon sturgeon charters with me in the big twin so come join me this summer/fall for some great canyon fishing.

Tight Lines & conserve your catch

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

Vedder River is Blown Out

Sorry to Say but after all the rain last night the Vedder River is not fishable this morning. If the rain lets up you might be okay for Tuesday or Wednesday.

If your wanting to go steelhead fishing today or tomorrow, the Stave will be your best bet.

Our Jet Boat Tours will start up in early May private groups begin mid April. Come join us this year for a trip of a lifetime. www.hellsgatejetboattours.com
Available dates – May 7, 15 ,21, June 4,5 and everyday in August.

Spring Sturgeon Special

  • From Feb 1 to March 31 – $500 – Fill the boat
  • 6 hours sturgeon fishing, max 4 anglers per boat
  • All fishing Tackle Provided
  • Private guide and boat
  • Fishing Licenses, Tax and Gratuity not included

Fly Fishing or Spin Fishing for Sea-run Trout

May 15 to July 15 – Fly Fishing For Large Sea-Run Bull Trout.

This fishery is as high of quality as you get in the fly fishing world. Getting there is half the fun, fishing the Upper Pitt is an experience you won’t soon forget, some say addicting. These sea-run Bull Trout average size is between 3 to 8 lbs with good numbers of fish in the 6 to 10 lb range. Special Rate is $650 per day if booked during our spring special discounts.

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

Vic Carrao

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Fishing Report for March 8

First I would like to thank all of you who dropped by our booth at the 2011 BC Boat & Sportsman Show this past weekend. We had a great turn out all weekend. It was great to see all of you and for those of you who donated to our Ride to Conquer Cancer Fundraiser, thank you so much. We raised a total of $740 between our T-Shirt Sales and weekend draw for Vancouver Island fishing trip with Murphy Sportfishing.

I also want to thank Mark Pendlington ( BC Sportfishing Show) for putting on a great show. This was the first time I have worked with Mark (Ask the Experts Panel) and it was a pleasure. We did three shows with great turn out and audience participation.

Next stop Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show March 17 to 20, please drop by our booth and say hello. Also at the show this year for the first time is Hells Canyon Marine Jet Boats ( HCM) They will have 3 tricked out boats at the show including a 18ft rock hopper. Should be a Great Show.

Fishing report for March 8th

Vedder River Steelhead

Water conditions are currently low and clear throughout the river, with expect rains later this week we could see some color and even a slight rise. This would not be a bad thing as we could use some color in the water. Our guides Thomas and Gerry are both reporting a decrease in angling success due to the clear water conditions although Gerry landed 3 last night and Thomas hooked 1 and lost it near the shore. If your heading out, best to fish early morning or late afternoon as fish seem to be more active in the low light. Just before dusk is your best time to be flogging your favorite water.

Local angler Wayne Williams with his first Steelhead in 6 years, after taking a guide trip with STS on the Vedder.

“Hey Vic, Thomas took us out last Thursday and showed my friend and I how to fish the Vedder, and then my buddy and I went out on Monday and look what I hooked into. Been trying to catch one for six years. Thanks Thomas and the guys at STS”

Thanks again Wayne Williams.

Fraser River Sturgeon

Our Spring Sturgeon Fishery gets going on March 15, we will be on the water daily and will keep you posted on how fishing is and what we are hooking them on.

We will have our boats back in the water moored at Mission so if your looking for a last minute trip, we can accommodate you. Our Spring Special is selling very well, $500 for 4 anglers fishing 6 hours, this a great deal as it is $60 less than our 2 person rate, this is a $180 discount off our regular rates for 4 anglers.

Take advantage now and book for your spring Sturgeon trip.

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing

Our Saltwater boat was on the water twice this past week, on both trips we hooked salmon but our last trip out we were into a hog that until the seal got hold of it. We estimate the fish to be in the 20 to 25 lb range but I guess the seal needed it more than we did. Same as last week. The usual spots along the West Van shoreline and among the freighters are still producing fish most days. Coyote spoons and glow variations of hootchies are all producing at depths ranging from 60 feet to the bottom. No real need for bait this time of year as these fish are not very selective. Lots of shakers are being hooked along with the odd keeper.

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

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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