May 31 Fishing Report for Vancouver & Fraser Valley

Vancouver & Gulf Island Salmon Fishing

Fishing has been up and down this past week, on Friday we landed 2 nice Chinook and a boat load of crab, Saturday was a tuff day producing no salmon but still lots of crab. Both days we fished the Gulf Islands in around Thrasher Rock area. South end of Bowen Island produced some nice fish but unfortunately we chose to fish Gulf Islands in hopes of some of those larger Chinook.

Over the next few weeks we will be fishing both Vancouver area and Gulf Islands choosing which ever is fishing best. With Fathers Day coming up in a few weeks we suggest booking early and taking advantage of our Fathers Day Special which can be found on our specials page http://www.guidebc.com/accommodations/accomm_special.asp

For those of you wanting to try fishing on your own, the standard terminal tackle is working well, Flaming Hans Spoons, Army Truck Hoochies and of course Anchovies. Bouncing your cannon ball off the bottom is a bit risky but if you know the bottom is relatively flat, it is one of the more productive ways to catch the larger Chinook.

Fraser Sturgeon

I would classify the water conditions on the Fraser as challenging. Spring freshet ( snow melt) has begun and water levels are rising. Over the next 4-6 weeks we will see the Fraser rise and drop. when this happens is anyone’s guess but the usual triggers are warm weather and heavy rain fall. We are definitely overdue for some warm weather.

Fishing has been up and down for the most part, we had our first skunk of the season this past week but we rebounded with a 6 fish day so not sure if the bite was off or we just didn’t get the job done.

We are still catching fish on Eulichons but some of our larger fish have come from salmon bellies and lamprey eel. Although high water conditions can make fishing challenging, it doesn’t mean you won’t catch fish. In fact some of our larger fish are caught during spring freshet. The reward of catching that monster sturgeon is always worth the effort.

Fly & Spin Fishing for Trout

We have two upcoming fisheries that offer great fishing opportunities. The Upper Pitt River sea-run Bull Trout and Interior lake fishing. Both of these fisheries are just getting started with June and July the two best months for fishing. We are currently offering some specials for Fathers Day so good time to experience these fisheries.

If you watch fishing shows you might have seen our show with Fish’n Canada that aired this past weekend. This picture was just one of the 9 Bull Trout caught while filming the show in June of 2010.

Although we prefer to fly fish for sea-trout, we also fish with spoons and spinners for those anglers who don’t fly fish. Without a doubt Gibbs/Nortac out of Burnaby produces the best lures for local fishing. My favorite is the Ultra Lure in silver/blue, silver/green or plain sterling silver. The key to fishing spoons is a slow retrieve with a upstream and across presentation.

Interior Lake Fishing

Trout fishing has been fair to excellent this past week, our guide Jerry was out on several interior lakes which produced good fishing. Most rainbow trout were in the 12 to 20 inch range with 1 or 2 larger fish. Most fish were caught on chronomids and mayfly nymphs fished under the surface. Now’s the time for Interior rainbow trout fishing, fishing should be good now through until late July when weather becomes too warm and fish start feeding on bottom. Most local lakes in Merritt area are fishing well best to check with local tackle store before heading out.

Upcoming Fisheries

If you’re looking to go fishing over the next few weeks I would highly recommend fishing several fisheries. If your after salmon, the Vancouver/Gulf Islands is the only local fisheries that are open for salmon. You have a fair to good chance at catching a few salmon as well as a boat load of crab.

For trout fishing I would highly recommend fishing the Pitt River, this is a wilderness river experience that you won’t find anywhere in SW British Columbia. Great fishing, scenery and good chance at seeing wildlife like deer, bear and elk.

Last but not least, sturgeon fishing on the Fraser almost always produces fish. In 2010 we had 4 days without fish, we probably did 500 trips so odds are pretty good you will catch fish. Our average is 6 to 10 fish per day even in high water conditions.

Choose your guides carefully

Seems like everyone is a guide now a days. Websites are popping up like wildfire spreading across the forest floor on a dry summer day. Everyone claims to have fleets of guides with certified boats and years of guiding experience. The fact is, most of these guides claims are not exactly true, most have limited experience, guide part time at best and very few are certified to Canadian TPC standards. When choosing a guide to fish on the Fraser River it is buyer beware. The cheapest price is not always a good choice. The gold rush mentality is alive and well on the Fraser River. I would like to say that you should hire STS as we are one of the premier guide outfitters on the river but there are others that provide a good quality service as well. My recommendation is that if you choose not to fish with STS, fish with a member of the Fraser Valley Angling Guide Association. Look for the logo on their website, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials.

Hope to see you on the water.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

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Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com

Check out our Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com

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May 31 Fishing Report for Vancouver & Fraser Valley

Vancouver & Gulf Island Salmon Fishing

Fishing has been up and down this past week, on Friday we landed 2 nice Chinook and a boat load of crab, Saturday was a tuff day producing no salmon but still lots of crab. Both days we fished the Gulf Islands in around Thrasher Rock area. South end of Bowen Island produced some nice fish but unfortunately we chose to fish Gulf Islands in hopes of some of those larger Chinook.

Over the next few weeks we will be fishing both Vancouver area and Gulf Islands choosing which ever is fishing best. With Fathers Day coming up in a few weeks we suggest booking early and taking advantage of our Fathers Day Special which can be found on our specials page http://www.guidebc.com/accommodations/accomm_special.asp

For those of you wanting to try fishing on your own, the standard terminal tackle is working well, Flaming Hans Spoons, Army Truck Hoochies and of course Anchovies. Bouncing your cannon ball off the bottom is a bit risky but if you know the bottom is relatively flat, it is one of the more productive ways to catch the larger Chinook.

Fraser Sturgeon

I would classify the water conditions on the Fraser as challenging. Spring freshet ( snow melt) has begun and water levels are rising. Over the next 4-6 weeks we will see the Fraser rise and drop. when this happens is anyone’s guess but the usual triggers are warm weather and heavy rain fall. We are definitely overdue for some warm weather.

Fishing has been up and down for the most part, we had our first skunk of the season this past week but we rebounded with a 6 fish day so not sure if the bite was off or we just didn’t get the job done.

We are still catching fish on Eulichons but some of our larger fish have come from salmon bellies and lamprey eel. Although high water conditions can make fishing challenging, it doesn’t mean you won’t catch fish. In fact some of our larger fish are caught during spring freshet. The reward of catching that monster sturgeon is always worth the effort.

Fly & Spin Fishing for Trout

We have two upcoming fisheries that offer great fishing opportunities. The Upper Pitt River sea-run Bull Trout and Interior lake fishing. Both of these fisheries are just getting started with June and July the two best months for fishing. We are currently offering some specials for Fathers Day so good time to experience these fisheries.

If you watch fishing shows you might have seen our show with Fish’n Canada that aired this past weekend. This picture was just one of the 9 Bull Trout caught while filming the show in June of 2010.

Although we prefer to fly fish for sea-trout, we also fish with spoons and spinners for those anglers who don’t fly fish. Without a doubt Gibbs/Nortac out of Burnaby produces the best lures for local fishing. My favorite is the Ultra Lure in silver/blue, silver/green or plain sterling silver. The key to fishing spoons is a slow retrieve with a upstream and across presentation.

Interior Lake Fishing

Trout fishing has been fair to excellent this past week, our guide Jerry was out on several interior lakes which produced good fishing. Most rainbow trout were in the 12 to 20 inch range with 1 or 2 larger fish. Most fish were caught on chronomids and mayfly nymphs fished under the surface. Now’s the time for Interior rainbow trout fishing, fishing should be good now through until late July when weather becomes too warm and fish start feeding on bottom. Most local lakes in Merritt area are fishing well best to check with local tackle store before heading out.

Upcoming Fisheries

If you’re looking to go fishing over the next few weeks I would highly recommend fishing several fisheries. If your after salmon, the Vancouver/Gulf Islands is the only local fisheries that are open for salmon. You have a fair to good chance at catching a few salmon as well as a boat load of crab.

For trout fishing I would highly recommend fishing the Pitt River, this is a wilderness river experience that you won’t find anywhere in SW British Columbia. Great fishing, scenery and good chance at seeing wildlife like deer, bear and elk.

Last but not least, sturgeon fishing on the Fraser almost always produces fish. In 2010 we had 4 days without fish, we probably did 500 trips so odds are pretty good you will catch fish. Our average is 6 to 10 fish per day even in high water conditions.

Choose your guides carefully

Seems like everyone is a guide now a days. Websites are popping up like wildfire spreading across the forest floor on a dry summer day. Everyone claims to have fleets of guides with certified boats and years of guiding experience. The fact is, most of these guides claims are not exactly true, most have limited experience, guide part time at best and very few are certified to Canadian TPC standards. When choosing a guide to fish on the Fraser River it is buyer beware. The cheapest price is not always a good choice. The gold rush mentality is alive and well on the Fraser River. I would like to say that you should hire STS as we are one of the premier guide outfitters on the river but there are others that provide a good quality service as well. My recommendation is that if you choose not to fish with STS, fish with a member of the Fraser Valley Angling Guide Association. Look for the logo on their website, ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials.

Hope to see you on the water.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com

Check out our Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com

May 23 Fishing Report

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Fishing has been steady in and around Vancouver, The south end of Bowen Island has been producing some nice fish as has the Harbour. Some early Coho starting to show up at the mouth of Capilano River as well as the odd Chinook. Gulf Islands are producing some good sized Chinook in the 12 to 20 lb range as well as Rock fish and Ling Cod. Trolling Spoons, Hoochies and Herring is most productive in these areas, everyone has a favorite color, ours is flaming Hans, blood & bones and army truck. The glo colors are also working well in most areas and becoming the favorite of many local anglers. More key to color is finding the bait, once you find bait you usually find the fish.

Here is a nice mid teens Chinook caught off of Bowen Island this past week.

Sturgeon Fishing the Fraser

The Fraser River water levels have been on a steady rise, the snow is melting in the mountains which causes local water levels to rise. Although the Fraser has stabilized the past few days, McBride water gauge shows a steady rise which means we will probably see another jump in water levels early this week. As far as fishing for sturgeon goes, we are still producing our average of 6 to 10 fish per day, we are working harder and covering more river than in the past few weeks but overall fishing is still quite good.

This fish was caught last week while water was high, this size is very typical of what we are catching right now with one or two larger ones per trip.

We still have space available for this week so if you want to get out and enjoy our great sturgeon fishery, call us and we will hook you up.

Vedder River Steelhead

Once week left for local anglers who want to try their luck at a Steelhead on the fly. The Vedder closes on May 31 for the month of June. Anglers are producing some steelhead on the fly so it is definitely worth a try. Once the Vedder re-opens on July 1, Chinook Salmon will be the targeted species.

Sea-run Bull Trout Season is closing in. June is our best month to experience this river.

We are lucky enough to have one of British Columbia’s best kept secrets just outside our back door. Located just 40 minutes drive from Vancouver, this isolated location has no road access and is only accessible by float plane or Jet Boat. Difficult access means no crowds. Upper Pitt River is located at the North end of Pitt Lake, the largest tidal lake in North America. The resident trout are all wild stock – and incredibly beautiful. Good populations of resident trout and sea-run Char are in the river year round. Approximately 40 miles of river awaits you. Best fishing is from June 1 to July 15.

Fish’n Canada Show Angelo Viola and Vic Carrao of STS fishing the Pitt River in June of 2010 while filming our first show on the Pitt River.

Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours are now booking seats for upcoming trips into the Fraser Canyon

All trips depart from Hope, this 4 hour round trip includes calm waters of the lower canyon, big whitewater, deep canyon walls and incredible scenery throughout the trip.

Cost is $119.00 per person plus tax.

Next available trip : Sunday July 31, August 6,7 13 & 14.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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Local 1-604-671-3474

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May 13 Fishing Report

Fishing is still red hot for sturgeon in the Mission area, all of our groups are going home with sore arms and big smiles. If you’re in the area and want to do a last minute trip we still have some boats available for this Sunday early next week.

Here is a good example of the quality of fish we are catching this week

We want to thank you again for the amazing experience from Tom & Thomas this past Monday & Tuesday….. we had SO much fun and we wish we were still down there fishing away. We will definitely come back to fish with you guys, STS made our first sturgeon experience unforgettable…. we have been calling it Holy Shit fishing when we tell people. Thanks again for everything, we hope to see you in the fall!

Regards,

Lauren & Josh Wettlaufer

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

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Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

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Check out our Saltwater Fishing Site @ http://www.fishingvancouver.com

Fishing report fopr May 8, 2011

Fishing in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley has really picked up this past week. Both salmon, sturgeon, ground fish and crabs are all fishing very well. June is approaching fast which will offer some great fly fishing for sea-run trout and excellent salmon fishing on the ocean out of our Delta Airport Hotel location. Below you will find a detailed report for what we have been catching this past week.

TV Host Mark Pendlington visits Mission, BC

Sportfishing BC Fishing Show just wrapped up two days of sturgeon fishing with Vic Carrao of STS. After two days of fishing Mark went home with a sore back and arms. Can’t say much more than that other than watch for the show to air sometime in August or September of 2011.

Mark Pendlington & Vic Carrao, owner of STS Guiding Service

Mark Pendlington battling a Fraser River Monster Sturgeon, did he land it? watch the show to find out.

Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours are now booking seats for upcoming trips into the Fraser Canyon

All trips depart from Hope, this 4 hour round trip includes calm waters of the lower canyon, big whitewater, deep canyon walls and incredible scenery throughout the trip. Cost is $119.00 per person plus tax.

Next Trip Out : Saturday May 15 – Available seats – 8

Fishing Report For May 8

Fraser River Sturgeon

This past week we experienced some great sturgeon fishing on the Fraser, we fished several areas including the lower river out of our Delta Airport Hotel Location. Sturgeon Fishing is without a doubt the most consistent fishing available anywhere in British Columbia. An average day is 6 to 10 fish with a great chance at catching fish well over 200 lbs. This past week we landed several monster sturgeon and plenty of smaller 3o to 80 lb fish.

Gill & his boys are visiting us from Ontario this week, this was just one of 8 fished landed yesterday.

This group from Beecher Carlson is visiting Vancouver for a conference, they took an afternoon off from meetings and joined us for some great sturgeon fishing.

This was the first fish of the day weighting approximately 80 lbs, not bad for their first sturgeon.

Sturgeon are biting on Ulichons ( small bait fish), salmon eggs and Lamprey eel, the key is to find where they are feeding and be quick on the hook set. These fish are dropping bait quickly so if your sleeping at the wheel you’re going to miss a lot of bites.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Fishing has really picked up in the Vancouver area as well as Gulf Islands. We spent Thursday out on the water and returned back to the dock with a boat load of sea-food.

Trolling Hoochies, spoons and Anchovies will produce fish, we found that more hits were coming from green glow hoochies but we also got a few strikes on Anchovy.

We found that most fish were suspended just off the bottom although when the tide turned we see fish working the mid range depths.

Our 26ft Grady White Express is one of the top guide boats on the water, come join us for some great action as the salmon season is just getting under way.

Rock Fish and Cod is now open in specific areas along our coast. These fish make for a great feast after a long day on the water. Add some Dungeness crab and a few Chinook and you have a great day on the water .

When you return to the dock our guides will ensure your catch is cleaned and packaged for your trip home

Trout & Steelhead Fishing

Local waters are producing some great trout fishing, for those of you looking to take the family out, check out the stocking program from Fraser Valley Hatchery. Local lakes are regularly stocked and offer some great lake fishing opportunities. http://www.gofishbc.com/stockingreports/default.htm

For those of you who would like a guided experience on some of the less fished trophy lakes in the Interior, we offer day trips into Merritt and Kamloops area. Our fly fishing guides can not only show you some of the best waters in the region but also teach you how to fly fish for trophy rainbow trout. We are licensed for over 50 lakes and rivers and offer daily fly fishing trips from Mission and Vancouver.

Vedder River Steelhead

The Vedder River is currently open for fly fishing for steelhead until May 31. Water conditions are very good considering all the rain we have had this past week. Most of the productive fly water is in the lower river but so are all the fisherman. Dont over look the fishing just below the Vedder Crossing as when I was out the other day this area was void of anglers. Once steelhead season is closed the Vedder will re-open on July 1 for Chinook Salmon.

If your looking for the ultimate fishing holiday, corporate outing, team building or just a day trip on our local waters with family or friends, let our team of professional guides look after all your needs. Our phone lines are open from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week or you can e-mail us anytime at sts@guidebc.com

Hope you have a great week and keep those line tight.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

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Fishing Report for April 23, 2011

For Steelhead and Saltwater Report, see last report, this report is a sturgeon update.

Fraser Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of fish feeding on Ulichons ( small bait fish). We had several days where we had to reduce the number of rods we were running as fishing was just too crazy running 4 rods. Lots of nice fish in the 4 to 6 foot range in fact one day this past week we landed 12 fish over 5ft, wow what a day.

If you looking for some great fishing action, now’s the time to come out and enjoy, weathers been pretty good too.

These fish are putting up a great battle, all sturgeon are released back into the water unharmed,

This one measured 7ft 8 inches caught on Thursday of this week. girth was 40 inches.

Although the Ulichons are in the river and most of the anglers are using them for bait, dont over look Lamprey Eel as we have been doing very well and getting some of our larger fish on this bait.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

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sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-866-771-3474

Looking for an exciting Jet Boat Trip @ http://www.hellsgatjetboattours.com

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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

STS Guiding Service

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