If you're traveling from abroad on business or pleasure, Pacific Angler can provide you with up to date BC fishing information, salmon fishing trips (salt and freshwater) Fraser River sturgeon trips, and stillwater trips into BC’s desert plateau region. Let's face it, there's a lot we can learn and share from one another like what bait or lure is generating the best results. Be careful to watch the water levels and hydro dam controls. Traditionally the first reports emerge around the first week of December and numbers increase January through to March. The Spring run should be tailing off, but there will still be some fish showing up into late October, and the Chum run should be ramping up over the next week or two. Now is a good time to check on your boat. The Cap is over as well. All of us at the shop are sending our condolences to the family and friends of those who were lost in the high water. Please contact either location for details. "Our team at Fred’s want to send our best wishes to everyone over the holidays. For the coho, cover water with small spinners, spoons, light twitching jigs, or sparse flash flies. Squamish River and Cheakamus River fishing report. The upper river is still a touch high and dirty from the last report that I got earlier in the week but as mentioned before I expect things to clear up later this week. Fishing has been good and we are seeing some of the later runs start to show up on the Stave and Harrison. Hopefully, we will begin to see numbers of cases level off or start to go down after the spike that occurred after the Thanksgiving weekend, and additional closures of some activities don't get enacted so we can continue to operate through the winter months. Please remember that despite the challenging times over the past year, we should be thankful for the incredible efforts, selfless dedication, and ongoing commitment from our health care and front line service people...". As we move into November we see one of our favorite times of the year on the river. Fly fishing, twitching jigs, and casting … Aidan Munro. Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: October 16, 2020, Vancouver Fishing Trips & Vancouver Fishing Charters, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/sources-supply/watersheds-reservoirs/seymour-capilano-river-levels/Pages/default.aspx, https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/google_map_e.html?map_type=real_time&search_type=province&province=BC. My heart goes out to those who were involved in the recent Capilano River events. Winter Steelhead will continue to be the targeted species in the Vedder-Chilliwack System until May. This is the very beginning of the run, with numbers ramping up near the end of December and early January. The river is at my favorite stage… dropping, with good visibility and at a reasonable level. My favourite colours are pink & purple for the chum, and white / blue for coho. You can register up to 3:00 pm on December 24th either online and in both of our retail locations. Looking forward to some good numbers of the Fall salmon moving in soon. Stave River Fishing Report. Registration for the Boxing Day Derby has been very brisk. Last week we saw a ton of water but we also saw less water than was forecasted. Many recreational activities can be enjoyed in the area, from boating, fishing and swimming, to picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. This fishery for "winter" Chinook runs from early October through until the end of March, so it is actually our longest "fishery" of the year. Fish are still moving into the Capilano, and the water is moderately high at the moment. Well this is pretty much the end of the season for migratory chinook and coho. Last but certainly not least, Andre has a cool coho fly video that you can check out here: Well, if you go ahead and take a look at the Vedder/Chilliwack system’s water level graph, you’ll notice that it looks a bit like a roller coaster. Although it is only several kilometres long, this river offers year-round fishing opportunities for Lower Mainland anglers. I wouldn't hold your breath on being allowed to retain Chinook next spring, but we can hope the Minister follows the science instead of some other agenda this year. - Wayne Gretzky . Click here for Derby details or here to register online with a limit of one ticket per registration.. "Our team at Fred’s want to send our best wishes to everyone over the holidays. In past years larger numbers of egged females showed up around late December and early January. It looks like the run is forecast to be about 1,000,000 and this is considered a pretty good run as the escapement target is 800,000. We hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving Long Weekend and enjoyed an extra day on the water or around the table with family. Thompson River. Keep an eye out on the Freshwater Salmon regulations for retention opportunities and boundary restrictions. Join us as we discuss the Illinois Fishing License options, fishing rules and fishing regulations. We expect things to clear up fast and drop when those low night time temperatures hit. There are a couple streams in Whistler that hold small to... BC Fishing Reports / BC freshwater Charters / BC freshwater fishing / Fishing in Whistler and Pemberton BC / Fly Fishing / Friday Night Flies. If you can get out, do it! Mission, BC Canada The Stave River is a short river due to the Ruskin Dam, being only 1.5km of Salmon bearing waters. The River is located on the border of Maple Ridge and Mission and drains into the Fraser. Here’s the low down on what’s going on. Tweet. It’s been a bit of scene on the eastern shores of the river as most other systems were blown out due to the heavy rains of last week. We still have a fair number of chum and coho salmon in the system but there are fewer and fewer fresh pushes coming in. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where we are posting regular updates. Follow this link for most other rivers in BC: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/google_map_e.html?map_type=real_time&search_type=province&province=BC . You can also buy raffle tickets to be eligible for the season-ending wind-up draw prizes. Keep an eye on the forecasts for the next few days, as the amount of rain that falls on Thursday night and throughout Friday will dictate if the river is still fishable for the weekend, and forecasts around here seem to change every five minutes. Now get out there and fish! The next season is winter chinook. As I tried to state and help you previously, with the exception of starved rock most of the area along the river is posted no trespassing. Also, the Wally Hall Jr. Memorial Steelhead Derby tickets are now available either online at shopfreds.ca or through either of our stores. Small wooly buggers and leech patterns in those colors are great, but don’t shy away from trying a flash fly in some slower moving water. The Stave River is a short river due to the Ruskin Dam, being only 1.5km of Salmon bearing waters. The action during the winter fishery typically goes through a few ebbs and flows throughout the winter, and it is really hard to predict the best time or month in which to go out. Other River Systems & Lakes . Bead fishing will really start picking up as the rains will have pushed some eggs around and there will be hungry trout cruising around looking for an easy meal, so have a variety of sizes and colours at your disposal for the different conditions that you may encounter. Things are a bit different this year due to the change of organizer and the need to follow COVID guidelines. I’ve lived in this area almost all my life and take my word for it If you’re not at the park early I wouldn’t bother wasting your time and driving there because you will be disappointed. It enters from drink holders, seals that need to be replaced in the floor, anchor storage areas, cracks, etc. I am working at my winter construction job, but I am still able to "take days off" to do charters as long as I have a bit of notice. At the present time, we are still able to operate with our Covid protocols in place as we have had all summer. We are now truly into this year's winter Chinook fishery as we no longer have an option to pursue mature fish off various river mouths. The feeder Chinook fishery got off to an early and strong start more than a month ago, as legal-sized fish were getting caught quite consistently even in early October. We are also going to see a touch of rain which is what we love to see this time of year; we like to call it the “coho drizzle.” If things stay cool over the next couple of days, visibility should improve and it will be game on. Still some steelies, cutthroat, and whitefish. Swinging large intruders has been outperforming many conventional presentations recently. Stave River. As the lakes begin to ice up, we're moving into "hardwater" season. Fraser River Valley Coho & Chum Salmon Fishing will be a great option from early October to November 10. Back in the 90's they didn't start until at least a week into April, so this is a local indicator of global warming at work. Fall Salmon: Make sure you book early to get in on the great Salmon fishing action that goes until early November. Please be aware of the regulations on the system as there is a spawning channel on the eastern side, from the inlet near the dam down to the boat ramp, which is closed to fishing. Be sure to check out the Region 2 freshwater salmon regulations for details. Many anglers don't even feel that it truly starts until December, but in looking back over my catch records, there are some years when the best action occurred during November; however, typically the best months are December, January and February. The larger "egged" females ow have to be released, but I have yet to get too many of them in my traps. If you can, get some heat in your boat so you don’t get mildew. Stay safe out there and be mindful of how powerful rivers can be. If you wanted to give it a go, this would be the week to do it. Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. Follow this link to monitor the water levels in the Capilano River: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/sources-supply/watersheds-reservoirs/seymour-capilano-river-levels/Pages/default.aspx . While the Stave is well known for its excellent chum fishing, please remember that there is currently no retention of chum salmon. With fishing pressure diminishing quickly the rivers start to empty of people and yet the fishing remains very strong. Stave River, British Columbia Fishing Report. As I figured would have happened, fresh fish pushed in and they found some decent coho action on twitching jigs. Fishing Spots. Take pics and a video on your phone or tape areas off that need to be addressed with a new seal or some sealant. Things came into shape on the river fast and we heard good river reports across the board. I'm sure we are still several months away from any decision by the Minister on this subject, but I will let you know once we get the regulations for next spring. As it’s still a bit early, most anglers on the system are having fun with chum – yet hoping for coho. I like to head down to the boat mid-October and wipe down the interior with disinfectant or a light bleach solution to remove any bacteria, then get some heat going to keep things dry. It will keep you updated on the latest and greatest rods, reels, lines, lures and flies. For trout, char, and whitefish, beads and egg/flesh flies are good options. With another forecasted dose of rain, we will probably see it spike again in the next few days but there is way less water coming than last week. Stave River Fishing Report. Hopefully the river stays in shape for a few more days so the weekend warriors like me can actually get out and fish the river for once. Well, as expected with the storm, the Squamish blew out over the weekend. It is by no means hot fishing yet but it is a good time to scout it out and is a feasible drop-by point if you are fishing other systems in the area. Fly Reels. If you're new to the Chilliwack/Vedder system, be sure to pop into the Chilliwack store and talk to one of the boys (from 2M away) and see what they would recommend. Once in a while, they will take swung spoons and spinners too. It is also a good idea to test your bilge pumps this time of year. Current fly fishing conditions are still good. Please remember that despite the challenging times over the past year, we should be thankful for the incredible efforts, selfless dedication, and ongoing commitment from our health care and front line service people..."  Follow this link to read the latest message from Fred. In the north central Fraser Valley is BC Hydro's Stave River hydroelectric project. Every year the Stave River has a large return of Chum Salmon. The water was still like chocolate milk so it made fly fishing almost impossible and spoons and spinners were able to get a few but the twitch was king. A gradual rise on the graph usually means the river is fishable, but a spike like we saw last week means the river is blown. Additionally, the Stave water levels are dam controlled … Stave River is very quiet during this time of the year because there are no salmon returning to it until October. This blog will let you know what is going on in the local fishing scene; when to go, where to go, and what to use! Juvenile sturgeon, on the other hand, tend to be a little more active and will continue to move around looking for a bite to eat. Norrish Creek. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please read this notice and let others know the significance of invasive species in our lakes and river systems. Reservoirs popular for fishing, paddling, swimming, hiking. Please follow this link for the latest information. Fly Tying General. This is when you can see if you have any leaks and can see where it is coming from so you can make the necessary repairs on a drier day. As usual, be sure to land and release your fish as quickly as possible. No recent reports. Stave River * Home * * Reports * * Forums * BC fishing links: Albion Test Fisheries: BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis : BC Tidal Waters Sportfishing Guide with BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement: DFO Fisheries Notice, Pacific Region: Fish Stocking Reports: Online boating license: Online Freshwater Angling Licence: Online Saltwater Angling Licence: PSC Test Fishery Summaries: … Making them one of the most exciting catch-and-release fisheries on the planet. We are still a little way away from hot salmon fishing on the Harrison, however, it has started. Any chinook or coho hanging out will take advantage of these rains to head up the river. Matt goes over it all in the video version of the report here: We also have some updates from the saltwater world because there are still some fish out that way. Vedder / Chilliwack River. Suffice to say, it’s fishing well right now, but expect that to change with the rain. Don’t forget that this system has plenty space for the more fly inclined angler. You may need to work a little harder. There are quite a few Coho Salmon starting to pile up in both Rivers. A detailed fishing report for the Stave River will make the difference between a good fishing here and a bad one. Coho fishing has been quite good of late. Check out our Fishing Times chart to determine when the fish will be most active. Stay within your limit. Please handle these prehistoric beasts with care and keep them in the water as much as possible. His first ever steelhead, and a memory for a lifetime. If you aren’t going to run your boat all winter, you should also consider filling your tank to minimize condensation and to add some fuel stabilizer. The prawning has been quite good as of late as numbers continue to build back up after the commercial opening late last spring, and they should continue to build right through the winter and spring months. The Stave River has experienced a low return of chum salmon this year. Juvenile sturgeon have been known to lay on bait and using octopus hooks could result in an ugly situation. If you’re fly fishing, go with small presentation in olive, black, or flashy. Eventually your batteries might even get drained from your bilge pumps, so it is also a good idea to charge up your batteries periodically during the winter or if you have shore power, use that. Fishing for chum is still permitted, but please ensure to handle all fish with care. In short this is Vancouver’s blog for the fishing enthusiast! Chehalis River. There may be a few B run coho wandering through. I also try to schedule trips so we aren't out in conditions that are too nasty as being out on those days isn't really enjoyable for anyone, so having a secondary "fall back" day for your charter is always a good idea at this time of year if possible. Some anglers have had success in the past trolling purple hootchies, so that would be a good place to start. Chum Salmon fishing is extremely good right now! If we have colder than average weather during February and March, those plankton blooms will delay a bit, and the fishery stays consistent. Hi and welcome to the GRFA fishing report updated on the 16th of November 2020. Registration for the Boxing Day Derby has been very brisk. Real Time Fraser River Level Near Agassiz, Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers​. With some more rain in the forecast for the weekend, the Stave continues to be a fantastic choice as the dam is unlikely to open, barring an unexpected monsoon hitting the coast. 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