Winter Steelhead is picking up
<p>The photo of the week shows angling guide Sky Richard of Nicholas Dean Lodge about to release a huge Skeena River Chinook (King) Salmon. Prime time to fish for these brutes is June, July and August on a number of different rivers using a number of different techniques. Book your trip early. Photo by Cam Thiessen
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated January 4 – January 11, 2009
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: The extreme cold weather is gone and now more fishermen will be able to get out. We’ve gotten a lot of snow this winter but that will not deter the determined river fishermen. Therefore I moved the fishing graph which has been stuck on POOR for the last few weeks to FAIR. Both the upper and lower Kalum and lower Zymoetz (Copper) Rivers are open to Steelhead fishing. I have heard the ice fishing in our local lakes is pretty good also. Regarding the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Due to the recent “lengthy” cold snap I am a little short of current Steelhead photos but I thought you would not mind seeing some nice shots of Salmon and Steelhead from previous seasons.
What a great year 2008 has been! If you like to know how our Salmon runs were for 2008 cast to this link: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/northcoast/post-seasonreview/docs/2008/postseasonreview_areas1-6.pdf
LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:
- One item re DFO 2008 Salmon Post Season Review January 10/09
- One item posted on "Conservation" January 7/09
NOTICE: Let's have some fun with the 2008 Photos of the Week! Send me an e-mail to vote for your favorite one. I will let you know by the end of January 2009 which photo receives the most votes. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks to those who have already sent in their vote.
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FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK:
POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Angler: Where: (none reported this week)
WEATHER: Showers except wet flurries near Stewart this morning and early this afternoon. Windy. High plus 4. Sunrise 8:51 AM Sunset 4:34 PM
WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.
SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean, frozen over in spots. The spots that are open can be full of drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch if you can “brave” the weather.
KALUM RIVER: is in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well. Walking around is difficult due to all the snow. The boat ramps are impassible.
This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in poor shape today, with moderate to heavy ice flows and fishing for Steelhead is difficult. The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.
KITIMAT RIVER: Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best in the New Year.
There is not a lot to report on fishing front but now is a good time to reflect on the past fishing season and start planning for the upcoming 2009 season.
On a more somber note I lost a very Good friend and a Great Fishing Partner on News Years Eve to Cancer. Greg Funk was an awesome angler and a wonderful person who will be missed by many. Greg’s passing emphasizes how precious life is and how important it is spend time with the special people in your life. The picture enclosed with this report is a picture of Greg holding a Steelhead he caught on our last fishing trip together last spring. Kelly Auld and Greg also caught and released another Steelhead that was of the most pristine Steelhead that I have ever seen. I can vividly remember sharing a moment with Greg and Kelly marveling at this gorgeous creation of nature. At the time none of us knew that this would be our last fishing together but it was a very special moment. We had many other wonderful fishing trips and I will always cherish the memories of the times we shared both on and off the water.
KITIMAT DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
This winter's snowfall started just after Christmas and has not stopped. Most boaters with boats in the water have been shoveling snow off their boats right after shoveling their way out of their driveways.
Cosby Smith had pretty good success catching winter chinook just before Christmas but did not catch anything on his last outing on Wednesday.
Cosby is the only boater this week that I am aware of that has braved the winter weather to fish for feeder chinook but Cosby is one of most ardent Winter Chinook fisherman I know. I am confident Cosby will continue to get out fishing despite the winter conditions so I think I will accept his invitation to join him on one of his next outings. Stay tuned to this report. Best Wishes to all in the New Year. Best Regards, Ron Wakita
AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.
FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009
2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009
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*** If any of you have special fishing photos, testimonials, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.
Catch & Release formula:
- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)
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The photo of the week shows angling guide Sky Richard of Nicholas Dean Lodge about to release a huge Skeena River Chinook (King) Salmon. Prime time to fish for these brutes is June, July and August on a number of different rivers using a number of differe
About The Author: Captain Noel Gyger
Company: Noel Gyger Guided Fishing Adventures
Area Reporting: Northwest British Columbia Canada
Bio: My fishing and guiding history I was born in Smithers, B.C. Canada on December 25, 1946. I grew up there and fished the whole northwest area with my Grandpa, Percival (Percy) Benjamin Emerson. He loved to fly fish. His favorite Trout fly was the Royal Coachman. He built a cabin on Babine Lake where I spent most of my summer school holidays fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Thanks to him, I am hooked on “Sportfishing” and I’ve come to love every aspect of it. My lifetime goals are to save the wild Salmon, Steelhead and Trout of the entire northwest area of British Columbia and establish a “Quality” sport fishing guiding industry. These are lofty goals but I will strive every day to achieve them. They are “my life long calling”. I have been married for 39 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. I am the owner of Noel Gyger - Weekly Fishing Report and Guided Fishing Adventures of 4012 Best Street, Terrace, BC Canada V8G 5R8 Tel/Fax (250) 635-2568 Cell (250) 631-2678 E-mail email@example.com Website www.noelgyger.ca I started fishing the Terrace area in the 1970’s. On May 24, 1983 I assisted my friend to land an 83-pound Chinook on the Kalum River. It was the river record. That experience changed my life and I started into the fish guiding industry and began exploring and fishing rivers by jet boat. I pioneered drift boats on the Kalum and Kitimat Rivers and taught many folks how to row them. I’ve owned a fishing lodge and guide business (Northwest Fishing Guides & Lodge) along with my wife from 1986 to 2001 when we sold it and retired but my love for the industry is just too great and after five years - I am back.