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BOOKING NOW for spring Steelhead and summer Salmon

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BOOKING NOW for spring Steelhead and summer Salmon

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:44 pm

The photo of the week shows very happy guests of Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures. Todd operates a first class ocean charter and river guiding business out of Kitimat BC. I did another podcast with Todd about his operation and timing, etc. Check out below for more detail and contact me anytime to book a trip.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated March 15 – March 22, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been fair all week (snow and rain but not too cold) and the Steelhead fishing is good for both spin and fly rods. Fishing pressure is light. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape and water is very low, almost too low for jet boats. Guiding started here on March 15th. The spring melt-off on the mountains has not started yet. The experts say the snow pack is just a little above average. The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and a few fresh ones are coming in now. I have a report of a few fish being caught on the fly rod. Most of the ice that was floating in the river has melted. A few fishermen are now starting to fish on the main stem Skeena River looking for that spring run Steelhead. In the meantime lots of Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char to keep the fishermen entertained while waiting for Steelhead. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below. Lots of new stuff posted on the website this week.

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Welcome to my podcast: The category for this show is: Meet the "best" ocean fishing hot spots. The guide today is Todd Haynes. Todd guides both ocean and river. The show starts off with a still photo of Todd with a bright silver ocean caught Chinook (King) Salmon, then a photo of Todd's beautiful ocean boat. The show continues with a short video clip of some HOT ocean and river action and ends with a 12:06 minute audio interview. I hope you enjoy the show… Contact me anytime to book your next fishing trip with Todd.


One New item posted on "Conservation" March 19/09
One New item posted on "Conservation" March 17/09
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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.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: Angler: Where: (none reported this week)

WEATHER: Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. High plus 5. Sunrise 7:31 AM Sunset 7:51 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 9 degrees. Minimum 0 degrees.

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

SKEENA RIVER: Is in good shape, low and clean but still frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on those ice shelves. The spots that are open can have some drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.

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. The water is extremely low and the fish are easily spooked. Walking around is getting a little easier as a lot of the snow has melted. The boat ramps are getting easier to access.

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: The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is fishing well for Steelhead right now. 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.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.

KITIMAT RIVER: March 21st is supposed to be the first day of Spring but the snow continues to fall in the Kitimat area. Earlier this week the afternoon sun had warmed up the temperature and with the blue skies we started to sense the feeling of Spring but light snowfalls interrupted the transition of seasons.

Last weekend Donny Webber and his fishing partner caught "a bunch of trout in Nalabila Creek". Actually this stretch of water is no longer Nalabila Creek. With the change in the river flow it is now the main stem of the Kitimat River. I have heard it referred to as "Nalabila Arm"
More anglers are starting to venture out. During the week trout fishing was spotty despite the increased traffic. There were no Steelhead reported this week, I suspect the colder temperatures may have had an influence. The river conditions are really good as the water level is low and clear but the water temperature remains low. Sometimes fishing is better in the warm of the afternoon sun, a couple degrees warmer can increase activity of the fish.

We were all hoping that the Steelheading would start earlier this year and after the first couple of Steelhead were reported everyone got ``fired up``. No Steelhead to report this week but we endeavor to report the results as accurately as they are and not what we hope them to be.
Stay tuned

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Very few boats are venturing out to fish for Feeder Chinook although the herring have been reported in the Kitimat Harbour. I spoke to one boater who went out crabbing and caught his limit of Dungeness crab but he didn't set up any rods for trolling.
I spoke to Wes Owens and a couple of other boaters who were planning to get out trolling this weekend so hopefully we will have some results to report shortly.

Until next week…Tight lines. Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures

The Bites On Fishing Report with Nautical West Sport Fishing: for week of March 22, 2009

Hi Noel, This week has brought some new hope for us in Northern British Columbia as the temps have been slowly on the increase and the weather patterns are gradually starting to change.

I spoke with a few steelhead fishermen this week in Terrace and in Kitimat and fishing is still slow with better results in the Kalum River thus far. The Kitimat River is starting to see an increase in number of local fishermen putting in time with hopes of hooking a few of the early running Steelhead. Cutthroat numbers are showing in the lower sections as these fish are feeding on fry coming downstream.

This time of year can be very exciting hooking into numerous catches of cutthroat on a dry line and minnow pattern. As temperatures start to rise over the next couple of weeks we will be seeing far better fishing conditions and of course an increase of Steelhead entering the system.

The Kitimat Harbor has been slow with only a few winter feeders being caught. A good time to do some crab fishing and lay out a few prawn traps.

Nautical West is gearing up for our season right now and prepping the vessels for launch here in the first weeks of April.

Todd Haynes,
Nautical West Sport Fishing

Nautical West Steelhead Dates still open for the Kitimat River May 1, 2, 3, 2009
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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.

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


*** 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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