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Chinook & Steelhead SAME DAY

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:49 am

The photo of the week shows Ariel Kuppers with a 33-pound Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed the evening of May 27th. Clint Travis was the fellow who landed the fish. The boys were test fishing the hot spots before the clients arrive. Ariel is an associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated May 24 – May 31, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been a mixed bag but daytime temperatures are getting warmer. The lower section of the Kalum River is very high but in good shape. Chinook are in the river and the Steelhead are spawning. The mainstem Skeena River is too dirty and not fishable. A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena, i.e. Extew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below.

Correction: Last week I reported, “Due to better ocean conditions, DFO predicts a strong run of Sockeye Salmon in the Skeena River of 10 million fish this year. Historical highs are 13 million fish.” My information source was not correct. According to Mark Reagan, DFO Resource Manager, Recreational fisheries, Prince Rupert BC says, “The Skeena sockeye return is forecast to be 2 million rather than 10 million and I don't believe we've ever had a run of 13 million”.


- One New item posted on "Special Guided Fishing Trips" May 29/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" May 27/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" May 25/09

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CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook (King) Salmon, 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: 48-pound Chinook (King) Salmon Where: Douglas Channel Angler: Nathan Kearley

WEATHER: Sunny. Fog patches early this morning. High 22. UV index 6 or high. Sunrise 5:07 AM Sunset 9:57 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 19 degrees. Minimum 7 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 too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea. Skeena River height:

KALUM RIVER: Is very high and in good shape. Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river. The Steelhead are spawning and should be left alone.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2009 – 2011 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: to dirty to fish

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: Steelhead fishing on the Kitimat River has dramatically dropped off this week which is typical for this time of year. In fact the Steelhead Season this year has extended longer than normal I suspect because it started later. As reported in last week's report, my son Corey, my nephew Derek and I hooked nine steelhead landing five on Saturday. I fished with my twin brother Rick and my daughter Julie on Sunday and we hooked three Steelhead with Julie landing only one, fishing the same holes and spending more time. Usually the drop in catch rate is not this significant although Julie and I blamed Uncle Rick for being "Unlucky". When fishing with family and when the fishing is slow somebody usually gets ribbed about it.

With Steelhead fishing on the decline Chinook fishing on the Kitimat River is starting to pick up. Mike Pederson caught a jack Chinook on Tuesday evening. I was speaking to Mike at the Eurocan Pump House shortly after he landed this jack and he said that there were two other larger Chinook caught earlier that afternoon.

Ariel Kuppers fishing with Jessie Houston and Clint Travis did a pre-client trip on Wednesday evening. They landed a 33lb Chinook (see photo of the week) and a Steelhead on this drift. Areil, Jesse and Clint hooked a beauty and had quite an episode to land it. The Chinook wrapped a stump and they had to row across the pool to unwrap the fish to land it on the other side of the river. Congratulations Guys it sounded like a ton of fun landing it but you got it!

Thursday Ariel guided two clients Wayne McComachie and Bryan Burge. They launched in the upper Kitimat to target some Steelhead and planned to drift through the middle sections to fish the lower Kitimat targeting any Chinook that may have migrated on the afternoon high tide. Part "A" of the plan worked out as they hooked six Steelhead landing one and had another at the boat but Part "B" of the plan did not work out as good as they did not hook any Chinook in the lower end. All in all it was still a good day's fishing. Well done guys and Thank You for enlisting our Guiding services.

Chinook fishing will improve with every high tide but it is still a little early in terms of typical timing on the Kitimat River for Chinook. We have dates available for Driftboat trips for Chinook. Please contact Noel: We would be honoured to guide you on the Kitimat River.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Ferd Bouzane fishing with Spiker and E.J brought home six Halibut in the cooler May 28th They also caught 15 Snappers, 2 Ling Cod, a bunch of Rock Cod and their limit of Crab. They boated one Chinook but focused most of their efforts Bottom fishing. Sounds like they had a pretty successful trip down the Douglas Channel. Nice catch guys!

Ferd Wuenche fishing with Ziggy, Heather and Nathan Kearley brought in a 36lb Chinook, a 48lb Chinook and a Jack Chinook to weigh on our scale to be entered into our Instore Derby on Thursday May 28th. Well done! Very nice fish! The 48lb Chinook is the largest entry in our Chinook category to date. We have a Rod and Reel as first prize for the largest Chinook. Our Instore Derby is free to enter. All anglers are invited and welcome to participate!

Todd Haynes of Nautical West Fishing Adventures had a good day on the Douglas Channel Thursday as well. I only received the highlights that there were four Halibut caught but I understand they caught a bunch more Bottom fish.

Andi Handl reports losing a Chinook down on the Kitimat River Tidal portion. We have dates available for the Tidal Fishery but this fishery is difficult to book in advance since it is very unpredictable. Any anglers wishing to book a trip on this fishery please contact Noel at: and we will keep you updated.

We have a lot of saltwater boaters gearing up to head out this weekend. The weather forecast is for some hot temperatures so I am hoping the Chinook fishing heats up as well. Stay Tuned to this report.

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Thank You to all who contributed to this report.

Tight lines, Big, Bright and Big Smiles.

Sincerely, 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.

2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011

2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)


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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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Ariel Kuppers with a fresh Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon
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