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The photo of the week shows Sky Richard, angling guide for Nicholas Dean Lodge, about to release a beautiful, bright Chinook (King) Salmon back into the river this week. Sky was fishing with Chad Black and they both experienced a great day fishing with all gear types including the Spey fly rod. It inspired Chad so much that he wrote an article which can be read at http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm the article is titled Just Keep Casting for BIG Chinook. Check it out sometime. Photo by Chad Black
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 15 – June 22, 2008
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: The weather has been cool all week. Fishing conditions and fishing were near perfect most of the week which tempted me to use the term “Excellent” but things turned around Saturday, it rained most of the day, so I had to lower my expectation to “Good”. The Salmon runs are moving upriver no matter what the conditions, high, low, dirty or clean. The Skeena River had been dropping and cleaning and was in perfect fishable condition up until Saturday, when the water started to come up again. More and more people were out fishing. I received numerous reports of some very good catches of big, bright, fresh Chinook (King) Salmon. The smaller “Jack” Chinook were being caught along the edges with light tackle and roe. The best way to angle for the BIG Chinook is by plunking out on a gravel bar. If the Salmon are swimming by and you have your gear in the water there is a good chance you may hook-up. Lower Kalum is in good shape and I have reports of Salmon being caught there also. Kitimat River is in good shape and Chinook fishing in the river has really picked up. The best fishing guides seem to know where the fish are holding and have done pretty well using the proper techniques and tackle.
It was difficult for me to decide which Photo of the Week to select as I had a few to choose from.
The DFO Tyee Test Fishery on the Skeena River indicates the Chinook run for this year is double from last year. This is a very early trend let’s hope it continues.
LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:
- June 16/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
- June 19/08 one item posted on “Informational Articles” http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm
- June 20/08 one item posted on “Quality Waters Strategy” http://www.noelgyger.ca/quality-waters.htm
NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.
Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.
Be sure to check out my website at http://www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.
FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook and Trout for river. Chinook/Halibut/Bottom Fish/Crab for ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 52-Chinook Where: Kitimat River Angler: Tracey Hittel
WEATHER: Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of showers. Windy. High 15. UV index 4 or moderate. Region normal: Max. Temp. 21 degrees C. Min. Temp. 9.7 degrees C. Sunrise 4:59 AM Sunset 10:14 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.
For current Terrace weather information please cast on:
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weathe ... f=wxbtnold
WATER CONDITIONS: Skeena River is borderline fishable. Lower Kalum River is fishable. Most of the smaller coastal streams are in good shape. Kitimat River is clean. Zymoetz (Copper River) is dirty (it was clean all week but got dirty on Saturday due to some local steady rain)
CURRENT WATER HEIGHTS FOR:
http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fu ... id=08EF001
http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fu ... id=08FF002
SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been dropping most of the week. Fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon was red hot. This is the time of year when the Chinook migrate up the Skeena heading to their home rivers. There are a lot of fish in the river now and when the water is clean the fishing is fabulous.
KALUM RIVER: The water in the low end (below the first canyon) is fishable. Hopefully a good run of Chinook are still entering. I have a report of some good catches on the lower end. This is the time of year I have done exceptionally well fishing for Chinook in the past but this was in the upper end. Sad to say it has been closed to Chinook angling for a long time to protect the spawning runs. If the runs get strong enough I’m sure it will open to angling again. We are all hopeful.
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.
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 2007 – 2009 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water was clean until Saturday when a local rain colored it up again.
KINCOLITH RIVER: The Chinook have started to come in with the high tides. Fishing for them is only allowed below the bridge. This is tidal water so anglers must have a salt water license even though you are fishing in the river.
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 Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge for the Week of June 15 to June 21, 2008
The past week has seen some incredible fishing. Most of which I have reported in the article which Noel has posted on his website http://www.noelgyger.ca/info-articles.htm the article is titled Just Keep Casting for BIG Chinook.
Noel was kind enough to choose the photo that went along with the article as his Photo of the Week.
Until next week be safe on the water.
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River has noticeably produced on the days that the Kitimat Harbour Fishery has dropped off. This would make sense if you subscribe to the notion that if the chinook migrate from the harbour into the river. It would be logical that the catch rate would drop off in the harbour. This definitely appears to be the case but normally as the chinook migrate into the river they are replaced by more Chinook migrating up channel. Each year's chinook run has a different or quirky circumstance and has happened this year.
Dave Berguron weighed in a 43lb chinook on Thursday morning at our tackle store and reported that he caught another one Wednesday night that he estimated weighing over 50lbs. Mike weighed in a 19lb.chinook on Thursday afternoon. Jesse Houston an employee of our tackle store reports a run moving through the lower river last night. (Friday June 20th) Jesse while fishing the Hatchery Island watched a "pile of chinook move through". There is a growing high tide which peaked Friday at 17.7'. This high tide coupled with a rising river usually translates into more Chinook caught in the Kitimat River.
Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters verified this theory with Mark and Rose Thiele-Zielinski on Saturday. Mark and Rose were the lucky winners of a guided trip on the Kitimat River which we donated to the Midget Provincial Championship which Kitimat recently hosted this spring. Mark and Rose also won accommodations at Minette Bay Lodge. Mike put Mark and Rose on to seven Chinook landing two. They battled three others for fifteen minutes or more before they lost them. Mike estimates two of the Chinook thirty plus lbs. Congratulations to Mark and Rose on a Great Day of Chinook fishing and special recognition of Mike's Guiding ability. Well Done!
DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Kitimat Harbour Fishery produced some chinook Father's Day (Sunday June 15th) for many father's as well as quite a few other boaters. I had the pleasure of fishing with my two daughters, Julie and Michelle and my son, Corey. We hooked four Chinook and were able to land two. The chinook we landed were only 10lbs and the other was 16lbs but the gratification a father feels when fishing with his kids can only be understood by other parents who share the passion fishing with their children.
There were quite a few other boats turned "broad side" with fish on. Wes Owens of Golden Adventures hooked two and landed one 18lbs. Todd of Nautical West Adventures boated two chinook 19lbs and 20lbs. Cosby Smith also landed two Chinook, sizes unknown as Cosby was being secretive that day. Fishermen are a strange breed!?!
The chinook run in the harbour still appears to be a bit late and the catch rates although were pretty good on Sunday have been erratic; good one day off the next.
Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/ti ... h®ion=1
Fishing Report and Photos from: Nautical West Sport Fishing
Hi Noel, I have a photo of a client - Patrick Havig with a couple of
bottom buddies he caught this week. Thanks again. Todd Haynes
Fishing Report and Photos from: Steelhead Heaven
A HOG FOR SURE! 3 OF US ON THE ROD TO LAND IT 1 KM DOWNSTREAM FROM THE BOAT – Photo by Tracey Hittel
As predicted by the Biologists in the Kitimat region, large Chinooks are lurking in the local waters. Many fish in the mid to upper 40-pound range are being hooked some not as fortunate as the pic above. When this monster hit, it took all of the anglers in the boat and 1KM of river to bring this bad boy into the net. 47 inch length and 27 inch girth. According to Noel’s formula (girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000) this fish would have weighed 52.76 – pounds. WOW!
Not to mention a 49-pounder taken on an 8wt fly rod, this fish took the angler 3KM down river to finally bring the fish to shore.
With peak season a few weeks away the early run is starting to flood the river as well the saltwater fishing has picked up. Killer Whales are migrating in the Douglas Channel to feed on the schools of Salmon as they start their journey to the spawning grounds.
Guests arriving this week are from England, Calgary, Saskatoon and Italy. Tight lines. Tracey Hittel
Fishing Report and Photos from: Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Mark Pendlington and Austen McKean Austen releases the BIG Chinook
Gill McKean, the owner of Westcoast Fishing Adventures was shooting a sportfishing show this week with Mark Pendlington of Sportfishing BC fame and Gill’s son Austen is the star. They did very well.
A photo of me and my brother with the double header is from today (June 20th) on the Skeena, Austen and Mark landed a few nice fish yesterday on the Kitimat. The Skeena is heating up!!
The spring Steelhead season is officially over and the Chinook are here. It started out a little slow but now they are coming in hot and heavy! We are seeing higher than average sizes, the little ones are 30-pounds. With the rising gas prices we are seeing less traffic on the rivers and more fish than ever so don’t delay…it’s time to play! Life is short…live for today!
The Ocean fishing is red hot as well. The Halibut fishing is the best I have seen in years and we are already catching Coho along with the Chinook…what a combination.
Contact Noel anytime and he will get you hooked-up. Tight Lines. Gill McKean
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort
At the end of a perfect day, a perfect meal. What better feast to have than an overdose of Dungeness Crab, fresh and sweet, with the appropriate dipping sauces. This is fishing at its best. Perhaps you will also consider coming to see us one day. Contact Noel anytime to make the arrangements.
Craig Murray, Owner
Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)
Proud member of BC Sustainable Tourism Collective
To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine
Note from Noel: This year in 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.
FISHING REGULATION 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
NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s
GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:
*** If any of you have special fishing photos, 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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