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Happy New Year Fellow Fishermen

Postby NoelGyger » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:20 pm

Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger
December 19 to December 26, 2010

Season’s Greetings everyone!

Dear Fishing Friends: :welcome:

SUMMARY: Cold weather at the beginning of the week but warmer on the weekend. This is normal weather for winter Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout fishing.
The Skeena River is in good shape but full of ice flows. Steelheading is over. There might be some Trout available.
The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good. Lake ice fishing has started. Beware of thin ice during the warmer weather.
Kitimat River; the Trout fishing on the Kitimat River will continue through the winter providing the weather allows. The Trout fishing has been very good and there is the odd Steelhead to keep anglers on their toes.
Douglas Channel; the Winter Chinook Fishery will continue providing the bait fish continue to hang around and weather permitting.
Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook fishing. With the approach of the 18th annual Marc (Dezi) Desautels Blue Knuckle Fishing Derby on December 27th there has been lots of activity on the water. Everyone seems to be getting out and trying their luck and for the most part it has been paying off. With the great prize money and fantastic door prizes donated by local merchants towards this Charitable Event tickets are selling fast. With limited tickets printed your chances of winning are excellent. Don’t delay, get your tickets today before they are gone. If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me anytime. There is a New! guiding and fishing destination for 2011 being developed in the far northwest of BC and Alaska Rivers where you can: "fly fish for and catch salmon, steelhead and trout until your arms will feel like they will fall off!" Click on the Fishing Report BOOKMARK "Gary Miltenberger - New Destination Stikine River plus a dozen more rivers. BOOKING NOW for 2011" Check out the full report for this great news and much, much more... This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

New Items on Website

- December 12, 2010 One New item (re BC Halibut issue) – I am leaving this in as it is important

River Reports

Kalum River Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing is excellent for Steelhead. Both spin and fly is working well. It is snowing and raining on the weekend but don’t let that deter you from going fishing. Reminder: Bait ban Jan 1 – Mar 15

Lakelse River Is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is good. Both spin and fly is working well.

Skeena River The Skeena River is full of ice flows. Fishing for Steelhead is over. There may be some Trout available.

Zymoetz (Copper) River The water is in good shape but has some ice flows. I have had reports of excellent Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear. Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon. Jan 1 – June 15. You can still fish all winter below the sign.

Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week

Type of Fish Caught
River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 15-pound Steelhead from the Kalum River. Ocean: 20-pound Winter Chinook

Kitimat River The Kitimat River continues to produce Trout for the Anglers who have taken some time away from the Christmas activities to enjoy the Trout fishing.

Dec 16 Ariel Kuppers and Justin Lowes hooked 19 Trout and landed 8. They were fishing with a Gibbs Float and the "Kitimat Combo" which is a 3” Berkley Power Bait Worm and a Dew Worm from Bubba's Bait Barn . Ariel also hooked a few with a "Pink Worm" pattern that he had tied. Ariel was using a Dragonfly 9' 8wt Rod with a Dragonfly Expedition Fly Reel made by Redl Sports . He was using a Scientific Angler Sink Tip Fly line and Cortland backing. Both Ariel and Justin were wearing fleece made by Simms . Well done guys. Congratulations!

The Trout fishing on the Kitimat River will continue through the winter providing the weather allows. The Trout fishing has been very good and there is the odd Steelhead to keep anglers on their toes.

Douglas Channel I spoke to Lorie at MK Bay Marina and she reports that early this week the high North winds prevented boaters from fishing for Winter Chinook in the Kitimat Harbour. With calmer seas, Ferd Wuensche and his sons James and Mike boated 5 "Shakers" on Thursday morning. "Shakers" is a local reference to small Winter Chinook that measure around the 45cm in length. They were using Luhr Jensen # 1 Abe and Al Flashers with Luhr Jensen 5" Blue Coyote spoons. Usually when the "Shakers" are in the area, the larger Winter Chinook are around as well. Ferd and his sons were planning to go look for the bigger one over the Christmas holidays. Good Luck Guys!

The Winter Chinook Fishery will continue providing the bait fish continue to hang around and weather permitting.

Special Report
A very good friend of my father, Ervin Bergmann sent me these photos with the following comments. "I went fishing on the west side of Vancouver Island on Thursday, Dec 16th with my son Paul. I caught two steelies 6&7 lbs. At one point we had a double hitter, what great fun." Congratulations Ervin and Paul and Thank You for sharing the photos.

Halibut Issue: We would like to acknowledge and Thank everyone who has taken the time to send a letter to the Minister regarding the DFO Halibut Allocation Issue. We would like to increase awareness of this issue in every community across Canada but we need your help.

I recently wrote a letter to the Editor for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel. (copied below) This letter contains all the up to date, pertinent information required to inform Anglers of the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy issue.

We are asking Anglers from B.C, Alberta and all across Canada to write a similar letter to the Editor in every community across Canada. Anyone who is interested, please personalize my letter to the Editor and send it to your local newspaper. Feel free to contact me or SFI for any assistance . These letters to the Editor would be a huge contribution to the cause. Once informed, the facts speak for themselves. Every Canadian should be appalled by this grossly unfair distribution of a Canadian Common resource.

Please help spread the word and encourage others to write or email the Minister. If everyone does a small part, collectively we can make a big difference.

To the Editor:

The intended purpose of this letter is to inform all Recreational Anglers of the Department of Fisheries and Ocean's (DFO) Halibut Allocation Policy. The specific injustice of the current DFO's Halibut Policy is that it allocates 88% of Halibut Stocks to 436 Commercial Halibut License Holders and 12% to the rest of the Canadian population who are potential Recreation Anglers. How a grossly unfair distribution of a Canadian Common resource exists defies common sense. Furthermore, because of this policy, Halibut closed to Recreation Anglers Oct 18th in 2010 while the Commercial sector fished on. This is not a conservation issue, it is a misallocation of Halibut Stocks.

The Sport Fishing Institute estimates that if the current DFO Halibut Allocation Policy is not changed Halibut will be closed to Recreation Anglers as early as July 2011.

The Sports Fishing Institute, B.C Wildlife Federation (BCWLF) and the Sports Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) have been negotiating with D.F.O with no success. The only way that this absurd policy is going to change is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to receive a letter or email from each and every Recreational angler and indeed from each and every Canadian who thinks this policy is wrong.

The importance of letters or emails to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister Gail Shea can NOT be emphasized enough.
If everyone does their part by sending a letter or email to the Minister collectively we can make a difference.

The Sports Fishing Institute (SFI) has just formed an alliance with the B.C Wildlife Federation (BCWLF), the Southern Vancouver Island Anglers Association and the BC Federation of Driftfishers to right the imbalance of this unfair allocation of Canada's Halibut resource. This alliance has also launched a website to provide information. They are also asking other groups to join this alliance. Please contact Alison Obrecht at SFI if your group wishes to join. alison@sportfishing.bc.caWe are hoping every Fishing Group, Rod and Gun, Chamber of Commerce, Labour Union and many other groups join this alliance.

SFI is also coordinating the efforts of individuals by requesting that copies of letters and emails to the Minister be sent to

Please also send a copy of your letter or email to your Member of Parliament. Our MP for Skeena is Nathan Cullen

The voice of everyone who thinks that the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy is wrong, needs to be heard in Ottawa. Please send an email or letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. I also urge everyone to forward this info to everyone in their Address Book.

Honorable Minister Gail Shea

Honorable Minister Gail Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

A letter to the Minister does not require a stamp, only an envelope and a few minutes of your time. You will be rewarded with the satisfaction of doing your part to correct a DFO policy that is grossly unfair. If everyone does a small part, collectively we can make a Big difference.

We are booking for next season! We are also offering Gift Certificates for Guided River Trips and Ocean Charters for Christmas. Anyone interested please contact Noel

Thank You to everyone who provided Photos and info to this Fishing Report.

We are booking for next year. We are also offering Gift Certificates for Guided Driftboat Trips, Jet Boat Trips and Saltwater Charters. These would make excellent Christmas Gifts.

Good Health, Good Fishing and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely and Cheers Ron Wakita

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To start to answer any of the above questions and more please check out the Past Fishing Reports webpage at There are links there that go back to fishing reports from 1996 right up until today. Who should I contact for more information? Contact Noel Gyger he will be more than happy to help you.

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Chinook Video clips from 2010 season

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June 17 32-pound Kitimat River Chinook Plays for 2:45
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Contact me anytime to post your items. There is no charge for a posting. Here are the latest postings:

Rod Days for Sale
For Sale: 50 Skeena River, section 2, classified rod-days for $2000. These rod-days come without the license. Without license means they can be sold only to guides that already own Skeena 2 rod-days. Contact Noel Gyger for more info.

Real Estate

Beautiful Log home right next to the famous Kitimat River

Kitimat BC A True Fisherman or Wilderness Lovers Dream Home. 2 minutes to Kitimat River Boat Launch. 3 Bedroom 2 full bathrooms, 2 Levels 1000sq/ft each plus 500sq/ft loft. 1000sq/ft detached heated shop with games room, plus second storage shed on extremely private tree'd lot. Beautiful cozy log cabin style home. Heated floors, many updates, New spa-steam-shower-tub, plus separate stand up shower in main floor bathroom. Loads of potential. Western Red and Yellow Cedar logs, 12"-20"" round. Unique Home. Asking $350,000. Please contact Noel Gyger for more information

Terrace, BC This property is a ten minute drive from the Terrace/Kitimat Airport part way between Terrace and Kitimat. Near Mount Layton Hot springs, within 45 minutes of internationally acclaimed Shames Mountain, 15 minutes from 18 Holes at the Skeena Valley Golf Club, and central in all directions from world class salmon fishing, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking. This property features over 400 feet of sandy beachfront. While approximately 25 acres is left forested, the balance has been levelled and prepared for your dream home, or potential development. This property is home to local wildlife, including Moose, Deer, and perhaps the occasional Spirit Bear, plus countless smaller mammals and birds. This property is truly a one of a kind natural treasure. Properties of this quality rarely become available, act now! Contact Noel for more info.

For Sale: Beautiful one level 4600 sq. ft. home on Skeena River Front 22km East of Terrace, BC

4.92 acres, fenced/landscaped around home. Go here to watch a 14 second video clip ... o-clip.wmv that shows the best gravel bar fishing for Salmon and Steelhead just out your door with stunning mountain views. Fruit trees, flowers, lawn. House was built in 1994 and has 4 bedrooms (so spacious, it could be 6 or more), 3 bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, security system, double garage, tool-shed, storage buildings. The kitchen and dining room are open to one another and adjoins the family room where all the windows draw you in to look out over the Skeena River. The properties adjoining both sides of this home belong to the crown, so your privacy is assured. Suitable as a private home, B&B, lodge, or a private conference centre. Appraised at $640,000 discounted to $475,000 (fully furnished) for quick sale. Contact Noel Gyger for more info New! Oct 27/10

Terrace, BC With over 3200 feet of river front, panoramic mountain views, beautiful natural spring on the property, mobile home and guest cabin, barn, stable, workshop, gardens, a 5 1/2 acre area that was formerly a vegetable growing plot that supplied the local area and has been fallow for several years now. May be organically certifiable. Pick your fishing spot along the riverfront, with several different good looking options available. Clear views of the Seven Sisters range, plus mountains to the East, West and South as well. Located 76 KM East of Terrace this is literally a piece of Paradise on Earth. The balance of the property carries up the ridge toward the majestic peaks on the South side of Highway 16. Perfect as a small farm or build your dream home. Contact Noel for more info, maps and more photo's

Smithers BC - 8 terraced acres of Bulkley River Waterfront. Experience the advantage of natures tranquility only 20 minutes from downtown Smithers, BC. Prime building lot awaits your ideas for development. Proven year round water source. Boat launch access for world class fishing, kayaking, rafting, etc. School bus service available. Recreation waterfront and privacy all at your door step. $175,000 Contact Noel Gyger for detail and more photo's.

Kispiox BC - Fishing paradise out your back door, world record steelhead were caught in this fishing hole. 24 acres of rare Kispiox Riverfront and host to the "Cottonwood Hole". Level, benched property part. Flood plain. Value of old homestead at buyers discretion. Prettiest small parcel in the valley. $249,000 Contact Noel Gyger for detail and more photo's.

Wanted to Buy

I have a client who is interested in property of 5-10 acres or larger on the Skeena River or one of the tribs, not too far out from Terrace BC. Need winter access, hydro and phone connection, or at least wireless coverage. He wants to be able to walk down to the river with his Spey rod and fish, so Skeena 4 would be ideal, but no farther than USK. If you have larger acreage that is sub-dividable to suit my client please Contact Noel Gyger

Contact me anytime to post your FOR SALE river or ocean front property. Retirement folks from around the world are looking for this type of investment where they can fish the rest of their lives and still be close to home! There is NO charge for a posting. My FISHING REPORT AND WEBSITE has world wide reach. Monthly average: over 600,000 server requests handled.
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Hi Noel, I have a client/friend that I’ve been fishing with in the Terrace and Smithers area for the past 10 years. We have been looking recently at land in order to put up a small fishing cabin but we’ve noticed that most land listings in the Terrace area are for large plots. I was wondering if you know of anyone that has a larger plot of land on the Skeena (around Usk would be perfect) that would be interested in subdividing out a section of about 1 or 2 acres. Walking access to Skeena would be nice but not necessary.

I would be able to handle the legal work and associated costs to subdivide, so I just need someone who might be interested in selling off a small piece of their land that they aren’t using. Also, it would need to have vehicle access which we could do by registered right of way across sellers prop if unavailable otherwise. Contact Noel Gyger if you have such property and I will put you in contact with the buyer.

B&B’s For Sale

Sooke, BC Ocean Wilderness Inn This breathtaking 4.6 acre oceanfront property boasts a private setting with small creek towering trees and lots of wildlife for photographers and nature lovers. The beautiful walk on waterfront is almost a full mile of private beach. The home offers 9 very large bedrooms with large bathrooms. The fir floors blend into the log theme of the home, everyone who visits feels at ease in this comfortable home. Current owners have done extensive renovations to keep the property in top condition. The home has been featured in several publications and is well known for its great meals, crystal clear water, spectacular gardens and customer service. Enjoy spectacular views from the hot tub. Just a few minutes drive to fabulous salmon fishing and surfing beaches. Contact Noel Gyger for more info

Quadra Island, BC Moon Shadows B&B 4500 square foot home on an acre of beautiful gardens, lots of room for toys in barn and storage shed. What a wonderful life choice with the ocean at your door step and fabulous Islands and inlets to discover while sailing or kayaking, fabulous fishing, clamming and oysters. Just a wonderful way to enjoy life while raising your family. Home is fully operational as a B&B, and is being sold with all furnishings, bedding and kitchen tools as the current owners are leaving the province. Contact Noel for more info

Sooke, BC Coopers Cove Guest House Beautifully appointed 6 bedroom 7 bathroom waterfront B&B. This spectacular B&B was featured on Oprah for its gourmet cooking classes. Fabulous large professional kitchen, wonderful grounds complete with herb and vegetable gardens, and two hot tubs. Home is steps from the Galloping Goose Trail leading into the heart of Victoria. Contact Noel for more info

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No Public Halibut Fishing in BC in 2011

In 2003 the federal government gifted in perpetuity 88% of the annual harvest of halibut – a common property resource belong to the people of Canada – to just 436 individuals or businesses. Only 1.2% has been allocated for the over 100,000 public anglers who spend millions collectively each year. Under this unfair policy, public anglers may have to stop fishing for halibut completely by July 2011. Understand this is not a conservation issue – the resource is healthy.

Make your concern know to the Fisheries & Oceans officials who are protecting these special interests.

Write the Minister: Hon. Gail Shea, PC, MP – Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON K1A OA6

For more information see:

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It is NOT too late to book a guided river or ocean trip

RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available for Zymoetz (Copper River) in November. BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Don’t let the winter weather stop you! Contact Noel to book NOW!

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is red hot right now. To book warm, covered charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail

NOW BOOKING for 2011: 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. Contact Noel to book NOW.
Special Report A very good friend of Ron Wakita's father, Ervin Bergmann sent these
photos with the following comments. "I went fishing on the west side of Vancouver
Island on Thursday, Dec 16th with my son Paul. I caught two steelies 6&7 lbs. At
one point we had a double hitter, what great fun." Congratulations Ervin and Paul
and Thank You for sharing the photos. To book a guided fishing trip to catch fish
like this please contact Noel Gyger anytime. His phone 250-635-2568 e-mail website
Photo of the Week - Current Winter Steelhead: Winter Steelheading has been
outstanding this year! Here is a nice, bright Steelhead landed by Dennis Therrien.
He was spin fishing with a Fenwick Eagle GT rod and
Shimano Spirex 2500 RE spinning reel filled with braided
Tuf-line His pontoon boat is a Bucks Bag distributed by Redl
Sports Photo by Willie McCleary. To book a guided fishing
trip to catch fish like this please contact Noel Gyger anytime. His phone
250-635-2568 e-mail website
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