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PRIME TIME Chinook (King) Salmon

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:31 am

The photo of the week shows Derek Isfeld and Mike Poco with a beautiful, fresh Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon estimated to weigh 33-pounds. The photo was taken by Marc Girard who is an associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 28 – July 5, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Daytime temperatures have been hotter than normal. The Skeena mid week was in excellent shape and more and more anglers were trying their luck. There are many anglers still out this weekend but the water has come up due to the recent hot spell. See graph below. Right now is “prime time” for Sockeye (Red) and Chinook (King) Salmon. The Kalum River is high and clean and fishing for Chinook continues. I noticed many jet boat trailers at the boat ramps this morning and many people fishing their favorite holes. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is borderline fishable. Fishing for Chinook in the Kitimat River is fair but the Douglas Channel harbour fishery is excellent! In addition to Chinook, Chum and Pink are showing up. For all the fine details please check out the Ron Wakita report below. This rising water should bring in a more Salmon and Steelhead.

I normally do not comment on the News Bulletin items I post during the week but I thought this time I would like to point out the alarming number of conservation issues. Please check them out when you have a chance and do what you can to help. A wild Salmon and Steelhead will thank you for it.

June 29, 2009 One "New" podcast number 0015 is posted on Podcast

Category: Mid Week fishing updates. Rob Vodola, a very good friend and fishing guide for Minette Bay Lodge invited John Kennedy and me to fish with him for Chinook on the Kitimat River Monday, June 29, 2009. We decided to pull some plugs from Rob's Hyde Drift Boat. Rob has all the "best" equipment including Ambassadeur 7000 reels filled with 25-pound test Maxima fishing line, Berkley fishing rods and a huge selection of Lure Jensen Kwikfish plugs. If we caught a nice fresh Chinook it was heading for the Bradley Smoker. Podcast (4:01 minutes) includes photos, audio and video clip.


- One New item posted on "Conservation" July 5/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" July 4/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" July 3/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" July 2/09
- One New fishing update "Podcast" June 29/09

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Ron Wakita, Mike Herzberg, Ariel Kuppers, Andreas Handl, Todd Haynes, Wes Owens and Gill McKean.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook (King) Salmon, Chum, Pink, Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks! (this is actually a regulation)


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 54-pound fly caught Chinook (King) Salmon Where: Kitimat River Angler: Client of Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures.

WEATHER: Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with the risk of a thundershower. High 26. UV index 6 or high. Sunrise 5:07 AM Sunset 10:11 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 22 degrees. Minimum 11 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 fishable although the water is coming up due to the recent hot spell. Both Chinook and Sockeye are being caught. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea.

Skeena River height:

KALUM RIVER: Is high but clean. One may try and fish the edges and slow moving corners for Chinook (King) Salmon. Both boat ramps are open and there are lots of jet boats fishing today.

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: Is borderline fishable.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

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KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River above the tide line is still producing Chinook but the Tidal portion has been the hottest section. With the river level dropping, the Chinook are stacking up in the tidal portion. Chinook have been caught throughout the Kitimat River and our Mobile Tackle van has been logging fish but mostly on the rising tides.

June 28th. Derek Wakita fishing with his father Rick and friend Daniel Meyer drifted the lower Kitimat River. They landed a 20 and 35lb Chinook. Well done guys!

June 29 and 30th. Kurt Anderson landed a 12lb Chinook on a Fly July 29, landed a 25lb Chinook on a Fly July 30. Kurk Anderson is with a group of Fly anglers from Quesnel. The group consists if Ed Pinette, Greg Laberge and his son Chris. Kurt, Ed and Greg are accomplished Fly anglers and have been coming to the Kitimat River for as long as I can remember. Greg's son Chris is on a mission to land a Kitimat River Chinook. Under the tutelage of Kurt, Ed and his father, I am sure Chris will accomplish his mission shortly. I look forward to posting his picture in this report.

June 30th. Andrew and Shaydee fishing with their father Mark Zeilinski landed a 20lb Chinook drifting with their good friend Mike Herzberg. It is always nice to see a father fishing with his kids although Andrew and Shaydee are hardly kids any more. Mike was able to create a special fish picture for the Zeilinski family album.

June 30th. Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friends Derek Downey and Parick Dufrene landed a 31lb, 14lb, and 16lb Chinook. They also landed a Pink. (bottom photo)

July 1st. Mark Girard guiding clients Mike Porco and Derek Isfeld hooked two Chinook and landed a 33lb beauty. The fishing was a little slower than we had hoped but Marc managed to put Mike and Derek onto two Chinook. Derek landed this very nice Kitimat River Chinook just below the Haisla Bridge. Please see Photo of the Week above. Mike and Derek are anglers from Kamloops BC who come to North West B.C to fish Chinook every year. Congratulations Derek. Well done Marc. As you may note in the photo Marc is equipped with G Loomis rods and Ambassadeur reels. Ambassadeur 7000 reels are the #1 level wind reel fished in the North West for Chinook. The Ambassadeur 7000 has risen to the standard required to land big Chinook. The line capacity and quality drag assembly of the 7000 series are key ingredients to hook, fight and land big fish. Pure Fishing (the parent company) has refined some components over the years but the Ambassadeur reel has been the "Reel of choice for Chinook for over thirty years".

The G Loomis Hot Shot Rod (HSR 1025C) also displayed in the photo is the perfect rod for the "Hot Shotting" technique that we use in our Driftboats on the Kitimat River. Steve Rajeff, G. Loomis's rod designer has perfectly crafted the HSR series with tip action to read the twitch of the Hot Shots and "backbone" in the rod to enable instant hook set yet allow enough flex in the rod to keep barbless hooks tight. The Loomis HSR GL2 rod and the Ambassadeur 7000 series reel are the "dynamic duo" best suited to fight Big Chinook in the North West particularly on the Kitimat River.

The lure also shown in the photo is Luhr Jensen's colour #938 Bubble Gum Pink 3/4 SE Mag Hot Shot. These Hot Shots were first introduced by our illustrious Mr. Noel Gyger probably 30 years ago. They have been the most productive diving plugs for "Hot Shotting” ever since. A few years ago Mike Herzberg evolved a technique we fondly refer to as "Scar Face". This technique utilizes a K13X Kwikfish which are also made by Luhr Jensen. Luhr Jensen rocks! Especially for Chinook! The proof is in the pictures.

June 30th. Bonnie Girard drifting with her favorite guide and husband landed a14lb Chinook on a morning drift. Well done Bonnie and good work Marc producing a Chinook for your favorite client and wife, Bonnie.

July 1st. My Twin brother Rick drifted with his son Derick and our nephew Micheal. Derek landed a 25lb Chinook and Micheal landed a 35lb. They also landed a Chum. It's truly wonderfull to hear the fishing results and see the pictures of Uncle Rick, Derick and Micheal. Some of the fondest memories that we all share in the Wakita family are Hockey and Fishing related. Grandpa Wakita would be proud! Well Done guys!

July 2nd. Terence Reynolds an Associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters fishing with our clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean. Peter hooked three Chinook on his spey rod and landed one. Peter said to Terrence, "he had a great time fishing with Wes and Terrence". Thank you for the kind words Peter and congratulations on your and Danyel's fish.


June 27th. Frank Trenaman with a 65 lb Halibut caught last weekend in the Douglas Channel. Photo provide by Terry Gould

June 30th. Captain Bill Panton landed a 28lb Chinook and his Vancouver guest caught a 12 and 13lb Chinook

July 1st. Wes Owens landed three Chinook 11lb,16lb and a 17lb with his clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean. Wes said that Peter and Danyel were wonderful folks to fish with. It was a beautiful day and the water was like glass all day and the fishing was pretty good. The group hooked six and boated four Chinook. They released another small Chinook. Well done.

July 1st. Fred Bouzane fishing with his friends Don, Paul and Kyle Harding. They were fishing at Money Point down the Douglas Channel. They landed three Chum, one Coho and a Pink but we "could not land a Chinook or Coho to save our lives". "Everyone else caught lots of Chinook and Coho all around us but we only got the Coho", said Fred. These moments will happen sooner or later in every angler's life. All a guy can do is stay focused, do all the right things and wait for "Lady Luck" or the "Fish Gods" to swing in his favour.

July 1st. Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures reports catching his limit of Chinook down the Douglas Channel. "We were hitting one every fifteen minutes". Well done Todd, I look forward to seeing the pictures.

July 2nd. Wes Owens fishing with his clients Natalaya and Giorgio boated a 19lb and 18lb Chinook in the Kitimat Harbour fishery. Also along on the trip were Mr. and Mrs. Dalmonte. It was a beautiful day to be on the water of the Douglas Channel. Congratulations everyone!

July 2 & 3rd. Dave Payjack hooked 7 Chinook and landed 5 with his clients on his last trip. They also landed a Chum, 2 Halibut, a bunch of Rock Cod and their limit of Crab. Well Done Skipper! Sorry, no pics.

KITIMAT TIDAL FISHERY: (new category while it lasts)

Brad Wickman caught two Chinook.

Tim, Lynn and Richard hooked 10 Chinook and landed five on July 3rd. Tim said that Andreas Handl of Kingfish Westcoast Adventure reports landing 15 Chinook in the last two days. Andreas does Jet boat trips for Reliable and has dates available. Please contact Noel as the fishing in the Tidal portion is RED HOT!

Brad Wickman and his buddy 'Dumo" boated 14 Chinook July 4th. Wow! They reported hooking over twenty to land 14. Fourteen Chinook in one day! Wow! Brad is going to email me the pictures. Congratulations Brad and Dumo! This was a fishing day of a life time!

Thank You to everyone for providing their catch results to be enjoyed by the readers of this report.

Good Luck! Tight Lines

Sincerely, Ron Wakita
Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Hello Noel, thought I would get my report out a little early I am so proud of my brother!

We are seeing monster numbers of fish in the Skeena and the water is in great shape I have attached a photo of my little brother with a very happy guest from Colorado. These are fly caught fish. The larger of the fish was weighed in a cradle, it was 54 pounds Yeehaaa! Great job Grass Hopper AKA splash GORDON. Some of you will recognize Gordon as he is a "wanted" man by most of the area guides as he lives to fish giving him an edge that most wish they had!

The Kitimat is seeing great numbers of Chinook and the Pinks and Chum are starting to show here and there. We still have a few openings at the end of September as well as October if any of you wish to have a fishing trip to remember give Noel a call and he will hook you up with one of the BEST!!

Good luck and good fishing to all.

Gill McKean Fishing is our addiction - Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood

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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