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Skeena and Kitimat River REPORT

Postby NoelGyger » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:19 am

The photo of the week shows pro angling guide Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures helping his client hold his huge Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed this season.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 2 – August 9, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The “heat wave” is finally over and we have normal temperatures (23 degrees C.) The Skeena River has been dropping all week and conditions are good for catching Sockeye, Coho, Pink and summer-run Steelhead with spey, single hand fly rod and conventional gear. The Chinook (King) Salmon fishery closed August 7th for another year in a zone from Lakelse River mouth upstream to the Skeena River Overpass (new Hwy 16 bridge) at Ferry Island. The Kalum River closed for Chinook at the same time. For all the fine details on the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below. April Vokey has joined Noel Gyger’s team of “best” pro fishing guides. See her “first” report below.


- Two New items posted on "Conservation" Aug 7/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" Aug 3/09

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Ron Wakita, Terrence Reynolds, Marc Girard, Andreas Handl, John Eckstein, Dave Payjack and Wes Owens

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Coho, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, 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: 60-pound Halibut. Where: Douglas Channel. Angler: Les Pender

WEATHER: Showers. Windy. High 17. Sunrise 6:00 AM Sunset 9:20 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 23 degrees. Minimum 11degrees.

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

SKEENA RIVER: Has been dropping all week and is in good shape to fish for Sockeye, Pink, Coho and summer-run “wild” Steelhead with both spin and fly rods. More and more excited fishermen are coming here to enjoy our fabulous, world renowned Salmon and Steelhead sport fishery! Everyone is WELCOME…

Skeena River height:

KALUM RIVER: is now closed for Chinook (King) Salmon. Coho (Silver) Salmon and Steelhead will soon be here.

KASIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

EXSTEW RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon will soon be here. Fishing for them at the river mouth, where the river meets the Skeena is a good bet now.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Fishing for Chinook closed upstream of Highway 16 bridge on July 23rd. The water is in perfect shape today and a good number of Steelhead are being caught using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional gear.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: Chinook are turning to their spawning colours and some of the early Chum and Pinks are also starting to show their colour change as well. Pinks are exceptionally strong this year and there are more fresh Pinks on every tide. Anglers are reminded that Chinook are closed July 31st on the Kitimat River. Chum seems to be sporadic this week and most of the Chum are still being caught on the Island across from the Hatchery or on the gravel bar below the Kitimat River Hatchery. There were a few Coho caught at the Lower Dike on Tuesday and we received a couple reports of silver bright fish being lost under the Haisla Bridge which we are assuming were Coho.

Pink jigs (either Jim's Jigs or Rainbow Jigs) and Gibbs Clear Cerise Crocs 3/16 or 3\8 oz are still the most effective lures for Pinks. It is always a good idea to get organized before heading out. I like to organize lures and tackle into compartment boxes with everything for specific specie. Trophy XL compartment boxes are excellent for organizing tackle.

Trophy XL box with Pink Spin n Glo with a Gibbs/Delta pink mini hoochie or A Pink Spin n Glo with Gibbs/Delta pink Eggclusters are the best lures for Chum.

The best lures for early Coho are the Gibbs Koho 45 Blue scale or Koho 45 Copper spoons.

Aug 2 I had the distinct pleasure of fishing with Jody Jordan and Larry Carden. Jody is the producer of Jordan World Circus and Larry is the Animal Superintendent of George Carden Circus International. They were in Kitimat with the Circus and decided to do a little fishing on the Kitimat River. Jody landed and released this 40lb Kitimat River Chinook on our drift. The most distinct memorable moment during the fight with this Chinook was Larry saying "Don't lose this one Jody". Great Job Jody! Congratulations! With one of the training methods I received during the certification of the FFF Instructor's course by Tom White ten years ago I was able to give Larry a few casting tips that improved his casting. Larry landed this Pink on his very first cast fly fishing on the Kitimat River. Well done Larry! We also hooked a pile of Pinks during our drift but the hooked to landed ratio was pretty low during one bad streak but we finished strong. It was a Great day on the Kitimat with you guys. You guys were a lot of fun to fish with.

Aug 5 Marc Girard fishing with his buddies Rick Brown and Kevin Woodhouse. They landed a 30lb Chinook and 3 Chum. Marc used to work with Rick and Kevin in the Fire Hall in Prince George. Work Hard! Play Hard! Fish Hard! Congratulations Guys!

August 5th Update: My very good friends and fishing partners, Natalie and Daniel Chimko are proud parents of a Baby Girl. Natalie gave birth to a 9lb 11oz. baby girl today. She is definitely a "Keeper". Congratulations to Natalie, Daniel and their families!

Aug 6 Our Mobile Tackle Van photographed Tristan Duncalf age 14 and his friend Byron Campell. Tristan was fishing with his father Paul Duncalf. Bryron and Tristan are holding two out of the hundreds of Pinks that are harvested on the Kitimat River. It is always nice to see father and son and friends fishing the Kitimat River. It is also common to see Moms out fishing with the kids. We are fortunate to live in a place where Salmon fishing is but minutes away. Usually the rods are kept in the truck. Congratulations Guys!

Aug 7 Marc and Bonnie Girard fishing with their friends Cheryl and Greg from Prince George. They kept four Pinks and caught and released a whole bunch more. Nice catch folks.
There may be a few Pink Salmon sandwiches this winter or perhaps smoked Salmon during the Yatzee Games.

Summary: There are unbelievable numbers of Pink Salmon in the Kitimat River this season and from the reports from the saltwater anglers, there are more to come. Most of the Chum are still being caught on the Hatchery Island and on the gravel bar below the Hatchery. Coho are starting to trickle into the Kitimat River. Our tackle store received a report of three Coho caught at Goose Creek on Saturday Aug 8th. There are lots of Salmon in the Kitimat River right now. I venture to say that during this two week time period there are more Salmon in the Kitimat River than any other time. A Great time is being had by all!


Aug 2 John Eckstein fishing with our clients Eugene Hiscock and Darren Sutton caught their limit of Halibut and 8 Cod. Congratulations Guys! Well done! It is always nice to share the fishing experience of the Douglas Channel with folks from other areas. Good Job Skipper!

Aug 2 Sam Avila fishing with his wife Mariea and son Christopher and his girlfriend Katie last weekend. They landed 25 Coho, a big Chinook,a Chum and 5 Halibut. Wow a great weekend of Family fishing. Well done! The family cruises with Captain Dad at the wheel. Congratulations to the Avila family.

Aug 3 Instore Derby. Mark Pacheko weighed in three Coho, a 12lb, a 13lb and a 10lb for our Instore Derby. The boat landed ten Coho out at Money Point down the Douglas Channel. The weather has been outstanding and the Coho fishing has been great! Good Job Guys!

Aug 4 Sabin Simard with his first Coho 10 lbs. Sabin and my friend Alain Bergeron and his first Coho 12 lbs. Sabin said, "All together we caught 4 Coho, 2 Pink and 3 Chinook, a whole bunch of Crab and lots of sun on the channel". "God I love this place".

Aug 5 Wes Owens fishing with Wayne Southgate landed nine Coho in the Kitimat Harbour Fishery. They kept eight and released one. Wes skippers one of our Saltwater Charter boats and was out doing a pre-client trip with his friend Wayne. Well done Guys!

Aug 5 Andreas Handl fishing with David, Hannes, Micheal and Thomas landed 5 Coho, 5 Pink and one big Chum. Congratulations Guys. Andreas reports that they had "Fish On!' all day and the weather was great.

Aug 5 Mike Ferguson fishing with Karl, Sam and Stewart Woodman fishing down the outer waters of the Douglas Channel landed 8 Halibut and 32 Coho. Wow! Congratulations Guys that is a very impressive catch. Well done!

Aug 5 John Eckstein fishing with our clients Les Pinder and his son boated two Halibut. They boated a 10lb Halibut and a 60lb Halibut. The father, son team catches fish and chips! Well Done guys!

Aug 5 Dave Payjack of Sea West Charters fishing with his client Dr, Malcolm Oghorn landed their limit of Coho and a bunch of Pinks. The Douglas Channel is a great place to fish when the weather is good and the Salmon are running. Both the weather and fishing has been Great! Congratulations Doctor Oghorn and Good Job Skipper!

Summary: The Douglas Channel is producing exceptional numbers of Coho on the outer waters of the Douglas Channel. Harry Murphy reports boating 32 Coho for his clients and a bunch of Halibut. From Money Point to Cleo Point with Sue Channel and Jesse Falls in between there are Coho throughout the Douglas Channel. The early indicators of this year's Coho run appeared to be very strong and the Coho Season this year is shaping up to be a Good one! Halibut is also very good and boaters especially the boaters doing overnight trips are limiting out with both Halibut and Coho. The Douglas Channel is indeed a wonderful place to fish right now and it is only going to get better.

As many readers that have followed our fishing reports may have noticed most of my Associate Guides and Charters and I have been fishing with our families and friends. We are also fishing with each other which is rare in peak season.

With the downturn in the economy, Guided Driftboat trips and Saltwater Charter trips have been drastically reduced. There is little that can be done about the economy so we all decided to take full advantage of the fishing in peak times to fish with our friends and families. In previous years we have been too busy to spend quality fishing time during peak seasons to fish with family and friends.

We have many available days during the peak season in the Douglas Channel right now and many open days in September for Coho drift boat trips. We would be more than happy to provide an awesome Fishing experience on the Douglas Channel or on the Kitimat River for any anglers interested. Anglers wishing to book a trip with us, please contact Noel Gyger

The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th. It is an outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants. For interested anglers from out of town, Derby tickets can be purchased by calling the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Please contact the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250 632 6294 or email address

Thank You to everyone for submitting pictures for this report.

Hope you all enjoyed the report.
"Big Fish and Big Smiles"

Ron Wakita

Fishing Report from: April Vokey of Fly Gal Ventures

Hi Noel, thank you for inviting me to contribute to your fishing reports.

As you know, I am based out of British Columbia, however, this week I am in Arkansas, USA and guiding for Rainbow Trout in the Ozarks (on a small Spring Creek).

Last week, I had the pleasure of fishing the famous White River with Mr. Davy Wotton World Class fly fishing instructor, US International Team coach of America and Europe, author and fly tier. It was a hoot! The Rainbows were biting, but the Browns weren't interested.

Fly fishing here in the Ozarks has been OK but is getting tougher as the weather is heating up. I understand you are having the same hot weather in Terrace.....

As you know I specialize in fly-casting instruction, workshops and ladies clothing. My fly fishing adventures consist of spring Steelhead and Trout, Salmon Jet Boat Trips, wilderness camps, BC summer Sturgeon and still water trips. If fisher folks need more information or wish to book a trip please have them contact you directly.

Note from Noel: Welcome onboard April, looking forward to your contributions.

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)


*** 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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