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Skeena River Steelhead Report

Postby NoelGyger » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:09 pm

The photo of the week shows Rod Toth of “Bent Rods Jigs” with a huge wild Steelhead buck landed on the Kalum River. Would this be another 20-pounder – plus? My guess is yes! Rod was a guest of pro guide Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven. Photo by Tracey Hittel Contact me anytime to book a Steelhead guided fishing trip.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated April 12 – April 19, 2009 :welcome:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week with some rain towards the weekend. The snow pack is starting to melt and the rivers are on the rise. The Steelhead that were holding in deep dark pools are on the move. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape even though the water is rising. The first Chinook should be coming into the Kalum River soon. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is dirty and not fishable. The main stem Skeena River is dirty but is still borderline fishable below Terrace. A good run of spring Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon should be coming in now. Good runs of Steelhead are coming into the many isolated coastal streams and rivers. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below.

April 16, 2009 One "New" clip posted on Video Clips:

Rob Vodola and I were fishing for Steelhead on the Kalum River, for the first time this year, on April 13, 2009. We fished a short day but still managed to hook four nice fish and landed two. The two landed were both females. If you are interested to book a guided Steelhead fishing trip please contact me anytime. Cast here: to watch the video under Video Clips (Title: 1st Trip This year! and is 2009 Steelhead Video Clip #0070)

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One New video posted on "Video Clips" April 16/09
One New item posted on "Conservation" April 15/09
One New posting for "Super Halibut Tackle Sale" April 13/09
One New item posted on "Special Guided Fishing Trips" April 11/09

NOW BOOKING: 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 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 for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, podcasts, 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. I am at your service.


Ron Wakita
Gill McKean
Todd Haynes
Tracey Hittel

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: 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: 20-pound Steelhead Where: Secret River Angler: Guest of Gill McKean.

WEATHER: Cloudy. Periods of rain mixed with light snow beginning late this morning. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 5. Sunrise 6:23 AM Sunset 8:44 PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 13 degrees. Minimum 2 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 rising and coloured up. Fishing around Terrace is poor but fishing below Terrace should be OK and fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea now.

KALUM RIVER: Is in good shape and is coming up slowly. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Spring runs of Steelhead should be coming in. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well. Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are expected anytime. We have caught them around mid April.

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: The angler is Dennis Therrien.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is very dirty (copper colour). The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon is open.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.

KITIMAT RIVER: The Steelheading on the Kitimat River is starting to get really good with one outstanding fish to report!

Rob Brice landed a 14lb steelhead on the Kitimat River on April 12th. Rob was fishing with his fishing partner Cal Tant who landed a "bigger Steelhead than Rob" on April 13th on the upper Kitimat River. Cal said he landed this Steelhead in the first pool below the first wash out. Well Done Rob and Cal!

Another angler who wishes to remain anonymous, as he did in last week's report, hooked four
Steelhead and landed two upriver on April 13th. Both fish were released. I respect his request to remain unnamed and I really appreciate his contribution for this report and my log. "Anonymous" is a pretty long title so I will respectfully refer to him as "Mr. G". Congratulations "Mr. G." on a great morning of fishing and Thank You for the info.

The info provided to me by anglers helps to identify the strength of the run as well timing of this year's Steelhead run. I also respect that not all anglers especially Steelheaders wish to reveal their favorite fishing holes and I will not reveal them if requested not to do so. The catch information is very important to me for my log and this report.

Duane Teneycke another avid local Steelheader reports landing a 15lb wild Buck on April 14th from the mid Kitimat section.

Last but not least! John Heinonkari caught a Big, Wild, Steelhead pushing 30lbs on the Kitimat River, Saturday April 11th. John said, "I'm 44 years old and this was the Biggest Steelhead of my life. I have fished the Kitimat Area since the early 70's with my father for over 39 years. This fish was at least 28lb maybe 30; this was the biggest Steelhead of my life!” John caught hundreds of Steelhead over the years. John possesses a quiet almost humble personality and has landed five or six Steelhead over twenty pounds on the Kitimat River. This was the first one that was pushing thirty. Well Done John!

I first heard the news of John landing this Huge Steelhead from local residents, Markus Feldoff and Jody Dennil who were in our tackle store. I have known John for thirty years as we both grew up fishing in Kitimat and I am extremely happy for him. It was like receiving news of someone that you know winning the lottery. In the fishing world landing a Steelhead pushing thirty pounds is like winning the lottery!

When I called John to share the moment, the sense of his accomplishment and excitement was prevalent in our conversation but John seemed almost humbled by the experience. That is the way John is. John did not get a picture as he did not have his camera but says, "that the memory of this fish will forever be etched in his brain". Congratulations John!

I don't want to detract anything from John’s accomplishments but it is too bad that he didn't get a picture especially now that every cell phone has a camera. A reminder to all Steelheaders, please remember to pack your camera or use your cell or make sure that your partner has his or her camera. "The fish of your life" may be on your next cast!

Anyone interested in a Guided Trip on the Kitimat River for Steelhead with Reliable Guide and Charters please contact Noel and he would be more than happy to accommodate.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: There are not a lot of boats fishing the Douglas Channel this week. The boats that are heading out are mostly crabbing and prawning. Tom Blake a local angler reports catching lots of crab and lots of octopus in his prawn traps. Octopus is great bait for bottom fishing but I would rather eat prawns. Tom did also report that he landed a 12lb feeder Chinook this week. As the weather improves, more Salt water anglers and Charters will be heading out.

Our tackle Store: City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods has many preseason specials. Please click ... _FLYER.pdf here to view our New! Updated instore flyer It has some “HOT” deals!

Tight lines and safe fishing.

Ron Wakita
City Centre Hardware & Sporting Goods
"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Shop"

Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures

Hello Noel, Me again. We have been very busy getting our guests hooked up to Trophy steelhead!

This spring has been a little crazy weather wise. It has challenged us every day. We have had sunny weather most of this week but the cool nights have kept the snow melt at bay! The boat ramps have been interesting to say the least but with good equipment and a little steelhead book camp training we are getting the job done!! All guests are hooking good numbers of steelhead on the fly indicator method and swinging a leech or sculpin pattern is getting it done. The fish have been aggressive and strong, there has been the odd colored fish but most have been chrome bright and BIG!! Average catch per day has been 3 to 4 fish per angler with the odd day in the double digits.

All Region 6 rivers are starting to fish well now and it’s only getting better!

We still have a few last minute openings for 1 or 2 persons just call Noel 250-635-2568 and he will hook you up.

Special thanks to Todd Haynes for the video clip and the photo (see below) of Splash Gordon doing what he does best… hook you up!!

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

Fishing Report from: Todd Haynes of Nautical West Sport Fishing – April 17th

The Kitimat River is in fantastic condition this week and the weather is just as good for fishing.

We have seen an increase in catches this past week as well as an increase in the number of fishers throughout the river system. Guiding is in full swing now and most are having several fish successes on both fly and conventional gear.

I managed to get some great video footage and a few photos yesterday of Gord McKean and his guests from Alaska.

Spring Chinook fishing is coming soon! Nautical West has dates available for both the Kitimat River and ocean charters. Contact Noel Gyger for complete information.

Fishing Report from: Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven

Hi Noel, here is a photo and caption: 12 year old Jake with his first Kitimat River Steelhead, fishing conditions are awesome, the catching is a bit slow, with the rain and a drop in level we will get an excellent last week in April. Thanks Tracey Hittel

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.

2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010

2008-2009 Freshwater 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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