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Postby NoelGyger » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:44 pm

The photo of the week shows a beautiful, bright Steelhead about to be released back into the Kalum River this spring.

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated March 23 – March 30, 2008
(Number 64)

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week. Maybe spring has arrived. The Steelhead fishing is good for both spin and fly rods. A Steelhead of over 20-pounds was landed this week. Only problem is the water levels on most of our rivers is still extremely low making it near impossible to get around with a jet boat. No problem for the drift boats and the rafts. The spring melt off on the mountains has not started yet. The fishing pressure is light also. The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and a few fresh ones are coming in now. I have a report of a few fish being caught on the fly rod. A few fishermen are now starting to fish on the main stem Skeena River looking for that spring run Steelhead. In the meantime lots of Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char to keep the fishermen entertained while waiting for Steelhead. See a Nicholas Dean Lodge report below. See a Kitimat River report below.
- Mar 22/08 two quotes posted on “Quality Waters Strategy”
- Mar 27/08 one update posted on “Quality Waters Strategy”
- Mar 28/08 one item posted on “Conservation”

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CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: approx 21-23-pound Steelhead Where: Skeena tributary Angler: Martin Walker

WEATHER: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 6. Region normal: Max. Temp. 10 degrees C. Min. Temp. 0 degrees C. Sunrise 7:11 AM Sunset 8:07 AM

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: ... f=wxbtnold

WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena is very low and in good shape. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in good shape. Kitimat River is very low and clean.


SKEENA RIVER: ... id=08EF001

KITIMAT RIVER: ... id=08FF002

SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean.

KALUM RIVER: The water, both upper and lower sections are in excellent shape and fishing for Steelhead is good. The water is very low, so one must be very careful if using a boat. I have heard of one jet-boat smashing the bottom pretty good in a shallow rocky tail-out.

March 29, 2008 the water was so low my friend and I could only make it to three good pools with my jet boat. We did manage to hook three Steelhead and land two, one dark spawned out (kelt) female about 8-pounds and one dark male about 4-pounds…which is well below the average size for this river. The low, extremely clean water and the bright sunny day may have had something to do with the slow action. The fish had to be very spooky. Anyway, we still had a lot of fun.

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: The upper section is closed to fishing as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for Steelheaders to enjoy. Fishing there has been good.

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 March 23 to March 29/08

Spey fishing is a popular method in fishing the Skeena and its tributaries. In addition to being an incredibly effective tool for covering water, Spey casting is just plain good fun. Katy Sexton Photo

The Steelhead available in the Spring months on the Skeena and its tributaries are large, strong fish that respond well to a variety of flies and lures fished deep. This chrome hen took a black and blue fly on the swing in the middle of the pool. Katy Sexton Photo

Hello Anglers,

Our 2008 Spring Steelhead season has started off incredibly well, with a strong showing of some very big fish on the Skeena and its tributaries. Guests Jeff Bright and Martin Walker have had the lodge to themselves over the last week, and have ventured out with their Spey rods in tow to swing flies for some of the largest Steelhead around. Being the keen anglers they are, they wanted to fish the same afternoon they arrived in Terrace, and after only a few hours of fishing, Jeff landed a 14 lb Steelhead on one of his artistic patterns. And from that day on, their fishing only improved.

Last year, Martin had somewhat of a discouraging start to the Spring, with only a few fish in a week’s fishing. This year has been a different story though. Martin has landed over 10 Steelhead, with most of the fish being in the 10 to 18 lb range. He even landed one very large buck that was 39 inches long and had a 22 inch girth – between 21 and 23 lbs according to Sturdy’s formula. It could be argued that for all good things you have to pay your dues. I think that Martin would agree…

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels,

Chad Black
Operations manager
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: Spring is here but this week only during the afternoons. We experienced warm, sunny weather in the afternoon but in the mornings it has either snowed or remained frosty cold. Only in the North West can we get all four seasons in the same day. The effect of this erratic weather on the river conditions is that the river is staying very low and clean.

The Trout fishery continues to be very spotty this year but there have a few reports of Steelhead. Jody Dennil's nephew caught a small Steelhead (6 lbs.) while they were fishing for trout. One of our staff in our tackle store, Jesse Houston caught about a 10lb. steelhead in the lower river. The Kitimat hatchery staff reported landing a Steelhead while they were collecting brood stock for Cutthroat.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The better weather conditions has been enticing more boaters to get out fishing but the Winter Chinook fishery continues to be very spotty. Most boaters are de- winterizing their boats and getting organized for the fishing season. Crabbing seems to be the focus right now and should evolve to bottom fishing. Anglers are reminded to review new regulations especially halibut catch limits.

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables ... h&region=1


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


To: Nicholas Dean Lodge: “The 2007 season has come and gone…the fish numbers may have been low, but remarkable experience were high! Thanks to all for hard work and hospitality. Eagerly looking forward to March – fish on” – Jeff Bright, California


*** If any of you have special fishing photos, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.

2008 TV SHOW SCHEDULE FOR SPORTFISHING BC with host Mark Pendlington
CHANNEL Friday Saturday Sunday
Sportsnet Pacific 6:30 AM PST
(9:30 AM EST)
Knowledge Network 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 1:30 PM PST
(4:30 PM EST) 11:30 PM PST
(2:30 PM EST)
A Channel 7:00 AM PST
(10:00 AM EST)
World Fishing Network Check local listings

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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Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

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