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The photo of the week shows Andrew Rushton of Kalum River Lodge with a beautiful, female Steelhead landed on the Kalum River on April 2, 2008
Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated March 30 – April 6, 2008
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week. I guess spring has finally arrived. The water on all the rivers is still extremely low. The Steelhead fishing is very slow on some of the rivers and fair to good on others. The trick now is to know where the Steelhead are holding and adjust your terminal tackle accordingly (small) and fish un-spooked water. And if you hook a fish…rest the pool. I guess a bonus is that the fishing pressure is light. The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and a few fresh ones are coming in now. A few fishermen are 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. I went fishing with a couple of friends today on the Kalum River, check out my report below.
LIST OF “New” ITEMS POSTED ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK:
- Mar 27/08 one update posted on “Quality Waters Strategy” http://www.noelgyger.ca/quality-waters.htm
- Mar 28/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
- Apr 3/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
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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 http://www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, 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.
FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK: FAIR
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: approx 17- 20-pound Steelhead Where: Kalum River Angler: Noel Gyger Note: one pound heavier than Robby’s fish <grins>
WEATHER: Cloudy with very light winds. High plus 10. Region normal: Max. Temp. 11 degrees C. Min. Temp. 1 degrees C. Sunrise 6:53 AM Sunset 8:20 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:
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weathe ... 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.
CURRENT WATER HEIGHTS FOR:
http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fu ... id=08EF001
http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fu ... 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.
- April 6, 2008. Hugh Ormerod, Rod Vodola and I went fishing on the Kalum today. We were the only boat on the river. The water is very, very low and we could only fish one good pool. That pool was kind to us as we each landed a Steelhead. Mine was a big male in very good shape around 17-20-pounds. Rob’s fish was a bright female around 16-pounds. Hugh’s fish was a small male around 5-pounds. We hooked at least six Steelhead and landed three in a very short day. We started at 9 AM and finished at noon. We also hooked a few Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden. So the action was good considering the conditions. I shot a video clip of Rob’s fish and will edit and post it on the website soon. I also got some great still photos. This is the lowest water level (for this time of year) I have ever seen on the Kalum in all the years I have been fishing it. The water is usually at least three to four feet higher and a dark green colour. Oh well, nothing we can do about conditions, just adjust to them.
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: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg 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 30 to April 5/08
We’ve been very fortunate to have some great weather during the last few weeks, but the downside is that rivers have become very low and clear, making fishing a little more difficult. In many places on the Skeena and its tributaries, it is now possible to wade in tail outs and riffles that you wouldn’t think of trying in normal conditions.
Still, more fresh fish are arriving weekly to complement the Summer, Fall and Winter run fish, and when the prevailing conditions change – either a little more colour in the rivers, or higher flows, or both – the fishing will follow suit. Despite the conditions, it was a great weekend to get out fishing and a friend and I spent the weekend swinging large flies on sink tips in some fantastic water, all the while practicing our casting. Doing a little recon when the water is low will also help you understand where the lies are and why, which will invariably help later on…
We were also pleasantly surprised to run into Noel, Rob and Hugh on the river this morning and it was great to hear that they had run into a few nice Steelhead. I have to say that I was a little envious, but realize that I just have to pay my dues, and wait for the next pull. It’s only a matter of time…
Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels,
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!
Fishing Report from: Kalum River Lodge for the Week of March 30 to April 5/08
Hey everyone how’s it going? Me and Andrew did a 1/2 day drift on the upper Kalum River today (April 2nd) and hooked 5, but only landed 2. Water is clear, cold, but the fish fight like %^$^! Great water to get them on the fly! Here are the pics I took with Andrew holding the fish, what a great half day. Wish you were here!!! Take care. Tony
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:
Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
KITIMAT RIVER: Spring is here but the reminders of the unusually harsh winter that we had are still apparent. The mornings still have a bite of cold with the odd morning still producing some frost on the ground. The enormous snow pack on the mountains is a constant reminder of the amount of snow we received this winter. The temperature of the next few months and accordingly, the rate of snow melt will have a major influence on the fishing conditions that we will have to deal with.
Early in this year's Steelhead season with the temperature staying colder than normal, the Kitimat River has stayed very low and clear. The low river conditions have slowed the migration of fish into the river and most of the steelhead that have been reported are in the lower river. There were three steelhead landed on the Island across from the hatchery and the Lower Dike has produced both Steelhead and some trout this weekend. Steelhead are reported to be spotty in the upper river by most anglers but two fly fishers said they had an outstanding day on Thursday. John said "with the low clear water the steelhead were pretty spooky but were able to do really good swinging a fly".
DOUGLAS CHANNEL: There were some herring reported in the harbour this week but only for a short time. A twenty pound Chinook was reported caught trolling in front of Eurocan on Wednesday but we still have not spoken to the lucky boater.
Crab and halibut are also the focus of boaters. Tidal water anglers are again reminded to be aware of the changes to the halibut quotas.
Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/ti ... h®ion=1
FISHING REGULATION WEBSITES:
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
LODGE GUEST TESTIMONIALS:
To: Nicholas Dean Lodge: “Thanks for sharing your wonderful rivers and country. Hope to make it back soon. Best wishes.” – Patrick Marlborough, California
GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:
*** 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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