BC Cohos are running silver!

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Feature image shows Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge holds up his guests fresh Coho (Silver) Salmon landed this season!

Noel Gyger reports. Mainly sunny with highs to +18 degrees Celsius (GREAT fall weather).  Most rivers are in poor shape. We’ve had too much rain a few days ago. All rivers really came up some to flood, ie Kitimat River. Rivers are dropping now but I don’t think they will be in shape by the weekend.  Kalum River was fishing well for Steelhead and Coho. Guiding started April 1 and ends October 31. Sorry, not much to report on other rivers we just need some time and good weather so the water can shape up again. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn and Crab good out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert. Re Douglas too much debris in water close in, you need to travel far out for clean water.

If you would like to book a BC river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2016-17 you can contact Noe at, .

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Yamaha Introduces New 12.3” Connext Helm Control System on all 242 Series Models

Posted on September 21st, 2017

TORONTO, ON., August 29, 2017 – Yamaha Motor Canada has introduced a new 12.3” Connext® Helm Control System on all boats in the Company’s top of the line 242 series. With over 16 million colours and 1000 nits backlight, the 1920 x 720 resolution screen is much brighter than a smartphone, so it is easy to see even in direct sunlight.

How It Works

There are three ways to engage the Connext system starting with a row of quick-access buttons located at the base of the helm, a conveniently placed joystick and the touchscreen itself.

The main screen on Connext provides critical information such as water depth, fuel gauge, RPM, compass heading and speed. On the Trip tab, functions include maximum speed attained, fuel efficiency, average speed and trip odometer.

Connext also serves as the entertainment hub of the boat, providing full access to radio and stereo controls, Bluetooth® connectivity and USB connections. The Connext joystick provides additional quick access controls for top level Connext navigation, including Home, Scrolling and Volume as well as access to Yamaha’s Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode™.

Exclusive to the 12.3” Connext System is a full-featured, GPS-enabled nautical chart. An icon indicates the boat’s position on the chart, and it can be programmed to lead you to a destination or to leave a trail of bread crumbs showing you where you have been.

When anchored, Connext automatically goes into “float mode,” displaying pertinent information such as battery voltage and water depth. If the system detects low battery voltage, an audible alarm will sound indicating that the driver should start the engines to recharge the battery.

Yamaha’s Drive Control on E-Series Models

Yamaha’s 242 E-Series models, which include the 242 Limited S and 242X, also feature Drive Control on the new Connext screen. In addition, the wakesports focused 242X includes Ballast system controls on its Connext screen.

With Yamaha’s Drive Control, the driver can easily set rider acceleration profiles between fast, medium, slow and manual, as well as dial in top speed preferences with a press of the Connext system touchscreen.

Now owners can enter and save their acceleration and top speed profiles in the Connext system to the exact mile per hour, storing all preferences in one of the five programmable profiles.

Ballast Settings on the Yamaha 242X

On the 242X, the system can also store rider’s ballast preferences so the shape and size of the wake is exactly as desired. Through the Connext interface, owners can independently fill three ballast bags located in the centre storage compartment and under the two bench seats in the cockpit to add up to 1,400 pounds of additional weight for wakesports.

When that rider is ready to go, the driver simply chooses the rider’s saved profile, waits for the ballast system to calibrate, then pushes the throttle levers to full forward and the boat goes underway exactly as programmed. This ensures a perfect, consistent pull every single time no matter who is driving the boat.

Yamaha’s 12.3” Connext Helm Control System condenses a tremendous amount of information in a convenient touchscreen display featuring an intuitive interface with all of the critical functions boat owners demand.

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The search for northern gold.

Posted on September 4th, 2017

The Search for Northern Gold

by Lucas Gagnon

The passion started as a young boy. Something about the outdoors fascinated me. The thrill of adventure always seemed to excite me, and this next outing was no different. I was returning to Kapuskasing On, a place I had once stepped foot before. I had been successful here in the past with large pike and bass, however came up short of “Northern Gold”.

Gazing from the plane window at 23,000 feet, city streets had become dirt roads. Rushing traffic had become flowing water and high rises had become miles of towering birch and cedar. It was clear I was close to my destination. Greeted by my dad at the airport I could see he had the same look in his eyes. It was a look I had seen before. My dad and I were both determined to not just spend quality time together but to capture and hold a prize I had been chasing for years, even if it was only for seconds.

Day one we unfortunately experienced problems with our boat motor. We had some bad weather with constant down pours and cold and continuously dropping temperatures. We spent days trying to prepare the vessel for a break in the weather. To no prevail our boat was no longer sea worthy. For a minute I thought my chances were slowly diminishing. I prepared myself for disappointment. My Dad understanding I had come hundreds of miles remained calm and assertive. “were there’s a will there’s a way” he exclaimed.  I walked with my dad to the back of his property where he had a small canoe. “The Manaqua”, He said.  My dad doing whatever it may take to assure me I had a genuine shot, we prepared it for voyage.  Equipped with a small trolling motor we headed out into the back woods.


There was a break in the weather finally, as we approached a clearing in the woods I could see the Kapuskasing River ahead. It was as beautiful as i remembered.  Everything about the place seemed magical. The way the sun shimmered upon the water’s surface. The trees and rock that lined its shores, and the eagles that flew high above in the sky.

We made our way to a back bay with a small island with some incredible structure and weed beds. We were confident we were in a good location. Although we have had success fishing all times of the day for walleye, we knew the large walleye we were after would typically be laid down in cover, waiting for the evening to feed, or simply waiting for the food to come to them.  We took this into consideration and did just that.

I rigged up with a black and white leech imitation jig and began back drifting from the bay into the river. I could feel it was a soft shallow bottom with a sudden drop based on the way the jig felt as it bounced along. It only took minutes to hook up with a fish. It was a gorgeous 3 pound walleye. It was a taste of what we were after, however not quite the monster we were looking for. We remained optimistic that we were in the right area. We continued to work the same area and repeated the same technique. As the jig dropped from the shelf of the weeds I felt a large tug and I knew it was a decent fish! Briefly it came across my mind that I had a large pike. The flash of yellow and glowing eyes changed that thought rather quickly.


After a great fight and managing to keep the canoe balanced from tipping, my dad had the fish in the net. We looked at each other in disbelief. It was perfect from the tips of its tail 26 and a half inches to the tip of its fine sharp teeth. I had struck gold, 7lbs of it. The happiness I felt was simply indescribable. I had caught my trophy.

As I headed back to shore for some photos many thoughts crossed my mind.  Generations of my family had accomplished what I just had. My grandfather, my dad and now myself. I was overwhelmed with emotions. I learned a life lesson that day and realized the reward of catching that fish was doing it with my dad and seeing how proud of me he was. I will treasure that moment for the rest of my life.

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BC Saltwater & Freshwater fishing update.

Posted on September 3rd, 2017

Both ocean and river are fishing well at this time! Yahoo!! Pics from Hittel Kitimat Lodge, BC.

Noel Gyger reports.  Cloudy with showers with highs to +17 degrees Celsius.  Most rivers are fishable.  Kalum River is starting to fish well for Coho. Guiding started April 1 and ends October 31.  Skeena River is in fair shape, kind of a milky colour. Chinook fishing closed in a section near Terrace BC (from Lakelse River mouth upstream to the Skeena River Overpass (New Hwy Bridge) at Ferry Island) and closed to Sockeye and Chum. You can fish for Coho, Pink and Steelhead.  Zymoetz (Copper) River a few summer-run Steelhead are coming in now; and fishing is good BUT we need good water condition. Kitimat River Water in fair shape and Coho are coming in. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn and Crab good out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert.

If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2016-17 you can contact Noel at, .

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Fantastic Chinook, Kitimat Lodge, BC.

Posted on August 24th, 2017

Tracey John Hittel who operates Kitimat Lodge and guiding service sent us these images of impressive coastal Chinook salmon catches.



Tracey regularly does tributary guiding trips for salmon and steelhead in addition to coast trolling for silver salmon.


If you enjoy Great Lakes salmon fishing and have dreamed of catching these prestigious fish in their native Pacific waters, Tracey John Hittel is the person to contact to book your adventure!



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