Noel Gyger reports. Saturday light rain with highs to +6 degrees C. Sunday a mix of sun and clouds with highs to +10 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and in good shape BUT frozen over in some spots but lots of open water now. Steelhead are being caught where you can find open accessible water 🙂 Please be careful running your jet boat as water is very shallow and be careful waking on the ice. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead last season. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Lots of open water now and the Steelhead will be coming soon. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape with some open water and Steelhead are being caught. Note this regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.
If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .
Jarame McClelland, 16, of Newfane, N.Y. caught this impressive 44-inch northern pike in Wilson Harbor on Lake Ontario on a large chub. Jarame is a student at Newfane High School. He is also president of the Newfane School District Conservation Club, a club that he helped create.
(article by David Figura)
Check out this 14.56-pound walleye caught through the ice on Lake Erie near Hamburg, NY by Bob Rustowicz of Cheektowaga, NY in February. It was a banner year for walleye fishing on Lake Erie last year.
According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation: “Lake Erie is continually ranked among the world’s top walleye fishing destinations by angler publications, with an abundance of trophy-size walleye ranging from 8-10 pounds, and local tournament winners often scoring fish exceeding 11 pounds.”
(article by David Figura )
In southern Ontario we home some of the best ice Lake Trout fishing right on Lake Simcoe, but NY state also has excellent ice fishing for a variety of fish including Lake Trout.
Rich Ortiz, of Fort Ann, N.Y. caught an impressive, 13-pound lake trout through the ice on Lake George and released it after this photo was taken.
(article credit David Figura)
Brian Hartman started off the 2018 walleye fishing in a memorable way. He caught a fish on the St. Lawrence River that’s since been declared a state record.Hartman, of Alexandria Bay, NY, shared his story with NYup.com .
Hartman and his fishing buddy, Mike Savoia, of Connecticut, headed off from a rented house on the river in Morristown at 4:30 a.m. opening day. They started off drifting and jigging. Hartman was using a 4-inch, pearl-colored swimbait. They picked up a few small walleyes early on. Then, at 6 a.m., Hartman hooked the big one. The bite was slight at first, he said, but there was no doubt he had a lunker on after he set the hook.
His initial thought was to let the fish go as he said he has done countless times before with big ones he’s caught. His buddy even urged him to do it. But this time, he felt things were different. “This one goes on the wall,” he said.
He had the 32-inch fish weighed three times before a certified scale at the Thousand Island Bait Shop in Alexandria Bay, NY registered the fish’s official weight at 18-pounds, two ounces.
The weight eclipsed the previous state record set in 2009 by more than 1.5 pounds.
The old record was actually set during the ice fishing season and caught with a tip up. Thomas Reed of Kill Buck, N.Y. pulled a 16-pound 9-ounce walleye through the ice on Mystic Lake in Cattaraugus County, NY in late January.
(article by David Figura)