Fishing Report from Noel Gyger
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Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert
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Skeena River: Water is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Coho is excellent. All wild Steelhead everywhere in British Columbia are catch and release.
Kalum River: Lower end is borderline fishable. Coho and Steelhead are coming in now. The upper end has only about 4 inches of visibility in the water. The lake is colored. It is going to take quite awhile for the lake and river to totally clean out. Under these conditions the fish cannot tell the difference between debris to your terminal tackle.
Lakelse River: The water is dropping and very clean. Coho are in but NOT in huge numbers. This is “prime-time” for Coho but the fish just are not there in any good numbers. Pinks are in good numbers and most are spawning everywhere. The Bears and the Birds are having a feast.
Zymoetz (Copper) River: Water is in very good shape. Steelhead fishing is outstanding. I have many reports of good catches. Last year we had a record run of Steelhead, lets hope at least we have another good run this year.
Kitimat River: Kitimat River has dropped and is in good shape. The main run is over, so anglers must target holding fish. The challenge will be to figure out the best times and tackle to catch them.Kasiks River: Fishing for Coho is very good if you can find what pool they are in. Don’t fish for them unless you see them rolling. This is the first river to go out of shape from rain but is the first river to come back into shape once the rain stops. Sometimes, when the rain stops you can see the river cleaning right in front of you.
Exchamsiks River: Water is clean but the Coho are way up river now and hard to reach with jet boat.
Douglas Channel: DFO closes recreational halibut fishery as of Sept. 5. The Douglas Channel is still producing some Coho but it is a situation of being in the right place at the right time. Most of the Coho will be migrating to their spawning rivers but can still be caught by the Saltwater anglers. We also received reports of Bottomfish still being caught further down the Douglas Channel. Weather conditions will start to be more of a factor but fishing for Coho and Bottomfish in the Douglas Channel can still be very productive. Dungeness Crab trapping this time of year is usually very good as the Crab are stacking up at the river/creek mouths expecting a feed of dead spawned out salmon.
Prince Rupert: With the Coho fishing winding up in the ocean and fall is upon us, there are still lots of opportunities to take advantage of the superb prawning and crabbing that is available right in the Prince Rupert Harbour. So don’t put that gear away just yet. While you wait for your traps to fill up try your hand at Trolling for the Residential Winter Chinook that frequent our waters.
Lakes – Smithers: Lake fishing in the area is still very good. Fishing for rainbow trout and lake trout has been very productive.
Morice River: The Morice is still high and cleaning up a bit. Be careful wading as it is a higher gradient river – meaning
Bulkley River: The Bulkley is fishing! The river is still high but the visibility is improving day by day….. We have had some reports of fish being caught all through the Bulkley.
Kispiox River: The Kispiox is high but visibility is excellent. Lots of people fishing…
Babine River: Babine is dropping bit by bit. Cohos and Steelhead are being caught
Babine Lake: Babine Lake is still producing lots of fish. The limit has been increased to 4 fish on the lake.
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