Noel Gyger reports. This is a great time of year. Set you GOAL high by targeting Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. Trout fishing is excellent.
Skeena River: Water is a quite dirty and really not fishable. Apparently the Bulkley River and other tribs are coloured up. The spring run Steelhead are in the river now. Plus Trout and Dolly Varden Char. Early Chinook (King) Salmon are coming in now. Catching Steelhead and Chinook on the same day is possible. Just need some clean water to get at them.
Kalum River: The lower and upper sections are in good shape. The water is coming up slowly. These are the conditions we like. A good run of Steelhead are in the river now. Many of them have spawned and are now kelts heading back to the ocean. These fish should be handled with extra care. Chinook fishing is excellent. We should be able to catch both Steelhead and Chinook in the same day. Wow is this fun or what!
Regarding Chinook, here are some very important regulations:
Upstream of signs below lower canyon:
– Jan 01 – May 24 limits 4 per day, none over 65cm. In other words “catch and release” the big ones.
– May 25 – Dec 31 No fishing for Chinook.
Lakelse River: The water is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead, and Trout is fair. Chinook will be coming in soon.
Zymoetz (Copper) River: Water is too dirty to fish. Facts: Last year we had a record run of Steelhead, lets hope at least we have another good run this year. The fly rods work extremely well in this river.
Kitimat River: Steelhead are coming in now. Fishing has been excellent. More and more anglers are hitting the river. Trout fishing is excellent! The odd early Chinook have come in also.
If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Noel, you can contact him at, www.noelgyger.ca .