Noel Gyger reports. Weather has been good. Temperatures were very hot until Wednesday when it broke into thunder, lightening, hail and rain. Hot again on the weekend with highs to 28-29 degrees Celsius. Way too hot for some, me included. Fishing for Chinook, Sockeye, Chum Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been fair. The Skeena River came up and got dirty on Wednesday due to a slide somewhere on the Zymoetz (Copper) River. The water is dropping now on the weekend and is clean enough to fish again. Many boaters are happy about that. I have many reports of some big Chinook caught this week. Sockeye fishing is good. Limit 2 per day, 4 in possession. Iâ€™ve had reports of a few Steelhead caught also. The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Chinook is fair. More big fish are moving in every day and some are starting to set-up for spawning. They are holding in the deep cut-banks as the water drops. The Kalum is the â€œback-up riverâ€ for when the Skeena River gets too dirty to fish. The Kitimat River is in good shape. Anglers this week are harvesting the last of the Chinook run. Kitimat River closed to Chinook retention on July 31st. The river remains open for retention of Chum, 2 per day over 30cm. Pinks remain closed for retention. Coho are showing up. Fishing “out front” the Kitimat Bay (Douglas Channel) you have a chance to catch all 5 species of Salmon. The outer waters are starting to produce exceptional numbers of Coho with still some pretty good numbers of Chinook. Crab (Dungeness and King) fishing is excellent. Check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean. The Steelhead are coming in now. Prince Rupert ocean anglers are still catching some Chinook but most are now concentrating on the Coho run or the many spots for Halibut and other bottom fish. Meziadin Lake continues to produce some great Sockeye fishing. 60,000 Sockeye have entered the Meziadin Lake system. Check out the full report from Marvin Reid below. Bob Melrose says the Bulkley River is low and clear. Some nice fish have been taken. Morice River is low and clear. Tough fishing but there are fish in the river. Kispiox River water is low and clear. Fish are in and many are being caught but tougher when the water is so low. Check out the Bob Melrose report below. Cranberry River is fishing good for Chinook. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Darren Bisson, Ariel Kuppers, Mike Herzberg, Marc Girard, Tracey Hittel, Gill McKean, Marvin Reid, Dave Payjack and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to all of the fishing guides and anglers who have sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!
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