Noel Gyger reports. Weather has been a mixed bag of sun, cloud and rain. Just about all of the rivers are on the rise. The main snow melt-off from the mountains is happening. Fishing for Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char is fair using both fly, spin and conventional gear. The Skeena River is dirty and really not fishable. It would be a good idea now to fish the clean seams of the tributary rivers that flow into the Skeena. The lower end of the Zymoetz (Copper) River is coloured up and is borderline fishable. I spotted some fly fishermen below the bridge this morning trying their luck. The Kalum River has been rising but is still in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is good. Chinook (King) Salmon are being landed also. This is the time of year when you can catch Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. The Kitimat River was low mid week but is now on the rise bringing in some fresh Steelhead and scattering the Trout. Chinook fishing in the Kitimat Harbour is poor right now and is weather dependent. The Chinook start showing up around mid May. Crab (Dungeness and King) fishing is excellent. Check out the Ron Wakita report below. Ocean Chinook fishing in Prince Rupert is really starting to pick up. Fishing for Halibut is good and so is trapping Crabs and Prawns. The Smithers anglers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Bulkley River summer-run Steelhead. In the meantime lake fishing is really starting to pick up. Jason Munday in Terrace reports good Steelhead fishing in some of the Skeena tributaries. He heard reports of Chinook landed in the lower Kalum River. Trout and Dolly Varden fishing is excellent also. Lake fishing is starting to happen.
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If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Noel, you can reach him at, www.noelgyger.ca .