[singlepic id=1665 w=320 h=240 float=]Noel Gyger reports. Normal winter fishing weather all week for winter Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char. The average day time temperature was plus1 degreeCelsius. There has been a little snow and rain but not much wind. The Skeena River isin good shape but full of ice flows and frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking onthe ice ledges! There may be some Steelhead wintering over in some locations. The Trout and Dolly Varden Char are available year round. The Kalum River is low and ingood shape and fishing for Steelhead is good. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in poorshape with lots of ice flows and ice ledges. If you can find open water the Steelheadfishing should be pretty good. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st. TheLakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair. Lake icefishing has started and the fishing is good. Beware of thin ice! See a full lake reportbelow. The Kitimat River has produced excellent numbers of Trout and higher than normal numbers of Steelhead so far this season. The catch rates to date have beeninfluenced by the favorable weather and river conditions. This week the river conditions were good but the weather was wet and cold. The hard core anglers who braved the elements were rewarded with pretty good catch numbers of Trout and the odd Steelhead. Douglas Channel; Lori from MK Bay Marina received reports of increased numbers of Whales, Sea Lions and Porpoises roaming around the Douglas Channel. Lori also observed larger numbers of Sea Gulls circling above the water in the Kitimat Harbour. These are typical signs of the Herring and/or Baitfish moving into the Kitimat Harbor. I think it is a month too early for the main Herring spawning season but there definitely signs of larger numbers of Herring or Baitfish moving up the Douglas Channel into the Kitimat Harbor. Unfortunately this week’s strong winds have prevented boaters to get out fishing for Winter Chinook that are normally follow the Herring or Bait fish. The winds were so strong that Lori reports that she had to lock the front door of the Mk Marina Restaurant and Store to keep the wind from blowing it open. With more favorable winds in the forecast many boaters were heading out this weekend to find out what the Sea animals are chasing.
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