Noel Gyger reports. Extreme cold weather made river fishing this week nearly impossible. The average day time temperature was only minus 8 degree Celsius with lots of wind and blowing snow. The Skeena River is in good shape but full of ice flows and frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on the 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 in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is poor now due to the cold weather. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in poor shape with lots of ice flows and ice ledges. If you can find open water the Steelhead fishing should be pretty good when the weather warms up. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st. The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout should be Okonce the weather warms up. Lake ice fishing has started and the fishing is good. Beware of thin ice! See a full lake report below. Kitimat River: Early in the week when the temperatures were milder, a few anglers reported catching some Cutthroat Trout. Douglas Channel; Lori from MK Bay reports, “the temperature at sea level has been bitter cold and there have been Storm Warnings in effect for most of the week”. There are signs of Bait Fish in the Kitimat Harbor but no one wanted to risk the cold temperature and strong winds to find out if there were Winter Chinook in the Kitimat Harbour following the Bait Fish. The best way to stay out of trouble is to not put yourself into situations to get into it. The very cold temperatures can cause problems with hydraulics, steering, batteries and many other issues on the boats. Most boatersexercised the good judgment to wait for better conditions. The forecast is for warmer temperatures next week. Smart money says to wait. Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook fishing, weather depending.
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If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Noel, you can contact him at, www.noelgyger.ca .