Noel Gyger reports. Weather has been excellent until the rain hit on Thursday. We had a down pour that coloured most of the rivers. Fishing for Steelhead, Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear was excellent until Friday. The Skeena River is very dirty below the Zymoetz (Copper) River. Above the Copper the Skeena is not in bad shape. The Kalum River survived the heavy rain and is not in bad shape. Steelhead and Coho are coming in now big time. I have reports of some outstanding catches. The Kitimat River, during the early part of the week, was exceptionally low and clear with lots of Coho jumping. The most productive time to catch Coho was the early mornings although the lower Kitimat River also produced during the incoming tides. Many anglers reported seeing lots of Coho swimming pastthem in the low, clean water but the difficulty was getting them to bite especially in the afternoons. Anglers who were hoping for a little rain were granted their wish on Thursday. One has to be careful what you wish for and the Kitimat River level rose and as of Friday was high and dirty. The Douglas Channel bottom fishing will continue to be good but the weather will be the determining factor for boaters. Check out the RonWakita report below. Prince Rupert; good Coho catches out of Rupert and Halibut fishing good off river mouths and channels. Some very big Ling Cod off the more remote kelp-beds and rock walls. Kispiox River; locals have never seen the river at a lower level than it is right now. We desperately need some rain. By the weekend we got it! There are lots of fish in the river but fishing has been very tough. Most guides are fishing the Skeena right now because the Kispiox is just too low. Bulkley River; the bones of the river are starting to show. Water is so clear and low that fishing in the last couple days mid week has really slowed down. Jet boating is starting to get a little risky. Fishing had been awesome for a couple weeks, but seems to be slowing down a little in the last couple days. Still lots of fish, both Coho and Steelhead, to be taken. The Morice River is holding a lot of Steelhead and Coho. Fishing has done pretty well for most. River is so low! Most are fishing with dry lines and small flies. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is very dirty on the weekend. Summer-run Steelhead were moving in and outstanding catches mid week were being reported, many with dry flies. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, Tracey Hittel, Wes Owen, Dave Payjack and Gill McKean.
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If you would like to gook a guided fishing trip with Noel, you can contact him at, www.noelgyger.ca .