Terrace, BC Tributary Fishing Update

Posted on May 4th, 2009

noel_gyger_graphicNoel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with average daytime temperatures and lots of sun until it rained overnight. The rivers are on the rise as more snow melt comes down. The run-off has come down slowly so there is no danger of flooding yet.  Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape. The first Chinook are in the river now. This time of year I like to remind folks of the great possibilities of angling for both Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon on the same day. The main stem Skeena River is dirty and not fishable. Best places to fish now are at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena.


The Skeena Is too dirty to fish.  Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea now.  Is in good shape and rising slowly. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now.  Spring runs of Steelhead should be coming in. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.  Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are expected anytime.  We have caught them around mid April. Chinook have been seen rolling in the lower river.  Kitimat River Steelhead are in full swing with lots of Steelhead being caught.  This has been a Great Steelhead season so far with some steelhead caught weighing over twenty lbs, one pushing thirty pounds.  Wow !  And the weather has been outstanding!  Just when we thought that the Steelhead season was going good, the hot weather started to bring the river level up and the Kitimat River started to murk up a bit.  The Kitimat River very seldom becomes unfishable due to snow melt but the higher, murky water will present some challenges.  Anglers simply need to adjust to the conditions.  Float fishers need to lengthen the float and use some roe, Hot shotters may have to fish a larger size and Fly Fishers may have to change the sink tips and possibly change to different flies.  All anglers should be making some kind of adjustments.  If the right adjustments are made sometimes Steelheading can still be very good…The weather is forecast for cooler temperatures so conditions will improve.  For more info., you can contact Noel at, noel@noelgyger.ca .

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