Noel Gyger reports. The weather has been extremely HOT. We are having a â€œheat waveâ€ with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees C causing rivers to rise as the last of the snow melt comes off the mountains. The highest temperature was 37 degrees C. Normal high temperature is 23 degrees C. On July 28 the Skeena River started to rise quickly and by the 30th it was out of shape for fishing. The Kalum River also rose and went out of shape. Quite a few fishermen went home rather than stay around and get skunked. Some went to the Kitimat River to fish as this river seems to tolerate the heat better. Going home early may have been a mistake for some because the rivers start to drop quickly and by the weekend both the Skeena and Kalum were back into fishable shape although the bite is not as good as it was last week. See the river height graph below. Right now is â€œprime timeâ€ for Sockeye (Red), Pink and Chinook (King) Salmon. I heard that on July 28 a Nicholas Dean Lodge guest landed an 80-pound Chinook. In addition to the BIG Chinook, the summer-run Steelhead, Pink and Coho (Silver) Salmon are migrating through. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is borderline fishable.
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If you would like to book a guided fishing trip around Terrrace, BC, you can contact Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .