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Capt. Noel Gyger
March 22, 2011
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report


Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger March 13 to 20, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:

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SUMMARY: Weather was excellent all week. Lots of sun shine and warmer than average day time temperatures. Fishing Guiding started on March 15th on the Kalum River.
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 in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is excellent.
The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is slow. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.
The Lakelse River is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is fair.
Lake ice fishing is good. Beware of thin ice!
Kitimat River is iced up and snowed in. This has caused the river to be reduced to narrow channels. Despite these conditions, some anglers still went fishing. The warmer weather will help the situation. Trout fishing this week was excellent.
Douglas Channel; I have not heard anyone fishing the Douglas Channel at all this week but they will be heading out soon with the warmer weather. Many anglers are upset about the current Halibut Policy. The 2011 Halibut Season will close some time in the summer but DFO does not know when. This makes it impossible for Saltwater Anglers to book holidays or days off to fish for Halibut. This Conservative Halibut Policy is affecting all Recreation angler's ability to enjoy this Canadian resource especially folks who must travel long distances. See Important Halibut Information below. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert: With the beautiful weather were having it looks and sounds like this weekend should see lots of fisherman heading out for some fun on the water. Everybody is getting their boats dusted off and ready for another season. Can't wait for the fishing reports to start rolling in. Check out the Jeff Carson report below.

If you would like to book a comfortable, warm Charter Boat for Winter Chinook and Dungeness Crab in Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact me [email protected] anytime.

New Items on Website go to www.noelgyger.ca/news-bulletin.htm to find New items:

March 20, 2011 One New item (Guided Fishing - Seasonal Special Offers)

River Reports

Note: fishing reports for the Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox, Babine and Meziadin Rivers North are posted "in-season" only.

Kalum River
Is in good shape both upper and lower end and fishing for Steelhead and Trout is excellent. Both spin and fly is working well. My son-in-law Dennis Therrien was on the river and reports some good "hook-ups" with Steelhead and Trout. Photos next week. Pro angling guide Andrew Rushton, fishing on his own, did well also. See this weeks Photo of the Week

Lakelse River
Is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair. Trout fishing is starting to turn on.

Lakelse Lake
Ice fishing for Trout is good. Please be careful as the ice will be getting thinner.

Skeena River
The Skeena River is full of ice flows, ice ledges and is frozen over in some locations. Please be careful walking on the ice. Steelhead and Trout can be caught at some locations. There will be a spring run of Steelhead starting now.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is in fair shape to fish right now. There are some ice flows. The river is frozen over in some locations. Fishing for Steelhead is fair. Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon Jan 1 – June 15. You can still fish below the sign all winter.

Fishing Guide and Tackle Shop Reports

Summary for Skeena and Tributaries
Fishing This Week

Type of Fish Caught
River: Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden Char.
Ocean: All five species of Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness and King Crab for ocean.

Largest Fish of the Week
River: 10-pound Steelhead – Kalum River. Ocean: none reported

Ron Wakita - Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com and

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E-mail [email protected]
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Kitimat River
The Kitimat River is iced up and snowed in but is melting fast. This has caused the river to be reduced to narrow channels. Despite these conditions, some anglers still went fishing. The Trout fish was excellent this week as you can see from the photos and captions below. Both spin and fly were working well. Spring Steelhead should be coming in soon. Hopefully we will have a good run. Stay tuned…

March 13 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and David Quaiffe landed 17 Trout fishing the upper Kitimat using a fly they nicknamed the "Kitimat Killer" The also caught some of the Trout on the "Kitimat Combo" which is float fishing a Berkley www.purefishing.com/ Power Bait 3" Worm with a Bubba's Bait www.bubbasbaitbarn.com/ Bait Worm. Congratulations Guys!

March 14 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and David Quaiffe caught and released 27 Trout on the Kitimat River fly fishing with the "Kitimat Killer" and the "Kitimat Combo". Congratulations Guys.

March 15 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and Mike Campbell landed 3 Cutthroat on the upper Kitimat River on fly.
Well done Guys!

March 16 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and Mitch Lupick hooked 5 Cutthroat and released 2 fly fishing the upper Kitimat River. They were fly fishing with a fly they call the "Kitimat Killer".

Thank You to everyone for providing info and photos to this Fishing Report.

We are booking for the 2011 Season. Anyone interested in Jet boat trips, Saltwater trips or River Drift boat trips please contact Noel [email protected]

Good Health and Good Fishing!

Sincerely Ron Wakita
[email protected]

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March 17, 2011 The Common Sense Canadian
New From TheCanadian.org: Valuing Food; Rafe on Sun's Lack of Private Power Criticism; Southlands Video Debacle; 4 Upcoming Events
Rafe: Vancouver Sun Still Reluctant to Take on IPP's
"The Vancouver Province has, belatedly to be sure, attacked the BC Energy policy and called it "folly". I felt it might be appropriate, then, to offer an op-ed article to the Vancouver Sun, which I did on March 1 and which I followed up on March 6 by emails. Having not even received the courtesy of a reply I sent another email Friday last saying that if I didn't receive a reply by the 14th I would feel at liberty to make all this known."
Ray Grigg: Food, Glorious Food
"The unfolding food crisis on the planet is a convincing argument for protecting local agricultural land, for encouraging small farms and for establishing backyard gardens. Indeed, global food security seems stressed as never before. And a partial solution to this crucial problem is the utilization of all the local resources. The cost of food, as measured by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Food Price Index, is at its highest value ever..."
"Southlands Video Debacle Raises Questions of Public Process and Free Speech" by Damien Gillis
"Public processes should be engineered with one main purpose in mind: maximizing citizens' opportunity to express their concerns to governments and regulatory bodies. Everything should be oriented toward that goal - and creative expression and modern technology should be encouraged if they help further it. Instead, what we often find is an adversarial environment geared towards controlling, obstructing and restraining public expression at every turn."
Four Upcoming "Take Back Our BC" Events with Rafe & Damien
-Williams Lake: Friday March 25, 7 PM @ The Williams Lake Secondary School Theatre
- Quesnel: Saturday March 26, 1 PM @ the Anglican Church Hall
- Penticton: Saturday April 2, 2 PM @ the Shatford Centre
- Kelowna: Sunday, April 3, 3 PM @ First United Church
Stay tuned to http://TheCanadian.org for more info - if you live in or near one of these communities we hope to see you there!
Please take a moment to support our work - our independent voice for BC's environment depends entirely on your generosity: http://thecanadian.org/donate

March 19, 2011 Update from Alexandra Morton

DFO on the Stand

On March 17 the Director General of DFO Science for the Pacific region was put on the stand at the Cohen Commission to answer questions about a Ministerial memo regarding a virus that may be killing large numbers of Fraser sockeye. The transcripts will eventually be available from the Cohen Commission website, but in the meantime here are my notes. http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

It was a disheartening display of avoidance behavior following in the footsteps that brought us the east coast cod collapse.

I am deeply grateful to Greg McDade and Lisa Glowacki, the lawyers that represent me at the Commission. I am also thankful to First Nations lawyer, Brenda Gaertner who brought a powerful sense of outrage that DFO has not informed First Nations on this potentially very serious virus.

We have a long way to go, but these lawyers were a storm over passive waters.

Alexandra Morton
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Contact me [email protected] anytime to post your items. There is no charge for a posting. Here are the latest postings:

Rod Days For Sale
50 Skeena River, section 2, classified rod-days for $2000. These rod-days come without the license. Without license means they can be sold only to guides that already own Skeena 2 rod-days. Contact Noel Gyger for more info. [email protected]

Commercial Recreation Tenure #740801 For Sale
Hi Noel, Kori and I have tenure up for sale. The area is from the upper Skeena and Bulkley from the bridge just above the Suskwa down stream on the Bulkley and then from there down stream to Prince Rupert taking in most of the tribs: Copper, Kalum, Lakelse, Zimacord, Exstew, Kasiks, Khyex plus over to the Kwinamass. Great for Rafting, Bear and other Wildlife viewing, River boat rides, Plus all the First Nations villages between Hazelton and Prince Rupert. If you are interested Call me Stan Doll 250-635-4686 or cell 250-638-2893 or e-mail at [email protected]

Real Estate

Beautiful Log home right next to the famous Kitimat River

Kitimat BC A True Fisherman or Wilderness Lovers Dream Home. 2 minutes to Kitimat River Boat Launch. 3 Bedroom 2 full bathrooms, 2 Levels 1000sq/ft each plus 500sq/ft loft. 1000sq/ft detached heated shop with games room, plus second storage shed on extremely private tree'd lot. Beautiful cozy log cabin style home. Heated floors, many updates, New spa-steam-shower-tub, plus separate stand up shower in main floor bathroom. Loads of potential. Western Red and Yellow Cedar logs, 12"-20"" round. Unique Home. Asking $350,000. Please contact Noel Gyger for more information [email protected]

Terrace, BC This property is a ten minute drive from the Terrace/Kitimat Airport part way between Terrace and Kitimat. Near Mount Layton Hot springs, within 45 minutes of internationally acclaimed Shames Mountain, 15 minutes from 18 Holes at the Skeena Valley Golf Club, and central in all directions from world class salmon fishing, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking. This property features over 400 feet of sandy beachfront. While approximately 25 acres is left forested, the balance has been levelled and prepared for your dream home, or potential development. This property is home to local wildlife, including Moose, Deer, and perhaps the occasional Spirit Bear, plus countless smaller mammals and birds. This property is truly a one of a kind natural treasure. Properties of this quality rarely become available, act now! Contact Noel for more info. [email protected]

For Sale: Beautiful one level 4600 sq. ft. home on Skeena River Front 22km East of Terrace, BC

4.92 acres, fenced/landscaped around home. Click here to watch a 14 second video clip www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips/normandy-video-clip.wmv that shows the best gravel bar fishing for Salmon and Steelhead just out your door with stunning mountain views. Fruit trees, flowers, lawn. House was built in 1994 and has 4 bedrooms (so spacious, it could be 6 or more), 3 bathrooms, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, security system, double garage, tool-shed, storage buildings. The kitchen and dining room are open to one another and adjoins the family room where all the windows draw you in to look out over the Skeena River. The properties adjoining both sides of this home belong to the crown, so your privacy is assured. Suitable as a private home, B&B, lodge, or a private conference centre. Appraised at $640,000 discounted to $475,000 (fully furnished) for quick sale. Contact Noel Gyger for more info New! Oct 27/10 [email protected]

Wanted to Buy

I have a client who is interested in property of 5-10 acres or larger on the Skeena River or one of the tribs, not too far out from Terrace BC. Need winter access, hydro and phone connection, or at least wireless coverage. He wants to be able to walk down to the river with his Spey rod and fish, so Skeena 4 would be ideal, but no farther than USK. If you have larger acreage that is sub-dividable to suit my client please Contact Noel Gyger [email protected]

Contact me anytime to post your FOR SALE river or ocean front property. Retirement folks from around the world are looking for this type of investment where they can fish the rest of their lives and still be close to home! There is NO charge for a posting. My FISHING REPORT AND WEBSITE has world wide reach. Monthly average: over 600,000 server requests handled.
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Hi Noel, I have a client/friend that I've been fishing with in the Terrace and Smithers area for the past 10 years. We have been looking recently at land in order to put up a small fishing cabin but we've noticed that most land listings in the Terrace area are for large plots. I was wondering if you know of anyone that has a larger plot of land on the Skeena (around Usk would be perfect) that would be interested in subdividing out a section of about 1 or 2 acres. Walking access to Skeena would be nice but not necessary.

I would be able to handle the legal work and associated costs to subdivide, so I just need someone who might be interested in selling off a small piece of their land that they aren't using. Also, it would need to have vehicle access which we could do by registered right of way across sellers prop if unavailable otherwise. Contact Noel Gyger if you have such property and I will put you in contact with the buyer. [email protected]

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