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Capt. Noel Gyger
January 27, 2011
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report


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

Noel Gyger January 16 to January 23, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:

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SUMMARY: The weather has warmed up and we are back to near normal day time temperatures of around zero degrees C…just right for winter Steelheading. We've had lots of snow so walking the trails to your favourite pool is going to be a little tougher now.
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 good.
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. The upper section closed for fishing on January 1st.
The Lakelse River is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead and Trout should be Ok now since the weather warmed up. Lake ice fishing has started and the fishing is good. Beware of thin ice! See a report from Ross Lake below.
Kitimat River: We received an unbelievable amount of snow last weekend and many anglers in Kitimat were busy shoveling their driveways. It seemed that we were shoveling around the clock. With all the snow that we received caused access to the Kitimat River to be limited. When the snow finally stopped it was followed by rain which made shoveling even worse. Snow + Rain = Slush. Slush is the worst conditions in my opinion. It makes driving dangerous, walking in it ugly and fishing in it is a pain. Consequently, due to the weather the only thing to report on the Kitimat River was there was nothing going on.
Douglas Channel; The Resident Salt Water Anglers were in the same boat as the Freshwater Anglers. They were busy shoveling their driveways and coping with the snow and then the slush. The additional issue of a huge snow fall followed by rain is that the rain saturates the snow and the snow load on boats has to been addressed for obvious reasons. There was no fishing activity on the water this week due to the weather. This is one of the few times when there was no fishing going on in either the Kitimat River or the Douglas Channel. Such is life in the North West. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert has fantastic Winter Chinook fishing, weather depending. 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.

There is a New! guiding and fishing destination for 2011 being developed in the far northwest of BC and Alaska Rivers where you can: "fly fish for and catch salmon, steelhead and trout until your arms will feel like they will fall off!" Click on the Fishing Report BOOKMARK "Gary Miltenberger - New Destination Stikine River plus a dozen more rivers" BOOKING NOW for 2011

This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Ariel Kuppers, Andrew Rushton and Jeff Carlson. Thank you to the fishing guides and others who sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

New Items on Website

- January 20, 2011 One New item (conservation)

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 is excellent. Both spin and fly is working well. Even though the weather has been cold this river usually does not freeze over. It has something to do with the warming of the water flowing out of Kalum Lake. It will freeze if the water level drops very low and if it stays cold and starts snowing heavily. If it is cold enough the snow will not melt when it hits the water. The flowing snow clumps together and jams when it hits the rocks and boulders. The river current in some places nearly stops flowing and if it remains cold it will freeze over in these areas that are like lakes. This seems to happen every few years or so. Reminder: Bait ban Jan 1 – Mar 15

Lakelse River
Is in good shape and fishing for Steelhead is OK as long as you can have river access through the snow.

Lakelse Lake
Ice fishing has started and catches of Trout is good.

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. Fishing for Steelhead is over. There may be some Trout available.

Zymoetz (Copper) River
The water is low and in good shape but has substantial ice flows and is frozen over in some locations. I have had reports of good Steelhead catches using both spin, conventional and fly gear. 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
FAIR – now that the weather has warmed up.

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 from the Kalum River. Ocean: none reported this week

Kitimat River
We received an unbelievable amount of snow last weekend and many anglers in Kitimat were busy shoveling their driveways. It seemed that we were shoveling around the clock. With all the snow that we received caused access to the Kitimat River to be limited. When the snow finally stopped it was followed by rain which made shoveling even worse. Snow + Rain = Slush. Slush is the worst conditions in my opinion. It makes driving dangerous, walking in it ugly and fishing in it is a pain.
Consequently due to the weather the only thing to report on the Kitimat River was there was none going on.

Douglas Channel
The Resident Salt Water Anglers were in the same boat as the Freshwater Anglers. They were busy shoveling their driveways and coping with the snow and then the slush. The additional issue of a huge snow fall followed by rain is that the rain saturates the snow and the snow load on boats has to been addressed for obvious reasons. There was no fishing activity on the water this week due to the weather. This is one of the few times when there was no fishing going on in either the Kitimat River or the Douglas Channel. Such is life in the North West.

Special Report - Ross Lake

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Jan 17 Ariel Kuppers, Clint Travis and Errol Doe went ice fishing on fishing Ross Lake. The conditions in the Kitimat area were not good so they went to Ross Lake. They only caught one Brook Trout but they traveled to fish and enjoy the fishing experience. Only hardcore anglers can relate to passion for fishing and understand the extremes that that anglers go to sometimes to be able to fish. They were using Berkley www.purefishing.com/ Hot Ice Combos baited with Procured Shrimp. The fishing wasn't the greatest but they were fishing in the comfort of an Outpost 6003 Ice Fishing Tent made by Frabill. I am happy to report that all said that they a had a Great trip.

Whilst I'm not a Canadian nor a Canadian citizen and probable have no right to comment on your laws, I feel very strongly about what is happening with the halibut fishing. It appears to me that once again Big business is trying to run the country and in the long run it is the small businesses and the small communities that suffer.

City Centre Hardware & Sporting Goods
"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Store"
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C.
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bus.250 632-3522 fax 250 632 3528
[email protected] www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com

Thank You to everyone who provided Photos and info to this Fishing Report.

We are booking for next year. We are also offering Gift Certificates for Guided Driftboat Trips, Jet Boat Trips and Saltwater Charters. These would make excellent Gifts anytime.

Good Health, Good Fishing

Sincerest regards, Ron Wakita

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Preliminary Salmon Outlook for 2011

Prepared November 24, 2010 by North Coast StAD and Institute of Ocean Science

Preliminary forecast of status (version 1)
Categorical, not quantitative
Status and targets are based on a variety of approaches including expert opinion

Skeena Region Outlook

Lower Range - below target
Upper Range - near target
Lower Range - conservation concern
Upper Range - abundant
Lower Range - below target
Upper Range - abundant
Lower Range - conservation concern
Upper Range - abundant
Brood escapement good, above average returns expected.

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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]

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. Go 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]

Terrace, BC With over 3200 feet of river front, panoramic mountain views, beautiful natural spring on the property, mobile home and guest cabin, barn, stable, workshop, gardens, a 5 1/2 acre area that was formerly a vegetable growing plot that supplied the local area and has been fallow for several years now. May be organically certifiable. Pick your fishing spot along the riverfront, with several different good looking options available. Clear views of the Seven Sisters range, plus mountains to the East, West and South as well. Located 76 KM East of Terrace this is literally a piece of Paradise on Earth. The balance of the property carries up the ridge toward the majestic peaks on the South side of Highway 16. Perfect as a small farm or build your dream home. Contact Noel for more info, maps and more photo's [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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Sooke, BC Ocean Wilderness Inn This breathtaking 4.6 acre oceanfront property boasts a private setting with small creek towering trees and lots of wildlife for photographers and nature lovers. The beautiful walk on waterfront is almost a full mile of private beach. The home offers 9 very large bedrooms with large bathrooms. The fir floors blend into the log theme of the home, everyone who visits feels at ease in this comfortable home. Current owners have done extensive renovations to keep the property in top condition. The home has been featured in several publications and is well known for its great meals, crystal clear water, spectacular gardens and customer service. Enjoy spectacular views from the hot tub. Just a few minutes drive to fabulous salmon fishing and surfing beaches. Contact Noel Gyger for more info [email protected]

Quadra Island, BC Moon Shadows B&B 4500 square foot home on an acre of beautiful gardens, lots of room for toys in barn and storage shed. What a wonderful life choice with the ocean at your door step and fabulous Islands and inlets to discover while sailing or kayaking, fabulous fishing, clamming and oysters. Just a wonderful way to enjoy life while raising your family. Home is fully operational as a B&B, and is being sold with all furnishings, bedding and kitchen tools as the current owners are leaving the province. Contact Noel for more info [email protected]

Sooke, BC Coopers Cove Guest House Beautifully appointed 6 bedroom 7 bathroom waterfront B&B. This spectacular B&B was featured on Oprah for its gourmet cooking classes. Fabulous large professional kitchen, wonderful grounds complete with herb and vegetable gardens, and two hot tubs. Home is steps from the Galloping Goose Trail leading into the heart of Victoria. Contact Noel for more info [email protected]

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RIVER FISHING Lots of day bookings available this winter on the lower Zymoetz (Copper) River. The BEST fly fishing for Steelhead in the world awaits you. Contact Noel to book NOW! [email protected]

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