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Noel Gyger's Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Noel Gyger
February 25, 2011
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report


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

Noel Gyger

February 13 to February 20, 2011

Dear Fishing Friends:

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SUMMARY: Weather OK at beginning of the week but now is too cold at minus12 degrees Celsius.
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. Lots of ice flows on the weekend. 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 fair. Beware of thin ice!
The Kitimat River provided good fishing opportunities early in the week. Many Trout anglers were catching Trout in pretty good numbers. By late week we received another "cold snap" and the edges of the shorelines have iced up which caused Trout fishing to be limited.
Douglas Channel: Dorothy from MK Bay Marina reports there was no boat activity in the Douglas Channel consequently nothing to report. Halibut will open March 1st. Important Halibut Information in this Report. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.
Prince Rupert: On February 16th a pod of Killer Whales cruised though Prince Rupert Harbour, undoubtedly looking for a meal. It has been a good year for Winter Chinook fishing, so it's not to surprising they show up in the harbour from time to time. 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

New Items on Website

- Feb 17/11 One New item (Special Guided Fishing Trips) webpage:

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. Reminder: Bait ban Jan 1 – Mar 15

Lakelse River Is in fair shape and fishing for Steelhead is fair.

Lakelse Lake Ice fishing for 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 in fair shape. There are some ice flows. The river is frozen over in some locations. Fishing for Steelhead is slow. 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 from the Kalum River. Ocean: none reported

Ron Wakita: Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

Website: www.kitimatfishingguideandcharters.com

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E-mail [email protected]
Phone 250-632-1275

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Kitimat River
The Kitimat River provided good fishing opportunities early in the week. Many Trout anglers were catching Trout in pretty good numbers. By late week we received another "cold snap" and the edges of the shorelines have iced up which caused Trout fishing to be limited.

Feb 13 Justin Lowes landed a Steelhead on the upper Kitimat River. Justin was Float fishing with a Gibbs www.gibbsfishing.com/ Float and straight roe. Justin was using a Loomis www.gloomis.com/ STR 1025 GL3 rod with an Ambassadeur www.rapala.ca/ 5500C 2 speed reel. The "Right Tools for the Job". Justin landed one of these elusive Kitimat River Winter Steelhead but the hook popped before he could get a photo. To clarify, the Kitimat River Steelhead has a small run of Winter Steelhead. Most of these Steelhead are caught while Anglers are fishing for Trout which was the situation in Justin's case. Trout anglers beware, your next bite could be a Steelhead.

As the weather changes so will opportunities to fish for Trout with the odd chance of hooking a Steelhead on the Kitimat River. This is typical for fishing in the winter.

Douglas Channel
Dorothy from MK Bay Marina reports there was no boat activity in the Douglas Channel consequently nothing to report. Halibut will open March 1st.

Special Reports

Glen Kilcup of Fishawk Guiding reports, "So Mike Primeau and I fished for a few hours a couple of days ago and came into a few nice holding fish. The plugging worked unbelievably as we drifted down through the runs with our unsuspecting plugs. Using Luhr Jensen www.rapala.ca/ planer boards side by side, Storm www.rapala.ca/ 'madflash' hot n tots, Berkley www.purefishing.com/ big game 20lb main, 15 on the terminal end, we stealth fully angled the pools. Shimano Calcutta 400's and St. Croix wild river rods completed the gear complement. We back trolled down a couple of familiar shoots and hit double digits every run. For a change of pace, Gibbs www.gibbsfishing.com/ 1/2 ounce croc silver with red stripe was also an easy producer. Not all fish were landed, but way more than enough to keep any winter Steelheader happy. Good times…tight lines!" Congratulations Glen and Mike! Thank You for the info and photos.

Feb 5 Justin Lowes and Chris Matos drifted the Upper Kitimat in their Buck Bags South Fork Pontoon Boats. Chris landed this nice Kitimat River Steelhead on their drift. Congratulations Chris. Justin landed a bunch of Trout including this beauty. Congratulations Justin. Well done guys and Thank You for sharing the photos.

Thank You to everyone for providing info and photos 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
[email protected]

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February 15, 2011 - New From TheCanadian.org: BC Hydro's Numbers Way Off; Rafe: "We Don't Need More Private Power"; Gerry Hummel Cartoon; Upcoming Events

New Must-Read Report: "BC Hydro Driving Rates Higher" by Erik Andersen
The Common Sense Canadian presents a second in-depth report from economist Erik Andersen on the troubling trajectory of BC Hydro's finances. After first exposing Hydro's increasingly shaky financial position in these pages last year, Mr. Andersen now delves into the numbers to show the inevitable consequences of this situation for the province's ratepayers: skyrocketing power bills for years to come. On the bright side, we are making real headway in terms of domestic energy conservation - and yet, Hydro continues to commit us to more private power contracts we simply don't need.
Rafe Mair: "The Numbers Don't Lie: We Don't Need More Private Power"
"Until now, if an IPP wanted to dam our rivers – yes they are dams – and the project size was under 10 Megawatts, they could do so free of any public process or environmental assessment...Now BC Hydro (read the Campbell government) intends to raise the limit to 15 Megawatts - by no means a 'small', 'run-of-river' project! Hydro also intends to offer these offshore leeches a raise of between 14-29% for this already astronomical power!"
New Gerry Hummel Cartoon: Private River Power Projects and their "Small Footprint"
Rafe Mair has been giving his local MP, Federal Tory John Weston, a hard time of late for his praise of Plutonic Power/General Electric's private power projects. The West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky representative allegedly referred to these "run of river" projects as having a relatively small ecological footprint. If it weren't such a serious matter, this assertion would be downright comical.
Three Upcoming Events
-Feb 16: SpOILed - The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival hosts an evening on the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. Multiple films and superb guest speakers - including Ian McAllister, spirit bear guide Marven Robinson, and photographer Garth Lenz. Feb 16 - 6:30 pm @ Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (2300 Lonsdale Ave). For more info: www.vimff.org/msg.asp?portalid=4&pageid=62&news=19&caid={68DA4DE4-5AC1-4772-924B-E71589EEE07B}
-Feb 19: Two "Take Back Our BC" events - Port Alberni from 1-3 PM @ ADSS Auditorium; Tofino from 7:30-9:30 @ Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre.
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Highway Webcam – Terrace BC

Go here: www/111.html" target="_blank">http://images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/111.html to view road conditions. This one is near Terrace BC and is located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 37, looking east on Highway 16. The image will update every 15 to 30 minutes.

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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To start to answer any of the above questions and more please check out the Past Fishing Reports webpage at www.noelgyger.ca/past-fishing-reports.htm There are links there that go back to fishing reports from 1996 right up until today. Who should I contact for more information? Contact Noel Gyger he will be more than happy to help you. [email protected]

News Bulletin

February 17, 2011 Check out my Special Guided Fishing Trips webpage www.noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm if you are interested to book an All Inclusive saltwater fishing lodge near Prince Rupert, BC. It is the first guide listed, on top of the page.

Trips will include a GREAT professional guide, GREAT meals, GREAT accommodation, GREAT boats, GREAT equipment and most importantly a GREAT trip.

2011 Salmon and Halibut Seasons runs from May 20th to September 9th. The lodge is currently 60% booked so reserve your spot soon. [email protected]


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]

Wanted to Buy

Notice to Fishing Guides who own Classified Rod-Days: I know of someone who is looking to purchase rod-days and license for Skeena 2, Zymoetz (Copper), Ecstall, Kalum and or Gitnadoix Rivers. Contact Noel Gyger and I will put you in touch. [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 [email protected] 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.
View current postings www.noelgyger.ca/recreation-retirement-waterfront.htm

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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It is NOT too late to book a guided river or ocean trip

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]

OCEAN FISHING Winter Chinook and Crabbing in the Kitimat Harbour is red hot right now. To book warm, covered charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. Phone 250-635-2568 E-mail [email protected]

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