Steelhead guiding has STARTED
Capt. Noel Gyger
March 30, 2009
Terrace - Freshwater Fishing Report
The photo of the week shows Jesse Houston with a bright, fresh Kitimat River Steelhead landed on March 25th. Photo by Ariel Kuppers. Ariel is an associate fishing guide for Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters. They are all excited that the spring run of Steelhead has started. Contact me [email protected] anytime to book a spring Steelhead trip on the Kitimat River.
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated March 22 – March 29, 2009
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: The weather has been fair all week. Maybe spring is finally getting a grip on itself. The spring melt-off on the mountains has not started yet. Despite the low water conditions the "best" fishing guides are doing quite well for their clients. The Tracey Hittel report below is outstanding. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape and water is very low, almost too low for jet boats so its drift boat and raft time. The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and a few fresh ones are coming in now. I have a report of a few fish being caught on the fly rod. Most of the ice that was floating in the river has melted. A few fishermen are now starting to fish on the main stem Skeena River looking for that spring run Steelhead. In the meantime lots of Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char to keep the fishermen entertained while waiting for Steelhead. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel please check out the Ron Wakita report below.
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PODCAST March 25, 2009 One "New" podcast0012 is posted on www.noelgyger.ca/podcast
Welcome to my podcast: The category for this show is: Meet the "best" river fishing guides. The guide today is Tracey Hittel. The show starts off with a couple of photos of Tracey holding his clients huge chinook (king) salmon, a couple of photos of coho (silver) salmon, then a couple of photos of Steelhead. The last steelhead shown is arguably a "new" fly caught record taken on one of our local rivers. WOW! The show concludes with an audio interview. I hope you enjoy the show.
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CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks.
FISHING THIS WEEK: GOOD
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 24.3-pound Steelhead. Angler: Client of Tracey Hittel Where: Kalum River
WEATHER: Cloudy. A few flurries over northern sections early this morning. 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries this afternoon. High plus 4. Sunrise 7:14 AM Sunset 8:04 PM. Today's yearly average temperatures: Maximum 10 degrees. Minimum 0 degrees.
WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.
SKEENA RIVER: Is in good shape, low and clean but still frozen over in spots. Be very careful walking on those ice shelves. The spots that are open can have some drifting ice. Should be a few Steelhead and Trout one can catch.
KALUM RIVER: Is in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well. The water is extremely low and the fish are easily spooked. Walking around is getting a little easier as a lot of the snow has melted. The boat ramps are getting easier to access.
This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Is fishing well for Steelhead right now. The upper section is closed to angling as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for the winter Steelheaders to enjoy.
Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters.
KITIMAT RIVER: "Mission Accomplished"!. Jesse Houston and Ariel Kuppers have been on a mission for the past three weeks to catch a steelhead and it happened for Jesse on Tuesday. Jesse landed his first Steelhead of the year March 25th which Ariel estimated to be about 16lbs. (See Photo of the Week - above) "Jesse caught one last year on March 25th" said Ariel, "Same date this year". They also hooked 11 trout and 7 landed the same day. They landed three of the trout on a fly, the muddler minnow with a silver tinsel body.
Many other anglers have been reporting similar results for trout but Jesse's Steelhead was the only one we recorded this week. Many trout fishermen commented that they were catching trout in runs that they had fished numerous times this winter but this week these same runs produced fish. I am a strong believer that the temperature of the water has a major influence on the fishing results for Trout and Steelhead. With the warmer temperatures we received all week and the Kitimat River was a lot more productive. Since the news of Jesse's Steelhead and the pictures circulating, more anglers are planning to be out on the Kitimat River this weekend. The Kitimat River is very low and anglers are able to walk and wade most portions of the entire river. The pools and deeper pockets that will be holding fish are clearly defined so anglers should be able to find fish easier. We will soon see! Stay tuned for next week's report. Ron Wakita
DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Rick Taylor caught some King Crab down the channel last weekend! Pretty exciting as these are the first King Crab reported this year. Other boaters were also out catching Dungeness Crab and some boaters were just out test driving their boats after the winter hibernation. We did not receive any reports of any feeder Chinook last weekend. The herring migration seems to be a little erratic this year and accordingly so has the "Winter Chinook fishery". It may be a result of "climate change" or simply the unpredictability of Mother Nature. The forecast is calling for continued warmer temperatures so this may cause a late migration of Winter Springs.
Salt Anglers are reminded that the 2009/2011 Synopsis is now available. Please note that the Halibut quota for Area 6 is one per day with two in possession.
Our tackle store has received numerous requests to clarify these quotas. Please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] with any questions regarding the Douglas Channel or the Kitimat River.
City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods (our family owned Tackle Store) is gearing up for the Fishing Season with many new products and In-store specials.
Please click on our logo on Noel Gyger's Homepage www.noelgyger.ca to view our instore flyer.
Reliable Guide and Charters has dates available for Steelheading in April and May. We would be pleased to share the exciting and rewarding experience of fishing for Steelhead. The Kitimat River Steelhead are Hatchery enhanced and is one of the few rivers left where Steelhead may be retained. Most Steelheaders prefer to catch and release but the Kitimat River regulations allow for one hatchery Steelhead to be retained. We also have booking dates available for the Big Chinook both in fresh and saltwater trips. Any interested parties please contact Noel [email protected]
This is an Exciting time of year! Tight Lines!
Ron Wakita owns the largest Tackle Shop in Kitimat BC. Cast here www.noelgyger.ca/ads/instore-flyer-01.doc to view his instore flyer for many great tackle deals.
Fishing Report from: Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures
The Bites On Fishing Report for March 29, 2009
Fishing Season is finally here and the weather patterns for the north coast are providing far better conditions for Steelhead / Trout fishermen venturing out on local rivers. Kitimat River is still very low. The snow melt in the higher levels will soon bring a needed rise in water levels and create better fishing conditions throughout the river systems.
A few Steelhead caught over the last week as well as good number of Cutthroats.
Harbor fishing is still slow with only a few early boaters trying to hook up some feeder Chinooks and load up on a feast of Crab.
Nautical West is now taking reservations for the 2009-10 Fishing Season. For complete package information and trip planning tips please contact Noel Gyger
Nautical West Steelhead Dates still open for the Kitimat River May 1, 2, 3, 2009.
Contact Noel Gyger [email protected] for details.
Fishing Report from: Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven
Hi Noel, here is a quick report: I just started guiding on the Kalum River. Day1 of week 1, 6 landed this one 19.5 lbs calculated, Rod Toth of Bent Rods Jigs, Chilliwack BC, also day 2 with 6 fish females one with sea lice so some new fish pushing in, water temps still 36F.
Another 1 today 21.4 lbs , 3 days 1 fish 19.6, another 17 and then the 21.4 what a 3 day trip, will send more pics just doing a download.
I still have a few dates open, please contact Noel Gyger [email protected] to book them. Thanks. Tracey Hittel
Fishing Report from: Gill McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Hello Noel, thought it was about time to send you some fresh 2009 steelhead photos the weather is starting to improve the rivers are starting to flow and the Fish are starting to bite.
Photos attached are of my brother Gordon McKean with a couple beauties on the fly. We still have a couple openings for spring steelhead as we had a cancellation for April 19th to the 25th
this is a prime time date.
Gill McKean, Fishing is our addiction - Guiding is our passion - Adventure is in our blood
AREA RIVER RECORDS: Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead: Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.
FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009
2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009
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Catch & Release formula:
- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)
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