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Hey every one, now that we have the derby finished i have a couple questions. Me and my dad might head up to the babine the year after next. (Vacation this year) And i'm wondering if their are any fresh steelies there in the spring?(Don't want red tomatoes) or is it just in the fall? Artificials only, are there any baits that seem to work better than others on the babine? Tight lines and happy steelheading!
 

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In my younger years I used to go up to the Babine every year with my dad .... we would leave the 2nd week in October and be there till the end of the month. We would first fish tribs on the Nass, then a private stretch of river (only accesible through a farmer friend) on the Bulkley. Last we would fish the Babine ...... what a thrill!! Still my favorite river by far.

The best Steelhead fishing is usually from September until mid or late November. The lodge up there closes mid November. If you are going up there in the Spring (May, June, July) I wouldn't get my hopes up for Steelhead ....... but the Rainbow and Cutthroat trout fishing would be awesome. They would be there in abundance chasing the small steelhead fry.

Big hard fighting northern fish ...... check your regs ....... even back then there was a bait ban. I haven't looked it up but I would think that may still be the case.

For Steelhead you need to go September, October, or November otherwise you'll be disappointed. You'd be better off to stay here and fish the Vedder.

GOFISH 8)
 

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Not reallly a Babine Steel Head, thread. For a summer I worked around Burns lake as a fisheries surveyer (sp). I met alot of people, some of them were firstnations who fished the lake. They gave me places to fish... spots they dumped the guts and I found some great fishing for trout you couldn't tell from steel head. I'm not sure if they were trout from the lake or steelies... about as much differance as a bull trout and a dolly.
A calculation was need, # of rays, vs. lengthe of lower jaw.
I don't know but two of my biggest trout were caught from
Babine with flesh imitating flies.
Have fun, Jason
 

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young gun said:
so basically all were gonnna catch is springs and trout. Thats cool. good luck guys
I lived for 5 years on Babine Lake. Yeah, you're going to be into springs and trout, but as Jay says, Babine lake trout can hit 30" and aren't distinguishable from Steelhead. By the way, you should try and make a stop at the Stellako river (near Fraser Lake)and fish trout there. It's one of the nicest trout waters you're ever likely to see.
 
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