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i fished the coquitlam river at lunch this afternoon for about an hr or so! seen lots of chum swimming everywhere so i threw a few casts with a rodney spinner and 3rd cast i hooked up with a huge chum using my 7ft trout rod with 8lb test and what a fight but i realized i used up alot of the fishes energy trying to land it so i stoped fishing because gear was too light to use! so i just watched as hords of chum swim by for about 20 min then i had to go back to work! water super low and jin clear! any coho in this system! nice looking water but hard to access the river where i was fishing!

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wasn't the mouth thats for sure! just walk the river and look for pocket water! that is if you want to targer non edibal smelly old beat up chum! i never attempted to ever fish this system till today just wanted to see if there were any trout around! no trout that i could see!

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I fished the mouth of the Coquitlam this morning after an early morning swim in Fraser due to a loose bow rope. Long story short, the boat came off the trailer and straight out into the middle of the bloody river! Lucky for me my compadre can't swim and I was wearing my work clothes so I ran full speed and jumped into the river about 30 feet short of the boat. Good times!

You would think that after a sheraid like this I might be rewarded with a nice clean coho but no such luck! The water on the incoming tide brought a tone of fish but the vast majority were chum. Though we did see a few coho rolling and surfacing anything we hooked were dogs.

The Fraser is absolutely polluted with fish right now, oh ya and it tastes like shit.
 

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Chum vs. steelhead? Don't see too many anglers boasting about catching wild bc steel on fragile streams, do you? I read it as a thread on fishing for chum in the Coquitlam myself, which is closed for that particular species
 

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Thanks for clarifying that Canadian Cowboy, the Coq. is a great ditch to molest spawning chum salmon. Don't know if you have ever fished the stream or not but the chum entering are usually ready to blow their loads within days, learn the river and respect the fish.
 

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Sanderson said:
Brad said:
Chum vs. steelhead? Don't see too many anglers boasting about catching wild bc steel on fragile streams, do you? I read it as a thread on fishing for chum in the Coquitlam myself, which is closed for that particular species
Chum is closed to retention on the Coquitlam, not c&r, just like wild steelhead. Chum = plentiful pretty much everywhere. Wild steelhead = not doing so well locally.

So you tell me whats better, c&r chum or c&r steelhead. You better not be a steelheader :roll:

Freshwater salmon regs http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Freshwater/region2_e.htm
Oliver, catch and molest chum or catch and release steelhead in the Coquitlam, there is no difference. The gravel pits have taken care of that river. Without hatchery intervention for the chums sake or the steelheads sake, its over. How is Cogburn and Big Silver doing these days?
 

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I live next to the river so I know all about it... and no I would not and have not ever fished it. Only heard the stories from my dad of the days when it was great many years ago before the gravel. Personally I don't see why anyone would fish it since, as you said, the chum are already pretty much dead when they enter the river. I have heard that if you go way to the very top past the gravel pits that you can find the occasional nice coho if you work really hard but personally... not my thing.
 

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The subject of the Coquitlam River has come up many times in the past and although I do agree with most of the posts this time around, I am at a bit of a loss to explain why fisherman, who head to this stream legitimately looking for some coho /steelhead action should be lumped together as "chum molestors" . Certainly, I agree this stream has fallen on hard times, but is it really any different than the Allouette, Nicomeckl, Sepentine, Little Campbell, Kanaka Creek? :?:
They have all fallen prey to development of one kind or another. But, in spite of this and the "fragile nature" of these streams, they are only closed to fishing for a months of the year. There is nothing illegal in fishing any of these streams outside of the closures. People should be aware of the facts, though, and the main one being....ALL the above streams used to be PACKED with fish and now have very few left in them, :cry: with the exception of the hatchery supported streams that have rebuilt some hardy stock.....Ortho 8)
 

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Ya I agree Ortho... and i think the whole debate is pointless (because every small river debate ends up the same!)... as long as people follow the regs and treat the fish well and use respect that is what counts. It's when rules are broken and fish are abused (and people are stereotyped) that I would like to think we all have a problem with.

On an un-related note... the raingods have finally heard our prayers!! Enjoy the fishing!
 

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Oh Boy. :D ...........Are we all gonna take bets and swim the river in mid winter?? :lol: On second thought, 'think I'll leave that to the experts and take their word for it. Wouldn't it be nice if both these systems had a good survival at sea and the numbers increased??.................Ortho 8)
 

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holy crap! all i did is make a post that i fished the coquitlam river on my lunch break for an hr and i was targeting TROUT with my 6 ft trout rod!and so happends the chum like the same spinners and spoons the trout do! honestly if i were to harass old beat up chum do ya think i'd use a trout rod to do it!!!!! :lol: :roll:
 

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Why harass a closed species on a fragile system and then post it on the internet?
Hi Brad,

I would agree with what you are "trying" to say, but your choice of words is confrontational. "Harass" is a strong word, and "closed" is not synonymous with C&R. The Coquitlam is a fragile system but I'm sure the good folks on this forum who dare to fish it do so with care for the fish.
 
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