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My son and I were on the way to Aggassi for a motocross event this last Sunday. We always watch the river for fishers as we drive down highway 7. We drove down the Maple Ridge bypass and noted many RV's on the far side of the river at Derby Reach. I have a trailer and was thinking this may be a good first weekend outing for the year :cheers:. Are these folks fishing, and if so what would they be fishing for at this time of year. My kids caught a small trout years ago while camping in the summer but we now have a bit more experience and are looking for bigger game. Any advice...
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A good practice to do is check the regs before each outing as it could save you from getting a hefty fine. :)
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/default_e.htm
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/2008/fish-synopsis_2008-09.pdf





Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject: FN0131-Early timed Fraser Chinook: Areas 19 and 20, 29 and Region 2 - Recreational Management Actions

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Spawning escapements of early timed Fraser Chinook have declined to very low
levels and the Department is implementing additional measures to reduce harvest
impacts. Additional management measures are required for commercial,
recreational and First Nation fisheries to halt the decline of early timed
Chinook.

Effective 00:01 hrs Tues, March 11 until 23:59 hrs Thurs, May 15, in Subareas
19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to
Sheringham Pt) the daily limit is two (2) wild or hatchery marked chinook
salmon per day between 45 cm and 67 cm in length. An option to retain hatchery
marked chinook greater than 67 cm is still under consideration.

Effective 00:01 hrs Tues, April 1 until 23:59 hrs Fri, May 30 in Subareas 29-6,
29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 the daily limit is zero (0) chinook salmon.

Subareas 29-11 to 29-17 and Region 2 are currently no fishing for salmon.
Effective 00:01 hrs Thurs, May 1 until 23:59 hrs Sun, June 15, the daily limit
is zero (0) chinook salmon.


Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser
River.

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
Chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all
fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at
(866) 431-FISH.

Variation Orders No. 2008-97 and 2008-107 dated March 07, 2008


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the local DFO office in your area for further information.
 

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Thanks Shane.. some of us need the proverbial 2x4 across the forehead with the obvious first step :wallbash:. I will make a point of hitting my local shop (riverside) for a updated regs book. New boat, lots of fuel in the tank, but need to slow down and re-learn the basics after years of not being overly involved in the sport.
 

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With respect, I will say that I don't think you got your question answered. Derby reach has a lot of "permanent " campers and not a lot of fish...Years ago, this bar was pretty productive, but, like many other areas of the Fraser it changes from year to year and this is one of them.
Nice place to hang out, but, honestly, not a lot of fish. The sandbar goes quite a distance offshore and the best fishing is not here but there are some other bars that are much more productive ...pm me and |I'll give you the skinny..............Ortho 8)
 

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Derby like any spot on the Fraser produced Pinks last year! Also like other have mentioned..there is always sturgeon to be had around there. I think the closest launch would be Fort Langely or under the Port Mann bridge.
 

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Last year while after pinks at the part of the bar near the old fort I saw a guy land a 41/2 - 5 foot one from under the log boom.
First one I ever saw live, in person, I can see why they are called dinosaurs on this forum.
 

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The main attraction for Derby is how close to home it is for a quick night or two in the trailer mixed with the possibility for some river fishing without the boat. Sounds like I should save the effort on the trailer for another locations (or just enjoy the scenery if I go) and use the boat if I plan to fish this area of the river. I'm thinking I may have a hitch put on my wife's mini van. My son and I can tow the trailer to the valley and she can tow our boat. When my daughter and her decide they are no longer having fun (1-2 hours without shopping), they will have something to drive home in. :happy:
Thanks for the feedback guys..
 

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I used to fish Derby Reach as a kid. using 2 hook set up. caught tons of sucker fish and some were a good size. most of the time it was 2 at a time LOL is there still lots of those there? Where is this dino hole cause i wanna land one of these ;D
 

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Where I saw the dino caught was under the most upstream log boom at the last access to the water before you pass the "origninal fort location." This "old fort" is where the 2 houses are, one on either side of the road. I'm travelling from the park entrance toward the East.
Hope this explains it.
 
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