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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated April 20 – April 27, 2008

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week. The water heights are about the same as last week and staying in shape. The Zymoetz (Copper) is clean and fishing is good. The Kalum is very clean and fishing is very good. The Kitimat River remains low. See the Ron Wakita report below for more detail. The Skeena River is clean and Steelhead are being caught.


Ron Wakita

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Steelhead and Trout

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 20-pound Steelhead Where: Kitimat River Angler: Dave

WEATHER: Periods of rain. Becoming windy this afternoon. High plus 11. Region normal: Max. Temp. 14 degrees C. Min. Temp. 3 degrees C. Sunrise 6:04 AM Sunset 9:00 PM

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

For current Terrace weather information please cast on:

WATER CONDITIONS: The Skeena is low and in good shape. The Kalum (upper and lower) River is in good shape. Kitimat River is very low and clean.




SKEENA RIVER: The water is in good shape, low and clean. Fishing for Steelhead is good if you know where to go and what to do.

KALUM RIVER: The water, both upper and lower sections are in excellent shape and fishing for Steelhead is very good. The water has come up so it is much safer for boating.

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: The upper section is closed to fishing as of December 31 but the lower section below the first canyon will stay open for Steelheaders to enjoy. Water is clean now and the fishing is pretty good.

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.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters


SAFETY FIRST: Drift boaters are cautioned about the log jam above the Power Lines. It is possible to portage around the log jam but it is somewhat tricky. Smart money says to beach the boat upstream and walk down and take a good look to chart the path first.

The Kitimat River earlier this week dropped to exceptionally low levels. Despite the tougher fishing conditions caused by the low clean water there were some big steelhead caught. There were six steelhead reported this past week which were twenty pounds plus including the steelhead included in this report.

This steelhead was landed by Dave from Smithers last Sunday. I guided Dave when he hooked this beauty. When Dave first set the hook and saw the tail come out of the water we thought that it may have been a Chinook. This was the largest Steelhead that Dave has landed. Congratulations Dave!

The Kitimat River this year has produced bigger than average Steelhead than I have seen in a long time. Vince from the Kitimat Hatchery also has observed similar results. Vince also comments that the brood collection team has caught mostly males with females yet to come. We had some rain on Thursday which caused more Steelhead to move up river. Brian Boudreau and Brian Apps drifted Thursday and hooked seven Steelhead on their drift. Congratulations to Brian and Brian.

It has started to rain as I am writing this report on Saturday and the forecast is for more rain for this weekend. With the rise in the river level should bring more Steelhead into the Kitimat River particularly some females. Stay Tuned! Tight Lines!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Pat Oliver and Clayton Harker went down the Douglas Channel and managed to catch a small halibut and a bunch of crab. Other boaters were heading out for the weekend and were not returning until Sunday evening. Most were fishing for halibut and crab which is typical for this time of year.

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english&region=1


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

NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s

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)


Yours sincerely,

Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
4012 Best Street, Terrace BC V8G 5R8, Canada
Tel/Fax: (250) 635-2568
Cell: (250) 631-2678
E-mail: [email protected]
Home Page: www.noelgyger.ca
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