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FRASER RIVER - Fraser river is only open for two more days open above Mission bridge to Alexander bridge above Yale for Sockeye, two per day! The Fraser river is completely closed to sockeye fishing and bottom bouncing on September 7, 2006. Acceptable methods for fishing on the Fraser river after the closure are; bar fishing, spoon fishing, and fishing plugs, remember there is also a bait ban on the Fraser at that time! There is now a new fishing boundary on September 7, 2006, view it by clicking this link, NEW FISHING BOUNDARY. The water levels on the Fraser river are still starting to drop and this will continue till the fall rains start to arrive. The water levels are presently at 4.04 meters at Hope. Over the last week, fishing for Chinook and Sockeye has been good!  Water clarity has been between 38" to 48"! Grassy, spagetti, Pegleg, Gill, Spring, Queens, Bowmans and Wellington bars to name a few, have all been producing fish every day. The Sturgeon fishing has been excellent with success almost assured. Fish in the six to seven foot range have been caught daily by anglers on our fishing charters. No word on the Sockeye harvest but when we find out we will pass it along!

CHILLIWACK/VEDDER RIVER - The Vedder river is super low! Water levels are extremely low at the vedder crossing are at 1.85 meters and still dropping. Fishing for the chrome red Chinook is done till next year! Their are some early run Coho in the river and some are already in the hatchery! As soon as we get some rain fishing will improve greatly! There are still some smolts in the bottom end and is a great fishery for the youngsters getting in to fishing. We will keep you posted as we here more on the Coho numbers.

HARRISON RIVER - Harrison river is open from Highway 7 bridge to the Fraser river for Sockeye, two per day until further notice! Not much going on at the the Harrison River right now. You might find the odd Cutthroat trout, early Coho and Chum around but quite slow. Their a bunch of the Morris Sockeye in the upper section of the river but there is no retention on these fish, catch and release only! Remember, all wild Coho salmon and Cutthroat trout must be released unharmed!

THOMPSON RIVER - The Thompson river is currently open from below Kamloops lake to Lytton. The river is still quite high but is now on a steady drop, current level is 3.1 meters at Spences bridge. Salmon fishing regulations on the Thompson river are as follows;  from the upstream side of the mouth of the Nicola R. downstream to the Hwy 8 bridge at Spences Bridge, Chinook - July 22 - Aug14, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 0600-2100 hrs only, 4 per day, only 1 over 50cm. Environmental conditions in Nicola River may result in closure. From Hwy 8 bridge at Spences Bridge upstream to a fishing boundary sign located approx. 1 km downstream of Martel (west side of river only). NOTE: These waters open to fishing are subject to change.  Chinook - Aug 22 - Sept 03, 4 per day, only 1 over 50cm. Check with you local DFO offices for updates.

Sockeye opening - from the outlet of Kamloops lake downstream to the fishing boundary signs located on both sides of the river approximately 500m downstream of the HWY 1 bridge at Savona; from the train bridge located approximately 1 km upstream of Walhachin road bridge, downstream to fishing boundary signs located on both sides of the river approximately 1 km downstream of Walhachin road bridge; and from 100m downstream of the HWY 1 bridge at Spences Bridge to fishing boundary signs at the downstream end of Goldpan Provincial Campground. Sockeye Sep 01-30, 2006 2 per day / 4 possession.

SKAGIT RIVER - The Skagit river and Ross lake is now open and fishing has been good. Best times to fish right now while the temperatures are high are first light and in the evening. Water levels right now at the International boundary are at 6.32 meters and rising steadily. Don't forget to bring lots of bug spray.

CHEHALIS RIVER - Water levels are real low and clear, lots of tubers and swimmers! Most of the fish are up in the canyon, steelhead and most of the Chinook are quite colored in the upper river, but there will still be the odd fresh fish entering into the system.

Tight loops, Rick Baerg
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