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The photo of the week shows Bob and Mal Haggard (father and son) with a 30-pound Chinook (King) Salmon caught while drifting the Kitimat River with Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters on Wednesday morning June 24th.

Noel Gyger – Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
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RECORD SALMON & STEELHEAD Spin or fly-fishing

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Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather remained cool all week not like the lower parts of the Province who are in a hot-spell. Even though we don’t have a hot-spell up here the Skeena River has been rising steadily since Friday afternoon and now is not fishable. Many people were set up on the gravel bars for the long weekend of Canada Day July 1 anticipating a continued good fishery for Chinook but were disappointed when the water came up. I guess some of the fishermen went home or some went to plan B. Plan B around here is the Kalum River, Kitimat River, Nass River tribs and other coastal rivers and of course the ocean and lakes.

The DFO Tyee Test Fishery on the Skeena River show good numbers of Chinook coming in.

I went fishing with Randy Marshall this week. We spent a few hours on the Skeena and we did land one very nice, bright, clean Chinook Salmon. Check out the video, photo and more detail on my website.

My special thanks to the fishing guides who go out of their way to send me a report and photos in their busy season every week. I understand it is not possible every week but I know they do their very best.
- June 25/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
- June 27/08 one item posted on “Video Clips” http://www.noelgyger.ca/video-clips-web.htm
- June 29/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm

NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the "best" fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.


Ron Wakita
Chad Black
Tracey Hittel
Todd Haynes

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook and Trout for river. Chinook/Halibut/Bottom Fish/Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 52-Chinook Where: Kitimat River Angler: Tracey Hittel

WEATHER: A mix of sun and cloud. High 24. UV index 7 or high. Region normal: Max. Temp. 21 degrees C. Min. Temp. 1o degrees C. Sunrise 5:02 AM Sunset 10:14 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: Skeena River is borderline fishable. Lower Kalum River is fishable. Most of the smaller coastal streams are in good shape. Kitimat River is clean. Zymoetz (Copper River) is dirty.




SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been dropping most of the week. Fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon has been very good. This is the time of year when the Chinook migrate up the Skeena heading to their home rivers. There are a lot of fish in the river now and when the water is clean the fishing is fabulous.

KALUM RIVER: The water in the low end (below the first canyon) is fishable. Hopefully a good run of Chinook are still entering. I have a report of some good catches on the lower end. This is the time of year I have done exceptionally well fishing for Chinook in the past but this was in the upper end. Sad to say it has been closed to Chinook angling for a long time to protect the spawning runs. If the runs get strong enough I’m sure it will open to angling again. We are all hopeful.

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.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2007 – 2009 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is dirty.

KINCOLITH RIVER: The Chinook have started to come in with the high tides. Fishing for them is only allowed below the bridge. This is tidal water so anglers must have a salt water license even though you are fishing in the river.

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.

Fishing Report from: Nicholas Dean Lodge for the Week of June 22 to June 28, 2008

Hello Anglers, It has been a wet, cool week in the Skeena region near Terrace, certainly not the weather you’d expect for the start of Summer! However, fishing conditions up until yesterday were quite good and the fishing for Chinook Salmon was good, particularly on the Kitimat River. On Friday, heavy rain in both the Skeena and Kitimat watersheds caused these rivers to rise substantially, and though still fishable, have not been producing the same numbers of fish since earlier in the week.

Despite the present conditions though, we enjoyed some great fishing a few days ago. My youngest brother Craig and his girlfriend Abby have been visiting from Ontario, and we had the good fortune of landing a 25 lb Chinook on their first day, a small jack, and lost a fish estimated between 35 and 40 lbs. You could tell by the look on their faces that they were both quite excited with the day, and there’s nothing like drifting down a river while enjoying gorgeous coastal mountain views.

As we enter the heart of our Summer season, there is still some space remaining in our prime weeks, with epic Chinook fishing on the Skeena in July, and Noel has all the details you need to battle with these giants!

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels,

Chad Black
Operations manager
Nicholas Dean Lodge…where every cast is an adventure!

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River produced some exceptional numbers of Chinook this week. Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters lead the charge with some exceptional fish counts drifting the Kitimat River.

Mike ended last week with a great day of Chinook fishing with the Zielinski's as reported in last week's report, hooking seven chinook landing two. Mike started this week with even better stats on his Tuesday June 24th drift with Tyler Weeres and Paul Cabral. They hooked thirteen chinook and landed five. Wow! Mike landed two chinook on Wednesday June 25th with Lucas Arruda, a 25lb chinook and a 35lb plus. Mike continued to produce fish all week fishing with friends and then on Saturday Mike drifted with clients, Brad Wickman his buddy and Troy. They landed a thirty and and a twenty five pound chinook and lost another at the boat. They also had two other hits that did not stay on. Mike is one of the finest anglers I know and I am proud to be associated with Mike in the Guiding business. Mike catch results speaks for itself.

Pat Oliver after working his shift in our tackle store drifted after work on Monday June 23rd with his buddy Chuck. They hooked four chinook and landed two. These are pretty good results considering Pat worked until 5:00P.M and was not on the water until 6:00. Areil Kuppers also an employee of our tackle store and an associate guide in training for Reliable also drifted on Monday evening after work. Areil and his buddy Derek Downey hooked three chinook and landed two. Areil's results are also impressive considering Areil worked until 7:00 P.M and didn't hit the water until 8:00 P.M. On Tuesday Areil and Derek drifted and hooked and landed two, a 12lb and 32lb.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure doing a morning drift with my good friend Mal Haggard and his father Bob. We lost one at Coho Flats but managed to land a 30lb Chinook at the Haisla bridge minutes before we were going to trailer the boat. I went to work at our tackle store and returned to the Haisla Bridge pool after work with my fishing partner Doug Rumley. We fished the west side for a bit and then rowed over to the east side just above an angler who was fishing from shore. Rather than compete with the angler fishing from shore we invited him to fish with us in the boat. He introduced himself as Rob, a young Med student working here in Kitimat. A brief conversation revealed that Rob (who we nicknamed Dr. Doogie) had played hockey with Doug's son Brett in Victoria. What a small world! We back trolled the pool in front of where Rob was fishing and as we worked across Dr. Doogie hooked and landed a twenty nine pound chinook.
We have weighed two chinook into our tackle store derby this week from the Power lines. It seems that the middle sections of the Kitimat are producing more Chinook than the lower section (below Haisla Bridge) The lower sections are catching some chinook on the tides but more are moving through into the middles sections. Most of the chinook landed in the middle sections have sea lice.

There was also a report of two pinks caught at Powerlines. This is the first sign of Pinks that I have heard of. Pinks have evolved into a very popular fishery especially with young kids and family groups. Pinks have been very strong the least three years and hopefully this trend will continue.

The July 1st weekend is usually a good weekend for Chinook fishing and judging from the catch rates during this week it looks promising for chinook anglers who are in Kitimat fishing the July long weekend.

The Kitimat Hatchery staff predicted a strong run of chinook this year and their predictions although late are starting to evolve into reality. Better late than never! The Kitimat Hatchery as well as other hatcheries are constantly faced with budget cuts. There is information available in local tackle stores outlining the issues and how you can help. I urge everyone to become informed and involved. Anyone interested please contact Noel or myself and we can provide information to you via email. Please get involved!

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Kitimat Harbour fishery remains spotty with the odd chinook caught but Sue Channel has produced pretty good numbers of Chinook. We scaled four chinook in from Sue Channel this week and the anglers reported more caught.

I spoke to Pat from the Hartley Bay Band who guided for King Pacific Lodge and he reports there are really good numbers of Chinook at Money Point. Pat also reported that Turtle Point was even better this week. The chinook catch numbers appears to be strong further down the Douglas Channel and there have been reports of the odd Coho being caught. There have also been some halibut caught although no large halibut have been reported. The smaller ones are better eating. Todd from Nautical West Sport Fishing reported catching eight halibut, five chinook and two Coho on a trip with clients. Well done Todd!

Tight Lines! Ron Wakita

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

Fishing Report and Photos from: Steelhead Heaven

Hi Noel, here is a pic of client Allan Andreas from Leader, Saskatchewan, with a Kitimat River Hog! Caught with a Kitimat 65 and 35 minutes to the net, the Nookies were jumping like Coho and we hooked into a bunch in that pool, simply awesome. Photo by Tracey Hittel

Chinook Report Kitimat BC

What a week of Monster Nookies. Fish are running in small bunches and some of the pools are stacking up.

Today we had a large run of fresh Chinook take three anglers into the back of the reels and a fight of their lives. It was an incredible day as the pool was thick with rolling fish; I thought it was Coho season as the action was unbelievable.

Also the shore lunches are a nice hot treat as you can see from the smiling faces posted in this report. With a busy season starting I will make it short and look forward to more action as the peak is just around the corner, tight lines. Tracey John Hittel


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


*** If any of you have special fishing photos, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.

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 F. Gyger

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