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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger
August 8 to August 15, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: We are in a heat wave. Highs on Saturday expected to reach 34° C or approx. 86° F. Fishing for Sockeye, Chum, Steelhead, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been fair to poor depending where you are fishing. The Skeena River has been dropping all week and is extremely low but fairly clean. The Skeena River is a very big river so low water usually does not hurt the fishing, in some ways it improves it. Sockeye fishing is good if you know the how and where to fish for them. Limit 2 per day, 4 in possession. Steelhead and Coho fishing is excellent. It is not uncommon to catch both Steelhead and Coho on the same day and throw in the odd Pink. The Kalum River is in good shape. Steelhead and Coho are coming in now. The Kitimat River is exceptionally low. 20 foot high tides have moved Coho into the river. Pink and Chum fishing remains fair to poor. The Douglass Channel is producing excellent numbers of Halibut and Coho. The Harbour fishing is starting to improve. Crab (Dungeness and King) fishing is excellent. Check out the detailed Ron Wakita report below. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean enough to fish. Summer-run Steelhead are moving in and the fly fishermen are trying to catch them. Prince Rupert reports a good Coho fishery. Good Halibut fishing with bait or jigs. Meziadin still has a few bright Sockeye entering the system. The total Salmon count has been in the 85,000 range. Creek levels are very low. Check out the full report from Marvin Reid below. The Bulkley River is super low. Some nice Chinook are still being caught. Coho and Pinks are moving in. A couple of Steelhead have already been caught. The Kispiox River water is clear, but it is so low that it is really tough fishing and fish will have a tough time making it over the gravel bar at the mouth of the river. The Babine Lake and River Sockeye fishery is in full swing. Check out the Bob Melrose report below. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Dustin Kovacvich, Ariel Kuppers, Marc Girard, John of Blue Heron Charters, David Payjack, Wes Owen, Andi Handl, Gill McKean, Marvin Reid, Alex Blix and Jeff Langley. Thank you to all of the fishing guides and anglers who have sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!


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