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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 8 – June 15, 2008 :thumbup:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather has been pretty good all week, kind of a mixed bag of sun, clouds and a little rain but temperatures remain cooler than normal. This definitely helps keep the rivers in good shape. The Skeena remains fishable and I have reports of some good catches of bright Chinook. The best way to angle for them now is by plunking out. If the Salmon are swimming by and you have your gear in the water there is a good chance you may hook up. Lower Kalum is in good shape. Kitimat River is in good shape but very, very low and not many Chinook moving in right now. The best fishing guides seem to know where the fish are holding and have done pretty well using the proper techniques and tackle. Check out the Ron Wakita report below.

I have been in touch with DFO and asked if they have a prediction for the size of the Skeena Salmon run this year. Mark Reagan, Resource Manager, Recreational fisheries explained, “The only species we formally forecast for the Skeena is sockeye and we are forecasting a run size of 1.3 million for 2008. We should have a good idea by early July on chinook and the tyee test fishery is scheduled to start on June 10.”

- June 12/08 on item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
- June 13/08 on item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm

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.


Ron Wakita
Chad Black
Craig Murray

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: Sorry, no big fish reported this week Where: Angler:

WEATHER: Cloudy. High 13. Region normal: Max. Temp. 20 degrees C. Min. Temp. 7.1 degrees C. Sunrise 4:58 AM Sunset 10:12 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. Kitimat River is dropping and is fishable. Most smaller coastal streams are in good shape. Kitimat River is very low and clean




SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been dropping all week and is borderline fishable. This is what is needed to bring in the Chinook (King) Salmon runs.

KALUM RIVER: The water in the low end (below the first canyon) is fishable. Hopefully a good run of Chinook are still entering. 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 still colored up but soon should be fishable.

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 8 to June 14, 2008

Hello Anglers,

The past week has been a tough one for fishing in the Skeena region near Terrace, though there is evidence that both water conditions and fishing will improve. Early in the week, clients fished the main channel Skeena, and even though the large river was dropping and clearing, the fishing was tough. The Kitimat was a little more generous in giving up its prized Chinook, and clients landed a few chrome fish between 15 and 30 lbs, despite the fact that the river was low and clean. Mid week, however, we received a large amount of rainfall, which should raise river levels in the Kitimat and encourage those fish waiting in Douglas Channel to migrate upriver.

On their time off, Greg and Sky have been out bar fishing and scouting out new water as much as possible, and have been successful on most days. Plunking can be an incredibly effective way to target Chinook when they’re migrating upriver, provided that you choose your location wisely. Over the years, our guides have learned many of the best spots for setting up the “plunk show,” and there’s nothing like seeing your rod tip twitch slightly, and then have line peel off as you set the hook into a heavy fish!

And last, but not least, I had the opportunity to fish a Skeena tributary yesterday afternoon with guide Jeff Langley. It had been awhile since we’d cast our Spey rods, and, coupled with my ambition to hook into a Chinook on the fly, decided to cast large, chartreuse and blue flies on heavy sink tips into the stained water. It took a little getting used to at the start, but casting the Skagit head and heavy line was much easier than I thought it was going to be, and became quite enjoyable. The only problem was that I had to remind myself not to cast too far! Jeff had the good opportunity to hook into a Chinook briefly, enough to get the adrenaline going, but it was not meant to last, unfortunately. I guess that just means we’ll have to go out and do it again!

We are still offering a 5% discount off the 2008 rates for select weeks in our Trophy Chinook season – contact Noel today for more details!

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 has been in great fishing shape this week. Even when it has been high the water clarity has been very good and so has the chinook fishing.

Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters has been doing really well drifting the Kitimat. June 9th Mike drifted with his friend Alvaro. They hooked 4 Chinook and landed two. They released an 11lb jack and kept an 18 lb chinook. Mike also drifted on June 11th and landed another chinook with Mr. Pereria. Over the years Mike has evolved a relationship with an eagle on the Kitimat River. Mike catches a chinook and leaves the gut pile on a stump for his buddy the eagle.

Pat Oliver of Reliable hooked three chinook for his clients on Thursday but they were unable to land any of them. .Chinook are big tough fish and the sometimes sad reality is that anglers will not land them all. The more difficult the challenge the more rewarding the accomplishment. Such is the case with chinook fishing. Pat fishing with his buddy Gene Mattiuz landed a 16lb. chinook on Friday

There was two chinook landed at the Pump house Friday morning and one at the Big Spruce Friday night. There was also a report of a chinook landed above the Haisla bridge.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Tony and Caroline Deries caught 6 halibut and lost 2, largest at 82 lbs and smallest at 17lbs last week. To go with that they caught 1 dozen grey cod and 16 Dungeness Crab. They were fishing at Grant's Point at low tide. There were four of them fishing. Congratulations to Tony, Caroline and friends on a Great Day of fishing!

The Kitimat Harbour fishery has had some sporadic results this week. I fished Sunday June 8th with my friend Doug Rumley, my twin brother Rick and my nephew Derek. Rick boated a chinook 19 lbs and Doug landed one 24lbs.

Derek landed the biggest of the day, 46lbs. This unusual feature of this chinook was the colour. Although caught in the salt water on June 8th and covered in Sea lice this chinook exhibited spawning colours of a chinook caught in the river late July. Despite the colour the chinook gave Derek an exceptional battle that Derek won. Congrats Derek.

Wes Owens of Golden Adventures hooked four chinook on Monday June 9th boating two. Wes was guiding Italian clients from Nicholas Dean lodge.

Cosby Smith of Cosby Smith Fishing Adventures boated two chinook on Monday as well.
Dan Oneil reports catching a chinook on Thursday. Saturday June 14th, I had the pleasure of fishing with Ken Markiwski and Aaron. We boated a chinook 26lbs and lost another.

It seems that the Kitimat Harbour fishery is stronger when the river is low and declines a bit when the river height bumps up. This is typical phenomenon which has been occurring for years. It makes sense that the chinook would migrate into the river when the river height is higher.

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

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort

A 10 year old's first big Steelhead, or fish for that matter. What a great way to be introduced to angling. His father and brother came from New York with him to catch the fish of a lifetime at Nimmo Bay. Way to go Brandon. Mom's pretty proud as well.

Craig Murray, Owner
Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)

To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Note from Noel: This year in 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.


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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