I just got back from the skeena. Fishing was poor! Commercial nets at mouth were cleaning the river. Guides were struggling. Everyone was struggling. We were there july 22 through the 30th. Fished Skeena and Kitimat. Sockeye were in but dwindled as week went on. Wasn't good fishing to begin with but got worse and worse. Three of us worked hard for four chinook for the week. Found some stale pinks and black kings in the Kitimat but the hatchery was wondering where their chum were.
Skeena is spotty....1 day awesome, next 4 dead!!! (basically when commercial guys are out.)
Kitimat was AWESOME............never have seen so many Springs........couldn't keep 'em off
The Chum were late, but starting pouring in last weekend and the river was choked full when I left Wednesday and they are huge this year. Also Coho being caught.
Have no idea where the Pinks are??? very slow for them. Tried a little for sockeye, but was slow. Yet again most runs are LATE!!!, but arriving
Skeena above Terrace is fairly low with some color, below Terrace is getting dirty. (The Exchamsiks, Exstew, Kasiks, etc. were flowing pretty brown.) Bulkley & Kitimat are gin clear and low.
PS: If you go to Kitimat watch out for all the F***in Grizzlies. Its insane, got chased out of the hatchery by one, had one in camp, many upstream where I was fishin. The guy camped next to me had a Grizzly swim right across the river to him and stole his Chum he had caught.
I was up on the Kitimat last week and I caught one chum, the fishing was very slow. Both Misty River and Home Harware tackle said it had been slow. There was plenty of extended com. openings the last two weeks, very close to the mouth of the Skeena. All the Skeena tribs are low and clean now, no more brown just green or clear"ish". The Skeena might be slow but at least ther removed the jackasses vehicle from Polymar. What kind of idiot would try crossing the bar a month ago, when the water was so high? The vehicle sat in the water for a month. I remember seeing it when it was a blue color and then slowly fade to rust. Does ICBC cover that sort of loss? Anyone know, every time I drove past it I wondered if they do. If anyone cares the coho on the salt in the Rupert area are unreal!
sure would like to know the dates of Tacheeda's trip. I fancy myself a pretty savvy fish chaser and never experienced anything approaching "can't keep the springs off" on the Kitimat. As for the Skeena, everyone was moaning the blues. I was there July 22 thru 30th.
I was there from July 21st until August 2nd. I never landed a Chinook fishing in town (hatchery, dykes areas), but got lots of Chum near the end of the trip. I got into many, many Chinook upstream of town. Not much pressure up there. Basically find a pool and they would be stacked in there. Also got a huge sockeye in Kitimat............and yes I let it go!!! Apparently there is only about 200 breeding pairs in there.
No much luck on Skeena.........was pretty dead. Got three pinks and lost a couple, but otherwise not even a hit.
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