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I'm trying to schedule the best time to go Chinook fishing on the Skeena river near Terrace. I was wondering if the cooper or the kalum chinook runs would be the best time to go? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

THANKS RANDY.
 

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Pat AV

Thanks for the excellent info,this fella really takes the guessing out of the whole area. I'll be trying to get in contact with him if he's got openings. THANKS AGAIN PAT


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no worries Randy, I will be there in october. Gods country. I just have to convince my girl that moving to Smithers is a good idea...........

Randy if you go you will never regret it ...although you will never be able to look at or local flows the same way...
 

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Pat AV said:
no worries Randy, I will be there in october. Gods country. I just have to convince my girl that moving to Smithers is a good idea...........

Randy if you go you will never regret it ...although you will never be able to look at or local flows the same way...
Edit: one more thing Randy, I can also reccomend this fellow "Randy's River Guiding - Randy Marshall" He is a true gentleman and a recovering Vedder River steelheader. Like me he fell in love with the area on a visit up there and decided to make Terrace his home (as I hope to one day). I met him in person on a beautifull pool on the Kalum, even though he was with clients he was kind enough to help my brother and I out with some local knowledge "on the house." A nicer guy you will never meet!
 

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I have to agree with you on the Randy's river guide! I met him a few years ago and wanted to hire while I stopped over in Terrace, but he knew I was already having great days on my own and basically talked me out of hiring him based on the that!.

There is a beauty window for steelhead and springs in the spring time too! Boy if you time that right with the melt off and spring rains it could be a trip of a lifetime!


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You got that right Hotrod, usually the last week of april sees some large springs hit the kalum and mix in with the steelies. I agree Randy is a top notch guide, I used his services on a couple of occasions back when he worked for Noel and Cosmo at Northwest fishing guides, he had a brother that was guiding for Noel aswell I think his name was Pat. My favorite time for springs is the last two weeks of july, good numbers of fish in the river (chinook, sockeye and pink) and a good possibility of hooking steelhead and coho. At the same time the Kitimat chum fishery will be in full swing and there is usually some big chinook still coming in until the end of the month when it closes for springs. Good Luck.
 

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Wow, it sure pays to be a good guy on the river!

10 minutes of free riverside advice landed Randy a bunch of free advertising through my, hotrod and PG Billy's refferals.

Goes to show you that being a nice guy does not mean you will finish last! :)
 

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I'm thinking of showing up the 2nd or 3rd week of july in Terrace now. Was wondering how the fishing would be in Prince Rupert, or the Douglas Channel, if i go for a 1 day charter on the ocean. THANKS AGAIN for all the information guys.


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I don't think you can go wrong with those times! There should be fish somewhere in that fishing heaven! :thumbup:



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There will still be some springs in the Douglas, but the coho and pink will be in greater numbers. Same can be said for Rupert, the farther in to july the harder it is to get your gear down to the chinooks without hitting coho and pinks. The coho fishing off Rupert in july can be unbelievable, good size and incredible numbers. Douglas or Rupert you definitely can't go wrong, but personally I would lean towards Rupert and the Dundas Island area.
 

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I've fished the Skeena (bar fishing mostly) for many years and the best time to go is June 25- July 10 if you are west of Terrace, and if you plan to fish the Kitwanga region East of Terrace, then mid July is best. The later in the year you go the more abundant the Jacks are. The farther east you go the less fish there are (however there are still alot) as every tributary takes its share as the river moves inland. The Kalum run is traditionally the one with the largest fish however it is also the early run. The main body of the Kalum run moves through in May when the Skeena is usually high and dirty and unfishable. The Kalum itself is usually quite fishable as it never really gets too blown out, however it is classified with some strict rules. On the Skeena itself late April into early May is excellent as well. The fish are sparse but LARGE. This time is only good until the spring thaw raises the levels to the point of flooding. Bring warm clothes in April, and mitts and touques.
 

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When barfishing on the Skeena, is it best to use spin n' glows (like it is down here on the Fraser)? and is under/around the main bridge (hwy 16 bridge on the eastern part of town) a good spot to bar fish? or would it be better to explore the river a little more?

I'm thinking of heading up there June 27th - July 1st.

Thanks in advance!
 
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