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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 10 – August 17, 2008 :yummy:

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: It rained at the beginning of the week but by the weekend the sun was shining and we were back to very warm daytime temperatures. The mainstem Skeena River came up quite a bit but seems stable and starting to drop. Through all of this the fishing remained pretty good. I have been out to the Nicholas Dean Lodge “out-post” camp twice during the week to shoot some video and still photos. I must say, I had a ball. Be sure to check out the four “NEW” video clips posted this week, two Steelhead (one over 25-pounds) and two double-headers (Sockeye and Coho). All fish caught were on fly rods. At the present time there seems to be a good number of Sockeye, Pinks, Coho and summer-run Steelhead migrating upriver. I have reports of late run Chinook (King) Salmon being landed also. Both spin and fly techniques are working well. The Kitimat River is slow for Chum but it looks promising for Coho. Be sure to check the detailed report and photos from Ron Wakita below.


Ron Wakita
Chad Black
Andrew Ruston
Tracey Hittel
PLUS – Guest photos, reports and testimonials.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, Steelhead and Trout for river. Chinook, Coho, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: estimated 25-pound Steelhead Where: Skeena River Angler: Chris Gilles

WEATHER: A mix of sun and cloud. Showers near Stewart this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 25. UV index 5 or moderate. Region normal: Max. Temp. 22 degrees C. Min. Temp. 11 degrees C. Sunrise 6:15 AM Sunset 9:02 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, lower Kalum, Kitimat and smaller coastal streams are in fair shape.




SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been up and down but stayed in fishable condition. Fishing for Sockeye is excellent. I also have numerous reports of summer-run Steelhead being caught.

KALUM RIVER: The water is in good shape. The whole river is now closed to fishing for Chinook (King) Salmon. It closed on the upper end on May 25th and now the whole river is closed as of August 6th. The BIG Chinook are left to spawn without anymore fishing pressure. Soon the Coho Salmon will be coming into the river. I guess a few summer-run Steelhead will be coming in also but as far as I know most of the Steelhead are a fall run…coming in around September, October and November.

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: The Coho should start coming in soon.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: The Coho should start coming in soon.

EXSTEW RIVER: The Coho should start coming in soon.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Fishing for Chinook closed upstream of Highway 16 bridge on July 23rd. Steelhead and Coho will start coming in soon.

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.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: With the poor Chum return on the Kitimat River this year and the daily quota for Chum reduced to zero retention the content of this report has been reduced dramatically. There is a definite void in the angler experience created on the Kitimat by this poor return of Chum. We have become so accustomed to the abundance of the salmon stocks created by the Kitimat Hatchery that it is difficult to fathom such a poor return of any of the species that are being enhanced.

There was a late surge of bright Chum reported by some anglers fishing the Hatchery Island and the gravel bar below the Kitimat Hatchery this week but the rest of the Kitimat River Chum counts remain poor.

The Kitimat Hatchery Brood collection team remains diligent in their efforts to collect their targeted brood stock numbers so we remain optimistic that the Kitimat River Chum stock abundance will return. We are indeed fortunate to have the Kitimat River Hatchery.

On the bright side there has been some early Coho caught this week and the odd late Chinook still being hooked by unsuspecting anglers using light gear. The early return of Coho is bright.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: Halibut and Bottom fish catch numbers remain really good on the Douglas Channel. David Payjack fishing with two of his fishing partners reports, "The three of us hooked into 13 halibut in total. We landed a total of 10, kept 6, released 4 and lost 3. The largest halibut for this trip was 87 lbs. Along with the lingcod, snapper, sea bass and other cod this trip to the open water sure turned out to be worth it, even with such a late start on Saturday. Wish all of the trips were like this".

Coho catch numbers are also improving on the outer waters of the Douglas. Alain of Alain's Deep Sea Charters reports boating 16 Coho on his last trip. Alain also caught a 20lb halibut while trolling for Coho. This must have been a nice surprise!

Hi Ron, Actually 53 pounds according to the chart. James pulled it in himself and is his biggest to date. The first time I took him halibut fishing when he was about three he would not come out of the cuddy because the halibut was "too scary". Seven years later the fish don't seem so bad. John

Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters reports boating 26 Coho and 8 halibut on his last trip with clients. John from Blue Heron Charters reports a great day on the Douglas with his clients. Judging by the smiles in the picture, a great time was had by all.

The Kitimat Harbour fishery is still spotty but there are some big tides in the next few days that will help migrate more Coho up to this end of the Douglas. Stay Tuned! Regards, Ron Wakita

Fishing Report and Photos from: Nicholas Dean Lodge

Chad Black reports the Skeena River “out-post” camp had a very successful first week. The fly fishing has been reasonably good. Many happy clients leaving for home with sore arms and “amazing” fish stories (how the big one got away…a common theme). ONE did NOT get away! New clients are coming in today looking to break any records. Water has been up but the river remains fishable. Sockeye has been good. Pinks have been slow. Coho has been good. Steelhead has been good.

Tight line and screaming reels…

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

Fishing Report and Photos from: Steelhead Heaven

Skeena River Report – August 16, 2008
Summer in Skeena Country is a wonderful time of year, Salmon and Steelhead are running and the fish are always splashing as you Jetboat the green emerald water.
This day begins with a misty morning as I start the motor on the Jetboat. The fog is so thick I can see maybe 10 meters in front of me. I idle the boat from the small creek and suddenly feel the force of the mainstem Skeena River, and it turns the boat and wants to take us down river. I power up and the boat is now getting an upstream motion, I barely see the sand bar in front of me, it is littered with a dead fall of logs, probably from many miles above. I cut back on the throttle to get my bearings straight. My client for the day is Mr. Hirakawa, he looks at me with confidence and I wonder if I should pull over and wait for the hot sun to burn off the morning mist. I think not, and find my route into paradise and upstream we go. Within a minute or two the sun peaks thru the morning freshness and we arrive at a pool I call forever. Surrounded by waterfalls and jagged mountains this pool is a full day fish, not many walk the entire distance without a break.
Hirakawa makes effortless casts time and time again waiting for that pull of a sea run Steelhead. As you can see in the pictures below Hirakawa has a tight line on a chrome hen and she is priceless. Also attached is Big Steelie Phil with a beauty 80cm Skeena Steelhead. Our threesome Alexi, Eric and the German Boy did a overnighter with me and we traveled the area for Chinooks on the fly, Alexi did just the thing and his video is on Hook TV. When the Chinook felt the pull of the spey rod, he went ballistic and the sound of Alex’s drag singing is what makes us drool! Eric did a fine job banking some fresh fish during his stay and the golfer from Ontario is all smiles for the camera.
River conditions are coloring up as the hot sun has the rivers on rise and some of the tributaries are milking the Skeena, still allot of fish moving thru for the next month or so. Guests arriving next week are the David Party, tight lines. Report and Photo by 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


Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger
Home page: www.noelgyger.ca

The photo of the week shows Andrew Rushton of Kalum River Lodge and his client Mr. Nakamoto with a chrome bright Skeena River wild summer-run Steelhead landed and released on August 15th

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