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Just wondering what's your go to setup for springs is?Last year I had a below average year and so far this year is terrible.I've tried spoons,spin'in'glows,marabou jigs,spinners,you name it.Kinda stuck in a slump.
 

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I tried those same techniques last season from shore on the Fraser at the Jones Lake HWY#1 exit. I also tried at Herrling Island. I haven't caught anything yet, but most fishing websites advise these setups. Where do you usually go?
 

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Hmmmm...Mark Pendlington from the Sportfishing BC show uses medium (don't know the size #) flat fish in bright orange/orange w/black spots on the Kitimat and Skeena. He was back trolling them from a boat using a minn-kota electric to hold in the current. They drifted back and forth across the river. He caught a nice number of big kings. Largest was at least 45 lbs! Cheers! -Nathan in NW
 

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Yah I saw that episode too. He is fishing the mouth of the Kitimat(saltwater part of the river) in a jet boat backtrolling using Blue Fox Foxee Fish with a piece of herring strip wrapped onto the bottom of the flat fish. You can only use these lures in salt water because they have trebles.

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Assuming you can change the hook to a single, would they be affective in the non-tidal portion of the river as well?
 

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great television episode of Sportfishing BC eh? I've started to experiment with wrapping bait in various configurations onto spoons, and have managed to maintain productive action with the spoon. I use a metal saw to increment the edges of the spoon for tying anchors. Wrapping shrimp and even dew worms can spread an attractive scent in the rivers. That show is great because Mark isn't afraid to advent and progress the technical side of angling.
 

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Assuming you can change the hook to a single, would they be affective in the non-tidal portion of the river as well?
The Luhr Jensen Hot Shot SE 35s are the most popular plug in the non tidal areas of the Skeena and Kitimat of course no bait is allowed or necessary really. Mark also did a show pulling these up river and they nailed a few large springs in June. I hope they are still coming in fresh on July 11 when I will be pulling plugs. Can't wait!

Hey Jiggy, is the Kitimat ever open for bait??
 

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I checked the regs and your allowed bait only in the tidal-water part of the river(the mouth) I'm sure if you go talk to Ron Wakita he will tell you how to get there.
 

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dsfc said:
I checked the regs and your allowed bait only in the tidal-water part of the river(the mouth) I'm sure if you go talk to Ron Wakita he will tell you how to get there.
Ron's rarely there so ask for Pat if he's not!
 

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"Pulling" or "back trolling" plugs like quickfish/flatfish etc. can be extremely productive without the added use of any scents or baits attached. The key to the success is just like fishing for steelhead......there are some areas of the river where the depth and speed of the water are perfect for large fish to travel through and once you find the "fish highway" in a large river like the Kitimat or Skeena or Harrison for that matter, muti fish days are the norm. It is a very relaxing way to fish. Very similat to bar fishing except most of the best results will come from an anchored or drifting boat...........Ortho
 

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lol only seen that episode a couple million times. the water they are fishing is very slow moving, but the size of the fish they pulled outta there was awsome. i dont know if the herring strip tied to the bottom of the foxee fish makes a difference though.
 

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Yeah...I don't think you need to wrap your lures. In the portion of the show I saw, they didn't bait their lures and they totally slayed them! Cheers! -Nathan in NW

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