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Weekly Fishing Reports (Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Meziadin North)

Noel Gyger

July 18 to July 25, 2010

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: Weather has been good. Temperatures were very hot until Wednesday. Some would say too hot! It is nice and cool on the weekend, no rain to speak of. Fishing for Chinook, Sockeye, Chum Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Dolly Varden Char using fly, spin and conventional gear has been good for some anglers. Most of the guides have been doing very well but others with less experience, not so. The Skeena River came up due to the hot weather but remained in shape. Dropping now on the weekend. I have many reports of some very big Chinook caught this week. Selecting the Photo of the Week was challenging. There are so many nice ones to choose from. Sockeye fishing is good. Limit 2 per day, 4 possession. I’ve had reports of a few Steelhead caught also. The Kalum River is in good shape and fishing for Chinook is fair. More big fish are moving in every day. They are holding in the deep cut-banks as the water drops. The Kitimat River is in good shape and fishing for Chinook remains good. The main run of Chinook are in the river now. The main run has peaked. A few more should come in with the morning high tide. One week left to target big Chinook. It closes on July 31st. Fishing Chum and Pink is good. Fishing "out front" the Kitimat Bay (Douglas Channel) for Chinook dropped right off as most of the fish have gone upriver. Coho, Chum and Pink are starting to show up in the bay. Possible right now to catch all 5 specie of Pacific Salmon in the Harbour. Fishing the outer waters for all species of Salmon and Halibut is good. Crab (Dungeness and King) fishing is excellent. Check out the Ron Wakita report below. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and fishing for Chinook was good until July 23rd when it closed upstream from Highway 16 Bridge. Ocean Chinook fishing in Prince Rupert is good as long as it is not too windy. Fishing for Halibut is good and so is trapping Crabs and Prawns. People are catching their limits. Marvin Reid from Mezidian North reports lake fishing for Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout is good. More Sockeye are showing up in the Meziadin Lake. Chinook are being caught at the mouth of the Meziadin River where it dumps into the Nass River. Bob Melrose says the Bulkley River is in perfect shape. Still lots of Chinook in the system. Fishing is a little bit tougher in the Smithers area. Better luck below Morice Town. Morice River, sorry no report at this time. Kispiox River water is low and very clear. Lots of Chinook in the system yet. The Sockeye are also starting to show up. Cranberry River is fishing good for Chinook. This week guide reports came from Ron Wakita, Andreas Handle, Mike Holland, Ariel Kuppers, Wes Owen, Marc Girard, Dave Payjack, Dave Wahl, Tracey Hittel, Gill McKean, Marvin Reid and Jeff Carlson. A very hearty Thank you to all guides and anglers who have sent reports and photos. It is very much appreciated!

GOOD LUCK and GOOD FISHING!

Yours sincerely,

Noel F. Gyger

Guided Fishing Adventures and Weekly Fishing Report
http://www.noelgyger.ca
 

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My wife and I having driven through this area 3 times on the way to Alaska want to STOP this time and fish. We have a camper and a 16' Clackacraft driftboat and want to do some of DYI fishing - perhaps though after one day with a guide. Any help anyone can give to me to begin planning would be so helpful. We plan to be in the area between July 23 to 30. I am not too savvy with blogs so I don't even know if this is the best forum or place but I can't find how to make an entry without replying to someone else's blog. Help? Anyway we are interested in fishing in the whole Houston to Smithers area before heading up the Cassier Hwy. thanks
 
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