The photo of the week shows fly angler Mateo, the Italian stallion, with a Coho that was estimated
to weigh over 20-pounds. Mateo was fishing a remote micro stream out of Kitimat, BC. Photo by
Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated September 6 – September 13, 2009
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: We’ve had our share of rain this week but nothing too heavy. Most rivers were on
the rise all week but most are still in fishable shape. This is exactly what we needed to keep the
fish moving. The Skeena River is still in good shape and fishing for Sockeye, Coho, Pink and
summer-run Steelhead is good. Spey, single hand fly rod and conventional gear are working
well. For all the fine details on the Kitimat River, coastal rivers and Douglas Channel PLUS
Sunday, September 6th update of who were the winners at the annual Kitimat Chamber of
Commerce Derby please check out the Ron Wakita report below.
NOTICE: Craig Murray of Nimmo Bay Resort has a “New” book that came out Sept 10th, 2009
and is ready for shipping. It is called "Finding Nimmo". The book has 224 pages, hard cover,
250 colour photos, great story about a pioneer family building and creating a business and a
vision in the wilderness. Cast here to view the pages describing the book
http://www.nimmobay.com/book Enjoy a good story and some coastal history. It will make a
great Christmas gift. You can order a copy on their website. I have known and worked with Craig
Murray for many years. Congratulations on a fine book.
September 11, 2009 One "New" clip posted on Video Clips
I had the pleasure to fish with my nephew, Robert Gyger and his good friend Lyle Hilton on the
Skeena River for a couple of days between August 30 and September 5, 2009. We caught Pink,
Coho and Steelhead. Fishing was OK but a little slow for our liking (ex pro fishing guides and all)
as the river was at the lowest levels we have ever seen. Finding the channel where the fish were
traveling took up a lot of our time but when we found it we were into fish about every hour. All the
fish were bright silver. Cast here for a direct link to the video. It is also listed in Video Clips (Title:
Skeena Pink Coho Steelhead and is 2009 Steelhead Video Clip #0073)
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- One New video posted on "Video Clips" Sept 11/09
- One New item posted on "Conservation" Sept 8/09
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FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
Ron Wakita, John Eckstein, Marc Girard, Arial Kuppers, Tracey Hittel, Mike Herzberg and Eric
CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:
TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Coho, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, Steelhead and Trout for river. Salmon,
Halibut, Bottom Fish and Dungeness Crab for ocean.
Thank you for using barbless hooks!
FISHING THIS WEEK:
POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT
LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: River: Mateo with a Coho estimated to weigh over 20-pounds
(See photo of the week). Ocean: Pat Smith with a 50-Halibut from the Douglas Channel.
WEATHER: Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 16.
UV index 3 or moderate. Sunrise 7:04 AM Sunset 7:57 PM. Today’s yearly average
temperatures: Maximum 17 degrees. Minimum 8 degrees.
WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince
Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.
SKEENA RIVER: is in good shape to fish for Sockeye, Pink, Coho and summer-run “wild”
Steelhead with both spin and fly rods. The larger “northern” Coho are starting to show up. More
and more excited fishermen are coming here to enjoy our fabulous, world renowned Salmon and
Steelhead sport fishery! Everyone is WELCOME…
Skeena River height: http://scitech.pyr.ec.gc.ca/waterweb/fullgraph.asp
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO): Tyee Test Fishery for the Skeena River.
KALUM RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon and Steelhead are in the river now. I have reports of
some very good catches of both.
KASIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are in the river now and are holding in the deeper pools
and runs. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.
EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are in the river now and are holding in the deeper
pools and runs. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.
EXSTEW RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are in the river now and are holding in the deeper pools
and runs. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: Even with all the rain we had the water is still in fishable shape.
Good numbers of Steelhead are being caught using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional
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KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River is full of Coho right now. The Coho fishing was good early in
the week but got even better later in the week especially after we received some rain and brought
the Kitimat River level up. I have heard comments like "the best Coho fishing in a long time".
Sept 5 Marc Girard fishing with our clients Wolfgang and Brigetta Scharz from Austria hooked 7
Coho and landed 3. Wolfgang caught his first Salmon which was celebrated by giving Marc a big
hug. Congratulations Wolfgang and Brigetta.
Sept 5 Ariel Kuppers fishing with his Uncle Bernie Kuppers hooked 19 Coho and landed 11
during a drift on the Kitimat River. Well done guys. Great catch numbers.
Sept 6 Daniel Bussieres reports "Here is the first Coho taken by Lucille Bussières in Terrace (at
about 2PM this Sunday). She is with her husband Jean-Noël in the photo. I guess you met them
with my wife Helene this week. Please, put on your Web site" Congratulations! Thank You for the
Sept 7 Mike Herzberg fishing with his fishing partners Anter and Pete. They limited out on Coho
and they sounded like they had a whole bunch of fun in the process. Well done guys! I'm thinking
that the "three amigos" might be a good nickname for this crew
Sept 7 Justin Little weighed in an 18lb 12oz Coho into our Instore Derby. Wow! This is a nice
Coho! Justin caught this beauty on a Gibbs Koho 45 Green Scale spoon. Congratulations
Sept 7 Eric Neidert fishing with his fishing partners Gord and Donovan landed 6 Coho and kept
5. Well done Guys!
Sept 7 Our Mobile Tackle Van took these photos of Natasha Silva and her son Chad after they
caught these nice Kitimat River Coho. Congratulations to Mother and son.
Sept 8th Marc Girard fishing with our clients Pat and Merv Kowalski landed 12 Coho. Pat and
Merv kept their limit and released the others. Congratulations! Good Job Marc!
Sept 8th "Ron this Coho was caught on Sept 8/09 on the lower dyke out of a drift boat. Fish
weighed in at 19.5 lbs. The person in the picture is Gary Koehler and he is the one who landed it
using a hot shot plug. Gary has been fishing the lower dyke for many years and this was the
biggest Coho he has ever caught." Congratulations to Gary! Thank You for the photo!
Sept 10 Mike Herzberg fishing with his fishing partner Anter landed these beauties on their drift.
Well done Guys
Sept 11 Mike Herzberg fishing with Alvaro landed a bunch of Coho including these ones.
Sept 11 Our Mobile Tackle Van took this photo of Dave Demedeiros (left) after he landed this
nice big Coho under the Haisla Bridge on the Radley Park side. Tony Marrello (right) under the
Haisla Bridge on the Radley Park side.
Sept 12 Mike Herzberg fishing with his fishing partner Pete landed these Coho and a whole
bunch more on a Drift of the Lower Kitimat.
Sept 12 I did an afternoon drift with my fishing partner Doug Rumley. We hooked 8 Coho but
only managed to land 2.
Summary: The Kitimat River water level rose quickly with the rain we received mid week and the
high water enticed a bunch more Coho into the Kitimat. The river level dropped as fast as it came
up which is typical for the Kitimat River. At the time of writing this report the Kitimat River is in
excellent shape with lots of Coho in the entire system. The size of the Coho that are being
caught are also starting to climb into the higher teens. We have also received reports of a couple
of Coho weighing in the 20lb range. Wow! We are having an outstanding Coho season on the
Kitimat River this year!
DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Kitimat Harbour Fishery during the Chamber of Commerce Derby
produced excellent numbers of Coho last weekend. There were not a lot of boaters fishing in the
Kitimat Harbour during the week but the boats that were out reported lower catch rates. The
Coho numbers in the Harbour dropped off dramatically as the Kitimat River water level rose. A lot
of the Coho that were holding in the Harbour shot into the Kitimat River.
Sept 6 On Sunday and final day of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby I had the pleasure
of fishing with my daughter Julie and my nephew Blaine and my good friend Doug Rumley. We
boated 9 Coho including a big one that turned out to be the Derby winner. Julie has fished with
me since she could walk and is a very accomplished angler in her own right. It was a great day of
fishing but to have your daughter win the Derby created a very special moment for Dad
and daughter. Thank You to Julie, Doug and Blaine for an awesome day of fishing that I will
always remember! Congratulations Julie!
Sept 11 Mel the Signman fishing with his friends Tom and Barb Horn boated 5 Coho in the
Kitimat Harbour Fishery. Congratulations on your catch.
Sept 12 Mel the Signman fishing again with his friends Tom and Barb boated 3 Coho in the
Kitimat Harbour. Congratulations on your catch but what a difference a week makes in catch
Sept 12 John Eckstein of Blue Heron Charters fishing with his clients Aundria and Vince
Hanson reports, "Coho were scarce in the harbour on Saturday so we went a little further down
the Douglas and picked up this 20 lb spring. Two more salmon in the boat capped off our day"
Douglas Channel Summary: The Channel should continue to produce Coho in reduced catch
rates as the Coho will continue migrating up their native rivers. There are still plenty of Coho
further down the Douglas but fishing closer to the river mouths being in the right place at the right
time is critical. Halibut and Bottomfishing will continue to be good although weather
conditions may start to become an issue. By monitoring the weather conditions will ensure
enjoyable and productive outings down the Douglas Channel.
Boaters are still reporting catching Coho further down the Douglas Channel. Money Point is still
producing good numbers of Coho. Al Smith reports his cousin Pat bringing home a 50lb and 30lb
Halibut. Coho, Crab and Halibut can still be caught on the same day in the Douglas Channel.
Gotta love it!
Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby Update for Sunday, Sept 6th:
Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby Winners
Largest Coho: Julie Wakita caught a 13lb 11 5/8oz Coho and won the $1000.00 cash prize and
Largest Coho: Women's category Julie Wakita won a Rod and Reel and Keeper Plaque
Largest Coho: Junior Category Lara Lychak caught a 13lbs 25/8ozs Coho and won a Rod and
Reel and a Keeper Trophy
Largest Halibut: Marina Smith caught a 64lb Halibut and won $1000.00 cash and a Keeper
Steve Venman – Hawkair Trip for Two & Century Plaza two night stay
Ronald Jones – Hudson Bay Mountain Estates Ski Package
Judy Carver – Tookus Inn Lodge Package
Theo Maag – Channel’s Edge Inn Package
Mary Bouzane – Nautical West Sport Fishing
Randy Dean – Minette Bay Lodge Package, 1 Night Accommodation & English Breakfast
This year's Derby was an excellent event with plenty of other activities to entertain participants in
addition to the Coho fishing. The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby Committee did an
awesome job this year and deserves special recognition for their efforts. The Fish Stock Music
Fest and Beer and Root Beer Gardens were a hit. The Kids enjoyed the Casting Pond, the Kids
Zone and Fishermen's Knot Testing. There were some instances during the proceeding’s when it
was difficult to tell which ones were the "kids".
A Great time was had by all! Look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
Congratulations to all the winners!
Good Luck and continued good Coho fishing!
Thank You to everyone who contributing info and photos to this report.
Big Bright fish and Big Smiles
PS We have River drift boat dates available as well as Saltwater Charter dates. Please contact
Noel Gyger to book.
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
FISHING REGULATIONS WEBSITES:
2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011
2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note regs good for two years)
GUEST FISHING PHOTOS:
*** If any of you have special fishing photos, testimonials, scenic river photos, wildlife
photos or articles I would love to see them.
Noel, I’ve attached a few pics from our week on the Douglas Channel (Sept 6-10). We had
excellent fishing and hooked into considerably more than we were able to boat.
The pictures are of my 7 year old son Damien and 2 of the fish he landed (image top right is a
Coho – caught Sept 7, image bottom right is a spring – caught Sept 7) and image bottom left is
Damien learning the “ropes” about crabbing. Image top left is his cousin Braeden with his first
Coho – Sept 7.
Thanks again for your updates, it helps the long winter here in Grande Prairie, Alberta pass by
much quicker. Looking forward to next season. Larry Lefebvre
Catch & Release formula:
- Chinook: girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)
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