The photo of the week shows Troy Adams with a beautiful, fly caught Skeena River Steelhead.
Troy is a multi year guest of Kalum River Lodge. He really loves this fishery! The fish had a
girth of 20 inches a length of 37 inches.
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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated August 23 – August 30, 2009
Dear Fishing Friends:
SUMMARY: The weather has been good all week, not too hot. All rivers are in good shape.
Fishing for Sockeye, Coho, Pink and summer-run Steelhead on the Skeena River is good. Spey,
single hand fly rod and conventional gear are working well. The trick is to be on the right gravel
bar and fish proper techniques. This is when an experienced fishing guide comes in handy. For
all the fine details on the Kitimat River, coastal rivers and Douglas Channel please check out the
Ron Wakita report below.
NOTICE: The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th.
It is an outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants.
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Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Cast here to see the poster
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FISHING GUIDE REPORTS FOR THIS WEEK ARE FROM:
Ron Wakita, Wes Owens, Justin Lowes, Arial Kuppers, Marc Girard, Mike Herzberg, Andrew
Rushton, Todd Haynes and Tracey Hittel
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: Skeena River: 20-pound (estimate) Steelhead landed by
WEATHER: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Sunrise 6:38 AM Sunset 8:32
PM. Today’s yearly average temperatures: Maximum 20 degrees. Minimum 12.8 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. More and more excited fishermen are coming here to
enjoy our fabulous, world renowned Salmon and Steelhead sport fishery! Everyone is
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.
Fishing Report from: Kalum River Lodge
Hi Noel, these are the pictures of Thomas Beushausen and Troy Adams, who caught the biggest
steelhead so far this season. Thomas has a big doe (36.5 x 18.5) and Troy with a big buck
(37x20). Hope they make fish of the week. These are just a few of the fish caught last week.
Their fishing buddy Marcus Irvin landed a grand slam, catching all 5 species of salmon plus
steelhead. So the Kalum River Lodge has had a great week with these dedicated flyfishermen.
Regards, Andrew Rushton
KALUM RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon and Steelhead are entering the river now.
KASIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are here. Fishing for them at the river mouth where the
river meets the Skeena is a good bet now. A few Coho, by now, will be holding a little ways up-
river in deep pools and under trees. If Coho are there you can usually see them rolling.
EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are coming now. Fishing for them at the river
mouth where the river meets the Skeena is still a good bet. A few Coho, by now, will be holding a
little ways up-river in deep pools and under trees. If Coho are there you can usually see them
EXSTEW RIVER: Coho (Silver) Salmon are coming in the low end now. Fishing for them at the
river mouth where the river meets the Skeena is still a good bet.
ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is in perfect shape and a good number of Steelhead
are being caught using Spey, Single hand fly rods and conventional gear.
Fishing Report from: Westcoast Fishing Adventures
Hello All, just a short report on the fishing we have been experiencing some of the finest Salmon
& Steelhead fishing in years kind of funny manage the Gill Netting and presto we have fish
swimming through the river !!!
Most of our guests this summer have been fly fishing seems to be a growing number of people
wanting to enjoy the art & sport of flea flicking. We are nearly 100% catch and release lodge and
proud of it !
We have a few openings for October Steelhead fishing I would not miss this season as it is going
to be one of the best in years !! Contact Noel to book your trip before all the spots are gone...
Photos attached are of me and my son Austen McKean a 10 year old spey caster and he's good
at it !! Tight lines, Gill McKean
Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
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KITIMAT RIVER: The early portion of Coho run on the Kitimat River is as good as it has been in
many years. Coho fishing has been outstanding this week. Early in the week we had some big
tides and high river levels that brought in a bunch of Coho into the Kitimat River. Anglers have
been catching some impressive numbers of Coho throughout the lower and middle sections of
the Kitimat River. With the high water Coho have been migrating through most of the holes below
Haisla Bridge although both sides of the Bridge have been good sporadically during the week.
Aug 23 Ariel's friend, Clint Travis, hooked 25 Coho in the lower Kitimat. Clint Travis landed 7
Coho. Sorry no pictures but pretty good fish numbers.
Aug 23 Kevin Dave said, "Kevin Howe and I spent this last beautiful Sunday evening drifting
down the Kitimat River. Thanks to Jessie’s great advice from the store and combined with the
new reel and plugs, we were able to hook into well over a dozen fish each, a combination of
Pinks and Coho, I lost count at some point. Kevin caught his limit within minutes, I had lots biting,
the only problem was that I couldn’t get them in the boat, the reel worked wonderfully but the
operator was too excited and pulling way to hard, finally just above Coho flats around 6:00pm,
after a great fight I was able to coax this beauty into the boat (I think he felt sorry for me)…Thank
Jesse for the help." Congratulations to Dave and Kevin on your catch. Good Job Jesse! Well
Aug 24 Al Smith and Richard Piche drifted the lower Kitimat in their pontoon boats. They kept 3
nice Kitimat River Coho and released another 3. Marc Girard took this photo in Coho Flats in
front of his drift boat. Well done Al and Richard.
Aug 24 Justin Lowes, our newest member of Reliable River Driftboat Guiding Team fishing with
our clients. Gord Nichol and Stirling Fudge hooked 5 Coho including this beauty. Gord and
Stirling had a great time fishing the Kitimat River with us and their trips down the Douglas
Channel with Armando Santos. Congratulations Guys and Good Job Justin!
Aug 25 Marc Girard fishing with his fishing partner Dick Woodcox during a drift landed 12 Kitimat
River Coho, kept 4 Coho and released the others. They also had a bunch of Coho release
themselves. Well done guys!
Aug 27 Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friends Darla and Scott. They landed 3 Coho and lost
another 3. Well done! Congratulations
Aug 27 Mike Herzberg, an Associate of Reliable Guide reports "Drifted Cablecar with Anter this
morning. We hooked 13 Coho on hotshots, landing 11 of them. Range was 5-10 lbs. Had action
in every pool/run on the way down. Size 25 hotshots worked best...silver/blue scale and green
hot-tail. A buddy and his wife landed 16 using spoons and spinners. Saw a bunch more hooked
below Hirsch by guys throwing jigs." Congratulations Mike and Anther! Thank you for the update
and the photos.
Aug 28 Mike Herzberg fishing with his good friends Jim and Edie Arruda. They landed 9 Coho
and lost another 3. Jim grew up in Kitimat and moved away but returns every year to fish with
Mike. It is nice to observe old friends (and wife, Edie) sharing the passion of fishing.
Aug 28 Ariel Kuppers and Marc Girard, Associate guides for Reliable Guide and Charters guided
Barry and son Kail Ross and Blake Walker and Lee Dowd. The group hooked 18 Coho and
landed 7. I understand that there was a bit of a competition and a wager between the older
fellows in the group, Barry and Blake and the younger guys, Lee and Kail. Congratulations to
everyone on their catch but especially to Barry and Blake who won the bet! Thank You all for
enlisting our guiding services.
Kitimat River Summary: Anglers have been hooking some impressive numbers of Coho but it
seems that the "hooked to landed ratio" heavily favors the Coho. Coho have a softer mouth and
they tend to go a little crazy when you manage to get them close to the boat or close to shore.
The barbless hooks also make it challenging to land these silver bullets. Thus is part of the
attraction to Coho fishing. The good news is that there are a lot of Coho in the Kitimat River right
now and the opportunity too. It appears to be a very good Coho return to the Kitimat this year.
Aug 14 Photos submitted by Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters fishing with his clients Casey
Dizoba and wife Susan, daughter Sara and son in-law Andro. They limited out in Coho and
caught a bunch of bottomfish. Congratulations guys and Good job Skipper!
Aug 23 Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters fishing with Clients Robin Ballard and son in-law
Ed limited out on Coho and Halibut. Well Done!
Aug 24 I was fishing Monday morning with my good friend, Doug Rumley and my favorite ex-
father-in-law, Art Hackler. We finally managed to land four Coho and lost a whole bunch more. At
one point during our trip we hooked eight Coho and did not land one. Losing Coho is a reality of
Coho fishing but losing that many Coho also provides excellent material to harass your fishing
Aug 28 I was fishing with my daughter Julie, my son Corey and Art Hackler Friday morning in the
Kitimat Harbour Fishery. We hooked 8 and landed 3 Coho. Julie got the biggest (weighing in
the high teens) and pretty happy about it. My kids are a bit competitive. They must have gotten
that characteristic from their mother. :) Congratulations Julie!
Aug 28 Art Goodwin and his brother and nephew boated 12 Coho on Friday morning. This was
the first day of their fishing trip to Kitimat. Wow nicely done guys! Sorry no photos
Aug 29 Sabin Simard reports, "Here's a picture of myself, Sabin Simard, Richard Carlesso and
Paul Pomerleau after an afternoon of fishing near Jesses Lake on august 29th. The Coho are
still very present as you can see as we landed 7 in only a few hours, the biggest being 13
pounds. Plus we caught about 30 some big prawns. Great day, great weather and an awesome
place." Congratulation Guys!
Aug 29 I had the pleasure of fishing our Web designer Denise Pedro, her husband Bento and
their three boys, Benny, Myles and Cruz. We landed 6 Coho. I believe four of these were
products of two double headers. We had a great time Coho fishing in the Kitimat
Harbour. Denise said, "Bento was so thrilled with the day; it was great for me to see how much
fun the whole family had and honestly, these are memories we're going to treasure always!
Thanks for the time and ALL the effort Ron!" You are more than welcome Denise. This trip was
my way of saying "Thank You" for the wonderful job that you did on our website. It was a pleasure
to fish with you and your family. You should have also noticed that I had just as much fun as you,
Bento and the boys. Congratulations to the Pedro family on your catch. It was a wonderful day
on the Douglas Channel.
Summary for Douglas Channel: The Channel is still producing outstanding numbers of
Coho throughout the waters of the Douglas Channel except for the Kitimat Harbour fishery which
dropped slightly. Money Point, Sue Channel and Jesse are still producing good numbers
of Coho. Halibut and Bottom fish is also pretty good throughout the Douglas Channel. This is a
great time to be fishing the Douglas Channel as boaters can productively catch both Coho and
Halibut on the same trip.
The Kitimat Harbour Coho catch rates dropped off a bit compared to last week. With the big tides
and the high Kitimat River water levels the Coho migrating into the river caused this noticeable
drop in numbers of Coho caught in the Kitimat Harbour. There were still Coho being caught but
not as many as when the Kitimat River water levels were lower. With the Kitimat River water
level dropping, the Saltwater boaters are hoping that the Coho "stack up" in the Kitimat Harbour
again in time for this weekend's Chamber of Commerce Derby. Stay Tuned.
The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby is coming up on September 5th and 6th. It is an
outstanding event and prizes have been increased to be enjoyed by all the participants. For
interested anglers from out of town, Derby tickets can be purchased by calling the Kitimat
Chamber of Commerce with a Credit Card. Cast here to see the poster Please contact the
Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250 632 6294 Toll Free 1-800-664-6554 or email address
We have River drift boat dates available as well as Saltwater Charter dates. Please contact Noel
Thank you to all who provided info and photos to this report.
Tight lines, Silver Fish and Big Smiles especially the Kids
Fishing Report from: Nautical West Adventures
Joe Furtado and daughters with another beautiful dime bright Kitimat Harbor Coho.
These past weeks have been fantastic fishing for northern Coho salmon on the ocean and rivers
of the Kitimat and Terrace regions.
Our clients have been limiting out on their salmon quota's as we are experiencing great runs of
Coho again this year. We are out almost every day over the next week and will be looking forward
to our clients for the Kitimat Derby weekend coming next weekend. (Sept. 5th and 6th) Our clients
are enjoying the great weather and fantastic fishing that this region has to offer. If anybody needs
more information please contact Noel
Fishing Report from: Steelhead Heaven
Hi Noel, The Coho are in and the rods are bent as our Saltwater Salmon and Halibut trips out of
Kitimat are bringing in limit catches.
Attached is a group with a nice Saltwater catch of Coho. Our micro-stream flyfishing into remote
rivers are also producing large numbers of catches for the guided anglers. Also attached are a
few of the monsters we landed while fishing the Nass River, these Chinooks are chrome bars and
fighting them in slow moving water is a real treat.
All river systems lately have been on the rise as the rain has pounded down the past 2 days. This
will push in the Steelhead and Coho from the Saltwater and into the tributaries for the September
run of summer Steelhead.
Space is still available until October 15th so let us customize a fall opportunity for you and your
group of anglers. Please contact Noel to book. Thank you. Tracey Hittel
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.
Hi Noel, Sorry it took awhile. This getting back to work thing really sucks a$$!!! I am not sure
what the resize did to the fidelity of the shots, but they are much smaller and look ok if you don’t
zoom way in…
Here are 4 shots; 3 from the guided trip on the channel + 1 from the river:
Feel free to use these in your report and/or website. Dana Svendsen
Hello Noel, Thanks for your newsletters. Just got back from our trip to Kitimat and thought I'd
forward a couple of the pictures for you.
Our trip included an evening by the Hatchery Friday, a morning at Cable Car area before the rain
came in Saturday, a day trolling in the bay with Todd Haynes on his first charter back (Sunday),
and a few hours in the morning under the bridge in Kitimat on Monday.
The pictures are of couple of fish caught under the bridge on the final morning, using green jigs.
We caught our limit with Todd on Saturday, though he remarked that the fish weren't as plentiful
or as large as he'd hoped, noting that a lot of fish must have went in the river with the excessive
rain and high tides. Todd may have one or two pictures as well.
Thanks again for your support with the newsletters,
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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