November 19 Fishing Report Update

November 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

Fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of great fishing still to be had, salmon fishing has slowed right down but sturgeon fishing is still quite good, Tom and Tony have been out this past week and had some great fishing. Eagle watching Tours are going full speed with daily tours departing from Harrison Hot Spring at 10 am and 2 pm, private tours are also available 7 days a week. We are continuing to offer daily charters through the month of November and December with our off season rates to take effect on Nov 15.

Early morning fog is the normal start to our mornings in November but once the clouds lift, most days are still very nice. You can expect to have some great days on the water through the month of November and well into December. Best baits right now are chum eggs and chum meat, small roe bags seem to be trick these days, keep your bait small for more bites. If your planning on targeting Coho the Gibbs/Delta Croc in Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe is a great choice, also float fishing with Gibbs Colorado Blades is another great choice.

Black Friday Sale:

  • This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,
  • Black Friday Specials
  • 8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200
  • All 2018 Seminars 25% off
  • Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278

Eagle Watching Tours

Bald Eagle Tours are now being offered on out of our Harrison Hot Springs location, each day trips depart at 10am, 12 pm and 2 pm, cost is $69 per person and the trip is 90 minutes long taking you down the Historic Harrison River to see the annual Bald Eagle migration to their winter feeding grounds.

Private photo clinics are available for private groups wanting to take advantage of our boat access to some of the greatest populations of Eagles in the Fraser Valley.

Winter Salmon Fishing in Vancouver

For the past 6 seasons STS has been offering guided fishing charters out of downtown Vancouver as well as our Richmond Location near the Vancouver Airport. Our salmon fishing begins in January with Winter Chinook fishing lasting through until early Spring, we then switch to Gulf Islands for April, May and early June, then back over to Vancouver area for August & September. Combine our Vancouver fishery with Fraser river and Vancouver Island STS is truly one of the only full time year round guide companies in Southern British Columbia.

Christmas is just around the corner, we will once again be offering gift certificates for Jet Boat Tours and Guided Fishing, Our STS Seminars are also very popular, watch for our next report for more information on Christmas ideas.

Christmas Gift Idea’s from $69 and up

Well I guess it’s that time to start talking about gift idea’s for the fisherman in your house. At STS we not only offer guided fishing trips but also less expensive tours that range from $69 to $139. Below I have provided a list of Gift idea’s for the entire family, there is nothing more fun than a family day out on the water.

90 minute Harrison River Eagle Tour – $69.00

4 hour Hells Gate Tour – $139.00

8 hour – Mission to Hells Gate Tour – $195.00 ( must book full boat)

4, 6 or 8 hour guided fishing trips – $450 – $850

If you would like to purchase one of the above tours, or just purchase a Gift Certificate for any STS adventure, just e-mail us at sts

Seminars for 2018

2018 STS Guiding Sturgeon Seminar – We are once again offering our Spring Sturgeon Seminars, this seminar is 6 hours on the boat with one of our full time guides learning everything you need to know to be a successful sturgeon angler.

We cover: best baits, sturgeon migrations, where , when and how to target sturgeon in all water conditions, hook sets, readying bites, best sturgeon handling practices and much more.

Cost is $195 per person.

2 Dates – Saturday April 7 or Sunday April 8 ( limited seating available)

To register e-mail us at sts@guidebc.com

2018 Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar

Speaking of Seminars, we also will be offering our very popular Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar. This seminar is a full day on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao of STS jet boating 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and Back. This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run whitewater, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost – $195.00 per person

2 dates – Saturday March 24 or Sunday March 25 ( we sell out every year so book early to get a seat.)

To register – email us at sts@guidebc.com

Have a great day

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Nothing short of Amazing

October 22, 2017 Comments Off on Nothing short of Amazing

another great day on the water for our guides and guests. Like I mentioned in previous posts, now’s the time to experience the Fraser River #amazing#explorebc #worldclassfishing #catchandrelease STS Guiding Service#wefishhere

October 13 Fishing Report Update

October 13, 2017 Comments Off on October 13 Fishing Report Update

Fishing has really picked up this past week, lots of salmon entering local rivers and main stem Fraser. Most of these salmon migrating up the Fraser are entering into the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder and Harrison River. Best fishing for salmon right now is occurring from Harrison River downstream to as far as Stave River. Prime Fishing for Coho, Chum & Chinook Salmon as well as some amazing Sturgeon fishing. Also available is our daily Harrison River Eagle Tours. . See below for detailed report

A Thompson Steelhead passing by on it way home, caught while Bar Fishing for salmon on the Fraser River this week.

Salmon Fishing Update

Large schools of salmon are now migrating up the Fraser with each high tide, the main species migrating are Chinook, Coho & Chum Salmon. As mentioned above, these fish are heading to their home waters on the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder, Harrison and Chehalis rivers. If you are fishing the main stem Fraser, you can target these fish with several methods. Bar fishing with Yakima Bait Spin n Glos or GibbsDelta Tee Spoons are very productive, we prefer using #2 spin n glos in the half n half, or chartreuse poke a dot. If your using Tee Spoons, Chartreuse blade or chrome/brass work well.

If your fishing the Vedder, Stave or Chehalis, try traditional float fishing with cured roe, single egg/wool patterns or purple/chartreuse/pink maribou jigs. One of my favorite is float fishing with Colorado blades, use the same set up as you would if you were float fishing with roe except exchange the cured roe for a small #2 GibbsDelta colorado blade, dead drift the blade same as you would roe, change nothing except as you drift through the tail out of the run, add a little thumb pressure to the reel to raise the blade off the bottom and add blade speed.

Sturgeon Fishing Update

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent for the most part, the odd slower day but overall some incredible catches by our guests the past few weeks. Sturgeon fishing will not only remain this good, it will even improve as we get into November. Some of our best days happen between October 21 & November 15, reason you ask? Water temperatures are beginning to drop, lots of food in the river as salmon begin to spawn, die and deposit massive amounts of decaying matter on the river bottom.

STS Guide Matt Derekson with a massive Fraser River Sturgeon landed near Mission, BC (left)

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is a world class fishery, the area between Harrison River and Stave River is some of the most productive water to fish because of the mass amount of food available to sturgeon. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Harrison and Hope. There is still lots of great fishing ahead of us and to celebrate what we consider primetime Fall fishing, we are offering some great discount specials for November/December. There is still plenty of great fishing ahead of us, come join us.

Come join us for some of the best fishing of the season and save hundreds of dollars.

Late Season Fishing Special

  • Book any salmon or sturgeon fishing trip for 4 anglers and save $100
  • Book any salmon/sturgeon accommodation package of 2 days or more and Save up to $200
  • Book any 2018 Fishing Trip before December 1 and receive FREE STS SWAG.

Bald Eagle Tours are NOW Available

Its that time of year again when Blad Eagles from around North America begin migrating to their winter feeding grounds on the Harrison River. Thousands of Bald Eagles spend the winter in the Fraser Valley pearching high amoungst the cedar and fir trees waiting for their opportunity to drop down and feed on dieing and dead salmon. It is a special time on the Harrison River as many of these eagles will feed daily in the area known as Pretty Flats. Our jet boat tours visit this and other important feeding grounds where you will see many Eagles.

This Tree is located on the Harrison River half way between Kilby Park and Harrison Hot Springs Resort, only accessable by water, our scenic tours visit this location on every tour.

Bald Eagle Tours on our fully covered and heated jet boats are now available, departing daily from Harrison Hot Springs, this 90 minute tour visits some of the most prolific Bald Eagle Feeding ground found anywhere in SW BC. All ages are welcome.

Daily Tours: Depart at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Cost: $69 per person

Departure : Harrison Hot Springs

To Book: call 604-796-3345 or e-mail us at sts

Hope you have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

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October fishing is heating up

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on October fishing is heating up

Some great fishing right now on local rivers, lots still to come. October and November are the two best months, call now to book your next outdoor fishing adventure. 604-671-3474 or email us at sts

Here is a beauty landed yesterday by STS guide Thomas and guests, amazing fishing out on the Fraser right now. Sturgeon fishing will stay strong right through until late November.

Here is a beauty sturgeon landed up in the canyon, lots of big fish around right now both in middle and lower Fraser. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Hope and Harrison.

Pictures says it all, Fraser River beauty morning sunrise,

If you can get away, nows the time to fish the Fraser and other local rivers, not just sturgeon but some great salmon fishing as well. Hope to see you soon.

Fly fishing and gear fishing for Chinook, Coho and Chum salmon is really picking up, Harrison and Fraser are both fishing well. Lots of Chum and Coho moving into the Harrison River the past few days, should be a great week.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tight lines

Vic Carrao

Sept 29 Fishing Update

September 29, 2017 Comments Off on Sept 29 Fishing Update

This past week we experienced summer like temperatures with some good to excellent fishing for both salmon and sturgeon. Some of our guides have been targeting Coho with both fly and light tackle spin, while others are still finding some Pink Salmon. A couple Bar fishing days produces some nice Chum and Coho so things are really starting to pick up for both numbers and variety of salmon species to target.

The most productive methods for targeting Chinook is to Bar fish the main stem Fraser between Confluence of the Vedder and Harrison River, this section of the Fraser is know as the gravel reach and produces some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer. If you’re after Coho, fly fishing or light tackle spin fishing with spoons is best. We like using GibbsDelta Crocs or Iron heads for best results. If you prefer to bar fish or plunk, fishing Gibbs/Delta Tee spoons is a great way to target these fish.

If you’re after action and don’t care if you take fish home, Chum salmon are a great way to spend your day and gets those arms hurting from steady action. Float fishing Jigs or casting spoons will do the job. The trick is to keep your jig close to the bottom and watch for that float to stop or hesitate, set the hook and your on.

Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent, each day is a bit different which is a bit unusual for this fishery, seems like the bite is on one day and next day you struggle to get a few fish. Could be that these larger sturgeon are getting a bit full of salmon but like past years, once they digest they will be back on the feed within a short time.

We are out on the water daily with some great success, our guides are working hard to provide the very best Fraser River experience possible. If your looking for a guided trip out on the Fraser, October/November offers sopme of the best fishing of the season. If your tired of looking at all those amazing fish our guides have been catching, come out and enjoy the day with us.

Call us at 604-671-3474 or email at sts

Hope you have a great weekend

Team STS.

Sept 22 fishing report update

September 22, 2017 Comments Off on Sept 22 fishing report update

Now that the Fraser is open to salmon fishing there are plenty of opportunities for fishing in the Fraser Valley. The albion test fishery is showing good numbers of Chinook migrating up the Fraser, Chum salmon are now starting to trickle in and a few Coho starting to show at the Vedder confluence. Overall it is really starting to take shape and sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent.

Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent this past week, lots of fish in the lower river with 6 to 12 fish per trip on average with a few larger fish being caught as well. Some of these giants are starting to get full so using smaller baits and trying baits other than salmon parts is a good choice. We’ve done well on Lamprey and Pike Minnow this past week as well as salmon parts.

Salmon fishing is now open on the Fraser River, as mentioned above, the test fishery is showing some strong numbers so it’s a great time to get out and try some bar fishing for Chinook and chum or fly and spin fish for Coho or Pink Salmon. Be sure to check your regulations for species and methods to use for sportfishing. Once again the government is asking anglers to selectively fish using methods such as bar fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing.

Over the next 60 days is some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer for both salmon and sturgeon, if your looking for that trip of a lifetime, we still have space and would love to have you out. Give us a call 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at sts

Have a great weekend,

Vic Carrao

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Salmon Fishing Open Today on the Fraser River

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Salmon Fishing Open Today on the Fraser River

Finally, the Fraser River is Now Open to Salmon Fishing, see below for retention limits and species.

Salmon Fishing on the Fraser will open today, see below for details. Notice will be out shortly.

The recreational fishery for salmon in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River will open with the management measures noted below.

Waters: Fraser River in Region 2 from the downstream side of the CPR
Bridge at Mission, BC to the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 9, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– No fishing for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain pink or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 10, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– The daily limit for coho salmon is two (2) hatchery marked fish only. You may not retain wild coho.
– You may not retain pink or sockeye salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 from the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC to the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 14, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not fish for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain chum, pink, or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 15, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not retain chum, sockeye, pink, or coho salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 upstream of the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures: You may not fish for salmon.

Reminder: In Region 2, fishing for salmon is only permitted from one hour before sunrise to one after sunset each day.

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