August 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
We have had some amazing fishing the past few weeks with many large sturgeon caught , tagged and released. The salmon fishing was closed on the Fraser due to low sockeye numbers but we are still offering Vancouver Salmon charters out in the ocean and our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Charters are producing great results.
Sturgeon fishing remains consistent with many fish over 7ft being caught on a regular basis, best baits has been salmon parts and lamprey eel. Our best sturgeon fishing is still yet to come, October is one of the best months to fish the Fraser for both salmon and sturgeon. We still have plenty of prime dates available and offer day trips as well as overnight packages.
We have been fly fishing the Upper Pitt for sea-run Bull Trout as well as fishing Vancouver area for salmon. Both fisheries has produced good results and like the Fraser, the best is still yet to come. Over the next few weeks we will see a transition take place where summer salmon will pass through and our Fall runs will begin to show up. This is when the fishing gets even better, Booking for October is a great way to ensure a trip full of incredible memories.
Last but not least we have had a few cancellation for our Fraser Canyon Tour, we still have a few dates in September and early October. The canyon is a special place to see and Vic is the guy to show you the upper reaches. We will continue to offer canyon trips through September and into early October so it’s never to late to give us a call.
Have a great week and Hope to see you out on the water
The Team at STS.
July 29, 2016 Comments Off on JUly 29 Fishing Update
ATTENTION ANGLERS : THE FRASER RIVER OPENS TO SALMON FISHING AUGUST 1, NO BOTTOM BOUNCING FOR SALMON PERMITTED
Please Read – As you can see above the Fraser will open for salmon fishing on August 1st, lots of hard work by industry leaders to get the river open so please don’t blow it by going out and bottom bouncing. Why, because sockeye numbers are still low and only Chinook salmon are open to anglers. When bottom bouncing anglers will intercept sockeye which is not permitted so end result is the river will be closed if anglers do not use selective fishing methods.
The Fraser is slowly dropping and clearing up very quickly, it won’t take long before anglers are able to consistently catch Chinook using Bar Fishing Methods , if your not sure how to do this, use this link to access past articles written by Vic Carrao on Bar Fishing the Fraser . http://guidebc.com/articles/chinookfishingonfraser.asp
Sturgeon fishing has been excellent this past month, not big numbers but big fish and that’s what sturgeon fishing is all about. All of our regular guides have been consistently catching fish between 5 to 9 ft and by the way things are going it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Yesterday my first fish was 8ft 3 and we didn’t land anything under 6ft all day. August through to November is primetime, Now’s the time to book.
Our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Charters are going well, if you are looking to catch some amazing Coho, we are getting them right now in the 10 to 15lb range along wioth some big Ling Cod and limits of Halibut on a daily basis.
2016 is shaping up to be a great fishing season and it’s only getting started. We still have lots of available dates, come join us for the 2016 season.
Have a great day
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July 18, 2016 Comments Off on July 18 Fishing Update
I must appologize for the late report, been a busy 30 days with fishing, guiding, trip to Costa Rica and just returned from West Coast of Vancouver Island. I continue to post daily reports on our facebook page so if you are not following us, here is the link www.facebook.com/stsguiding.
Fishing in the last half of June and the first half of July has been excellent, we are fishing Sturgeon on the Fraser, salmon out of Vancouver, Salmon and Halibut out of Quatsino Sound and Fly fishing the Upper Pitt River. All of these fisheries are produsing great results and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come with August through to November being our best months for fishing in SW British Columbia.
Idaho Boys 20th year in a row fishing with STS, great customers always turn into great friends, looking forward to next year.
Sturgeon fishing has been excellent, lots of fish in the 60 to 250 lb range with a few landed this past week reach well into the 300lb range. The area between Harrison confluence and Stave river is fishing well, hot bait this week was Lamprey and salmon eggs. I did my first summer trip up the canyon yesterday and found some nice fish down below Hope, salmon eggs were the ticket on this day.
Here is a beauty fish measuring 8ft 8 with a 43 inch girth
We are now booking for August, September, October which are the 3 best months to fish sturgeon, if you are looking for that trip of a lieftime, these are the months to plan a trip for. We offer day trips and accommodation packages for groups of 1 to 50 or more, give us a call or send us an e-mail to book your next guided fishing adventure.
Salmon fishing has been very good out of our Vancouver location, lots of nice Chinook being caught as well as a few Coho, most of our fish are being caught using the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with a Silver Horde Spoon in a variety of colors. One of my favorite this week was the No Bannans and Cop Car trolled behind the STS UV Glo Flasher. This can be a killer combination.
Our Vancouver Island charters are going well, it has been a bit slower than predicted but we are still filling the boat with salmon and bottom fish on most charters,just got to work a bit harder than normal. I have been using the Delta Hali Hog jigs fished with a hi vis glo spreader bar, this combination has been working incredible with limits of Halibut in minutes of arriving at the grounds. Snapper and Ling cod also like this set up so it nice to have one rig that will catch all bottom fish.
I wanted to give a big shout out to Islander Reels for hooking us up with the new MR3 mooching reel, wow are these smooth. There are many manufactures who are doing their best to imitate the Islander reels but none have exceeded. If you are looking for the smoothest single action reel, look no further than the Islander MR3. Thanks Islander for making my west coast trip so enjoyable, loving watching that reel scream.
Looking for something other than a fish charter for a summer activity, we now have kyak tours, kyak rentals and daily boat tours from Harrison Hot Springs, prices range from $29 to $69 so these activities are great for the family.
Coke and joiun our team this summer as we enjoy another great season in SW British Columbia.
Have a great week and see you on the water.
June 17, 2016 Comments Off on Hot Fish’n
Here are a couple beauties caught this week by Devon Rodrogiez of Thousand Oaks California while on a two day trip fishing for salmon and Sturgeon, great job Devon on catching these two amazing fish.
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June 10, 2016 Comments Off on June 10 Fishing Report Update
It’s been a good week of fishing in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver area, we have been targeting Bull Trout on the Pitt River, Salmon on the ocean and Sturgeon on the Fraser. All 3 fisheries have been productive and some very nice fish being caught. See below for detailed report.
Fishing has been consistent and productive this past week, our pro guides have been putting them in the boat and having some great days on the water. Howe Sound, Vancouver Harbour and Gulf Islands have all been producing great results. Our West Coast salmon and Halibut charters are starting up in the next few weeks, we still have space available if you are looking to fill the freezer with some tasty salmon and halibut. If your heading out yourself don’t forget to pick up some of them killer guide series flashers by Gibbs/Delta, they are some of the best flashers we have ever seen and produce results.
Speaking of results and GibbsDelta, they have just come out with a new spoon for lake trout fishing that will work great for trolling for trout and kokanee. The new “ Mini G” will be out on the stores shelves in the next 3 to 4 weeks so have a look for them and give them a try.
Pitt River Trout Fishing
The Pitt River Trout fishery has begun, we are now offering daily fly fishing and light tackle spin fishing on the Pitt. Water conditions are perfect for catching these migratory trout ranging from 1 to 8lbs and a chance a catching the odd larger one up to 12lbs. This past week was good with some nice 5 to 6 lb fish caught and released on both fly and spoons. If your like me and love spoon fishing, there is nothing better than the Gibbs Ultra Lure or Croc, size will depend on the depth and current speed but remember to retrieve slowly as this is the key to success. Let the current do the work and just reel enough to keep the spoon off the bottom.
Here is a beauty Bull Trout caught on a Gibbs Croc this week by guest Ken Morrison,
Here is another nice fish caught using a streamer fly fishing shallow close to shoreline.
Fraser River Sturgeon
Sturgeon fishing has been good this week, numbers of fish are down but size has been story. 2 fish over 8ft and 1 over 9 makes this week a great one. There has been no best bait, just lots of drops and patience has been the key. Getting the bait down to the fish and in front of them has been more important then what bait you use. We offer daily charters from Mission, Chilliwack, Harrison and Hope, if you’re looking for that great adventure on the water, give us a call and let us show you some great fishing.
September, October and November are all great months for sturgeon fishing, if you are planning a trip out to the Fraser, these are the best 3 months to fish. We offer daily sturgeon and salmon trips and can put together a package for any group size. Book now for your best dates in Prime Season.
Our Hells Gate Tours are booking up nicely, we still have a few seats available August 6, 20 and 28 and we have a new trip going out on July 21 and have seats available for the morning 9am trip. Come and join us for what should be another great season in the canyon
Hope you all have a great weekend.
June 3, 2016 Comments Off on June 3 Fishing Report Update
Been a busy week on the river, we are now back up on the Pitt river for another season targeting Sea-Run Bull Trout, The Fraser Sturgeon fishery is still going well and Vancouver salmon fishing is producing some great results. Over the next few months these three fisheries will be our main focus and for those looking for Salmon and Halibut our West Coast adventures begin in a few weeks. Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any question, see below for detailed report.
Vancouver salmon fishing has been very good this past week as has the Gulf Islands, most charters are producing 5 to 15 hook ups with 4 to 6 legal fish. Many of these legal fish are breaking the 20lb mark which is great to see, lots of fish between 14 to 18 lbs as well. Our go to tackle choice is much the same GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with G Force spoons or Rhys Davis Teaser Heads with anchovy. The key to using spoons or bait with teaser heads is keeping a good distance between the flasher and lure, general rule of thumb is: spoon or bait fish should be 6 to 6.5 feet behind the flasher, if using needle fish or hoochie, 24 to 26 inches.
This is one of the top producers in the Vancouver area, its named after our company and is called the “STS UV Glo Guide Series produced by GibbsDelta Tackle
Sturgeon fishing has been a bit slower this week, our guides are having to work for every fish but that is what fishing is all about. Both Thomas and Braeden have been out on a regular basis and hooking into some nice fish. Speaking of nice fish, congratulations to Steve Kaye for landing his biggest every sturgeon in 18 years of guiding, his monster sturgeon measured a whopping 11’ 2” to the fork. Water clarity on the Fraser is very clear for this time period, I have never seen such clear water in June so should be an interesting summer if the river does not rise again.
The Pitt is starting to produce some decent results but we could use a bit more water and some color in the water. Our guides have been up on the river several days this week and are having some success but fishing should improve over the next week or two. We offer daily charters on the Pitt for fly and light spin tackle. Come join us.
Hope you all have a great week,
May 20, 2016 Comments Off on Late Spring Update
I am now working on 2016 bookings , below i have provided you with some of the options we are offering for 2016. If there is anything i can do to help you plan a trip, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.
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2015 was a great year, we saw millions of salmon return to the west coast and Fraser River and 2016 looks to be shaping up quite nicely. Sturgeon fishing was amazing with many trophy fish over 8ft caught, our largest was 11ft with 7 fish over 9ft. Hope you can join us for what should be a great 2016 season.
We are expecting another great year on the water and hope you can join us. if there is anything we can do to help you plan a trip for 2016, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.
Highlights for 2016
West Coast Salmon & Halibut
2016 pre-season booking are already coming in, our West Coast Salmon and Halibut Charters are selling and we are expecting another great season on the water. We will be once again operating 3 boats on the west coast from June 15 to July 31 with capacity for 10 anglers on the water, our lodge can hold 32 guests so if needed we can accommodate larger groups. Please e-mail or call us for 2016 package rates. http://www.guidebc.com/accommodations/accomm_island_saltwater.asp
Fraser River Sturgeon Holidays and Charters
2016 should be another great year, as always spring and fall are the two best season for fishing down in the Mission area and the Fraser Canyon is best from late July through to early October with August /September being the two best months. We will be offering our same day trips from Mission but have also added day trips and packages staying in Harrison Hot Springs and Chilliwack. With our new affiliation with BCSFG we now have access to some very affordable packages in these locations.
Fraser Canyon Adventures
For the last few years our Fraser Canyon Adventures have increased in popularity, these trips fill up fast as dates are limited. Already we are seeing a record number of early season bookings and encourage you to book early if you are wanting to experience the amazing Fraser Canyon. Vic Carrao will once again be running his 28ft twin engine jet boat through the canyon up to Hells Gate and catching those long nose Sturgeon that are unique to the Fraser Canyon. Rates have remained intact for 2016. The rate for the Full day remains at $275, please see our canyon page for more details. http://www.guidebc.com/sturgeon_canyon_lillooet.asp
Fly fishing The Upper Pitt River
The trout fishing trip is an adventure in itself. We meet at Grant Narrows in Maple Ridge ( 45 minute drive from Vancouver) Grant Narrows is a park located on the south end of Pitt lake, we then boat across to the north end of Pitt lake( 35 minute boat ride) then run our jet boats up this narrow shallow river approximately 15Km and fish our way back down the river. This river is remote with limited access. Lots of wildlife viewing opportunities, including black bears. You can fly fish or spoon fish for sea-run bull trout up to 12 lbs, good numbers of trout between 2 to 5 lbs with the odd fish between 5 to 10 lbs. There are also cutthroat and rainbows in this river. The cost for this trip is $850.00 for 1 or 2 anglers, includes lunch and all tackle. Read more at
Vancouver / Gulf islands Saltwater Salmon Fishing
For the past 5 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.
Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours
A thrilling, exciting, scenic whitewater jet boat tour navigating the Fraser Canyon between Hope and Hells Gate. This 4 hour tour is a total of 132km round trip from Hope to Hells Gate and back. Lots of calm easy water with just enough rapids to raise the adrenaline. The cost for this trip is $139.00 per person, you can book your own private group or join one of our pre-scheduled tours.
Recently released dates – August 20 9 am or 1:30pm & August 28 – 9 am or 1:30 pm.
Cost $139 per person plus gst
Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns
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