Summer Fishing Update

June 2, 2013 Comments Off on Summer Fishing Update

STS Guiding Service Summer Fishing Update

Summer is fast approaching so I thought it would be a good time for an update on what is happening in Vancouver, on the Island and Fraser River area. Early summer predictions are still in effect and nothing much has changed on the pre-season forecasts, fishing for salmon has been better than expected, sturgeon fishing has been very consistent and our fly fishing and Bull Trout season is just getting under way.

Having fun in the canyon with the crazy Dutchman

Having fun in the canyon with the crazy Dutchman

 The Fraser River will open for salmon fishing on July 15 as planned so we are really looking forward to this fishery. We will once again be able to offer our salmon/sturgeon combo trips for Chinook/Sturgeon, Sockeye/Sturgeon and Pink/Sturgeon, later in the fall we will also offer Coho and Chum fishing combined with sturgeon as well.

Here is a beauty from the past, the Fall offers anglers the best chance at catching a monster sturgeon.

Here is a beauty from the past, the Fall offers anglers the best chance at catching a monster sturgeon.

Sturgeon update

We are catching sturgeon daily from both our Mission and Delta Hotel location, our next peak sturgeon fishery will begin in about 6 weeks as more salmon begin to enter the Fraser River, currently the Chinook salmon are migrating up the Fraser but as soon as those sockeye begin, sturgeon will start to hunt them down for food. On July 15 the Fraser River will open for salmon fishing so we will also begin our combination salmon/sturgeon trips.

Fraser River Sturgeon 003

Our Canyon trips begin July 27 and will be offered daily until mid October, all weekends in August and September are SOLD OUT but we still have a few weekday and Friday dates. I still have 2 weekend dates in October. For those of you who have never experienced our Fraser Canyon Adventure, it is a bucket list adventure for sure.

Clay shooting in the canyon while having a barbeque lunch

Clay shooting in the canyon while having a barbeque lunch

2013 is a Pink Year where millions of Pink Salmon will enter the Fraser River, best time to fish sturgeon while these fish are in the river will be between early September to mid October. Our schedule still has some availability but dates are getting limited.

Pitt River Trout Fishing

Our next peak fishery is the Pitt River for sea-run Bull Trout, we were up last week and caught a few of the early fish but the best fishing will start up in the next week to 10 days lasting until mid August. This fishery is one of my favorite and offers great fishing and adventure on a remote scenic river. We prefer to fish weekday so that guests can experience the quite calm river, weekends can get a bit busy.

Here is a beauty Chinook caught in early August while fishing for trout, caught on 8lb test with an 8.5ft Fenwick trout rod

Here is a beauty Chinook caught in early August while fishing for trout, caught on 8lb test with an 8.5ft Fenwick trout rod

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing is red hot right now over in the Gulf Islands, most days are producing 2 to 6 legal sized Chinook and fishing for ling cod has also been good. The trip over to the fishing grounds is about 1:15 each way so all trips are 9-10 hours, cost is $950 for2 anglers, plus $100 for each extra angler. Fishing should remain good for another 2 to 3 weeks then we will move into the Vancouver harbour area for Coho and begin targeting Fraser River bound Chinook.

STS guide Rob Dieleman landed this 25lb Chinook last week fishing over in the Gulf Islands

STS guide Rob Dieleman landed this 25lb Chinook last week fishing over in the Gulf Islands

Vancouver Island Salmon

Vancouver Island is known around the world for it’s amazing salmon fishing, from early May through middle of September anglers can find good to great fishing throughout the island. Both the east and west coast of the island offers salmon and halibut fishing but it really depends on your timing to hit it right. Almost all the fishing communities along the coast boast about great catches and like to lay claim to “Salmon Capital of the World”

Vancouver Saltwater Fishing

Coal Harbour is the hub for fishing groups wanting to target those big Chinook and Halibut off Winter Harbour & Quatsino Sound. Coal Harbour is located 15 km west of Port Hardy and offers great fishing in calm protected waters. The action is fast a furious for both Coho and Chinook as well as Ground fish, rock cod and Halibut. We do venture off the coast when water is calm to reach some of the best fishing grounds on the coast.

The calm waters between Coal Harbour & Winter Harbour offer our guests world class fishing in the protected waters of Quatsino Sound. Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Halibut, Black Bass, Cod, Snapper, Crab & Prawns are all abundant in these waters.

2013 season schedule

Our 4 day 3 night package is just enough time to fill the coolers with salmon and halibut for the year. Calm water fishing with opportunity to head out to sea for those like me who like to fish big west coast water.

Trip details – All inclusive packages with 2 – 4 anglers per boat, 100% guided, all gear provided. Arrival day begins with meet & greet then head out onto the water for an afternoon salmon fish, returning for a crab feast by the fire. Day 2 & 3 are full days fishing for salmon and halibut followed by dinner and post fishing activities. Wrap up this incredible trip with a morning fish before heading home with your cooler full of salmon, halibut, snapper, cod, bass, crab and some prawns.

Trip Dates:

  1. July 18 – 21
  2. July 21 – 24
  3. July 25 – 28
  4. July 28 – 31
  5. Aug 1 – 4
  6. Aug 4 – 7
  7. Aug 8 – 11
  8. Aug 12 – 15

The above dates are Thursday – Sunday or Sunday to Wednesday

Weekend and longer stays are available, maximum group size of 6 anglers per date. Combination package including Fraser Sturgeon are also available.

2013 Rates:

  • 2 anglers – $2770 p/p
  • 3 anglers – $2100 p/p
  • 4 anglers – $1875 p/p

STS Guiding specializes in guided fishing charters and vacations in the south western British Columbia region, with our 22 years of on the water experience and 3 prime locations we can ensure that you are given the very best chance possible to experience that trip of a lifetime.

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