Jan 05 Fishing Report Update

January 5, 2017 Comments Off on Jan 05 Fishing Report Update

With cold clear temperatures and wind chill we are experiencing some very cold weather, in some areas of the Fraser Valley temperatures are getting in the -20 with wind chills. Not many anglers out on the flow but you will always find a few die hards still out trying to land their first steelhead of the season.

Vedder River Steelhead – Cold clear weather patterns will keep water levels low and visibility clear until things start to warm up, in the meantime steelhead will continue to trickle into the river moving their way up the river mostly in the darkness of night. A few years back I was involved in a study of steelhead on the Vedder where we monitored movement of steelhead and it was no surprise to us that during low clear conditions, steelhead would move up river at night and hold in deeper pools and shallow tail out during the day.

Here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back, might help you understand steelhead and their habits a bit more – http://guidebc.com/articles/earlyseasonsteelheadtactics.asp

Here is another with information on the telemetry study back in 2000, might be old but not much has changed in the way steelhead respond to water conditions and migratory habits. http://guidebc.com/articles/telemetry.asp

Fraser River Sturgeon – During the Christmas holidays we managed to get out a few days for sturgeon on the lower Fraser. Sturgeon fishing was still very good and we still managed to tag and release a good number of fish with our local hero Rick Hansen. Salmon eggs and Lamprey eel are always a good bet during winter conditions, bites are very light so don’t take your eye off that rod tip.

Harrison River – clear cold weather is the story on all local Fraser Valley Rivers including the Harrison but that also means no people and lots of water to cover. There is a good population of resident cutthroat and there are still a few Coho swimming around although they are getting pretty tired. Some early Chehalis steelhead are moving in and during low clear water they will hold in the Harrison and wait for highwater before moving up stream. Good bet is to fly fish or light tackle spin fish above Harrison rapids all the way up to Morris confluence.

Harrison River Sturgeon fishing can be very good in winter conditions so if you plan on doing a little steelhead/cutthroat fishing don’t forget to bring along your sturgeon rods. Best bait on the Harrison is salmon eggs and chum flesh.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook fishing is available year round in Vancouver Harbour, although it can be cold and windy at times, most of the time it is calm and cool during January. If you’re in the Vancouver area and are looking for an opportunity to get out on the water, we can provide 5 and 8 hour charters departing from Granville Island and River Rock Casino in Richmond. If your planning on heading out yourself, best to stock up on the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and some G-Force spoons.

Be Sure to Check back weekly as we will be posting new reports with tips, tricks and hot spots to fish throughout the season

Have a great day

Celebrating 22 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2016

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

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Jan 03 Fishing Report Update

January 3, 2017 Comments Off on Jan 03 Fishing Report Update

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With cold clear temperatures and wind chill we are experiencing some very cold weather, in some areas of the Fraser Valley temperatures are getting in the -20 with wind chills. Not many anglers out on the flow but you will always find a few die hards still out trying to land their first steelhead of the season.

Vedder River Steelhead – Cold clear weather patterns will keep water levels low and visibility clear until things start to warm up, in the meantime steelhead will continue to trickle into the river moving their way up the river mostly in the darkness of night. A few years back I was involved in a study of steelhead on the Vedder where we monitored movement of steelhead and it was no surprise to us that during low clear conditions, steelhead would move up river at night and hold in deeper pools and shallow tail out during the day.

Here is a link to an article I wrote a few years back, might help you understand steelhead and their habits a bit more – http://guidebc.com/articles/earlyseasonsteelheadtactics.asp

Here is another with information on the telemetry study back in 2000, might be old but not much has changed in the way steelhead respond to water conditions and migratory habits. http://guidebc.com/articles/telemetry.asp

Fraser River Sturgeon – During the Christmas holidays we managed to get out a few days for sturgeon on the lower Fraser. Sturgeon fishing was still very good and we still managed to tag and release a good number of fish with our local hero Rick Hansen. Salmon eggs and Lamprey eel are always a good bet during winter conditions, bites are very light so don’t take your eye off that rod tip.

Harrison River – clear cold weather is the story on all local Fraser Valley Rivers including the Harrison but that also means no people and lots of water to cover. There is a good population of resident cutthroat and there are still a few Coho swimming around although they are getting pretty tired. Some early Chehalis steelhead are moving in and during low clear water they will hold in the Harrison and wait for highwater before moving up stream. Good bet is to fly fish or light tackle spin fish above Harrison rapids all the way up to Morris confluence.

Harrison River Sturgeon fishing can be very good in winter conditions so if you plan on doing a little steelhead/cutthroat fishing don’t forget to bring along your sturgeon rods. Best bait on the Harrison is salmon eggs and chum flesh.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing – Winter Chinook fishing is available year round in Vancouver Harbour, although it can be cold and windy at times, most of the time it is calm and cool during January. If you’re in the Vancouver area and are looking for an opportunity to get out on the water, we can provide 5 and 8 hour charters departing from Granville Island and River Rock Casino in Richmond. If your planning on heading out yourself, best to stock up on the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers and some G-Force spoons.

Be Sure to Check back weekly as we will be posting new reports with tips, tricks and hot spots to fish throughout the season

Have a great day

Celebrating 22 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures 1994-2016

Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Christmas is only 12 days away

December 13, 2016 Comments Off on Christmas is only 12 days away

Snowed has covered the ground and by all reports will be staying around for a few weeks, we are still offering daily Eagle Tours and as weather permits Guided Sturgeon Fishing and Winter Chinook Fishing out of Vancouver.

If your still look for that last minute Christmas Gift, we do offer Gift Certificates that can be sent out same day.

Have a great week

Merry Christmas from the STS Team.

Nov 27 Fishing Report Update

November 27, 2016 Comments Off on Nov 27 Fishing Report Update

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, Jordi was 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.

This fish measured over 8ft and was caught near Mission this past week, best baits have been salmon eggs and chum meat.

Here is a beauty 9ft 4 also caught this past week, great job Jordi.

Black Friday Sale

If you missed our Black Friday sale on Facebook you can still take advantage until Monday, sale prices have changed slightly but you can still get a great deal on Guided fishing trips, Seminars and Hells Gate Jet Boat Tours.

Just call or e-mail before Monday 5pm to take advantage of these amazing deals.

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.

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.

Hope you all have a great week

Vic

Oct 17 fishing report update

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Oct 17 fishing report update

Some great fishing going on right now for both salmon and sturgeon, the rivers are filling up with salmon and lots of amazing sturgeon going on. The weather hasn’t been the greatest this past week but considering all the wind and rain forecasts we have missed most of it. The next 4 weeks will offer some of the best fishing of the season, take advantage of the great fishing and book today.

This week’s largest landed sturgeon was just under 10ft, a fair number of fish between 7-9ft are being caught and lots of 5-7 footers as well. These fish are now feeding for the winter, how aggressive you ask? Have a look at the pic below, this sturgeon had just eaten a live chum salmon and before it was even swallowed , it grabbed STS Guide Doug Elias bait right after eating a salmon.

Some big Coho around this week, some great fishing on the Harrison River and lower Fraser, you can bar fish, spin fish, fly fish or plunk tee spoons, all these methods are working right now and the action is good. The chum salmon are pouring into the Fraser, Vedder, Harrison, Stave and Dewdney Slough. Lots of Chum boiling and it’s a great time to go out and catch them.

Here is a monster Coho caught by our guests fishing with STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann while bar fishing on the Fraser River.

The Chum salmon are big this year, lots of great action on fly and spoons, our favorite is drifting Colorado blades, Pink wool and Purple Jigs. If your fly fishing try a rolled muddler or a flashabou fly for best results.

If your casting spoons, try the Gibbs Croc Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe or Hammered Silver with Red Fire Stripe, they both are amazing but most Gibbs Crocs in Brass or Silver will work well.

Our Hells Gate and Canyon trips are done for the season, the past heavy rains have made it dangerous to venture deep into the canyon, by the time the river drops back down we will have the big twin tucked away for the winter. 2017 should be a great season in the canyon and we are already booking up at around 50% > if your looking for a full day in the canyon, book now to get your date reserved.

Have a great week and hope to see you out on the water.

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Oct 2 fishing report update

October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Oct 2 fishing report update

Fishing has been fair to excellent the past two weeks, now that the Fraser is open , we are able to fish for salmon and sturgeon on all charters. Good numbers of Coho and Chinook have been migrating up the Fraser and this past week Chum numbers have greatly increased. The next 6 weeks offers some of the best fishing of the season and we still have some great dates available.

Like I mentioned above, salmon fishing is really picking up, local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis and Harrison are really coming into their own now that we have had a bit of rain and some great tides. The guides have been getting some nice sturgeon down in Mission / Chilliwack area , the lower river below Mission is also fishing well.

Opening day, 5 minutes into fishing Thomas landed this beautiful wild Coho while Bar Fishing the Fraser, Bar fishing is one of the selective fishing methods used to catch salmon during Fall salmon migrations. You can Bar fish for Coho, Chinook and Chum Salmon so time to put away the Bottom Bouncing gear.

If you are looking for a guided salmon or sturgeon trip, please give us a call or e-mail. 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at sts@guidebc.com

Have a great day

Sept 13 Update

September 13, 2016 Comments Off on Sept 13 Update

Here we are already in Mid September with 2 thirds of the fishing year already in the books! It is hard to believe how fast the seasons go by. There have been some amazing fish caught this year and we still have the whole fall season to go!

We are right in the middle of our fall season with Sturgeon Charters in full swing and Salmon fishing just beginning on the local rivers like the Harrison Vedder and Stave rivers. The Fraser should re-open in the next week for Coho, Chinook and Chum fishing. The river is in great shape so we should have some great results! Although our fall is very busy we do have some good dates still available. Call the office for options available.

As mentioned above some of the best sturgeon fishing is yet to come, October is one of our best months so we are looking forward to some great fishing for sturgeon. We offer day trips of 4,6 and 8 hours and multi-day packages with or without accommodations. Come join us for some great October action.

Lots of negative news about salmon fishing with longer than expected closure of the Fraser, the good news is that we are still offering daily salmon charters on the ocean and we are now seeing good numbers of salmon entering the Vedder and Harrison River where we are fishing the confluences. We are not able to fish the main stem Fraser but we are casting spoons and spinners for Coho and Chinook at the confluence of these rivers where fishing has been fair to good.

We have had some great trips into the canyon and still have 2 or 3 dates left for the full day canyon adventure, give us a call to check dates.

We still have lots of great fishing, come join us.

Have a great week

The Team at STS.

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