8 Jul 2008 - Chinook GOOD Sockeye STARTING
 Category:  Canada --- Sooke Fishing BC canada
 Author Name:  Noel Gyger
 Author E-mail:  noel@noelgyer.ca
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The photo of the week shows Troy from Whitecourt, Alberta with a very nice Chinook (King) Salmon landed while being guided by Steelhead Heaven. It took a black Hot Shot. The same plug was put back into the water after landing this fish and instantly hooked another but eluded the angler with a run of 100 yards before the hook pulled. Photo by Tracey Hittel

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Noel Gyger - WEEKLY FISHING REPORT dated June 29 – July 6, 2008
(Number 78)

Dear Fishing Friends:

SUMMARY: The weather remained cool all week with quite a few rain showers. Skeena River has been dropping most of the week but is still high and borderline fishable. Lower Kalum remains high but some Chinook are being caught. Zymoetz (Copper) River is dirty. Best bet now would be the Kitimat River and Coastal Streams plus ocean and lakes. If the water remains high and fishable the Kitimat River should really turn-on. You need the high water to keep the fish moving. Be sure to check out the Ron Wakita detailed report below.

The Tyee Test Fishery shows the largest run of Chinook in the last four years. Sockeye show more than last year.


- July 2/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm
- July 3/08 one item posted on “Conservation” http://www.noelgyger.ca/conservation.htm -
- July 5/08 two items posted on 'Scenic Photos' http://www.noelgyger.ca/for-sale-videos-dvd-photos.htm

NOW BOOKING FOR 2008 Let me know if I can be of service to book you with the 'best' fishing guide and/or fishing lodges for both river and ocean. There are NO extra charges to book through me, just a lot of free information and advice from a person with years and years of fishing and fish guiding experience. It is like hiring two guides for the price of one. I will promptly answer your questions and concerns. Cast here http://noelgyger.ca/special-guided.htm to read more of what I have to offer.

Many people book three trips per year to our area; one trip in the spring (March-April-May), one trip in the summer (June-July-August) and one trip in the fall (September-October-November). They love having the same guide but fishing for different fish in different areas.

Be sure to check out my website at www.noelgyger.ca for news bulletins, mid week fishing updates, conservation, my history, quality waters strategy, special guided fishing trips, video clips, scenic river photos, wildlife photos and others, comments from past guests, informational articles, archived fishing reports from 1996 through 2002 and a sportfishing market place. I hope it meets with your entire satisfaction.


Ron Wakita
Mike Herzberg
Craig Murray
Tracey Hittel
Randy Marshall

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Skeena and Tributaries:

TYPE OF FISH CAUGHT: Chinook and Trout for river. Chinook/Halibut/Bottom Fish/Crab for ocean.

Thank you for using barbless hooks.


LARGEST FISH OF THE WEEK: Specie: 44-pound 8-oz-Chinook Where: Kitimat River Angler: Randy Marshall’s client Rob

WEATHER: Showers. Windy. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate. Region normal: Max. Temp. 22 degrees C. Min. Temp. 11 degrees C. Sunrise 5:08 AM Sunset 10:10 PM

WEATHER REPORTS VIA TELEPHONE: Environment Canada taped messages constantly updated, giving current conditions and three-day forecasts. Terrace 250-635-4192 Kitimat 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert 250-627-1155 Smithers 250-847-1958.

For current Terrace weather information please cast on:

WATER CONDITIONS: Skeena River is borderline fishable. Lower Kalum River is fishable. Most of the smaller coastal streams are in good shape. Kitimat River is clean. Zymoetz (Copper River) is dirty.




SKEENA RIVER: The water heights have been dropping most of the week but the water is still dirty. This is the time of year when the Chinook migrate up the Skeena heading to their home rivers. There are a lot of fish in the river now and when the water is clean the fishing is fabulous.

KALUM RIVER: The water in the low end (below the first canyon) is high but is fishable. Hopefully a good run of Chinook are still entering. I have a report of some good catches on the lower end.

This is a Classified River year round and can be guided from March 15 through October 15 only. The Steelhead record is 32-pounds. To see a photo of this fish cast to: http://noelgyger.ca/records/Record003.jpg The angler is Dennis Therrien.

KASIKS RIVER: It is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena. Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.

EXCHAMSIKS RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

EXSTEW RIVER: Same as above, it is now possible to fish for Chinook in the clean seam.

Note: the above three rivers are closed to angling for Chinook except at the very low end. Please check 2007 – 2009 BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement (fancy name for regulations) at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish for details.

ZYMOETZ (COPPER) RIVER: The water is dirty.

KINCOLITH RIVER: The Chinook have started to come in with the high tides. Fishing for them is only allowed below the bridge. This is tidal water so anglers must have a salt water license even though you are fishing in the river.

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 River, 27-pounds.

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Northern Coastal Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters

KITIMAT RIVER: Big Water! Big Tides! Big Smiles! Lots of Chinook were caught this week.
Early in the week most of the chinook continued to migrate thru the Kitimat harbour fishery, thru the Kitimat tidal fishery, thru the lower Kitimat and were caught in the middle and upper holes of the Kitimat especially in the driftboats. We observed this phenomenon last year. We recorded record numbers in our Driftboat logs last year but proportionally our Salt water boat fish count and jetboat fish count were lower last year.

Our last year's log also recorded lower catches in the lower section of the Kitimat early in the chinook season. We are observing elements of the same this year.

We had a record snow pack last year which created record high river levels. Although the Kitimat River experienced record high river levels we seldom reached the conditions of non fishable. We only lost 2 days due to high, dirty water levels last year but we fish higher water levels well above the normal average. The conditions were extreme but remained fishable and very productive in the driftboats.

We evolved a Fishing technique we nicknamed 'Scar Face' which was developed by Mike Herzberg of Reliable Guide and Charters. When anglers are faced with extreme and difficult conditions we must adjust to continue to catch fish especially when there are lots of fish to be caught. We are fortunate on the Kitimat to have the Kitimat River Hatchery which continuously produces the 'lots of fish'. The big tides this week are also influencing more fish to migrate into the river. The challenge is to catch fish when the conditions are not optimal.

Mike Herzberg continues to lead the assault on this years chinook with his exceptional catch results. Mike has produced on every drift he has done this week but the highlighted drifts were July 3rd drifting with Brad Wickman and his granddaughter Shenese and her friend Shaina and landed three chinook, 26lb, 15lb. and released another one. I am always touched when the passion of fishing is shared by Grand Pa Brad grand daughter Shenese and friend Shaina. Well done! July 4th, Mike drifted Dan, Alice Dumont and they had an outstanding day. They hooked nine chinook and landed four. Dan and Alice hooked and landed a 15lb and an 18lb chinook which they kept and recorded on their license. The next two chinook landed were 30lbers which they had to release because they had already tagged out with the 15 and18lb. Such is the decision process of chinook fishing. On the Kitimat River, regulation states that anglers with a salmon stamp on their license may retain 4 chinook, 1 over 65cm. Once catching and retaining the chinook over 65cm it must be recorded on the angler's license and they can only retain 3 more chinook between 30cm and 65cms (jacks) for the remainder of that day. Since Dan and Alice kept the 15lb and the 18lb. they had to release any larger chinook for the remainder of Friday. One never knows how fishing will be day to day or minute by minute but the 'bird in hand theory' is always prevalent in the decision process of which fish to keep and record. All things considered, Dan and Alice had an outstanding day of chinook fishing on the Kitimat River and were pleased with our guiding services especially with Mike. Congratulations to Dan and Alice on the fish landed and fought and Well Done Mike!

Other associate guides of Reliable had success as well. Pat Oliver drifted with Tony Tiani and his group on Sunday and they landed a 27lber.

Terence Reynolds with Tony Tiani on June 30th and they hooked four chinook and they landed one 22lb. which a seal tried to steal right off the rope. They battled twice to keep this chinook, once on the rod and reel to land it and again with the seal to keep it. I am happy to report that the seal got a chunk of the head and Tony kept the rest. Mark Girard drifted with Kurt and Emmi from Cranbrook and they landed a 30lber. Pat Oliver drifted with Ken and Carol Litchfield on Wednesday and Carol landed a 30lb chinook on her 50th birthday. Congratulations Carol and Happy Birthday. We also provided a bottle of wine for the Birthday celebration which was also used to toast the conquest of the 30lber.

I had the pleasure of drifting with Nick and Erica Bouchard and Leanne Jenkins (friends of my daughter Julie) on a morning drift on July 1st. We hooked four chinook and landed a 32lb and a 28lb. We had a great time as we were trying to produce 'lucky fish catching song' in between fish. The song still needs work musically but we hooked four chinook.

I also drifted on Friday with Bob Cowdell and Craig Sanderson and we hooked six chinook landing two. The last two! We had some anxious moments battling chinook but we finally landed a 28 and 30lber. I also drifted with Josh, Joloene and Riley Hanna on Saturday and we hooked three chinook and landed one about 34lbs. We hooked three chinook in the morning in a major down pour of rain and the river rose and dirtied in the afternoon. The Kitimat rose to a height of 37' last night (Sat) as recorded on the Pump house scale which we log daily with our mobile tackle van. As I am writing this report on Sunday morning the river has already dropped to 36'. I am planning a drift with my sons Corey and Brandon late this afternoon when the river should be fishable. The Kitimat River will rise quickly with rain or snow melt but will drop and clean just as fast.

The lower Kitimat River holes started to produce chinook later in the week mostly on the high tides. On Wednesday July 2nd, the Pump House Pool hooked seven chinook landing three between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. The high tide on Wednesday was at 1:44p.m at a height of 19.9. The Haisla Bridge hole on Thursday hooked five chinook landing three in late afternoon with tide at 2:31p.m. The two landed were covered with sea lice and there were reports of lots of chinook surfacing as they moved thru the pool. Our mobile tackle van log has more info of chinook caught and/or lost on the high tide.

These are exceptionally high tides this week and they are definitely influencing more chinook into the Kitimat. Smart money says to fish the lower Kitimat on the incoming high tide. Courtesy Tide charts are available in our tackle store and in our mobile tackle van.

Josh, Jolene and Riley Hanna. Hooked 3 landed 35-pounder. Guide was Ron Wakita

July 3, Hooked 4 landed two. Clients:Brad Wickman (Grand Pa). Grand daughter Shenese Langlois and friend Shaina Fresersch. Guide and photo by Mike Herzberg.

The anglers are Danny and Alice Dumont, I took them on a drift down the Kitimat yesterday. We hooked nine chinook between Cablecar and the Big Spruce, landing four of them. They each kept one approx. 15 lbs., Danny released two thirty pounders. His attitude was 'keep the little guys as they are better eating, let the big boys and girls spawn'.

The fishing has started to get better as the water has come up...hopefully these next two weeks will be as insane as they were last year. Take care...Mike Herzberg

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The Kitimat Harbour has been erratic lately but Wes Owens of Golden Adventures trolled out of M.K marina on Wed. July 2nd on his way to his crab traps located 500yards from the marina. He boated a 22lb and a 26lb chinook on route just out of the marina.
Brad Wickman boated three chinook in mid twenties yesterday July 5th in front of the river mouth.
Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures reports landing seven chinook out of eleven hooked and a 30lb halibut on his last trip.

Bill from Idaho and his group caught a 62lb halibut in Gilltyees on Friday July 3rd.
Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters reports putting 10 halibut and 17 Coho in his client's coolers from the Mac Donald Bay area. This was on a two day charter which is the best type of trip for halibut this time of year in the Douglas.

Congratulations to all. Thank You to every one who participated in this report. Tight Lines and Big Smiles! Ron Wakita

Douglas Channel Halibut

Cast to this link for Kitimat tide tables http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/cgi-bin/tide-shc.cgi?queryType=showRegion&language=english®ion=1

Fishing Report and Photos from: Steelhead Heaven
What a week of Monster nookies. Attached are some of the sheets of Aluminum our clients are hooking into. As you can see the smiles tell the tale. Fish are running in small bunches and some of the pools are stacking up.
Today we had a large run of fresh Chinook take three anglers into the back of the reels and a fight of their lives. It was an incredible day as the pool was thick with rolling fish; I thought it was Coho season as the action was unbelievable.
Also the shore lunches are a nice hot treat as you can see from the smiling faces posted in this report. With a busy season starting I will make it short and look forward to more action as the peak is just around the corner, tight lines. Tracey Hittel
Fishing Report and Photos from: Randy’s River Guiding

Hi Noel, I got a last minute booking on Friday. The chap wanted to really fish the Skeena and tribs. I told him I would check out conditions and let him know if it was worth going out. I checked it out and said no way, Skeena is blown and so are most of the smaller tribs. He opted to book me for the Kitimat River. He invited a friend to come along. To make a long story short we had a pretty good day hooking about 4 nice Chinook. We got the first one a 25-lb. buck in the first pool. We landed about a 30-pounder a little later and then the big one that weighed 44-pounds 10-oz. After a few lessons in proper spoon presentation they started catching fish. I think they were thoroughly impressed with the day. Thanks. Randy Marshall

CURRENT REPORT and summary for Central Coast/North Van Island Wilderness Rivers:

Fishing Report from: Nimmo Bay Resort

Female angler gets the prize, fish goes free and the guide gets immortalized yet once again.
What better picture can there be? This mainland river is home for a while to many beautiful Coho. The only thing missing from this picture is YOU. Call Noel for a preview and an opportunity to join us at Nimmo Bay this 2008 season. We are fishing until late October.

Craig Murray, Owner
Nimmo Bay Resort (Est. 1980)
Proud member of BC Sustainable Tourism Collective

To Fly is Human ...To Hover, Divine

Note from Noel: This year in 2007, out of 10 Heli fishing and tour resorts and lodges from around the world, Nimmo Bay Resort was voted number one by the prestigious, New York based Forbes Traveler magazine. Congratulations Craig, Deborah and staff.


2007-2009 BC tidal waters and freshwater Salmon fishing information:
Effective April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009

2008-2009 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009

NOTE: For In-season Regulation Changes posted on the web check the above URL’s


*** If any of you have special fishing photos, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.

On the left Karstan, in the middle their guide Andrew Rushton owner of Kalum River Lodge and on the right Thomas

The Chinook was caught on Tuesday, June 25, the Jack Spring on June 27. I took the photo of Karsten and he took my picture. I’ll add another one showing our “floating party”. I used a tripod to take it automatically with a timer.

Hi Noel, we had a great week with Andrew Rushton although the Skeena was not fishable most of the week. The 2 pictures show my buddy Karsten Brockmann with a 20 pound Chinook, which took a lure cast from a bank of the Kitimat. The other shows myself with a Jack Spring (very tasty!!), which couldn't resist the bait presented from a boat on the Skeena. I am sure, that this was not the last time for me to fish the Skeena, its tributaries and nearby river systems. Thanks for your help in setting up our trip. Thomas Beuhausen from Germany.

The photo is a nice Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon and angle guide Rob Vodola who is the Head Guide Fishmaster at Minette Bay Lodge. Photo sent to me by Dr. Howard Mills owner of the lodge.

Note from Noel: the following was sent to me by Guy Gangl who is a ten time repeat guest to Skeena River region. Talk about repeat guests…WOW, we must be doing something right. He books with Randy Marshall of Randy’s River Guiding.

Dear fishing friends around the world, once again I will be back in Terrace at the end of August. For me it is like Prime Time for all kinds of Salmon, because with a little bit of luck you can catch them all. Chinook; is not anymore the targeted specie since the season is over, so all must be catch and release but you can believe me there are still some possibilities to hook-up one of the other specie some of them are still entering the Skeena River. For Chum it’s about the same, since the Skeena system has not too many but there is still the Kitimat River.

Now for the fun part, summer-run Steelhead, Sockeye and Coho are now entering, or are already in the rivers and they are a lot of fun to catch. Last but not least I almost forgot the Pinks, with light gear and on the right spot, especially beginner to fly fishing will be thrilled. Same for spoon fishing. Ocean fishing is another option.

So if you, dear fisher friends, want to find out for yourselves what could happen by end of August and beginning September why don’t you come to Terrace and find out for yourself. You will not be disappointed, and I am sure Noel can find you the right guide for the perfect trip. And who knows maybe we will see each other on the river. Guy from Luxemburg

Thank you everyone for sending the photos and commentary. Noel

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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