Fishing Report - Lower Mainland & the Fraser Valley
Fraser Valley Fishing Report
This week is looking good for those anglers wanting to get out and fish. Water levels & clarity are good on all local rivers and Vancouver saltwater fishing is producing some nice Chinook Salmon. See below for specific waters.
Vedder River Steelhead
Water conditions have been up and down but the past few days we have seen water conditions stabilize. Steelhead fishing has been fantastic the past few weeks with many fish being caught throughout the river.
STS Guide Thomas Rutschmann has been hitting the water daily producing fish on almost every outing. Dialing the river in is very important early season as this is what makes the slower weeks more productive. Thomas is nearing 70 fish for the season which is great for any Vedder River Steelheader.
It looks as though we are going to have clear conditions for the next week so low clear conditions require lighter leaders, smaller baits. If the water does rise and color with the rain, you can up the anti and try some of the larger artificial baits like Pink Rubber Worms, Gooey Bobs and our favorite, Roe Sacks.
If you're looking to get out on a guided trip, we offer daily guided trips on the Vedder, gear or fly. Our instructional trips are the most popular with locals as our expert guides can teach you all you need to know about reading water, learning the Vedder and most of all, how to catch Steelhead,
The Chehalis has been fishing well for steelhead and Cutthroat Trout. Most of our local anglers will target Steelhead in the Lower Canyon or Just above the Chehalis Bridge. Both areas have been producing fish. Cured Salmon eggs, Shrimp ( table or sand) are both working as is artificial like wool, jensen eggs and gooey bobs.
The Fraser River is in excellent condition, water clarity is 3 to 4 feet, temperatures are just above freezing. We did a sturgeon trip on Friday last week and managed to land 17 sturgeon, most were smaller fish be we did get several over 5ft.
Winter on the Fraser can produce some great Cutthroat fishing if you're willing to put in the time. Most anglers who winter fish on the Fraser are fly fishing or casting small spinners. For fly fishing I prefer winter stone flys, small minnow patterns or my favorite; pheasant tail nymph with a bead
Vancouver Saltwater Salmon fishing
Winter Salmon fishing has been fair to excellent the past week. Good numbers of Chinook are being caught in Vancouver Harbour with a fair number of keeper size Chinook. Finding the bait fish is the key, find the bait and you will hook fish. Hoochies, Spoons and bait fish have all been producing fish, trolling near the bottom has worked well. Our new 265 Express is geeting rigged and almost ready to hit the water, If your looking to get out and catch some salmon, February is a great month.
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