Another HUGE Chinook
Robert from Kamloops BC lands his first Kalum River Chinook. The fish was released after this quick photo.
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Top Photo: July 19, 2014. Dale from New Orleans with a huge Chinook (King) Salmon. Dale was a guest of the Kitimat Lodge. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
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Update: Avid Sportfishing sent a pic of their NEW Boat; see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. Update: video from 2010 - Another HUGE Steelhead, see Vintage Video Clips section. Update: Own your own Steelhead Lodge Fishing Cabin in Hazelton, BC, see Market Place section. Update: More information has come forth from DFO regarding the 2014 Salmon run, to read all the details cast on the link in the 2014 Salmon Fishing Outlook section. Update: Total YouTube uploaded views as of May 24th were 811,346 views, see Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube: section. Update: Fishery Notice: Clarification of "Possession Limits" for the purpose of transporting fish, see News update section. Update: Ariel Kuppers of Kitimat Lodge reminds drift boaters on the Kitimat River, there is a very dangerous log jam around the Sawmill boat launch, see pic and caption of the extreme danger in the Kitimat River section. Update: Please read the safely measure, see Lakelse River Bridge section. Update: 2014 Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery charts are now posted, see just below Skeena River section. Update: Kyle Alton allowed us to post another beautiful pic of his latest Chinook catch on the Skeena River. Update: First Nations 'ecstatic' over historic Supreme Court ruling, see Conservation section. Update: check information and enter: First Annual Skeena Classic Fishing Derby, see Skeena River section. Update: Avid Sportfishing sent a Chinook pic and fishing report, see Haida Gwaii - Queen Charlotte Islands section. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent pics and reports of "fantastic" Halibut and Chinook fishing, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: Louis Doucet sent a pic and caption of his friends huge Chinook, see Kitimat River section. Update: NEW Product Profile Gibbs/Delta, see Product Profile section. Update: Full month of June 2014 is posted, see Past Fishing Reports webpage. Update: one of my first video clips ever made, back in 2007, title of this one Roberts First Kalum River Chinook, see Vintage Video Clips section. Update: Andrew Rushton of Kalum River Lodge send pic and caption for "current" Skeena River Chinook, see Skeena River section. Update: NEW river condition pics for Kalum River and Skeena River. Update: NEW river condition pic for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: agencies warn boaters to stay safe on the water, see News updates section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Kitimat River. Update: NEW Top Photo posted July19th. Update: Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge sent report and pics of early July fishing, see Kitimat Lodge section. Update: NEW river condition pics for Kitimat River , Skeena River and Zymoetz (Copper River) posted. Update: NEW river condition pic for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: Rob Brown latest story titled "Tackle science", see Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler section. Update: The Thursday July 24 e-mail NEWSLETTER has been sent; to receive your copy subscribe here. Update: NEW river condition pic for Skeena River. Update: Alexandra Morton re Breaking News about a large farmed salmon die-off, see Conservation section. Update: NEW stats for noelgyger.ca are posted above for July 24, 2014. Update: for Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox, Babine and Rainbow Alley, Meziadin and Nass see Smithers BC and area fishing report section. Update: How to: catch Sockeye on a fly, see Skeena River section. Today's updates > Update: for Skeena River and Kalum River. Update: for Zymoetz (Copper) River. Update: for Kitimat River. Update: taking bookings now of ocean charters, see Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing section. Update: NEW river condition pic for Kitimat River. More updates will come in as the day moves on. Cast on links to send me your fishing report or feedback. Or phone 250-635-2568, if I am not available leave your report on my answering machine. Thank you.
RIVER and DATE - High Rez pics of river conditions:
Skeena July 24th
Zymoetz (Copper) July 23rd
Kitimat July 26th
Kalum July 19th
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Sat July 26/14 7:49am
Chinook, Sockeye and Steelhead fishing is pretty good right now. Lots of anglers and boats coming to town to fish. The boat launches are filling up. Lots of excitement in town now! Water in fair shape. Lots of room for everyone to fish. To check current and recent past water conditions click on the pics below. I have reports of Chinook being caught in good numbers and size. AND the Sockeye fly fisherman are pilling into Ferry Island. You may want to consider hiring a guide for this, if so contact me anytime. Tip: still a good idea to head off to Prince Rupert and fish for Chinook in the mouths of the Skeena tribs, such as Exchamsiks, Exstew and Kasiks. Reg: remember you can fish for Chinook only below the highway 16 bridges. Re Sockeye: Talked with local DFO and they predict a good run of Sockeye in the Skeena River this season. Keep in mind this is only and educated guess at this time. Data from the Tyee Test Fishery is being posted now, see charts below.
Catching Sockeye on a fly!
This year's sockeye return is big. One of the best methods to catch these tasty fish is to fly fish for them. Use a very heavy sink tip between 12 and 20 feet in length with a short leader and a heavy, heavy fly. You want to be hugging the bottom of the river for best results. Pink and or chartreuse coloured flies work the best. Tip: courtesy Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers BC.
This is the first Skeena River summer-run Steelhead for Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge Want to be guided for these guys...contact me anytime. Keep checking the Tyee Test Fishery charts below. Hope we have another good run this year.
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Kalum River boat launch. Pic taken July 12th. As you can see lots of boat trailers. This is a very exciting time around Terrace as a lot of people are here now to try and catch a big Chinook. This is where the Kalum River joins up with the Skeena River. The Kalum is shown in the south of this pic and the Skeena on the north. Conditions are very good right now but some would say it's too hot; hit 32 degrees C. today.
Hi Noel, It’s that time of year again - good weather and big fish! Kalum River Lodge guests have been catching some nice Chinook. Here is first time angler Elaine with one of the super Skeena River Chinook landed that day. Best regards, Andrew Rushton
Beautiful catch of Skeena River Chinook (King) Salmon landed this year. I would like to thank Kyle Alton (R) for giving us permission to post this pic. Did I say Kyle is "married" to the Skeena River? As you can see, water conditions, weather and size of Chinook run is excellent this year...so far...we are keeping our fingers crossed :-)
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Skeena Water heights below:
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Skeena River Tyee Test Fishery for 2014:
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2014 Salmon Fishing Outlook:
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Fri July 18/14 4:23am
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2013 Salmon Fishing Outlook:
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Sat July 26/14 7:48am
Early July 2014 Chinook Salmon Fishing Report
What a week the arriving guests have had for our early July Chinook Salmon fishing!
It Logan Day July 1st, not only was it his birthday but was also big fish day – catching a huge, 30+ pound Chinook Salmon.
The group landed some very nice Chinook including a limit of Halibut and Crab.
Also pictured is Torsten from Germany with a fresh Chinook. The action was so good we limited out on Chinook in less that 2 hours, Torstens comments were, the best experience he has ever had.
Another full week is coming fast as bookings are at a all time high
Arriving guests are from Chile, England, BC, Alberta and the USA
Kitimat Lodge Fishing Report - Sunday June 29, 2014
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Another week passes and so do the happy clients!!
Halibut and Chinook Salmon Fishing on the Douglas Channel as well the Kitimat region is finally producing some nice fish!
Today was a tidal wave of fresh fish and Adam from Edmonton hammered a pair of 30 pounders!
Also, Calgary angler Keven, holding a sizable Halibut!
This week guests are from Kelona, England, and Alberta.
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Sun June 29/14 4:28am
Kitimat Lodge Fishing Report - May and June 2014
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The season is starting to look like an epic year as the fellas from Switzerland landed some awesome Chinook!
River conditions are on the drop and running salmon will be holding in thee many pools travelling up the Kitimat River.
HALIBUT and CRAB
The Spring Season on the Douglas channel is very abundant with crab and prawn fishery - check out this pic of 3 types of crab we caught in one trap: Dungeness Crab, Box Crab and King Crab!
As we offer saltwater tours - you can see the fellas took home some nice Halibut
SUMMER - FALL STEELHEAD
The lower 100 miles of the Skeena River and its tributaries are a Steelheders dream, miles of fly water to chase the elusive steelhead.
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The 2014 season is closing in on us fast and the bookings are at an all-time high
Spring Steelhead begins this late March for 6 weeks. If the run of Steelhead was like last year our guests are going to hit pay dirt.
Starting in May, thru to August, Chinook Salmon we target either by Jetboats or spacious driftboats, on the rivers, or 30ft Aluminum, twin Volvo Diesel, ocean vessel. All our boat are fully equipped with top of the line gear.
Late July to late September all 5 species of Salmon are in full charge from the ocean to the rivers. We intercept these Salmon either in the Saltwater or small coastal micro streams, using like tackle or fly.
HALIBUT and CRAB
May to November is best for Halibut and Dungeness Crab. For 2014 the size limit for Halibut has increased, retaining a 70lb fish, up from the 60lb fish in 2013
SUMMER - FALL STEELHEAD
The lower 100 miles of the Skeena and its tributaries are a Steelheders dream, miles of fly water to chase the elusive steelhead. With our access to Classified waters in Skeena country, this allows us flexibility and tranquility for our customers.
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Sat July 26/14 7:47am
Click on link below for a high rez pic of water conditions for July 19th. Water high but in good shape. Normal for this time of year. Chinook are coming in now and I have reports of a few being caught. Reg: As of July 1st a person may retain four Chinook per day of which only one may be over 65cm. Chinook closure on Kalum: upstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon May 25 - Dec 31. Steelhead have spawned and are heading back to the ocean. The fresh summer-runs will be coming in soon...
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Tue Apr 29/14 6:23am
Water is higher than normal and tea coloured. Steelhead fishing is slow. Check regs for the fly fishing only rule in some section. Steelhead are started to spawn in some sections, if you see them you should let them be and move on to other areas. Reg: Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge Mar 1 -May 31. Tip: Fly-fishing egg pattern flies work the best, also, the brighter the egg fly the better. Tip: Float fishing corkies (painted cork balls in various sizes) and a little bit of white wool works well. The bright red or orange ones are favored.
Lakelse River Bridge:
Thu July 10/14 4:23am
Lots of anglers and I heard of a few nice Chinook landed. Camping: There is a rough forestry campsite close to the bridge. When my kids were young we camped there often. We have many fond memories. Met some wonderful people there too. Tip: Fishing off the bridge with a marabou jig is the most popular, so is a Hot Shot or KwikFish plug.
FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY: Please get off the bridge when large trucks and equipment are crossing. This bridge has a wide deck sitting on a central pair of girders, and is designed to have the load travel the centre of the bridge. When a truck has to move over because someone didn't want to get out of their lawn chair it endangers everyone on the bridge by putting the load off-centre. In some cases, especially lowbeds with excavators etc on them are too wide to pass without people moving. Thank you.
Zymoetz (Copper) River:
Sat July 26/14 7:46am
Water in good shape. Chinook are coming in now. NEW condition pic posted on July 22nd. Chinook Salmon are entering the river now. Go get em! Reg: you can fish for Chinook on this river until July 23rd. Steelhead will be "rounding the corner" soon also. Tip: When wet fly fishing give the Steelhead a chance to react when the fly comes drifting by. Dry fly works pretty good too. And for conventional here is a Tip: Float fishing the Pink Worm works very well in this river. Need a guide for 2014 in either the Class one or Class two section contact me anytime.
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Sample Zymoetz (Copper) River heights below:
Cast on link for current Zymoetz (Copper) River water heights:
Sat July 26/14 7:47am
High rez pic showing river condition posted July 26th., see below. River height was .7m., the lowest level since April. Clarity 4 feet. Fishing for Pinks is good, especially just after high tides. Chum around, too. Slow for Chinook. Note: Chinook fishing is slow. Run has peaked. Not a lot of new fish coming in. Used to be this time was peak of the run but something changed and most of the run has gone through. A few of the most experience fishing guides are still doing pretty well for their clients. The guides are out almost every day and have learned where the fish are holding. Now's the time to fish Pinks and Chums. They're all chromers! Need the "best" fishing guide, contact me anytime.
Posted July 1st. Current Chinook: When I asked Louis Doucet permission to post his pic, he said, “Of course! My name is Louis Doucet and this Chinook was hooked by my friend Jean-Francois Gloutnez. We are from Saguenay, Quebec and we went fishing on the Kitimat River with the excellent guide Justin Lowes. We landed two Chinook (38 and 20), we lost two. It was awesome. Fish on!”
Notice from Ariel Kuppers: Just a reminder if you are thinking of taking your drift boat from Sawmill. That log jam is still there so BOATER BEWARE!
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Sample Kitimat River waters heights below:
Cast on link for current Kitimat River water heights: http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/graph_e.html?stn=08FF001
Mon July 7/14 4:23am
This is "prime-time" to try and hook a Chinook in this river. Please keep in mind the regulations say you can only fish for them below the Highway 16 Bridge.
Mon July 7/14 4:22am
This is "prime-time" to try and hook a Chinook in this river. Please keep in mind the regulations say you can only fish for them below the Highway 16 Bridge. A friend tells me two Chinook were hooked here on Sunday June 22nd
Mon July 7/14 4:22am
This is "prime-time" to try and hook a Chinook in this river. Please keep in mind the regulations say you can only fish for them below the Highway 16 Bridge. Usually this time of year the main stem Skeena is dirty so this is a good spot to fish for them.
Kitimat River Estuary:
Sat July 19/14 4:20am
I have reports Chinook fishing is only fair! Most of the fish have moved up river. BEWARE it can be dangerous getting into and out of the estuary with jet boat. If you would like to experience this unique fishery may I suggest you book with a fishing guide.
Sat July 19/14 4:20am
Chinook fishing down the channel is only fair now as many of the Chinook have moved into their natal rivers. Halibut and other Bottom fish are being landed in good numbers also. Oh ya, Dungeness Crab too. Now when I say fishing is this good you got to know what to fish with, where to fish and how. My suggestion is to book a charter guide for trip or two, then you will be up to speed how to do it on your own. Did I say the Crab fishing is outstanding too...
Sun June 1/14 4:43am
OK folks, here's the story: From the pic below one would have to say the Halibut fishing down the Douglas Channel is "fantastic". From the pic above one would have to say the Chinook (King) Salmon fishing down the Douglas Channel is ALSO "fantastic"! Photo from Pro Guide (river and ocean) Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge.
Thu May 29/14 4:27am
Sun Feb 2/14 6:39am
Halibut fishing opens February 1st. Cast on this link to read the NEW regulations.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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Tracey John Hittel
Recommended Fly Fishing Gear:
Courtesy Chad Black Nicholas Dean Outdoors
In the low water conditions of early April, we generally used light sink tips to cover the shallow riffles and tailouts where Steelhead were holding. Type 3 and Type 6 tips were generally all that was needed for most conditions. With the higher flows of late Spring, and in particular on the tributary rivers, we've also been using Rio's MOW tips in a variety of weights and lengths to get the fly down to the fish. The Heavy MOW tips, made of T-14 material, have been particularly useful, in lengths of 5, 7.5, 10 and 12.5 ft.
As with March, best colours have been pink, black, blue and
orange. When fishing the Skeena and its tribs, larger flies from
2.5" to 4" in length have been most productive. Smaller flies in a
variety of weights in the 1" to 2.5" range have worked the best on
Rods, Reels, Lines:
For Steelhead - Spey rods in the 12' to 14' range, with a Skagit
head to match. A 7126 TCX paired with a 500 grain Skagit
Flight and Loomis 8139 Dredger with a 525 grain
Skagit are excellent choices. A good quality disc or cork drag
reel (e.g. Islander and Ross) with a minimum of 150
yards of 30 lb backing. For Spring Chinook Salmon, same as above,
except with heavier gear - 9 weight minimum, 10 weight better.
If you need info to book a pro fishing guide please contact me anytime.
Prince Rupert Ocean Fishing:
Sat July 26/14 7:44am
Fish from this Grady White for ALL the bottom fish plus ALL the Salmon, Dungeness Crab and Alaskan King Crab...with a captain who has over 40 years experience. If you are interested to book a charter please contact me anytime for ALL the details.
Here yah go Noel. Caught today (July 16) 45 pounds and 49 pounds. Big fish are in our waters now. We have some openings at our lodge for these monsters. I can do a 2 day trip with 2-4 guys this weekend staying at our Lodge. Cost for 2 days including meals and accommodations are as low as $1,500 person based on 4 people per boat. Lots of Hali's around, but we would like to concentrate on huge Salmon right now. If you would like to book a Prince Rupert charter trip please contact me anytime.
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Sat July 26/14 7:44am
Sun June 29/14 4:24am
Had a day off between bookings so we decided to take some friends fishing for the night bite. Lots of laughs and...tons of Chinooks out there right now!
Sat June 21/14 4:24am
Fri June 13/14 4:27am
Fishing for Halibut and Salmon this month has been
simply outstanding. Book you charter soon to avoid disappointment.
Tue May 20/14 4:32am
Reserve Your Dates for 2014
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Please contact us to discuss dates and join Avid Sportfishing for another season of great fishing, and good times on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii in 2014!
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Smithers BC and area fishing report:
Sat July 26/14 7:42am
Fishing report for July 24, 2014
Bulkley/Morice – Fishing has been excellent lower down on the river. Moricetown is very busy with people, but is producing fish. Some reports have come in of fish that have been caught locally, however it has been slow. Water again is stable and in excellent shape, the rain we had over the last couple days really helped.
Kispiox – Fishing is good all over the length of the river. It is extremely clear right now and is dropping slowly. Date Creek run from the Village side has 3 downed trees making access limited but not impossible. Please be courteous of the lands and pick up any garbage.
Babine/Rainbow Alley – Although fishing for sockeye on the Babine does not open until August 1st, numbers going through the fish fence are strong, definitely something to look forward to. As for the Alley fishing has remained steady with good action for the dry flies.
Meziadin Lake – Doing well for sockeye already and hasn’t been too busy with people.
Nass/Tributaries – After a period of poor fishing it quickly returned with good numbers of fish being caught. Springs are getting darker as time more and more time goes on.
Thu July 24/14 4:19am
Fishing report for July 18, 2014
Bulkley/Morice – Rivers finally heating up! Fishing is good lower down on the Bulkley like Moricetown etc. Reports also suggest fish in the upper reaches like the Morice River near the confluence of Little Bulkley is good. The river is on a slight rise and clarity has decreased just a little bit. When the river drops again over the next couple of days is when the best fishing should be. Optimal time to fish with a fly rod.
Kispiox – Fishing is decent with darker fish being caught throughout the system. The mouth of the Kispiox has been doing okay for cleaner fish starting to make their way up the river. Kitimat – Has had almost everything in the past couple days. A fresh run on springs came through and the river has lots of Chum and Pink Salmon in it already.
Babine/Rainbow Alley – Dry fly fishing is still good where the outlet of Nilkitwa Lake enters into the Babine River. Stonefly hatches are no longer consisted but action hasn’t stopped.
Meziadin Lake – Just started producing good numbers of Sockeye as the last week was a little slow.
Nass/Tributaries – Good fishing for Springs, but the smaller tributaries are packed with people so weekdays are better to get away. Fish have been reported to be quite colored the higher one goes.
Fri July 18/14 4:20am
Fishing report for July 10, 2014
Bulkley/Morice – Reports are good with smaller fish being caught especially closer to Moricetown and lower down on the Bulkley like Anderson Flats. The water level is consistent and clarity is still great!
Kispiox – Very clear for this time of the year and the conditions are good for finding fish. The lower part of the river seems to be better for springs so far.
Babine/Rainbow Alley – Fishing for trout is still fantastic on the dry fly and with warmer weather forecasted, it is expected to continue. Water is clear and is lower than average for this time of year.
Wed July 2/14 4:20am
Fishing report for June 26, 2014
Bulkley/Morice – Rivers are in awesome shape. Water color and clarity is perfect for salmon right now and the reports reflect that. Smaller fish are being caught at “The Rock” and some fish are being caught even as far up as Telkwa Bridge. This would be a great time to cast a line locally to reel in the big one, conditions couldn’t get much better than this!
Kispiox – Has bumped up in water level over the past couple of days. This may help bring in some fresh fish from earlier in the week when the water was a little lower and clearer. Conditions are dirty but hopefully will improve soon with nice weather and steady temperatures forecasted. Fishing reports are slow.
Babine/Rainbow Alley – Recent reports suggest that fishing with stonefly-flies has slowed down. Lower River has larger stones around but fish are hesitant to take a fly. Trolling fry patterns or muddlers during the hotter parts of the day could lead to success. Then in the evenings try some dry fly.
Lakes – Local lakes are fishing slower in the daytime but during the night is heating up as the temperature cools down. Try spinners or so in the afternoon and dry fly in the evening.
Wed June 25/14 4:26am
Fishing report for June 19, 2014
Bulkley/Morice - River is in good shape for this time of year, near perfect clarity for salmon fishing. Springs have been caught near Telkwa and in Moricetown.
Kispiox - Extremely clear and fish are in the system.
Lakes - Now would be a great time to give the lakes a try. Since the rivers have opened up fishing pressure on the lakes has decreased. Lots of fly hatches are occurring so dry fly fishing is great. Yet the fish are active to take large lures too!
Rainbow Alley - Has been exceptional fishing as of late. Fry patterns are still working well and now dry fly fishing is picking up. It is always a fun time.
Sat June 7/14 4:22am
Fishing report for June 3, 2014.
Lake Fishing: Lake fishing is on! The recent warm weather has been excellent for the local lakes! Many hatches have started so it may be good time to do some dry fly fishing. Trolling lures or flies has proved to be a very productive method to catch fish also. Come check out our new Zombie Maxx Lures. Great for trout or char fishing! Char fishing has stayed consistent with many catching fish. No need to go really deep for these fish just yet.
The above reports are courtesy of Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers BC.
Guest Photos and captions:
Hi Noel, Sockeye fishing on the fly was good today (July 14th). Here's my Dad Tom Hodgson with a nice one. Thank you for posting. Luke
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July 13 to July 19, 2014. Ariel Kuppers holds up his guests large Chinook (King) Salmon landed on the Kitimat River this year. Ariel is a pro fishing guide with the Kitimat Lodge. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
July 6 to July 13, 2014. Photo and caption by Neil Goodwin of Avid Sportfishing in Haida Gwaii BC: "We took a break from catching Salmon and hooked into this pair of 133cm Halibut. Perfect size Hali`s to end a great day on the water. Gotta love fishing Cartwright Sound!" If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
June 30 to July 6, 2014. Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge holds up his guests "huge" Chinook (King) Salmon for a quick photo. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
June 23 to June 30, 2014. The Chinook are here! Hi Noel, Michele hooked this beauty, on our Kitimat River drift Sunday morning June 22nd. This chrome Chinook fought like a Steelhead, clearing the water several times. Photo and caption courtesy of Mike Herzberg. If you are interested to be guided on rivers or ocean please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
June 17 to June 23, 2014. The Chinook are here! Gerard from Medicine Hat Alberta set the hook on this "chrome bar"! Fishing conditions are fantastic! Photo by Tracey Hittel (R) of Kitimat Lodge If you are interested to be guided on ocean or rivers please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
June 8 to June 17, 2014. FIRST Chinook of the year! Hi Noel, the photo is of my friend, Michele, and her first Chinook of the year. We lost another earlier in the drift. Saw only a couple of others rolling. The Kitimat River is in great shape, but there aren't many fish in yet. Thanks. Mike Herzberg. If you are interested to be guided on ocean or rivers please contact me anytime. Cast on photo to view in larger size
Order Now: "THE SALMON RECIPES Stories of our Endangered North Coast Cuisine" Order the book online www.saveourskeenassalmon.org it is 19.99 (24.49 with tax and shipping included). Thank you.
Luanne Roth, Marine Director Prince Rupert Environmental Society 250 627 4201
Steve Hidber - Oscars Source for Sports, Smithers BC
Alex, Jim, Steve
Oscar's Adventure Travel
Oscar's Source For Adventure
1222 Main Street
We are looking forward seeing you in the Tackle Store!
Sun Mar 2/14 7:54am
Oscar’s Source for Adventure
It is never too late to learn something new! Kerry offers fly tying classes Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Start time in 7PM. Cost is $50. – for the season (now until first part of April). This includes materials needed. Bring your own vise, scissors, bobbins…Any questions please call us at 250-847-3377.
Home Hardware and Sporting Goods
"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Shop"
380 City Centre
Tel: 250-632-3522 Fax: 250-632-3528 Cell: 250-632-1275
They also operate a Fishing Guide and Charter Boat: Reliable Guide and Charters
Contact Noel Gyger to book a guided fishing trip both river and ocean
Gibbs | Catching, not just fishing
Welcome to Gibbs/Nortac, makers of Quality Fishing Tackle
Established in 1908 by Rufus Gibbs, they are Canada’s largest manufacturer of fishing lures, landing nets, sinkers and accessories for both saltwater and freshwater use. They currently manufacture over 7000 different products at their plant in British Columbia.
Dodgers Dimple Dodger; Herring Dodger
Flashers Farr Better Flasher; Highlighner Flasher; Skipper Flasher; Sockeye Flasher
Jigging Lures Cod jig; Depth Charge; FloorWalker; Minnow; Mudraker
Lake Trolls BMW; Cowichan; Jumbo Willow Leaf; Lake Special; Willow Leaf
Nets Landing Many Nets including the famous “catch & release net"
Spinners Sil-Vex; Wedding Band; Willow Leaf Spoon
Trolling Lures Clendon Stewart; FST; Gator; Gypsy Spoon; Hockey Stick; Ruby Lake; Stewart Spoon; Super Diamond Spoon; Wonder Spoon
Wobblers Croc; Ironhead; Kit_A_Mat; Koho; One eyed Wiggler; Ruby Eyed Wiggler; Ruby Set; Toronto Wobbler
Note: the above tackle are all "trade marked" "TM"
Gibbs Delta Dealers in the Northwest: City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods in Kitimat, Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers and Fish Tales Tackle Shop in Terrace
Weather Reports telephone numbers: Terrace: 250-635-4192 Kitimat: 250-632-7864 Prince Rupert: 250-627-1155 Smithers: 250-847-1958.
Tide Charts – for BC Coast: http://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/eng/find/region/1
Rob Brown - The Skeena Angler:
We are honoured to have Rob contributing to the Fishing Report. Rob also contributes a weekly column to our local Terrace Standard Newspaper: http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/terracestandard
Rob Brown blog: http://web.me.com/skeenaangler/Skeena_Angler/Blog/Blog.html
Rob Brown Welcome: http://web.me.com/skeenaangler/Skeena_Angler/Welcome.html
Cast on PDF link to read article:
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June 25, 2014
Space to reflect
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June 18, 2014
Flashbacks on the fly
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June 4, 2014
(SSBC) The Steelhead Society of BC:
Here is the last News Letter that was sent out to paid up SSBC members via E-mail and is a brief synopsis of what SSBC has been up to since the last newsletter in January:
NEW FaceBook page link here: https://www.facebook.com/SSBCmain
Wed July 23/14 4:18am
Note: the Campfire Ban (see below) has been lifted...due to all the rain we have had.
Sat July 19/14 4:20am
Fire Warning - PLEASE all fishermen and campers who enjoy campfires please take note of the coming restrictions: Campfire Bans in Parts of the Northwest As of Thursday July 17th. Cast here for more details and areas included.
Tue July 15/14 4:18am
Agencies warn boaters to stay safe on the water
By Kevin Campbell
THE NORTHERN CONNECTOR - Prince Rupert
Northern Health, in connection with the RCMP's marine division are reminding boaters and recreational swimmers in BC about safe boating practices, now that the summer months are in full swing. Cast here to read the full article.
Wed July 2/14 4:20am
Fishery Notice: FN0517-Licensing Infn: URGENT- Service Outage on June 28th, 2014 - Purchase Tidal Water Sports Fishing Licenses in advance. Cast here to read full notice.
Sat June 21/14 4:24am
Fishery Notice: Clarification of "Possession Limits" for the purpose of transporting fish. Cast on this link to read more
Wed Apr 30/14 6:20am
Noel Gyger has 96 fishing video clips on YouTube:
Total Uploaded Views as of May 24, 2014 were: 811,346
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Kind of like: Fishing videos until you drop!
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2013-2015 BC tidal waters and fresh-water (Federal) Salmon fishing information (including recent updates):
Effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015
Shellfish Contamination Closures:
On-line tidal waters fishing licenses:
2013-2015 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:
Effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015
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West Coast of Vancouver Islands, BC
Rogers Fishing Lodge
Sat July 26/14 7:41am
Owners of this Lodge say they already have over 1000 guests booked for the 2014 season. In total in 2013 they did 1160 guests, so things are already pacing ahead of last year. Certainly a real positive for any potential Buyer to have a turn-key business
Rodgers Fishing Lodge is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island about 90 miles due west of Campbell River in Esperanza Inlet. Rodgers is one of the busiest fishing lodges on the B.C. coast, entertaining over 1000 guests a year. They also enjoy one of the longest seasons on the coast, operating 19 weeks in 2013.
This will be their 31st year in the Sport Fishing business and their 20th year in Esperanza Inlet. Rodgers has shown a remarkable rate of growth over the past 3 years due mainly to an aggressive, innovative and successful marketing programme. Their gross revenue has more than doubled since 2010 and 2014 looks to be another banner year with over 550 guests already booked.
The Lodge has a location second to none as it is ideally situated to take advantage of some of the most outstanding fishing opportunities on the BC coast for Salmon, Halibut, Bottom Fish and Tuna. The addition of Tuna fishing this year will add a new dimension to the business and will add increased revenue to the months of August and September. The Tuna fishery is going to be a huge breakthrough in the future for West Coast fishing lodges. Rodgers Lodge is perfectly positioned to take advantage of it. Historically, the Tuna in their migration pattern will follow the warm water temperatures that occur along the Continental Shelf. In Rodgers Lodge’s location the Continental Shelf is just 12 to 15 miles offshore as opposed to 50 miles offshore for places like Tofino and Bamfield.
Black Bear and Bald Eagles are regularly seen by the lodge. They have the largest colonies of Sea Otters on the coast and the Gray, Orca and Humpback Whales pass by on their way to and from the Bering Sea.
The owners love the business and wish that they were 30 years younger. However, they feel that it is now time to turn the reins over to someone who shares the same passion for the outdoors and who is looking for a wonderful rewarding lifestyle.
Asking price $1,199,000
Please contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.
Hello; Just a quick note to let you know that Gibbs-Delta has several 10’ Trade Show Display Booths for sale.
There are a few different styles (pop up and foldex).
All come with cases, some have lights.
Feel free to pass this on to anyone you know that might be looking for a display booth.
Thanks…Rob Alcock 604-940-3474
ECO Tour Tenure license for sale:
It ranges from the Bulkley bridge just above the Suskwa down stream to Hazleton. Then down stream through Terrace to the salt water. Takes in the Bulkley down stream to Hazleton, Skeena, Zymoetz, Kalum, Lakelse, Kasiks, Exstew, Khyex. The Seven sisters hiking trails, Pretty much everything downstream of Hazleton. Great rafting, jet boat rivers, Bird and wildlife viewing, scenery. Contact Noel Gyger if you are interested.
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It is NEVER too late to book a guided river or ocean fishing trip
RIVER FISHING Lots of lodge or day bookings still available on classified or non-classified waters. Guiding fly or spin fishermen with raft, drift-boat or jet-boat. Contact Noel to book NOW!
OCEAN FISHING Chinook Salmon, Bottom Fish and Crab in Prince Rupert or Kitimat Douglas Channel has started. To book warm, covered charter boat please contact Noel Gyger anytime. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW BOOKING for 2014-15: 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. Contact Noel Gyger to book NOW
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