Nov 3 Fishing Report Update

November 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

Quite the week in the Fraser Valley, warm and sunny to wet, cold and now snow. The good news is that fishing hasn’t changed at all, it’s still very good and the weather is going to get better again by early next week. Lots of great salmon and sturgeon fishing going on right now. See below for detailed fishing report.

Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent to incredible, lots of big number days with 10 to 20 fish landed in an 8 hour charter. Most fish are being caught using salmon eggs but lamprey eel and rotten salmon skin ( stink bait ) is also producing some nice fish. Water temperatures are slowly dropping which sends a signal to feeding sturgeon that winter is knocking at our doorstep. When this begins to happen sturgeon feed aggressively until the food supply begins to dwindle.

We still have plenty of excellent sturgeon fishing in November so we are offering a great deal on day trips and over night packages, save $100 on our 4 person charters and save $200 on our 2 night 2 day packages. If you are like me and start your Christmas Shopping early, we will extend this offer for the 2018 season as long as the trip is purchased and paid in full by November 30.

Fraser River Salmon Fishing has been excellent for Chum and fair fishing for Coho. You have to work for your Coho usually being more patient while casting spoons, spinners, twitching jigs and fly fishing. The Chum fishing has been excellent both on the fly and fishing jigs under a float. Our good friends at GibbsDelta have aquired a new product line of jigs that are perfect for our local waters. Zak Tackle Jigs are perfect for fishing under a float, you can dead drift them or twitch them, eiother way works but twitching is more effective with the heavier jig heads.

For Color selection I would recommend the Pinks, Purple, Chartreuse for the Chum and brighter colors like Pink, Red, White and Chartruses for Coho. Dead drifting is when you allow the current to take your float down river without drag, when you add a twitch every 3 or 4 feet, iot really adds to the action and makes for a more natural presentation. Give it a try next time your out on the flow, you will be surprised how well they work.

Here’s the guys from Reel West Coast TV Show having some great success using the Zak Tackle Twitching jigs on Northern BC rivers.

Local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis, Dewdney and Stave are all fishing well for Chum, Coho and the odd late Chinook. Now that the weather temperatures have dropped, the rain will not effect these rivers as much and should keep them fishing well through the next week or until it warms up again if that happens at all. The Dewdney has produced some great Coho fishing and Norish Creek is also fishing well. The lower canyon in the Chehalis is also fishing well so don’t let this short lived cold weather storm stop you from get out.

We still have a good 2 to 3 weeks left for our local salmon fishery so get out and take advantage of the great fishing. If your done with fishing, there is some great Bald Eagle watching opportunities on the Harrison River right now as well as watching the salmon spawn. If you have already put your boat away, we offer daily Jet Boat Tours on the Harrison River for only $69 per person deaprting daily from Harrison Hot Springs. These also make for great Birthday and Christmas Gifts. You can purchase one at a time or book the entire boat for a family or corporate group.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

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Nothing short of Amazing

October 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

another great day on the water for our guides and guests. Like I mentioned in previous posts, now’s the time to experience the Fraser River #amazing#explorebc #worldclassfishing #catchandrelease STS Guiding Service#wefishhere

October 13 Fishing Report Update

October 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

Fishing has really picked up this past week, lots of salmon entering local rivers and main stem Fraser. Most of these salmon migrating up the Fraser are entering into the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder and Harrison River. Best fishing for salmon right now is occurring from Harrison River downstream to as far as Stave River. Prime Fishing for Coho, Chum & Chinook Salmon as well as some amazing Sturgeon fishing. Also available is our daily Harrison River Eagle Tours. . See below for detailed report

A Thompson Steelhead passing by on it way home, caught while Bar Fishing for salmon on the Fraser River this week.

Salmon Fishing Update

Large schools of salmon are now migrating up the Fraser with each high tide, the main species migrating are Chinook, Coho & Chum Salmon. As mentioned above, these fish are heading to their home waters on the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder, Harrison and Chehalis rivers. If you are fishing the main stem Fraser, you can target these fish with several methods. Bar fishing with Yakima Bait Spin n Glos or GibbsDelta Tee Spoons are very productive, we prefer using #2 spin n glos in the half n half, or chartreuse poke a dot. If your using Tee Spoons, Chartreuse blade or chrome/brass work well.

If your fishing the Vedder, Stave or Chehalis, try traditional float fishing with cured roe, single egg/wool patterns or purple/chartreuse/pink maribou jigs. One of my favorite is float fishing with Colorado blades, use the same set up as you would if you were float fishing with roe except exchange the cured roe for a small #2 GibbsDelta colorado blade, dead drift the blade same as you would roe, change nothing except as you drift through the tail out of the run, add a little thumb pressure to the reel to raise the blade off the bottom and add blade speed.

Sturgeon Fishing Update

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent for the most part, the odd slower day but overall some incredible catches by our guests the past few weeks. Sturgeon fishing will not only remain this good, it will even improve as we get into November. Some of our best days happen between October 21 & November 15, reason you ask? Water temperatures are beginning to drop, lots of food in the river as salmon begin to spawn, die and deposit massive amounts of decaying matter on the river bottom.

STS Guide Matt Derekson with a massive Fraser River Sturgeon landed near Mission, BC (left)

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is a world class fishery, the area between Harrison River and Stave River is some of the most productive water to fish because of the mass amount of food available to sturgeon. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Harrison and Hope. There is still lots of great fishing ahead of us and to celebrate what we consider primetime Fall fishing, we are offering some great discount specials for November/December. There is still plenty of great fishing ahead of us, come join us.

Come join us for some of the best fishing of the season and save hundreds of dollars.

Late Season Fishing Special

  • Book any salmon or sturgeon fishing trip for 4 anglers and save $100
  • Book any salmon/sturgeon accommodation package of 2 days or more and Save up to $200
  • Book any 2018 Fishing Trip before December 1 and receive FREE STS SWAG.

Bald Eagle Tours are NOW Available

Its that time of year again when Blad Eagles from around North America begin migrating to their winter feeding grounds on the Harrison River. Thousands of Bald Eagles spend the winter in the Fraser Valley pearching high amoungst the cedar and fir trees waiting for their opportunity to drop down and feed on dieing and dead salmon. It is a special time on the Harrison River as many of these eagles will feed daily in the area known as Pretty Flats. Our jet boat tours visit this and other important feeding grounds where you will see many Eagles.

This Tree is located on the Harrison River half way between Kilby Park and Harrison Hot Springs Resort, only accessable by water, our scenic tours visit this location on every tour.

Bald Eagle Tours on our fully covered and heated jet boats are now available, departing daily from Harrison Hot Springs, this 90 minute tour visits some of the most prolific Bald Eagle Feeding ground found anywhere in SW BC. All ages are welcome.

Daily Tours: Depart at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Cost: $69 per person

Departure : Harrison Hot Springs

To Book: call 604-796-3345 or e-mail us at sts

Hope you have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

sts

Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Celebrating 23 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures: 1994-2017

October fishing is heating up

October 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

Some great fishing right now on local rivers, lots still to come. October and November are the two best months, call now to book your next outdoor fishing adventure. 604-671-3474 or email us at sts

Here is a beauty landed yesterday by STS guide Thomas and guests, amazing fishing out on the Fraser right now.

Here is a beauty sturgeon landed up in the canyon, lots o9f big fish around right now.

Pictures says it all, Fraser River beauty.

If you can get away, nows the time to fish the Fraser and other local rivers, not just sturgeon but some great salmon fishing as well. Hope to see you soon.

Tight lines

Vic Carrao

Sept 29 Fishing Update

September 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

This past week we experienced summer like temperatures with some good to excellent fishing for both salmon and sturgeon. Some of our guides have been targeting Coho with both fly and light tackle spin, while others are still finding some Pink Salmon. A couple Bar fishing days produces some nice Chum and Coho so things are really starting to pick up for both numbers and variety of salmon species to target.

The most productive methods for targeting Chinook is to Bar fish the main stem Fraser between Confluence of the Vedder and Harrison River, this section of the Fraser is know as the gravel reach and produces some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer. If you’re after Coho, fly fishing or light tackle spin fishing with spoons is best. We like using GibbsDelta Crocs or Iron heads for best results. If you prefer to bar fish or plunk, fishing Gibbs/Delta Tee spoons is a great way to target these fish.

If you’re after action and don’t care if you take fish home, Chum salmon are a great way to spend your day and gets those arms hurting from steady action. Float fishing Jigs or casting spoons will do the job. The trick is to keep your jig close to the bottom and watch for that float to stop or hesitate, set the hook and your on.

Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent, each day is a bit different which is a bit unusual for this fishery, seems like the bite is on one day and next day you struggle to get a few fish. Could be that these larger sturgeon are getting a bit full of salmon but like past years, once they digest they will be back on the feed within a short time.

We are out on the water daily with some great success, our guides are working hard to provide the very best Fraser River experience possible. If your looking for a guided trip out on the Fraser, October/November offers sopme of the best fishing of the season. If your tired of looking at all those amazing fish our guides have been catching, come out and enjoy the day with us.

Call us at 604-671-3474 or email at sts

Hope you have a great weekend

Team STS.

Sept 22 fishing report update

September 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

Now that the Fraser is open to salmon fishing there are plenty of opportunities for fishing in the Fraser Valley. The albion test fishery is showing good numbers of Chinook migrating up the Fraser, Chum salmon are now starting to trickle in and a few Coho starting to show at the Vedder confluence. Overall it is really starting to take shape and sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent.

Fraser River Sturgeon fishing has been good to excellent this past week, lots of fish in the lower river with 6 to 12 fish per trip on average with a few larger fish being caught as well. Some of these giants are starting to get full so using smaller baits and trying baits other than salmon parts is a good choice. We’ve done well on Lamprey and Pike Minnow this past week as well as salmon parts.

Salmon fishing is now open on the Fraser River, as mentioned above, the test fishery is showing some strong numbers so it’s a great time to get out and try some bar fishing for Chinook and chum or fly and spin fish for Coho or Pink Salmon. Be sure to check your regulations for species and methods to use for sportfishing. Once again the government is asking anglers to selectively fish using methods such as bar fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing.

Over the next 60 days is some of the best fishing the Fraser has to offer for both salmon and sturgeon, if your looking for that trip of a lifetime, we still have space and would love to have you out. Give us a call 604-671-3474 or e-mail us at sts

Have a great weekend,

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service

www.guidebc.com

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Salmon Fishing Open Today on the Fraser River

September 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

Finally, the Fraser River is Now Open to Salmon Fishing, see below for retention limits and species.

Salmon Fishing on the Fraser will open today, see below for details. Notice will be out shortly.

The recreational fishery for salmon in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River will open with the management measures noted below.

Waters: Fraser River in Region 2 from the downstream side of the CPR
Bridge at Mission, BC to the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 9, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– No fishing for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain pink or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 10, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– The daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
– The daily limit for coho salmon is two (2) hatchery marked fish only. You may not retain wild coho.
– You may not retain pink or sockeye salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 from the Highway 1 Bridge at Hope, BC to the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures:

Effective September 13, 2017 until October 14, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not fish for sockeye salmon.
– You may not retain chum, pink, or coho salmon.
– You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

Effective October 15, 2017 until December 31, 2017:

– The daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
– You may not retain chum, sockeye, pink, or coho salmon.

Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 upstream of the confluence with Sawmill Creek.

Management Measures: You may not fish for salmon.

Reminder: In Region 2, fishing for salmon is only permitted from one hour before sunrise to one after sunset each day.

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