Jan 05 Fishing Report Update

January 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

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

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Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service



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Christmas is only 12 days away

December 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

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 § Leave a comment

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


Oct 17 fishing report update

October 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

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.






Oct 2 fishing report update

October 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

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 § Leave a comment

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.

July 18 Fishing Update

July 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

I must appologize for the late report, been a busy 30 days with fishing, guiding, trip to Costa Rica and just returned from West Coast of Vancouver Island. I continue to post daily reports on our facebook page so if you are not following us, here is the link www.facebook.com/stsguiding.

Fishing in the last half of June and the first half of July has been excellent, we are fishing Sturgeon on the Fraser, salmon out of Vancouver, Salmon and Halibut out of Quatsino Sound and Fly fishing the Upper Pitt River. All of these fisheries are produsing great results and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come with August through to November being our best months for fishing in SW British Columbia.

Idaho Boys 20th year in a row fishing with STS, great customers always turn into great friends, looking forward to next year.

Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent, lots of fish in the 60 to 250 lb range with a few landed this past week reach well into the 300lb range. The area between Harrison confluence and Stave river is fishing well, hot bait this week was Lamprey and salmon eggs. I did my first summer trip up the canyon yesterday and found some nice fish down below Hope, salmon eggs were the ticket on this day.

Here is a beauty fish measuring 8ft 8 with a 43 inch girth

We are now booking for August, September, October which are the 3 best months to fish sturgeon, if you are looking for that trip of a lieftime, these are the months to plan a trip for. We offer day trips and accommodation packages for groups of 1 to 50 or more, give us a call or send us an e-mail to book your next guided fishing adventure.

Salmon Fishing

Salmon fishing has been very good out of our Vancouver location, lots of nice Chinook being caught as well as a few Coho, most of our fish are being caught using the GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with a Silver Horde Spoon in a variety of colors. One of my favorite this week was the No Bannans and Cop Car trolled behind the STS UV Glo Flasher. This can be a killer combination.

Our Vancouver Island charters are going well, it has been a bit slower than predicted but we are still filling the boat with salmon and bottom fish on most charters,just got to work a bit harder than normal. I have been using the Delta Hali Hog jigs fished with a hi vis glo spreader bar, this combination has been working incredible with limits of Halibut in minutes of arriving at the grounds. Snapper and Ling cod also like this set up so it nice to have one rig that will catch all bottom fish.

I wanted to give a big shout out to Islander Reels for hooking us up with the new MR3 mooching reel, wow are these smooth. There are many manufactures who are doing their best to imitate the Islander reels but none have exceeded. If you are looking for the smoothest single action reel, look no further than the Islander MR3. Thanks Islander for making my west coast trip so enjoyable, loving watching that reel scream.

Looking for something other than a fish charter for a summer activity, we now have kyak tours, kyak rentals and daily boat tours from Harrison Hot Springs, prices range from $29 to $69 so these activities are great for the family.

Coke and joiun our team this summer as we enjoy another great season in SW British Columbia.

Have a great week and see you on the water.

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