The Fraser Valley offers many unique fishing opportunities, river fishing
for Salmon and Sturgeon, Carp fishing in our local sloughs and fly fishing
for Trout and Whitefish in lakes and rivers. All these fisheries provide
excellent opportunities for those willing to put in the time to learn,
how, when, where to fish them. The angling opportunities the Fraser Valley
offers are world class. I spend most of my time guiding anglers from
around the world. I have never yet heard someone say where they live the
fishing is better or the scenery more beautiful. You soon realize what we
have is very special, even on a slow day; our quality of angling is much
higher than most places in the world. Could you image spending 5 days
fishing to catch 2 fish and then say that's was great fishing. I can't,
but many places in this world it is considered normal and even above
Over the next few months I will be writing a series of fishery forecasts
with a few tips on where, when and how to catch your favorite fish. Please
feel free to email us at email@example.com
or browse though our website.
There are several fisheries in August that provide good to excellent
fishing opportunities for salmon; the two most notable are Sockeye &
Chinook salmon. The Fraser and Vedder River's are two most productive
salmon rivers in SE British Columbia. The Fraser is now loaded with
Sockeye with good chances at catching a trophy Chinook. The preferred
methods to catch these feisty fish are bottom bouncing, bar fishing and
fly-fishing. The area between Chilliwack and Hope is one of the most
productive salmon grounds on the Fraser. There are many access points to
these productive fishing grounds for those with a boat, with limited
access for shore anglers. Hope and Agassiz provide the best shore access
points with Gill rd, Peg leg, Haig bar and Jones Creek being the most
popular. Recently a book call Fishing Fever was published which shows most
of the popular angling areas and access points for the Fraser River.
Fishing Fever is available at most of the local tackle stores located
throughout the lower mainland.
One fishery that is over looked by most anglers is the Jack fishery on the
Fraser. A Jack is immature salmon usually less than 5 lbs. The Fraser has
excellent fishing for Chinook Jacks by mid August with very few anglers
targeting them. The most productive method to catch Jacks is bar fishing
but don't over look hooking them with a fly as well. For bar fishing the
set up is the same as used for large Chinook but on a smaller scale, Rod,
reel and bar rig with a spin n glo. The key to catching Jacks is to scale
down your spin n glo to a # 4 or 6 and add some cured salmon roe. Jacks
travel close to shore so use less weight and keep your casts short. This
is a great fishery for kids as they can reel them in without help from Mom
or Dad. My kids use 6 ft ugly sticks that can handle even the larger
Chinook if one happens to grab the bait and lure.
Another fishery that is over looked by many local anglers is the early run
of Coho that migrate up the Vedder River. As early as the first week in
August Coho start to arrive into this river. The Vedder canal is a great
place to target early Coho as well as the confluence of the Vedder.
Fishing the deeper pools is a good place to start, there's always a chance
at hooking a larger Chinook as well. Casting spinners and float fishing
with cured salmon roe are the two most productive methods for the canal.
The confluence is best fished by trolling with Gibbs Kit-A-Mat or Tee
Spoon. By late August the Coho fishing can be very good especially at the
confluence of the Sumas canal. Watch for the boundary signs located at the
entrance to the Fraser River, as there is no fishing for Coho in the
Fraser so you must fish above the boundary in the Sumas.
By all indications we should be fishing for Sockeye and Chinook on the
Fraser. This is the best fishery in the Valley for catching quantity of
salmon. On a good day it's not that difficult to hook 10 or more Sockeye
per person with a good chance at a larger Chinook salmon. The Fraser also
offers fair to great fishing for Sturgeon through August with peak fishing
beginning late August through to November. The Chehalis River has
reasonable fishing for summer run Steelhead and Chinook. The key to
success on this river totally dependent on water levels. The Chehalis
river fishes best just after a heavy rain. The Vedder River has fair to
good fishing for Chinook with the Coho beginning to enter by mid August.
By late August or early September good numbers of Coho are in the river
system with late run Chinook and early chum not far behind. The Harrison
river begins to fish well for Sockeye by early August with best fishing
late August early September. The Harrison also offers fair to good fishing
for Cutthroat Trout throughout the summer and fall. The Stave River begins
to see an early run of Coho in mid August but peak fishing is late
September early October.