|Kitimat Skeena Fishing Report for June 10th
| Commentary: Wind: N 16km/h Partly cloudy (+19 degrees C) Most rivers in fair shape but are starting to "spike up" due to the warmer weather. Chinook fishing is GREAT !! Mainstem Skeena River is too dirty. Ocean fishing is excellent! Steelhead and Chinook are the target fish now on a couple of rivers, namely the Kalum and Kitimat. Trout (Cutthroat and Rainbow) and Dolly Varden Char are always available in the rivers, streams and lakes.
Water is too dirty to fish and is "spiking up" with this warm weather. The high water should bring in the fresh Chinook (King) Salmon run. Tip: fish the clean water where trib rivers dump into the Skeena, sometime fishing for Chinook in these spots can be fantastic. Exstew, Exchamsiks and Kasiks rivers for example. Reg: all wild Steelhead everywhere in British Columbia are catch and release. The spring Steelhead run was strong.
Water high but in good shape. I have reports of good Chinook fishing. Steelhead fishing is over. Theory: When the water is rising it picks up debris from the shore line; the fish think your fly is part of the suspended debris. With water like this the fish are on the defensive.
Chinook (King) Salmon are coming into the river now. They travel quickly in low water. Good chance to hook both Steelhead and Chinook on the same day. We used to catch them in good numbers beginning around April 25th. They usually hold in the big deep pools for a time before moving upriver. If they are in you will see them rolling. If you see them rolling, they will bite Reg: Fishing for Chinook closes May 24th on the upper end
Lakelse River and Lake:The water is high but in good shape. Trout fishing in the upper end is good. The Steelhead, especially in the upper end, are in full spawning mode and should not be targeted. These are true summer-run wild fish and all must be released. Most of these fish came into the river last summer and fall. Regs: Cutthroat Trout release above CNR bridge, Mar 1 — May 31. Reg: Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge Mar 1 — May 31. Reg: Bait ban; no powered boats. Class II water all year.
Zymoetz (Copper) River:
The he river is borderline fishable. Fresh Chinook should be coming in and maybe even a Steelhead. Go get em... Reminder: No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below) Zymoetz Canyon Jan 1 — June 15. You can still fish below the sign all winter.
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