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Fishing Outlook for 2013 by Sts Guiding Services
Salmon Fishing Outlook for 2013

Last week DFO released their preliminary Salmon Outlook for Coastal BC. The outlook was only pertaining to Canadian returning stocks, the final salmon forecast for Canada and USA waters will be released later in the spring. What we heard is that West Coast Salmon returns are expected to be much the same as 2012.

2013 Salmon forecast, Vancouver Harbour, Gulf Islands, Fraser River & Vancouver Island West Coast

Vancouver Harbour/Gulf Islands - early indications are showing much of the same results as we saw in 2012, winter and early spring fishery around Vancouver Harbour will produce Chinook Salmon between 4 to 12 lbs with the occassional salmon over 15lbs. The fishing is hit & miss but if you enjoy being on the water in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is worth a try. The crab and prawn fishing was excellent all through last winter and spring so I would expect much the same for this season. Still to early to predict summer fishery but your best bet after the May / June Gulf Island Chinook fishery is to head over to west coast of Vancouver Island.

Fraser River - Salmon forecast for 2013 are not available at this time, preliminary trends would indicate the early Fraser Chinook runs are still low in abundance. The 4.2 & 5.2 stocks are salmon that enter the river between April & July are still well under escapement goals so for the time being my guess is that the Fraser will not open for salmon fishing until mid July, or similar to 2012. TheSockeye run is expected to be similar to 2012 with 2 to 3 million fish returning. 2013 is a Pink Year with an average of 10 to 20 million pink salmon returning between late August & end of September. This is a great fishery for all anges and abilities including fly fishing. We book up fast for this fishery so book early. Fall Chinook & Coho returns have been good to excellent over the past few years and this past season we had a record return of Chum Salmon reaching over 2.5 million fish.

Vancouver Island West Coast - early season predictions are much like last year which is good news. May through June was good in the lower region of island (Victoria,Ucuelet,Nootdka) with mid and north coast producing best results July through to late August (Kyuquot, Winter Harbor, Quatsino, Coal Habour). We did well fishing on both east side and West Coast Island, Coal & Winter Harbour was on fire in July and August. Telegraph Cove,Port McNeil & Port Hardy really got going in mid August and was fishing best until early September. Check out our new lodge package for West Coast Coal Harbor, come fish with Thomas,Vic & Grant this July & August.


Fraser Sturgeon pre-season forecast

Early season sturgeon forecast is looking good for the upcoming spring fishery. Quality and quantity of sturgeon are dependant on food availability
such as Eulichon ( small bait fish) that migrate up the Fraser River each spring to spawn. The past two years we have seen good numbers of these bait fish which has lead to good to excellent Spring Sturgeon Fishing.

This past year we had our busiest spring ever with record number of fish caught and landed in the Mission area. All of our boats were out on the water daily producing some great results. Booking for Spring 2013 are already coming in, best dates are between April 10 to May 30.

Pink Year means hungry sturgeon

Pink salmon years are every other year on odd years like 2013. Fishing for both Pink Salmon and Sturgeon are Epic to say the least, double & triple headers are common and sturgeon fishing is at it's best. You need to book early for this fishery as it will be our bussiest month of the year. 2011 we saw over 20 million Pink Salmon return to the Fraser, we are looking forward to another great September. Best time to fish the Fraser for Pinks and Sturgeon is Sept 10 to Oct 10

Record Chum run keeps Sturgeon Hot through December

October of 2012 we saw one of the largest returns of Chum Salmon to the Fraser River is many years. In fact it was a record return of over 2.5 million fish. What does this mean for sturgeon? lots of food in November & December. Sturgeon fishing is still good as I write this report, Tom and Doug have been doing trips and producing some nice fish. Still early to predict the run size for 2013 but we do expect another good season of sturgeon fishing from middle of October through to end of November.

Primetime Sturgeon is the key for best chances at Monster Sturgeon

Primetime sturgeon fishing is really dependant on where you are fishing, there are 3 regions to consider that offer great sturgeon fishing. Lower Fraser - Mission/Chilliwack area has two peak seasons; Spring - April / May & Fall - Sept, Oct, Nov. The Fraser Canyon between Hope & Hells Gate is best between July - Sept and Lillooet to Linton region is about the same but starts and ends a bit earlier. If you are looking for a wilderness sturgeon experience, these regions are the place to fish.

Remember to conserve your catch
Tight Lines and we will see you on the water
Vic Carrao
STS Guiding Service
604 671-FISH (3474)
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