Published on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Since the Fraser River reopened for chinook salmon retention, bar fishing for them has been excellent. Multiple hook-ups within a couple of hours, of both large adults and small jacks, have been the reports arriving in my inbox for several days now. This evening my dad and I were invited along to a quick bar fishing trip and I took a series of photographs during the fight of one fish. This fish was caught near the end of the day, when a school of fish must have been moving through as several bar rods started dancing in the holders, all within minutes apart. Ken grabbed the rod when his bell rang, and the bend in the rod told us right away that it was a chinook salmon.
It actually came into the shallow water pretty quickly, so Bob had the net ready, expecting this to be an easy fight.
But the fish had other ideas, it began gaining some line and headed upstream.
After navigating around the boat as the fish continued upstream, Ken was gaining line again.
The fish splashed on the surface, it looked almost ready to be netted.
As Bob approached with the net, this fish once again had other ideas. It headed downstream, this time from the shallow side of the boat and proceeded to go underneath it.
Ken carefully worked his line under the boat and managed to avoid hooking the motor.
The third try was much smoother. Bob scooped the fish up once he could get a good aim.
A memorable fishing experience, shared by three generations of Ken’s family.
A beautiful chinook salmon for dinner, this is what Fraser River bar fishing is all about.