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Vancouver BC Fishing Report

By Rodney Hsu, Fishing with Rod | Last updated: October 13th, 2014

Tidal Fraser River coho salmon

Lower Fraser River tributaries' fall salmon fishing season is peaking in the next couple of weeks so fishing is currently quite good. Chilliwack River has remained low to date but forecasted "triple storm" rainfall this week may degrade condition rapidly. Chinook, coho and chum salmon can all be found throughout the system. Stave River is seeing a strong presence of chum salmon but fishing is still spotty. Fraser River's water clarity is poor, coho salmon fishing is reasonably good by using roe on the bottom. Capilano River still has a good amount of salmon in the system, some are fresh while others are coloured, overall fishing is challening. Squamish River's salmon fishing is improving. Fall catchable rainbow trout stockings have taken place at some urban lakes. The weather is cooling down and heavy rain is expected this week, so be sure to dress appropriately when heading out to our streams and lakes.

Back in early September we had the opportunity to visit Ross Lake in Skagit Valley Provincial Park. Please watch the following 25 minute video feature to see how the trip went.

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Capilano River

Capilano River still has plenty of chinook and coho salmon in the system. Most have been in the system for a long period of time already so are difficult to entice. Majority of the chinook salmon are quite coloured now while some silver coho salmon can still be found. You may also encounter the odd chum salmon. Please note that bait ban is in effect until the end of October.

Please note that ALL steelhead (both hatchery marked and wild) have to be released with care in the Capilano River. Be sure to identify your fish correctly in the water. This is a vulnerable stock and your action will decide its future.

Chilliwack River

A coho and a chum salmon from Chilliwack River

Chilliwack River's fall salmon fishing season is peaking in the next couple of weeks. River level has been low until this past long weekend and kept the fishing challenging but steady. Chinook, coho and chum salmon can all be found throughout the system. The odd sockeye salmon, which need to be released, have also been reported. With the upcoming rainfall, water condition will not be as favourable. Float fishing with roe has been excellent. Some of the "frog" waters like ponds and pools in the lower river have been good for casting and retrieving spoons and spinners for coho salmon.

Fred's Custom Tackle is your go-to store for the Chilliwack River fishery. Currently there are two locations, the original one by the Vedder Crossing in Chilliwack while a second new store in Abbotsford.

If you need accommodation or guide suggestions around Chilliwack, please take a look at the listing on Tourism Chilliwack's website.

Squamish River

Chum and coho salmon can now be found in the Squamish River system, but river condition is still pretty poor. Water clarity will only improve if air temperature drops some more to lower the freezing level. Please note that bait ban is in effect year round and retention of fish is limited to just one hatchery marked coho salmon in certain area, so please read the regulations.

Stave River

Stave River chum salmon

Stave River is seeing more and more chum salmon in the system everyday. Please note that BC Hydro is currently upgrading the dam so the day use area is closed and parking is limited in the area. Float fishing with a piece of wool or jig can be very effective for chum salmon. Adjust your float depth so your presentation is suspending above the fish, this avoids foul hooking any fish or snagging onto the bottom.

Tidal Fraser River

Tidal Fraser River sturgeon fishing

Water visibility of the Tidal Fraser River is poor, at around 1 foot. Hatchery-marked coho salmon fishing opened on September 29th and this fishery is just starting to pick up. Please see this fishery notice for more information. For more information, please read this page. With poor water clarity, bar fishing with roe has been working much better than casting and retrieving lures.

Sturgeon fishing remains very good and fishing pressure is very low as most boats are focusing their effort further upstream in the non-tidal section. Fish in the 3 to 6 feet range are the most common during this time of the year. Rotting dead sockeye salmon parts are the best bait to use right now.

To fish the Tidal Fraser River (downstream from the railway bridge in Mission), you are required to have a valid saltwater fishing licence.

For more information on this fishery and the latest updates on saltwater fishing around Steveston and the Tidal Fraser River, stop by the Berry's Bait & Tackle in Richmond.

Non-tidal Fraser River

Bar fishing for chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and chum salmon can can be very good during this time of the year but water clarity makes it quite challenging at the moment.

Sockeye salmon fishing now closed. Please see this fishery notice for more details.

Hatchery-marked coho salmon fishing opens on October 1st from Mission to Hope, October 6th from Hope to Sawmill Creek. Please see this fishery notice for more information. These can also be caught by bar fishing. A small amount of roe tipped on the hook below the spin-n-glow can be very productive. If you are fishing at the mouth of a slough, try casting and retrieving a spinner.

Sturgeon fishing remains good as expected. Lamprey and eulachon are the best bait for this time of the year, but some are also reporting good results by using salmon roe. If you are out fishing on a boat, then you should be aware of debris that are coming downstream. We recommend the following companies in the Fraser Valley.

For more detailed reports on sturgeon fishing in the Fraser Valley, check out either Vic Carrao's report or Dean Werk's report.

Lower Mainland Lakes

Lower Mainland's catchable rainbow trout fishery resumes

The Region 2's trout stocking database is usually updated once rainbow trout are stocked by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. Fall stockings resumed on October 2nd. Lafarge, Como, Rice, Green Timbers, Mill Lakes were stocked. More stockings will take place in October.

Please note that the daily quota of trout has been changed this year for most Fishing in the City lakes, please check the regulations to see if it has changed for the lake where you plan to visit.

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Please remember that for lake fishing, if you are fishing from shore, you are only allowed to use ONE rod. If you are fishing alone in a boat, then you are permited to use two rods. Only one single hook is allowed on your rod. Please note that barbless hooks are required to be used at some lakes. You should note the daily quota of trout for the lake where you are fishing. Catch and release is required in some lakes, please check regulations).

If you witness violations, please contact the nearest conservation office or phone 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). Conservation officers can not attend all calls, but they do their best to catch those who do not choose to play by the rules.

Before heading out, please read the freshwater regulations in Region 2 first. For more regular updates, make sure you follow our Facebook page.

Good luck and please conserve your catches!

Rodney Hsu
Webmaster, Fishing with Rod Production