THE KITIMAT RIVER IS OPEN TO ONE HATCHERY CHINOOK OF ANY SIZE OVER 30 CMS PER DAY (HATCHERY CHINOOK DO NOT HAVE AN ADIPOSE FIN) or ONE WILD CHINOOK BETWEEN 30 AND 80 CMS. (WILD CHINOOK HAVE AN ADIPOSE FIN)
ONLY THE CHINOOK OVER 65 CMS THAT IS KEPT MUST BE RECORDED ON YOUR LICENSE.
CHINOOK DAILY QUOTA REMAINS ONE PER DAY
Please see Public Notice BELOW REPORT
KITIMAT RIVER PHOTO OT THE WEEK: Sky Richards, Pro Guide for Nicholas Dean Lodge is holding a very nice Chinook he caught during a drift on the Kitimat River with Marc Girard, Pro Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters and Randy Marshall who is a retired Pro Guide. These three amigos of the past and present Guide fraternity.landed this Chinook over 80 cms which they released and lost another. They love their jobs assisting clients catch fish but also enjoy sharing the passion of fishing with good friends. Well done guys!
June 11 Brandon, Pro Guide for Skeena Salmon Lodge shared this photo of a beautiful Kitimat River Chinook that was caught and released by his female client. Goes to prove that ladies are good Chinook anglers too especially when they enlist the services of Skeena Salmon Lodge.
Anyone wishing to Book a Fishing Trip of a Lifetime with Brandon from Skeena Salmon Lodge please contact Ron 250 632 1275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 16 Joe Fonseca releasing a Chinook he landed down on the Lower, lower Dike. This Chinook is one of two Chinook that Joe landed. Well done Joe and Thank You for sharing your photo and info with our Fishing Report.
June 16 Marc Girard, Pro Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters is holding a beautiful Kitimat River Chinook measuring just over one metre. Marc was on a personal drift with his good friend Terry and Pete Jones. Pete is on staff at Ron’s Fishing Tackle Store and will be driving Ron’s Mobile Tackle on occasion. Terry is proudly holding an 85 cms Chinook he landed on their drift. Congratulations Gentlemen. Well Done!
Anyone wishing to Book a Driftboat Trip of a Lifetime with Marc please call Ron 250 632 1275 or email wakita @telus.net
Thomas from France shared these photos of fish he caught on the Kitimat River. I believe Thomas has hooked 5 Chinook in the during the past couple of weeks he has been fishing the Kitimat. I think those are pretty good numbers for a guy from France. Vive La France!.
The Kitimat River is producing an exception number of silver Chinook especially for this time of year. Two possibilities come to mind when we observe these numbers early. It is either a very good Chinook run that that started early and will end early or a very large run as larger returns usuall start earlier and end later. To early to tell but either way, smart money says to catch them while the is good. Stay tuned!
June 16 2010: My very good friend, Mike Herzberg text me this photo of a Chinook I caught fishing out of Mike’s driftboat. Mike had this comment, “Nine years ago! Happy Father’s Day, Ron. Hope you’re having a great one with your kids!”.
Thanks Mike. Fish pictures always rekindle fond memories
FN0550-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Chinook – North Coast – Subarea 6-1 – Region 6 Kitimat River (and tributaries) downstream of the Hwy #37 Bridge -Daily Limits.
Category(s): RECREATIONAL – Salmon Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0550-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Chinook – North Coast – Subarea 6-1 – Region 6 Kitimat River (and tributaries) downstream of the Hwy #37 Bridge -Daily Limits. Non-tidal portion of the Kitimat River (and tributaries) downstream of the Hwy #37 bridge: Effective immediately to July 31, 2019 – One (1) Chinook per day, of which, wild Chinook must be under 80cm, or hatchery (adipose fin clipped) Chinook can be any size larger than 30cm. Tidal portion of the Kitimat River of Subarea 6-1 that is north of a line from the old Eurocan dock at 53 degrees 59.600 minutes North 128 degrees 40.733 minutes West to the kiosk at MK Bay marina at 53 degrees 58.841 minutes North 128 degrees 39.144 minutes West: Effective immediately to July 31, 2019 – One (1) chinook per day, of which, wild Chinook must be under 80 cm, or hatchery (adipose fin clipped) Chinook can be any size larger than 45cm. Variation Order #: 2019-RFQ-343, 2019-RFQ-344 Notes: Possession limits are two times the daily limits. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia. The term “marked” means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information. Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm or by using Google search key words “Recfish Licence”. Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Darren ChowA/ North Coast Recreational Fisheries ManagerFisheries & Oceans Canada417 – 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8250 627-3441
June 9: Greg Patterson provided this photo and comment, “Hey Ron Sunday was a good day caught a couple this one was around 20 lb” Congratulations Greg and Thank You for sharing your photo with our Fishing Report.
June 16 Mark Campling kindly provided these photos and comment, “Halibut caught by Mark Campling 124 cm near Helen Point. Chinook on the left 19 lbs caught by Harold Smith. Chinook on the left 14 lbs caught by Justin Denroche both bear Promise Island. Congratulations Mark, Justin and Harold. Thank You for sharing your pictures and comments with our Fishing Report.
There have been many reports of Chinook being caught in the Douglas Channel but more specifically at this end of the Channel, the Jesse Falls area has been very good this week. Halibut has been good not withstanding the new regulations. Crabbing has been good as usual but there have been reports of some of the more productive spots producing low catches. Kitikata in particular has produced exceptionally low numbers. . .
June 12 Dave Payjack from Sea West Charters provided this photo and comment, “our guide Mike and guest Brian battling the weather hunting for springs. Only 1 on Sunday but they landed into 7 on Monday.” Well done Congratulations everyone
Anyone wishing to Book a Saltwater Trip of a Lifetime with Sea West Charters please contact Ron 250 632 1275 or email email@example.com