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The Photo of the week shows Derek Isfeld and Mike Poco with a beautiful, fresh Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon estimated to weigh 33-pounds. The photo was taken by Marc Girard who is an associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters.

Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters


KITIMAT RIVER: The Kitimat River above the tide line is still producing Chinook but the Tidal portion has been the hottest section.  With the river level dropping, the Chinook are stacking up in the tidal portion.  Chinook have been caught throughout the Kitimat River and our Mobile Tackle van has been logging fish but mostly on the rising tides. The Chinook results are very eractic in the different sections depending on the river water height.  The trend is that when the river level rises the Kitimat River above the tide line produces more Chinook.  As the river level drop the lower river particularily lower-Lower Dike and the Tidal portion of the Kitimat River produces more Chinook.


June 28th. Derek Wakita fishing with his father Rick and friend Daniel Meyer drifted the lower Kitimat River. They landed a 20 and 35lb Chinook.  Well done guys!



June 29 and 30th. Kurt Anderson landed a 12lb Chinook on a Fly July 29, landed a 25lb Chinook on a Fly July 30. Kurk Anderson is with a group of Fly anglers from Quesnel.  The group consists if Ed Pinette, Greg Laberge and his son Chris. Kurt, Ed and Greg are accomplished Fly anglers and have been coming to the Kitimat River for as long as I can remember.  Greg's son Chris is on a mission to land a Kitimat River Chinook.  Under the tutelage of Kurt, Ed and his father, I am sure Chris will accomplish his mission shortly.  I look forward to posting his picture in this report.

June 30th. Andrew and Shaydee fishing with their father Mark Zeilinski landed a 20lb Chinook drifting with their good friend Mike Herzberg.  It is always nice to see a father fishing with his kids although Andrew and Shaydee are hardly kids any more.  Mike was able to create a special fish picture for the Zeilinski family album.


June 30th. Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friends Derek Downey and Parick Dufrene landed a 31lb, 14lb, and 16lb Chinook.  They also landed a Pink. (bottom photo)

July 1st.  Mark Girard guiding clients Mike Porco and Derek Isfeld hooked two Chinook and landed a 33lb beauty. Please see Photo of the Week above The fishing was a little slower than we had hoped but Marc managed to put Mike and Derek onto two Chinook. Derek landed this very nice Kitimat River Chinook just below the Haisla Bridge. Mike and Derek are anglers from Kamloops BC who come to North West B.C to fish Chinook every year.  Congratulations Derek.  Well done Marc.  As you may note in the photo Marc is equipped with G Loomis rods and Ambassadeur reels.  Ambassadeur 7000 reels are the #1 level wind reel fished in the North West for Chinook.  The Ambassadeur 7000 has risen to the standard required to land big Chinook.  The line capacity and quality drag assembly of the 7000 series are key ingredients to hook, fight and land big fish.  Pure Fishing (the parent company) has refined some components over the years but the Ambassadeur reel has been the "Reel of choice for Chinook for over thirty years".

The G Loomis Hot Shot Rod (HSR 1025C) also displayed in the photo is the perfect rod for the "Hot Shotting" technique that we use in our Driftboats on the Kitimat River.  Steve Rajeff, G. Loomis's rod designer has perfectly crafted the HSR series with tip action to read the twitch of the Hot Shots and "backbone" in the rod to enable instant hook set yet allow enough flex in the rod to keep barbless hooks tight.  The Loomis HSR GL2 rod and the Ambassadeur 7000 series reel are the "dynamic duo" best suited to fight Big Chinook in the North West particularly on the Kitimat River.

The lure also shown in the photo is Luhr Jensen's colour #938 Bubble Gum Pink 3/4 SE Mag Hot Shot.  These Hot Shots were first introduced by our illustrious Mr. Noel Gyger probably 30 years ago.  They have been the most productive diving plugs for "Hot Shotting” ever since.  A few years ago Mike Herzberg evolved a technique we fondly refer to as "Scar Face".  This technique utilizes a K13X Kwikfish which are also made by Luhr Jensen.  Luhr Jensen rocks!  Especially for Chinook!  The proof is in the pictures.

June 30th. Bonnie Girard drifting with her favorite guide and husband landed a14lb Chinook on a morning drift.  Well done Bonnie and good work Marc producing a Chinook for your favorite client and wife, Bonnie.

July 1st. My Twin brother Rick drifted with his son Derick and our nephew  Micheal. Derek landed a 25lb Chinook and Micheal landed a 35lb.  They also landed a Chum.  It's truly wonderfull to hear the fishing results and see the pictures of Uncle Rick, Derick and Micheal.  Some of the fondest memories that we all share in the Wakita family are Hockey and Fishing related.  Grandpa Wakita would be proud!  Well Done guys!


July 2nd. Terence Reynolds an Associate guide for Reliable Guide and Charters fishing with our clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean. Peter hooked three Chinook on his spey rod and landed one. Peter said to Terrence, "he had a great time fishing with Wes and Terrence".  Thank you for the kind words Peter and congratulations on your and Danyel's fish.

July 2nd

Greg Laberge landed this 14lb Jack Chinook with the Fly Rod in his teeth. I wonder if Greg can cast with his teeth. :) Nice Chinook on a Fly.  Well done Greg!

July 3rd

Kurt Anderson is holding a 32lb Chinook landed on a Fly.  Ed Pinette is holding a 25lb Chinook also landed on a Fly. Wow! I believe the same fly shown above.  Well guys done!  Hooking and landing Chinook on a Fly is an accomplishment to be proud of.  This group does it very well. They have put in many hours to develope the right patterns to entice the strike and many some frustrating moments trying to land these Chinook.  I predict that Fish numbers will be impressive by the end of their trip.  Stay Tuned!



June 27th. Frank Trenaman with a 65 lb Halibut caught last weekend in the Douglas Channel. Photo provide by Terry Gould


June 30th. Captain Bill Patton landed a 28lb Chinook and his Vancouver guest caught a 12 and 13lb Chinook


July 1st. Wes Owens landed three Chinook 11lb,16lb and a 17lb with his clients Peter Castlellanos and Danyel Dean.  Wes said that Peter and Danyel were wonderful folks to fish with.  It was a beautiful day and the water was like glass all day and the fishing was pretty good.  The group hooked six and boated four Chinook.  They released another small Chinook.  Well done!

July 1st. Fred Bouzane fishing with his friends Don, Paul and Kyle Harding.  They were fishing at Money Point down the Douglas Channel. They landed three Chum, one Coho and a Pink but we "could not land a Chinook or Coho to save our lives".  "Everyone else caught lots of Chinook and Coho all around us but we only got the Coho", said Fred.  These moments will happen sooner or later in every angler's life. All a guy can do is stay focused, do all the right things and wait for "Lady Luck" or the "Fish Gods" to swing in his favour.

July 1st. Todd Haynes of Nautical West Adventures reports catching his limit of Chinook down the Douglas Channel.  "We were hitting one every fifteen minutes".  Well done Todd, I look forward to seeing the pictures.


July 2nd.  Wes Owens fishing with his clients Natalaya and Giorgio boated a 19lb and 18lb Chinook in the Kitimat Harbour fishery.  Also along on the trip were Mr. and Mrs. Dalmonte.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water of the Douglas Channel.  Congratulations everyone!

July 2 & 3rd. Dave Payjack of Sea West Adventures hooked 7 Chinook and landed 5 with his clients on his last trip. They also landed a Chum, 2 Halibut, a bunch of Rock Cod and their limit of Crab.  Well Done Skipper!

July 4,5 Dave Payjack of Seawest Charters skippered his clients to an impressive catch of halibut.   Antonia Rodrigues, David Rodrigues, Colin McCormick and Elly Castilho fished down the Douglas Channel with Dave.  The photo speaks for itself.  Great Job Skipper! Congratulations to everyone on a Great Fishing Trip down the Douglas.

KITIMAT TIDAL FISHERY: (new category while it lasts)

Brad Wickman and Dan Dumont landed  two Chinook.on July 3rd. A 22lb and a 28lb Chinook

Tim, Lynn Mabley and Richard Lauze hooked 10 Chinook and landed five on July 3rd.  Wow !July 4 Tim, Lynn and Richard landed a 14lb-chum a 13lb,27 and 25lb chinook.  Well done Guys and Lynn!  Congratulations

Tim said that Andreas Handl of Kingfish Westcoast Adventure reports landing 15 Chinook in the last two days July 3rd and July 4th. 

Andreas does Jet boat trips for Reliable and has dates available.  Please contact Noel as the fishing in the Tidal portion is RED HOT!

Brad Wickman and his buddy 'Dumo" boated 14 Chinook July 4th.  Wow!  They reported hooking over twenty to land 14.  Fourteen Chinook in one day!  Wow!  Brad is going to email me the pictures.  Congratulations Brad and Dumo!  This was a fishing day of a life time!

Thank You to everyone for providing their catch results and photos to be enjoyed by the readers of this report.

Good Luck! Tight Lines!


Ron Wakita
Reliable Guide and Charters
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
bus.250 632-3522  cell.250 632-1275
fax. 250 632-3528


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