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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ARIEL KUPPERS holding a Kitimat River Trout 

Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters


KITIMAT RIVER:  Earlier this week the Kitimat River was in pretty good shape and anglers were able to get out and fish for Trout.


Oct 27 Ariel Kuppers was out fishing on Tuesday and managed to hook five Trout but was not able to land any.  Ariel intended to keep one Trout which he had planned to be the main course for his lunch.  Ariel said, "I very seldom keep any Trout and I never take a bag, the one time I take a bag and want to keep one, I can't land one!"  I guess Ariel must have settled for hamburger or chicken because fresh Trout didn't happen…The photo is a sympathy photo of a Trout that Ariel caught and released last week.  The rest of the Trout that are reported in this report are the ones that got away.....Such is life in the North West.


Oct 27 Kitimat Pump House Pool


Oct 29 We received our first snow fall but the Kitimat River was still in good shape.


Oct 30 Almost overnight the Kitimat River rose 7 or 8' according to the River height station.  Wow!  Radley Park was flooded and the river was in the trees. (Photo Credits to Jennifer Gunyon)

Oct 31 The Kitimat River dropped 6' in 24 hours.  We can get drastic fluctuations in river height during this time of year but the change in heights this week was unbelievable!  Only a few times in my lifetime of living in Kitimat have I seen the river come up this high.  The amazing feature of this week's occurrence was how fast the Kitimat rose and how fast she dropped.  The high tides would also have an influence but all I can say is Wow!  The Saving Grace is that no life or property that I am aware of was lost due to this freak episode.  Thank Goodness!

Summary: With the Kitimat River higher than high, she was also naturally very dirty and fishing was not an option in the latter part of this week.  We could only marvel at the power and force of the high water as we watched 60' Spruce trees raging down the Kitimat River.  After marveling at Mother Nature, the reality of life in the North West this time of year took precedent.  Checking Antifreeze levels, putting the lawn mower away and bringing out the snow blower and the list goes on.  After taking care of the change of season issues I spent some time preparing for when the rivers in the North West drop and become fishable.  One of the items on the "Things to do List" was to cure up some roe for this Fall/Winter Steelhead season on the Skeena and for the Spring Steelhead season on the Kitimat River. 


 Pautze BorX O Fire           Procure Bait Cure Redd Hot Double Stuff

I usually use Redd Hot Bait Cure made by Procure Inc. but I thought I would try this new product called BorX O' Fire made by Pautzke Bait Company.  I intend to use a little of both and let the Steelhead decide which they prefer.  Stay tuned!


Tilia Food Saver Professional 11 Turbo

After I cure the roe, I usually vacuum seal the roe with Tilia Food Saver.  I love this machine!  Especially for the roe that I am curing for next spring's Steelhead fishery on the Kitimat River.  The Right product and the Right tools for the job make an Anglers life a lot easier and a lot more productive.  The proof is in the pictures which I hope to have available for these Fishing Reports. 

DOUGLAS CHANNEL:  With the enormous Rainfall we received, we also received some high winds that prevented even the most hard core boaters from venturing out in the Douglas Channel.  Most boaters made an extra trip down to the Marinas to check their boats, fire up the engines to charge their batteries and maybe tie on an extra dock line.

Anglers who leave their boats in the water for the Winter Chinook fishery are accustomed to checking their boats on a regular basis.  Such is Life in the North West!  We are all waiting for the Winter Chinook fishery to start.  Stay Tuned! 

Thank You to everyone for providing photos and info for this Fishing Report.

We are booking for next year.  Any interested anglers please contact Noel Gyger

Hope everyone enjoyed the Fishing Report.
Good Luck! and Good Health!

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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