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Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters


KITIMAT RIVER:  Fishing in the North West this time of year goes as the weather goes.  Usually the weather is nice and sunny during the week when most folks have to work and then when the weekend finally arrives, the weather turns.  Such is the case this week but there were a couple of saving graces for local Trout fishers.

Firstly, Kitimat has a shift working community so some anglers had days off during the good weather.  The other saving grace was that November 11th offered opportunity for Remembrance and some time off with some nice weather to do some Trout fishing on the Kitimat River.  Many Trout anglers took advantage of the good weather this week and got out and fished the Kitimat River.

Nov 9 Brian Apps fishing with his young son Brendan landed 15 Trout but only kept this beauty.  They were fishing with traditional bobber and worms and Brendan landed them all.  Well done Brendan!  It is always refreshing to witness Father and son starting into the fishing program at such a young age.  Brian said, "Brendan kept catching so many Trout on his rod that I didn't have time to put mine together."  Well done Brian!


Summary Sometimes the old proven and true methods still works the best.  The old style red and white float with a worm still produces plenty of Trout. It is also an easy method for young anglers to learn to fish. 

Trout fishing will continue to be good throughout the winter when the weather permits.  Flyfishing for the Trout is also very productive.


Special Report for Nov 14 I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friends Noel Gyger and Glen Kilcup on the Kalum River, Saturday morning.  Although the weather and wind was far from optimum it is always nice to fish with good friends.  We managed to land one Steelhead and a few Coho before we got literally blown off the water.  Some of the Coho looked in pretty good condition.  All fish were released.  Any interested readers wishing to view the video that Noel produced please click on this link:


The few Salt water anglers that left their boats in the water for the winter and have ventured out have been rewarded.  Crab and Prawns are still plentiful and the Winter Springs are in the Kitimat Harbour.

Nov 9 Sam Avila went prawning and caught 5 lbs of Prawns.  Well done!  Maria will be happy.  Bon Apetite!  Please feel free to call Noel or me if you need any help <grins>

Nov11 Ferd Wuensche fishing out in the Kitimat harbour with his relatives hooked 5 winter Chinook and landed 3.  Ferd says, "if we put in a little more time and fished through the slack tides we would have gotten more because the winter Chinook are definitely in."  Congratulations Ferd and his family. Great news to hear that the Winter Chinook are in the harbour!

Summary With the first signs of the Winter Chinook fishery, more boats will be anxious to get out.  Some anglers prefer to harvest these Chinook this time of year because they say that these Chinook have a better taste and a higher fat content.  Crabbing and Prawning will also be productive throughout the winter.  We are indeed fortunate to live in a community where we can harvest fresh sea food 20 minutes from our homes.  Stay tuned to this fishing report as the Winter Chinook fishery starts to heat up.

Thank you to everyone who provided info and photos for this report.

Good Luck!  Good Health!  Good Fishing!
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

PS We are booking for next year.  Interested anglers please contact Noel 


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