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The photo of week shows Ron Wakita and Good friend, Noel Gyger with a Kitimat ocean feeder “Winter Spring” (Chinook-King) Salmon landed in the Kitimat Harbour on Friday, November 27, 2009.  The fish weighed 24-pounds.  Noel made a video clip of this catch.  Please scroll down to Nov 27 in the Douglas Channel section for a direct link to the video.  Hope you enjoy it!

Fishing Report from Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters


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KITIMAT RIVER:  Trout Anglers who are getting out fishing are still being rewarded by some good fishing. Layering with quality fleece is the key to staying warm and Gore-Tex is the key to staying dry.  Helly Hansen, Simms and Cloudviel are some of the quality products in fleece and layering to stay warm.  Redl Sports, Trophy XL, Bare and Simms are some of the quality Gore-Tex products available at different price points to help anglers stay dry.  Staying warm and dry is the key to enjoyable fishing trips in the North West.

Worms and small lures were the most productive methods.  Fly fishing this week was not as productive as it has been. Some Fly Fishers think that the Trout have gone into the deeper, slower moving pools. 


Nov 24 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and their friend Travis James fished the Kitimat with their Fly rods.  Fly fishing was not very productive and Justin landed one Cutthroat Trout using tackle at the end of their trip.  Justin was using the "Worm Combo". 



Nov 25 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and Travis James landed 9 Cutthroat on the upper Kitimat River geared up with the Trout Combo.  The "Worm Combo" is a Trout rig developed by Pat Oliver.  The "Worm Combo" is a 3" Pink Bubble Gum Worm with a piece of a Dew Worm put on to the same hook.  It is best fished with a Gibbs Float adjusted so that the worms are just above the river bottom.

Pat Oliver was an employee of our tackle store and an Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters who has relocated in Vancouver.  Pat has moved to bigger and better opportunities in the big city but the legacy of his "Worm Combo" lives on in Kitimat.

Congratulations on some great Trout fishing to Justin, Ariel and Travis with special recognition to Pat's "Worm Combo".

Summary One angler commented, "that it didn't seem to matter which  Gibbs 3/16 oz. Crocs he used as long as it was 3//16oz.”  All the colours worked.

Ariel, Justin and Travis caught a bunch with the "Worm Combo"  Other anglers had good results fishing a Dew Worm on its own while others had good results using Berkley's Power Bait 3" Bubble Gum Worm without the Dew worm.

Ariel said that, "we counted 15 Eagles perched in the trees on Wednesday and we caught a lot of Trout that day.  One of the Trout we caught had scratches on it from an Eagle's talons" Smart Money this week was to use a Worm of some kind or a Gibbs 3/16 oz. Croc and to fish where the Eagles fish! 

Nov 24 Special Report Glen Kilcup and his good friend Mike Primeau were Steelheading and Glen had these comments,


"Well I finally convinced my good buddy Mike Primeau from Terrace to take a chance, and upgrade to some nice equipment. He purchased a Shimano Calcutta 400TE and he put it on one of my all time favorites, a nice 10' 6 steelhead rod from St Croix, wild river series. If you know anything about reels, you know this is some of the best and it goes well with the totally affordable rod. All items were purchased from my good friend at City Center Hardware, Ron Wakita. The day, and the new rod didn't disappoint as together with flies and spoons, we landed 9 Steelhead, 1 nice Dolly and lost a couple here and there. There were only 2 other anglers on the river that we saw, and foot prints were not evident as most of the runs hadn't been touched today.


The fish were OK.  Not seeing a lot of larger fish this year or the numbers on a consistent basis. Top left was a Gibbs Koho 55 blue scale with red stripe.

Oh ya...another note to your editorial...Mike caught ALL does yesterday and I caught ALL Bucks! That usually happens with Bonnie and I!"

Well done Glen and Mike.  Very nice fish!  Congratulations on a great day of Steelheading!



Nov 22 I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friend and Charter operator, Wes Owens on Sunday, despite that the weather forecast was calling for snow and some high winds for the weekend.  We canceled our fishing trip with our good friend Noel Gyger that we had planned for Saturday based on the forecast.

Sunday morning, Wes made a trip to the Marina to ensure his boat was secured because of the forecasted snow and windy conditions.  While he was at the Marina he looked out into the Kitimat harbour and water was like glass without a ripple.  Wes called me to join him to fish for some winter Chinook and do a little Crabbing.  Within half an hour we were fishing in mirrored water conditions with Blue sky above us. We both commented at the awesome weather conditions and how could the "weather guy" have gotten the forecast so wrong.   We lost one Winter Chinook and we harvested 12 Dungeness Crab but we put back 32 other keepers.  We didn't find the numbers of Winter Chinook we were looking for but we sure found a bunch of Crab.  I felt bad for Noel because we intended to catch some Cab for Noel's lovely wife Gail, during the trip we had cancelled due to the incorrect forecast.  In the weather guy's defense we received the wind and snow that he had forecast late Sunday night. The Marine weather guys don't usually get it wrong.

Nov 22 Jason Bunn reports hooking three "Shakers" on Sunday in the Kitimat Harbour.  Jason said they were all small and he only spent a couple of hours. 

Nov 27 6:00 AM Friday morning I awoke to a call from my good friend Wes Owens saying the weather was good and we should head out fishing


I called Noel and we scheduled the trip for 8:00 AM.  We set the Crab traps and by 8:45 we had lines in the water. By 10:45 we had hooked 3 Winter Chinook landing a 24lb and a "Shaker” (a very small feeder Chinook) which we released and lost another.  Any readers wishing to view the Video Noel produces of this 24lb Chinook please click on this link  We decided to head back to the Crab traps and try to get me to work by noon. 

After harvesting 17 keepers with the help of the Ace Line Hauler Crab and Prawn Puller I am pleased to announce I made it to work at 1:00 PM which is noon in Fisherman's time. 


The Stars of our trip were the Gibbs Highliner UV Flasher with the green strip and the Dark purple True Roll Lure.  This set-up hooked all three Winter Chinook this morning and hooked last weekend's Chinook at 55'. When I spoke to Dan Milanese (owner of True Roll) he said his favorite colour was dark purple.  Thank You for the tip Dan!  The dark purple True Roll Lure rocked in a very short time!  Dark Purple is now my favorite colour for Kitimat Winter Chinook and it will be the first lure in the water on our next trip.


The other Star of our trip was the Ace Line Hauler.  Built West Coast Tough, Vartan Chorbajian (owner) has developed the best Crab and Prawn trap puller on the market, in my opinion.  When you fish with older and wiser fishing partners it is important to have the "Right tools for the job".  When we approached the traps my older and wiser fishing partners had strategically positioned themselves with Wes at the wheel and Noel with a camera leaving me to pull the traps.  Simply turning out the bolt of the Scotty Electric Downrigger and securing the Ace Line Hauler with a pin, in seconds you can switch from trolling to pulling Crab traps.  With the lifting power of a 100lbs at 100 feet per minute the Ace Line Hauler makes pulling the Crab traps as easy as steering the boat or taking pictures. :-)

Noel, Wes and I are also pleased to report that the Crab promised to Mrs. Gyger last weekend was delivered today.  Bon Appetite Gail!

Summary The Winter Chinook will continue all winter and when the Herring are in the harbour the Winter Chinook fishing can be outstanding. The beauty of this fishery is that once you are out of the marina, you put the lines out and you are fishing in minutes.  Noel and I are also planning to do some Tackle testing for our friends at Baitrix, Rhys Davis and Lyman as I just received some more samples of their new products. Any boaters wishing to try some of their new products please feel free to contact me in the store.  250 632 3522 or email I can also pass on the tips given to me by the Tackle manufacturers. Gord from BaitrixTom from Rhys Davis, Colin from Lyman and Rob from Gibbs are all avid anglers who all share our passion for fishing. They are also the best source of the finer details of how to best fish their products.

Another note is that the Crabbing has been really good for this time of year.  Noel, Wes and I did very well (17 keepers)in a 3 hour set on Friday and Sam Avila of Ocean Breeze Charters also had similar results during his last outing for Crab. Stay Tuned!

We are booking for the 2010 season. Any interested anglers please contact Noel

Thank You everyone who provided photos and info for this Fishing Report.
Good Luck Good Health and Good Fishing!

Ron Wakita
City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
bus.250 632-3522  cell.250 632-1275
fax. 250 632-3528

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