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Photo of the Week:  Shows Kevin Read with his daughter Kyla sorting some Dungeness Crab harvested in the Douglas Channel. 
(for more details see Douglas Channel section of this report)  They are in the process of measuring and recounting to ensure they have the correct quota for their
Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
bus.250 632-3522  cell.250 632-1275
fax. 250 632-3528


The Kitimat River has been exceptionally low and clean this week.  There are Steelhead being caught in all sections of the Kitimat River.  The Steelhead Run on the Kitimat River appears to be on schedule but the very low river levels will start to have an influence on the Steelhead.
April 5 Ariel Kuppers fishing with his friends Trenton Boake and Mitch Lupick on the Kitimat had an incredible day on Monday.  They were flyfishing for Steelhead and Trout.  They caught so many Trout on their Fly Rods that Ariel estimates between the three of them, they landed over 100 Trout.  All fish were released.  Ariel was equipped with his Dragonfly 9' Expedition Rod and an Expedition 7/8 Fly Reel.  It is possible on the Kitimat River right now to catch Trout or Steelhead on the same runs using the same fly.  Ariel, Trenton and Mitch were using an egg sucking pattern which is very productive for Trout and will also entice Steelhead.  It is a good idea to be equipped with a 7 or 8 wt Fly Rod and Reel in case you hook a Steelhead.
April 6 Ariel Kuppers again fishing with his friends Trenton and Mitch caught a bunch of Trout on the Kitimat River.  Ariel wanted to focus more on Steelhead so he also geared up with his Spey Rod.  Ariel uses a Sage VT2 14'4" line wt. 9 Spey Rod with a Ross CLA 6 Reel and a Rio Skagit 650 grain Fly line.  This is an excellent Rod and Reel Combination for Steelhead as well as all the Salmon on the Kitimat River.  It is moderately priced and more importantly will catch fish. They didn't hook any Steelhead but they still had a great day of fishing on the Kitimat.
April 8 Travis James lost a 10 lb Steelhead in the upper Kitimat. He managed to land a Dolly Varden but was pretty excited about the Steelhead.
April 9  Dean Melo reported  landing 2 Steelhead in the middle section of the Kitimat River.  In Dean's own words, "Ron I got pics but it was on my cell phone and I can't send it. My cell won't send pics for some reason. They were both does and were about 10- 12lbs. One wild and 1 hatchery and were caught below the powerlines".  Well done Dean.  Congratulations!
April 10 Ariel reports observing an angler drifting in a pontoon boat in the Lower Kitimat River who landed 2 Steelhead.  Ariel watched this angler land both Steelhead from across the river and noticed that they were both Bright Silver.
April 12 I was speaking to a local guide who drifted with his clients who were all fly fishing and they hooked 4 Steelhead and landed one.  With the river level so low sometimes flies will out preform tackle.  Well done!
Summary: The Kitimat River will continue to produce Steelhead but if we receive a little bump in river heights I suspect we will also notice an increase of fresh fish in the Kitimat.


Crabbing is still the main focus of many of the boaters on the Douglas Channel.  There have been a few reports of Halibut but nothing of any size.
Wes Owen was out Crabbing with his son Kevin and his daughter in-law, Lee and his Grand daughter, Kyla.  It is refreshing to report that 3 generations of the Owen family were out together enjoying the wonders of the Douglas Channel.  We are indeed fortunate to live in an area where the passion for fishing evolves in 3 generations.  Congratulations to the Owen family.

Thank You to everyone who provided photos and info for this report.  It is nice when anglers are willing to share their experiences for the enjoyment of the readers of this report.
Good Health and 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
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