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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Jason Vines holding a 20lb Kitimat River Chinook caught today, April 18th 2010
Photo taken by Trent Vines, Jason's son who was fishing with his Dad.
This is the first Kitimat River Chinook we have registered for this year.  Congratulations Jason.  For more details see report below.

Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
bus.250 632-3522  cell.250 632-1275
fax. 250 632-3528


The Kitimat River continued to be exceptionally low and clean during the early part of this week   Steelheading on the Kitimat was at best very spotty and she was very difficult to drift with our Drift boats.  The Kitimat River was so low that you could almost wade across the river in "Gum boots".  The Steelhead fishing was very tough but there were Steelhead caught throughout the Kitimat but the low water conditions definitely had a negative effect on the fishing results. The lower Kitimat had better results especially on the tide.
April 11 James Wright landed a 13lb Bright Steelhead in the Lower Kitimat River.  James was Float fishing with Roe.
April 12 James Wright landed a Steelhead at the Kitimat River Hatchery run.  Congratulations James. 
April 12 Derek Downey landed a Steelhead in the upper Kitimat.  Derek was Fly fishing and was pretty excited given the low water conditions.
April 16 Ariel Kuppers and Travis James landed 20 Kitimat River Trout  These guys can sure find the trout!  And Big ones!  Well done guys.
April 17 A group from Valmont led by Wayne Van Velzen and his son Eric landed a Steelhead above the Powerlines and lost another 2 Steelhead.
April 17 I had the pleasure of fishing with my son Brandon and very good friend Doug Rumley.  Also in the group was Athan, a summer student who worked in our tackle shop last summer.  We did a short drift on the Kitimat on Saturday with the welcomed rise in the river level with pretty good results.  We hooked 3 Steelhead and landed one....the last one!  Doug Rumley landed this beauty.  Well done Doug!
April 18 Trent Vines and His dad Jason Vines Fished the Kitimat River on the island across the Kitimat Hatchery Sunday Morning and Jason Vines Landed this 20 Plus Kitimat River chinook April 18,2010!!!!! Jason was using his Gloomis Centerpin rod, It was his first chinook on a centerpin. Trent also got a little Dolly Varden on his fly rod. Wow! Congratulations Jason! Well done.
Summary Trout fishing continued to be very good on the Kitimat River even though the river was so low.  The Trout were in the deeper pools and for the anglers who found them,  the Trout fishing was outstanding.  The trick was to find them.  Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes, Trent Vines and their group of fishing partners have fine tuned the art of Trout fishing on the Kitimat.  They are catching 20 to 30 Trout on their outings.  They catch and release all the Trout back into the Kitimat River.
The Kitimat River rose 12" on Friday due to some hot weather we received and then continued to rise on Saturday due to some rain. 
The forecast is for more rain which would improve fishing conditions and entice more fresh Steelhead into the Kitimat River.
I plan to drift tomorrow with very positive expectations.  Stay tuned. 


We have received many reports of boaters catching bottomfish, Prawns and Crab on the Douglas Channel.  We have not received any photos of these bottomfish to share in this report this week. Anglers who wish to submit photos to this fishing report please email them to me at  Please submit these photos with the names of the participants and the details of your trip.
Saltwater anglers usually fillet out their catch to utilize the carcasses for Crab bait.  Sometimes digital cameras are not readily available.  Please be reminded to use the camera on your cell to capture the moment. 
I look forward to receiving photos of your catch to share with many other interested anglers.  I think we are indeed fortunate to live in an area where we have such awesome fishing almost in our front yard.  To be able to do this in the prestine and stock abundant waters of the Douglas Channel leaves me feeling truly blessed.  It would be wonderful to share the stories of your catch with other anglers in the vast reaches of the internet.
April 16 Special Report Trent Vines landed this very nice Trout while he was Fly fishing on the Copper River

Calvin's Steelhead 


 Bull Trout - aka - Dolly Varden


Captain Noel - engine starts - sit down!

Apr 22 Special Report: I had the pleasure of fishing with my very good friends Noel Gyger and Calvin Higano on the Kalum River.  Although the river was very low as are most of the rivers in the Northwest, Calvin landed a very nice Steelhead and a Huge Dolly Varden. It was a pleasure for Noel and I to share the experience of fishing in the North West with Calvin who resides in the Lower Mainland.  A Big Thank You to Noel for sharing his infinite knowledge of the Kalum and for taking us out in his jet-boat. It was a great morning of fishing!

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
PS. We have dates available for Drift boat trips for Steelhead and Salmon, Jet boat trips for Chinook and Saltwater Trips for Halibut and Salmon.
Anglers who are interested please contact me
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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