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The photo of the week of Noel Gyger with a beautiful, bright Douglas Channel Winter Chinook landed on Saturday, January 16, 2010.  The fish weighed 20-pounds.  Noel was fishing with Ron Wakita and Wes Owens.  We also caught a few Dungeness Crab.  Click here: to watch the 6 minute video clip. More information about this trip below:

Fishing Report from:
Ron Wakita
Reliable Guide and Charters
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
bus.250 632-3522  cell.250 632-1275
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KITIMAT RIVER: We received milder temperatures and some heavy rain during the early part of this week.  The rain caused the Kitimat River levels to rise and by mid week the river was dirty and unfishable.  The higher river levels and milder temperatures also melted and /or flushed a lot of the snow and ice on the Kitimat River and opened up the most main channels of the Kitimat River.  By Thursday and Friday the rain stopped and river levels dropped. The water cleaned and is now fishable.  A few Trout fishermen were able to get out and catch some Trout.  Please be careful when approaching the river's edge.

Jan 15 Mike Campbell was out fishing the upper Kitimat River and landed 2 Cutthroat Trout and lost something big that he thought might have been a Steelhead.  As Mike experienced there is a small winter population of Steelhead in the Kitimat River albeit very small.  It is always a welcome surprise for any Trout angler to hook a Steelhead on Trout gear.

Summary: The Kitimat River will continue to be productive for Trout fishing for the remainder of the winter but as always, suitable conditions will depend on the weather. 

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: The weather this weekend was perfect to do some Winter Chinook fishing in the harbour, crabbing or just boating on the Douglas Channel.  Many boaters who keep their boats in the water over the winter like to enjoy time on the Douglas Channel.  It is also a good idea to run the boats to charge up the batteries, circulate the fluids and run the their boats to ensure everything is in Tip Top shape.

Jan 14 Wes Owens was out doing some Crabbing and dropped a line for a couple of hours and lost a feeder Chinook.  He did manage to get 6 Crab for his friend John.

Jan 16 I had the pleasure of fishing with my good friends, Noel Gyger and Wes Owens.  We had an awesome day fishing for "Winter Chinook" in the Kitimat Harbour. Wes and I started off our fishing trip by being pleasantly surprised to receive a wonderful assortment of baking from Noel's wife, Gail.  Thank you Gail, they were delicious and they may have provided the inspiration for some good fishing. We landed five Winter Chinook in total but we released one. 

 Couple of the smaller ones...                       

 True Roll Lure and Gibb Flasher

The first two Chinook were landed using Gibbs UV Green Strip Highliner Flasher and a purple True Roll.  This has been the bright star of our Winter Chinook fishing so far.


Luhr Jensen Abe and Al #1 and Rhy Davis Teaser head

The next 3 Chinook were landed on Wes' favorite rig.  It includes a Luhr Jensen Abe and Al #1 Flasher with an Anchovy in a Rhys Davis metallic blue/green Anchovy Teaser head.  Noel landed a beautiful 20lb Winter Chinook on one of these rigs.  Congratulations Noel. The Crabbing was slow although we did catch a few for Noel to take home to Gail who enjoys Dungeness Crab.

It was a great day fishing with Wes and Noel, we caught a few Winter Chinook, told a few fishing stories, ate some of Gail’s delicious baked goods and caught some Dungeness Crab.  Thanks for the wonderful memories Noel and Wes. 


Jan 12 Ariel Kuppers went fishing up to Ross Lake with his girlfriend Nicolette, his sister Emma and his buddy Travis.  They hooked a few Brook Trout but only managed to land two.  "One was 3lbs" said Ariel. "The other was smaller but we had quite the adventure to get two Trout".

Thanks to everyone for providing pictures and info for this report.

Good Health and Good Fishing!
Sincerely, Ron Wakita

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