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Photo of the Week: Ferd Wuensche in the photo with a 48lb Chinook
City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods Instore Derby Winner, Nathan Kearly caught this fish May 28th in the Douglas Channel.  Largest Chinook 48lbs.  Photo with Ferd Wuensche who weighed it in for Nathan.  Nathan won a Fenwick HMX 11' 6" rod and a Marado Satellite Reel

Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and



The weather in Kitimat over the Christmas holidays was milder than it has been and it was also sunny and clear.  This encouraged many anglers, especially families to do a little fishing.  The Kitimat River remains frozen in the back eddies and slower moving water so many anglers were out ice fishing.  Anglers are advised to be very careful as there is snow covering most of the river and it is difficult to determine where there is solid ice underneath the snow.

DOUGLAS CHANNEL: We did not receive any reports of fishing in the Douglas Channel over the holidays.  There were a few days with nice weather but most boaters were busy celebrating the Christmas holidays on land.  

Special Reports: Onion Lake and Lakelse Lake are 2 other options for ice fishing this time of year in the Kitimat area. 


Jan 1 Ariel Kuppers, Emma, Travis and Nicolette were out ice fishing on Onion Lake. They hooked a bunch of Trout but weren't able to land any.  Ariel commented that he drilled a bunch of holes through the ice for many other anglers with his Normark Ice auger.  Many anglers remarked how much faster and easier Ariel’s Ice auger worked than theirs.  "The right tool for the job"

Dave also reports catching 25 White Fish and Cutthroat Trout in Lakelse Lake close to Williams Creek.  Many other Kitimat anglers also report catching Trout on Lakesle Lake.

It warms my heart when ever I hear reports of families and friends out fishing together.  Fishing provides opportunities to create some special memories. Our family lost a very close friend over the holidays who I fished with for many years as a teenager.  I will always cherish my memories of fishing with Hiroshi and his infectious laugh when he hooked a fish.  Hiroshi will be missed by many.

I look forward to reporting many of the special Fishing moments created by the many anglers who fish the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel in 2010.

All the Very Best in the New Year to everyone from Our Family, Staff, Guides and Charters

Good Health!, Good Fishing! and God Bless!


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: Reliable Guide and Charters is also booking for the 2010 season.  Any interested Anglers please contact Noel Gyger


Manufacturer of World-Class and Specialty Fishing Reels



Islander Reels has been manufacturing precision Center Pin, Fly and Mooching reels for over 15 years as a division of The J.S. Foster Corporation of Saanichton, near Victoria, B.C., Canada.

"In order to land the big fish you need a reel that you can depend on, a reel that will hold its own in the face of a challenge. For over 15 years Islander Reels have been put to the test in some of the most extreme sports fishing conditions in the world. In our constant quest for perfection, Islander Reels have evolved into the best reels on the market. From detailed design and ingenious machining to the final finishing touch, Islander Reels have been built to last, built to excel and built to provide you with the fishing experience of a lifetime."

Islander Reels is the Number One choice of Professional Guides in the North West.

Islander Dealers in the Northwest:  City Centre Hardware and Sporting Goods in Kitimat, Oscars Source for Sports in Smithers and Fish Tales Tackle Shop in Terrace 

Contact info: Islander Precision Reels 6771 Kirkpatrick Crescent Saanichton B.C.  V8M1Z8  Canada Phone 250-544-4856 Fax: 250-544-145

Area River Records:  Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead:  Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.

Area River Records:  Chinook Salmon: Skeena River, 92.5-pounds; Kalum River, 85-pounds; Kitimat River, 74-pounds; Steelhead:  Skeena River, 45-pounds; Coho Salmon: Skeena River, 27-pounds.


2009-2011 BC tidal waters and non-tidal (Federal) Salmon fishing information:

Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011
2009-2011 Freshwater (Provincial) Fishing Regulations Synopsis:

Effective April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011 (Note: regs good for two years)


*** If any of you have special fishing photos, testimonials, scenic river photos, wildlife photos or articles I would love to see them.


Derrick Downey is helping me pose a bright Steelhead I landed on the Kalum last year using my trusty Shimano Calcutta 200 level wind fishing reel filled with 14-pound Stren “Blue Fluorescent” high viz fishing line.  The fishing rod is 10’6” Shimano Convergence Line weight 12-20lbs. Photo taken by Rob Vodola

Catch & Release formula: 

- Chinook:  girth squared x length x 1.54 divided by 1000 (inches)
- Steelhead: girth squared x length x 1.33 divided by 1000 (inches)

 Fiberglass fish reproductions  

This 42 x 23.5 inch Steelhead was estimated to weigh 30-pounds.  There are many sizes and positions available, and pretty much any species.  Call Carey Braun anytime at 250-639-3769 and he will be happy to build one for you. Yes, that’s Carey in the photo. Place your order NOW

  WIN a FREE one day DRIFT BOAT FISHING TRIP down the Kitimat River for three people by signing-up your friends, family and fishing partners for my WEEKLY FISHING REPORT. This trip is supplied by Reliable Guide and Charters and is for the 2010 season. The LUCKY WINNER will be drawn on April 30, 2010. Cast to this link to open a form showing how to enter names. Send the completed form via e-mail or postal mail. When I receive it I will reply confirming your name is entered into the draw - GOOD LUCK

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