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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  Mike Herzberg holding a 30lb chinook caught on the Kitimat River May 11th 2010.

This is Mike's first Chinook of the 2010 season and will be the first of many more.  See more details in report below.

Fishing Report from:
Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC

380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
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The Kitimat River
The Kitimat River is still producing Steelhead and another Chinook was caught this week.  The weather during the early part of this week was incredible.  Blue Sky, clean fishable water and lots of fish to catch.  Although this Steelhead season has been challenging, there are still plenty of Trout to keep anglers attentive and now we have the anticipation of early Chinook.  Life on the Kitimat River is good! 
May 9 I had the pleasure of drifting with Charmayne Carlson on Mother's Day.  Charmayne had never caught a Steelhead and we were on a mission to land one on our drift. 
We hooked a Steelhead with a float while we were drifting (I call this boon dogging).   I rowed into shore only to discover that the Steelhead had wrapped around a clump of roots on the other side of the river just above a bunch of logs.  I walked the boat back up stream and we rowed across to where the line was wrapped and attempted to unhook it.  We couldn't unhook it from the roots but as we drifted down, we could see the float next to the logs with the Steelhead laying peacefully under the logs.
We again beached the driftboat on the other side, ran the driftboat back upstream, rowed back across and anchored the boat next to the logs just below the fish.  Once I secured the boat in the calmer water below the logs, I climbed onto the logs and walked up to the roots to unhook the line.  Once again I could not get the line unwrapped.  I could still see the float with the Steelhead still calmly laying under the logs.  With my heart pumping and the adrenalin peaking, I was trying to devise and implement a plan to land this Steelhead.  It helped to calm the Steelhead by telling her to be cool and we would have her unhooked in a minute.   I hooked the line just above the float with my Hot Shot rod and tied the line onto the clip of the Hot Shot.  I removed the Hot Shot, checked the knot and after saying a few prayers, I cut the line that was wrapped in the roots which resulted in the Hot Shot rod tied directly to the float and Steelhead.  After a brief tussle and a few misses with the net we were able to net the Steelhead and row back across to the gravel bar with the Steelhead laying in the soft mesh of the Gibbs "Catch and Release" net.  After a couple of photos, we released the Steelhead, she was happy to swim under my driftboat and laid there for 10 or 15 minutes.   After a few "Holy Cows!", "High Fives" and a few other comments, Charmayne and I shared a few gratifying moments of accomplishment that were mixed with the disbelief that we were able to land this Steelhead.  We hooked 3 Steelhead on that day but this one was "Unforgettable". Thank You for a Great day of fishing, Charmayne and Happy Mother's Day!
May 9 James Wright reports, "Hey I caught and released these two steelhead last night up river between sawmill and powerlines. The one is a hatchery and the other was a wild. I was floating a pink worm with a Gibbs Float".  Well done James!  Congratulations!
May 10 and 11 Kevin Gentile fishing with his son Nick and his good friend Tom Gibaldi report hooking a couple of Steelhead in the lower Kitimat, one with Sea lice.  In the same run he also hooked a female that had already spawned.  Well done Guys!  Very nice fish!
May 11 Mike Herzberg an Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters hooked his first Chinook of the season on the Kitimat River.  Mike was Hot Shotting with a Silver #35 Luhr Jensen Hot Shot when he hooked and landed a 30lb Chinook.  Mike fought this beauty for 45 minutes before he was able to land it with 15lb test line. Wow!  Well done Mike!  Mike also landed a Steelhead on his drift.
May 12 My nephew, Derek Wakita reports:"Hey uncle, Late Wednesday afternoon me, my dad and Bryce (Jamie Wakita's friend) went for a drift from cable car down.  We probably didn't get on the river until about 3:30pm but we still got a few fish.  The photo of my dad is the first steely that we hooked on the hot shot.  We were using our GLoomis GL3 rods with Shimano Calcutta 250 and I think the other rod was a Calcutta 300.  The next hole my dad lost a nice one that was only on for about 5 seconds, just enough to slam the rod and take a rip at the hot shot.  We ended up getting a bunch of trout as well that seem to be surprisingly aggressive with the hot shots!"
May 15  Derek Wakita also reports, "On Friday morning I went fishing with my buddy Jeremy Brady from Sawmill to Cable car.  I think his plugging rods were GLoomis GL2's and he was using Ambassadeur 6500's.  He hooked me into a nice doe that can be seen in the photo.  After landing the fish I took the oars to see if I could return the favour as we brought the boat back and went through the same hole.  Near the bottom of the hole the rod went off and Jeremy landed the nice buck that can be seen in the photo.  Both of them hit the hot shot.  A few hours later and about halfway through our drift we had a pair of cutty's that hammered the hot shots, the one I landed was easily 3 lbs or more and we thought for sure it was a steel head when it hit.  A short while later we saw a bunch of trout surfacing and we figured that they must be eating the fry, so I pulled out my Loomis GL4 9ft, 8wt and tried a few casts with a fry pattern hoping that maybe I might get lucky and get a steely.  All I got was a bunch of dolly's but it was still fun practicing casting and watching the dolly's come out of the water to grab the fly."
Summary: The Kitimat River will continue to produce some bright Steelhead, some not so bright Steelhead and everything in between.  More Chinook will be caught as we progress into the latter part of May and into June.  It is an exciting time of year to be fishing the Kitimat River.  You never know what is on the line when the rod goes off,  when the float dunks or your fly line rips through your trigger finger,  As always, you set the hook and react to whatever comes up splashing.  It could be a Trout, Steelhead or a Chinook.  On the moment of truth when you know how big the fish is it is a precious moment in an angler's life.  The bigger the better!


May 9 Ferd Wuensche fishing with Nathan Kearly hooked a big Chinook but lost it while fishing in Sue Channel.  Ferd and Nathan caught the first big Chinook last year around this same time.  They were hoping for a repeat performance this season but everything went according to the plan except for getting the fish into the net.  Such is life in the fishing world.
May 10 Ferd Wuensche fishing with his friend Wayne, hooked 4 Chinook and landed a 6lb feeder Chinook.    
May 11 Ferd Wuensche fishing with Ray Hepting hooked 3 Chinook but this time they landed a 21lb Chinook.  Ferd and Ray also caught a bunch of Prawns and Crab.  Well done Ferd and Ray!  Fishing is starting to warm up to be a good fishing season on the Douglas Channel.
Todd Haynes of Nautical West Fishing Adventures was heading down the Douglas Channel this weekend to do some pre-client trips.  This is a sign of a "True Professional Charter Operator".  Well done and Good Luck Todd. 
The Douglas Channel will start to produce the large Chinook that are prized by so many Sport Anglers.  While in the pursuit of the "King of Salmon", we are able to dine on Crab and Prawns.  We are truly blessed to live and fish in an area that some are now referring to as "The Playground of the North West".  . 
Thank You to everyone who provided photos and info for this fishing report.
Tight Lines!  Good Health!  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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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)

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



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