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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Arty Horianopoulos holding a Kitimat River Hatchery Steelhead caught Dec 26th 2010.  Arty caught this Steelhead fly fishing the upper Kitimat on a Black Egg Sucking Leech pattern.

IMPORTANT Halibut Issue:   The Clock is ticking and there are 24 days before Halibut Season opens.  Please read Full details in Douglas Channel section below.


Fishing Report from:  Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC
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Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
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Kitimat River has produced excellent numbers of Trout and higher than normal numbers of Steelhead so far this season.  The catch rates to date have been influenced by the favorable weather and river conditions.  This week the river conditions were good but the weather was wet and cold.  The hard core anglers who braved the elements were rewarded with pretty good catch numbers of Trout and the odd Steelhead.

Dec 26 Arty Horianopoulos reports, "I caught this beautiful steelhead doe on the Kitimat River on Dec. 26 fly-fishing with a black egg-sucking leech.  Just before catching this one, I caught a nice cutthroat trout and a male Coho!  My son took these pictures when I got home; unfortunately it was getting dark.  Take care.".  Wow!  Congratulations Arty.  Thank You for sharing the photo and the info for this Fishing Report.
Jan 5 Ariel Kuppers and Justin Lowes landed 5 Cutthroat on the the upper Kitimat float fishing with a Gibbs Float and  the Kitimat Combo.  The Kitimat Combo is a 3" Berkley Power Bait Worm comboed with a Bubba's Bait Barn Dew Worm.  Justin also lost a Steelhead a few feet from shore.  The difference between victory and defeat is only a few feet.  Congratulations on a pretty good of Winter Trout fishing on the Kitimat River.
Jan 6 Justin Lowes and Mike Campbell landed 3 Cutthroat on the upper Kitimat using the Kitimat Combo and a Single Luhr Jensen Egg with a 3" Berkley Power Bait Worm.  I think Justin was looking for the Steelhead that he lost the day before.  Justin did not find the Steelhead but you won't find them if you don't look.  Congratulations Guys!
Jan 7 Ariel Kuppers and Justin Lowes fished the upper Kitimat in hopes of Justin hooking his new elusive Steelhead friend.  Justin did not find his Steelhead but Ariel landed a dandy of a Cutthroat.  "This Cutthroat was pushing 3lbs" said Ariel.  Wow!  Congratulations Ariel.  They were also float fishing with a Gibbs Float and the Kitimat Combo.
The Kitimat River will continue to produce good numbers of Trout providing the river conditions remain good even if the weather is not optimal.  Layering with Simms Fleece under their Simms Waders and Rain Gear ensured Justin. Ariel and Trent stayed warm and dry to enjoy the Winter Trout fishery.  Stay warm and Fish On!
Douglas Channel
Lori from MK Bay Marina received reports of increased numbers of Whales, Sea Lions and Porpoises roaming around the Douglas Channel.  Lori also observed larger numbers of Sea Gulls circling above the water in the Kitimat Harbour.  These are typical signs of the Herring and/or Baitfish moving into the Kitimat Harbor.  I think it is a month too early for the main Herring spawning season but there definitely signs of larger numbers of Herring or Baitfish moving up the Douglas Channel into the Kitimat Harbor.  Unfortunately this week's strong winds have prevented boaters to get out fishing for Winter Chinook that are normally follow the Herring or Bait fish.  The winds were so strong that Lori reports that she had to lock the front door of the Mk Marina Restaurant and Store to keep the wind from blowing it open. With more favorable winds in the forecast many boaters were heading out this weekend to find out what the Sea animals are chasing.  Stay tuned.
IMPORTANT Halibut Issue:   
The Clock is ticking and there are 24 days before Halibut Season opens. The SFI just posted a catchy phase on their website: 


Any Anglers who are intending to write a Letter to the Minister and who have not got around to it yet please do so now.  I honestly believe that we have common sense, fairness and equitable sharing of a Canadian resource is on the side of the Recreational Anglers

We would like to acknowledge and Thank everyone who has taken the time to send a letter to the Minister regarding the DFO Halibut Allocation Issue.  The Alliance that is being organized by the Sport Fishing Institute (SFI) to oppose this policy is growing but the DFO Minister needs to hear from all Canadians and every angler who wishes to fish for Halibut in the future.  Many Unions and groups are also  joining the SFI Alliance. If you are a member of a Group or Union please forward this Halibut Issue info to your members.  There are many Halibut Anglers who are still not aware of this Halibut Issue.  We need to increase awareness of this issue in every community across Canada but we need your help. 

I recently wrote a letter to the Editor for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel (copied below). This letter is self explanatory and contains all the up to date, pertinent information required to inform Anglers of the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy issue. 

We are asking Anglers from all across Canada to write a similar letter to the Editor in every Newspaper across Canada.   Anyone who is interested, please use my letter as a template, make any changes you wish and then send to the Editor of your local newspaper.   Feel free to contact me or SFI for any assistance . These letters to the Editor would be a huge contribution to the cause.  Once informed, the facts speak for themselves.  Every Canadian should be appalled by this grossly unfair distribution of a Canadian Common resource.  Please also send your Letter to the Editor to the DFO Minister.  The Minister needs to beware that this grossly unfair Conservative Government policy will be judged by every Canadian in every community that has a newspaper.

Please help spread the word and encourage others to write or email the Minister.  If everyone does a small part, collectively we can make a big difference.

To the Editor:

The intended purpose of this letter is to inform all Recreational Anglers of the Department of Fisheries and Ocean's (DFO) Halibut Allocation Policy.  The specific injustice of the current DFO's Halibut Policy is that it allocates 88% of Halibut Stocks to 436 Commercial Halibut License Holders and 12% to the rest of the Canadian population who are potential Recreation Anglers.  How a grossly unfair distribution of a Canadian Common resource exists defies common sense.  I can not believe that the Conservative Government is allowing the DFO Minister to enforce this unfair policy.  Furthermore, because of this policy, Halibut closed to Recreation Anglers Oct 18th in 2010 while the Commercial sector fished on.  This is not a conservation issue, it is a misallocation of Halibut Stocks.

The Sport Fishing Institute estimates that if the current DFO Halibut Allocation Policy is not changed Halibut will be closed to Recreation Anglers as early as July 2011.

The Sports Fishing Institute, B.C Wildlife Federation (BCWLF) and the Sports Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) have been negotiating with D.F.O with no success.  The only way that this absurd policy is going to change is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to receive a letter or email from each and every Recreational angler and indeed from each and every Canadian who thinks this policy is wrong.

The importance of letters or emails to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister Gail Shea can NOT be emphasized enough.

If everyone does their part by sending a letter or email to the Minister collectively we can make a difference.   

The Sports Fishing Institute (SFI) has just formed an alliance with the B.C Wildlife Federation (BCWLF), the Southern Vancouver Island Anglers Association and the BC Federation of Driftfishers to right the imbalance of this unfair allocation of Canada's Halibut resource. This alliance has also launched a website to provide information.  They are also asking other groups to join this alliance.  Please contact Alison Obrecht at SFI if your group wishes to join.  We are hoping every Fishing Group, Rod and Gun, Chamber of Commerce, Labour Union and many other groups join this alliance.

SFI is also coordinating the efforts of individuals by requesting that copies of letters and emails to the Minister be sent to 

Please also send a copy of your letter or email to your Member of Parliament.  Our MP for Skeena is Nathan Cullen

The voice of everyone who thinks that the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy is wrong, needs to be heard in Ottawa.  Please send an email or letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.  I also urge everyone to forward this info to everyone in their Address Book.    

Honorable Minister Gail Shea 

Honorable Minister Gail Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

A letter to the Minister does not require a stamp, only an envelope and a few minutes of your time.  You will be rewarded with the satisfaction of doing your part to correct a DFO policy that is grossly unfair.  If everyone does a small part, collectively we can make a Big difference.


Ron Wakita

City Centre Hardware & Sporting Goods
"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Store"
380 City Centre
Kitimat B.C
V8C 1T6
bus.250 632-3522  fax 250 632 3528

Special Report: Lakelse Lake
Jan 6 Ariel Kuppers, Trent Vines and David Quaiffe caught and released a group total of 20 Rainbow Trout and a bunch of White Fish ice fishing in Lakelse Lake.  Wow!  Well done Guys!  Congratulations.  They were using Berkley Hot Ice Fishing Combos rigged with Mepps Spinners baited with Procured Shrimp.  They used an 8" Normark Swede Bore Ice Auger to drill the holes.  A classic case of the "Tools for the Job" and the proof is in the pictures.
Special Report - Cuban Fishing Adventure by Jack Love
Bonefish fishing in Cuba! I recently returned from a vacation in Cuba where I arranged a day of fishing for bonefish near the Zapata Peninsula.  My wife and I were staying in Veradero a popular resort area at an all inclusive hotel. I tried to negotiate two days of fishing but could not coerce my wife to leave the five star comfort of our hotel.  The arrangements for the fishing included picking my wife and me up at the hotel by Felipe who drove us the 140 km to Playa Larga where we met the fishing guide Julio.  Then we traveled 20 km down a dirt road to the fishing area.  I arranged a second boat and guide to “carry” my wife.  As you can see in the pictures the boats are small.  I brought my own fishing gear my 8wt Sage and my G Loomis adventure fly reel loaded with 8 wt Scientific Anglers dry Line and 10 foot 12 lb tippet (with lots of 30 lb backing you will need it).  The gear I used was the same as I use for steelhead on our many local rivers. I tied a few dozen flies to prepare for the trip.  The picture below is the one and only fly I used for the bonefish.  It is essentially a Crazy Charlie tied up with bead chain eyes, pearl mylar under body and tail, pearl diamond braid body, tan mallard flank legs topped with a bit of crystal flash on a size 2 or 4 saltwater hook; a very simple and easy to tie fly. Well it took me a bit to figure out how to catch these elusive shy fish but within the first hour I managed to hook up.

Once we found the bonefish the action was pretty fast.  I made many mistakes with noise, stripping and cast placement that are all critical successfully catching these fish.  My guide Julio was very intense and corrected my technique throughout the day.  The end of the day was fun and I finally fooled two of the larger bone fish in the 3.5 to 4.5 lb range.  Both these fish took me well into my backing with over 200 meter runs.  So, I would probably have to say these little fish pound for pound out match our beloved steelhead; but don’t match the excitement or aerobatics of a fresh steelhead.



A couple of important notes to finish the story:  The day of fishing was my wife’s favorite day; as we experienced the “real Cuba” spending time with the local guides and seeing local communities.  So guys out there trying to arrange a similar trip can use my experience to help convince our other halves, unless of course they fish.  Also, the guides I managed to find who arranged my day of fishing were professional, specialized and trustworthy.  The guides also do trips for snook, permit, tarpon and jack crevalle; they also appear happy to accommodate a “mixed bag” fishing trip.  I can provide plenty more information so if you have any questions send me an email and I can help you contact the guides or potential accommodation in the region . (by Jack Love from Smithers)  Thank You to Jack for sharing his Fishing Adventures.

Thank You to everyone who contributed photos and info to this Fishing Report.
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Good Health and Good Fishing!
Sincerely and Cheers
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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