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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Ariel Kuppers holding a Cutthroat Trout caught and released on the Kitimat River Mar 14/2011.  This was one of 26 other trout Ariel, Jesse Houston and David Quiffe caught and released the same day. (For more details please see report below.)

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

This week's weather felt like the first signs of Spring. After enduring this winter's abnormal amounts of snow, sub zero temperatures, and power outages this week's sunshine and blue skies warmed the soul.  The warmer temperatures also caused the Trout to become more active.
March 13 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and David Quaiffe landed 17 Trout fishing the upper Kitimat using a fly they nicknamed the "Kitimat Killer"  The also caught some of the Trout on the "Kitimat Combo" which is float fishing a Berkley Power Bait 3" Worm with a Bubba's Bait Worm.  Congratulations Guys!
March 14 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and David Quaiffe caught and released 27 Trout on the Kitimat River fly fishing with the "Kitimat Killer" and the "Kitimat Combo"  Congratulations Guys.
March 15 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes and Mike Campbell landed 3 Cutthroat on the upper Kitimat River on fly. Well done Guys!
March 16 Ariel Kuppers, Jesse Houston and Mitch Lupick hooked 5 Cutthroat and released 2 fly fishing the upper Kitimat River.
The were fly fishing with a fly they call the "Kitimat Killer".

Spring is here.  March 21st is said to be the official first day of Spring.  This week weather showed a promising start to Spring and to the start of this year's fishing season on the Kitimat River.  Trout fishing will continue to be very good and in the coming weeks, Steelhead will be starting to show in increasing numbers on the Kitimat River.
Douglas Channel
Some of the more eager boaters were heading out for the weekend to do some Crabbing and some Bottom fishing.  King Crab were on the menu for a couple of boaters that I spoke to.  Stay tuned. 
Many anglers are upset about the current Halibut Policy.  The 2011 Halibut Season will close some time in the summer but DFO does not know when.  This makes it impossible for Saltwater Anglers to book holidays or days off to fish for Halibut.  The Conservative Halibut Policy has not only compromised the rights of all Canadians but the lack of details in the 2011 Halibut regulations prevent Anglers to plan their fishing trips with certainty.    See Important Halibut Information below:
Thank You to everyone who provided info and photos to this Fishing Report.
We are booking for the 2011 Fishing Season.  Any anglers interested in a Drift Boat Trip on the Kitimat River,  a Jet Boat Trip of a Salt Water Charter please contact Ron Wakita
Good Health and Good Fishing!
Ron Wakita

Important Halibut Issue

The Conservative Government will be held accountable on Election Day!
I urge everyone to write a Letter to the Prime Minister especially those who attended the Town Hall Meeting.  Please also help your family, friends, neighbors and co workers to also write letters.  The "Power of One" strategy starts with you.  There are Sample Letters on our Website
If everyone does their small part, collectively we can make a Big Difference! 
Sample Letter from Justin Lowes
Justin had a lot to say.  Letters need only be 3 paragraphs.
Sample Letter from Justin Lowes
Justin had a lot to say.  Letters need only be 3 paragraphs.

Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Mr  Prime Minister

I write to you in regards to the current DFO Halibut Allocation Policy.  The Halibut Policy allocating 88% of Canada's Halibut Stocks to 436 Commercial License holders and the remaining 12% to the rest of the Canadian population who are potentially Recreation Anglers is wrong.  The Recreational Sector represents the majority of Canadians and should be allocated fair access to this Canadian Common Resource.  

The Recreation Sector also contributes millions of dollars to Local, Provincial and Federal Economies. In these troubled economic times the current Halibut Allocation Policy will have a devastating and far reaching negative impact on the Canadian economy.

I was born in Kitimat in 1980 and I chosen to live and work in Kitimat .  I have fished for Halibut for 15 years.  Fishing for Halibut is not only a Sport but it is also an integral part of my way of life.  I have chosen to live in Kitimat to enjoy the Douglas Channel and to fish for Halibut with friends and family.  I also harvest Halibut for food and sustenance.  There is a sense of satisfaction from eating the food that you catch yourself,  I would also like to preserve the rights of my Kids and Grandchildren to fish for Halibut.  My  friends and relatives from all over BC  like to fish with me for Halibut.  I also worked full time in a Tackle Store in Kitimat.  Full time hours has been reduced to part time and may be illuminated all together because of your Government's policy.

It is reprehensible to think that only 140 of the 436 Commercial License holders actually fish for Halibut.  The majority of the Commercial License Holders lease out their quota and sit at home profiting from leasing out a Canadian Common Resource.  THE CANADIAN PEOPLE OWN THE RESOURCE not the Commercial License holders who were gifted their allocation for FREE!.

The reference to these Commercial License Holders coined by the Sport Fishing Institute, "Slipper Skippers" is both accurate and disturbing.

It is intolerable to think that my job, my way of life and my right to fish for Halibut has been reduced because your DFO Minister who has mismanaged our Halibut Stocks.

I  find it appalling that the current DFO Halibut Policy will prohibit me and all other Recreation Anglers from fishing for Halibut in August 2011 unless I lease quota from a Commercial Allocation holder.   Your policy serves the interest of a select few but compromises the rights of all Canadians who wish to fish for Halibut.  Feb 15th, DFO Minister Shea announced that Recreation Anglers will have to lease allocation from a Commercial Allocation holder.  All Canadians own this Canadian Common resource and your Conservative policy requires Canadians to lease allocation to fish for a resource we already collectively own.  I can not believe that the Conservative Government has allowed the DFO Minister to make an unfair allocation policy even worse.  This policy has reduced my confidence in the Conservative Government.  I will not vote for the Conservative Government in the next election unless you change this grossly unfair Halibut Allocation policy.  I also intend to tell everyone in my contact list in my phone and on my computer not to vote for your Government as well.

As a Canadian Citizen that is being affected by your decisions I urge you to intervene.  The DFO Minister has the Authority under the Fisheries Act to allocate a fair and equitable share of Halibut Stocks to the Recreation Sector.  In the interests of all Canadians you must instruct her to change the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy or resign.

I would appreciate it if you respond to me directly since your Government as put my job at risk I believe you owe me this consideration. 


Justin Lowes
6 Chilko St
Kitimat B.C.
Canada V8C 1Y5

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Fight for your right to fish for halibut

Fight for your right to fish for halibut


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