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TAMARA HOUSTON holding a big Chum she caught on a Drift with Reliable Guide and Charters, Aug 2nd 2012

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
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"Kitimat's Largest Tackle Store"
380 City Centre
Kitimat BC V8C 1T6
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Kitimat River

We are enjoying some unbelievably hot weather this summer especially after the last year.  The hot sunny days are having an very little affect on the river level and the fishing conditions are excellent.
In addition to the excellent weather Salmon stocks are plentiful on the Kitimat River, especially Chum stocks.  Chum Salmon are an excellent fighting fish and has evolved to be very popular on a fly.
It has also become very a popular salmon to smoke.  I just tasted some Chum that was dry brined in 5 parts brown sugar to 1 part salt.  Some anglers claim that Chum are the best Salmon to smoke.

Bon Appetite!

Myles Pedro with his catch of chum and pink

July 28 Denise Pedro submitted this photo and reports, "our middle son, Myles (the hockey/soccer kid) just picked up fishing with our neighbor Darrell Fontaine! Myles has taken to fishing like he was born to...cannot get enough~ Santa has been asked for a clean garage and freezer to start stocking what he's bringing home (grin)",  The mother of a hockey player, soccer player and a fisherman is a common occurrence in Kitimat.  Congratulations to Myles and to his Mom!.  You make me proud to be from Kitimat.

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July 27  Fred Christensen emailed me photos of 3 Chum and a small Chinook he caught under the Haisla Bridge. Fred reports "I had the day off on Friday the 27th, so I fished the Kitimat.

Quite happy with the 11 foot rod"  Congratulations on your catch and Thank You for sharing your photos.


July 29 I had the pleasure of fishing with my son Corey and his fishing partner, Julia.  We landed a bunch of Chum and Pinks.  Corey and Julia are the proud graduates of 2012.
They would also both pass the Fishing course if one was offered.  Thanks to Corey and Julia for a fun and entertaining time on the river. :)


Aug 2 I had the pleasure of fishing with Tamara and her father Mike Houston and their relative, Lisa.  We caught a bunch of Chum. Pinks and lost a Coho and a 30 plus Chinook.
The weather was incredible.  The fishing with excellent and my clients were very pretty.   I was the envy of every boat on the Kitimat.  They were also very keen and accomplished anglers. In fact Tamara Is somewhat of a celebrity on the Kitimat River because she landed a 51 lb Chinook last year fishing with Andreas Handl last year. 
Thank You for using our Guide services.  It is always refreshing to fish with a family that shares the passion for fishing.  Congratulations on your catch!  I hope that you enjoy the smoked Chum.

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Aug 3 I had the distinct pleasure of fishing with Gregg Turchansk on a drift of the lower Kitimat.  Although Gregg had fished the saltwater, he had never fished for salmon in a river before.
Loosing fish during the learning process is to be expected but Gregg extended the learning process of landing fish to a whole new level.  Gregg's quick wit and worldly one liners kept us both entertained
for the whole drift.  Gregg eventually got the hang of landing  the fish and vowed to to be back!  Thank You for using our Guiding Services and well done landing the fish, Grasshopper!



Aug 3  Justin Lowes fishing with his good friend Chris Matos landed 2 Coho on their drift and lost another.  They also landed a few fresh Pinks.  Well done Guys!



Aug 4 Kyle Struck and Trent Vines were fishing the Kitimat River with their Fly Rods.  Kyle landed a 20lb Chum with his Loomis Spey Rod and Trent landed a 19 lb. Chinook on his single handed rod.
Trent is an Associate Guide for Reliable Guide and Charters and Kyle works in our Tackle Store and would some day like to guide.  Congratulations on your catch guys!

Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special on half day Drift boat trips. Morning or evening trips. Anyone interested anglers please contact Ron 250 632 1275.or

Special Bulletin
The Kitimat River Hatchery has requested any recreational anglers who catch and keep a female Chum and have no use for the roe (salmon eggs) to donate them to the Kitimat Hatchery.
The Kitimat Hatchery staff requires the Chum roe as bait for Chinook Brood Collection.The Kitimat Hatchery performs an important role in our Fishery, the assistance from any anglers would be
greatly appreciated.
Please drop roe off at the:
Kitimat Hatchery 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday to Friday.
or to City Centre Hardware & Sporting Goods 8:00AM to 9:00PM Seven days a week.


The Kitimat River is full of Salmon right now.  There are 4 species of Salmon available to catch on the Kitimat River and many anglers are having a blast especially with the Chum.  Chum are most abundant right now. Pinks
have started to show this week and early Coho are in really good numbers for this time of year.  Anglers are reminded that Chinook are closed for retention.  Have Fun everyone!

Douglas Channel


July 28 John from Blue Heron Charters hosted Morgan and Julie.  They landed 2 Halibut and a bunch of Grey Cod.  Congratulations on your catch!  Well done Skipper.
Anyone wishing to book a Charter with John, please contact Ron

Blue Heron Charters; August 1, 2012; Lawrence with  36 lb halibut

Blue Heron; August 1, 2012; Lawrence, Dan, and Wally; 36 lb halibut, 9 salmon, 4 Grey Cod, 6 crab

Aug  2- John from Blue Heron Charters hosted Lawrence, Dan and Wally.  They landed a 36lb Halibut, 4 Grey Cod and 9 Salmon.  Congratulations everyone.
Great Job Skipper!




Halibut continues to be very good although this week Bottom fishing was a lot more of a challenge due to the large tides.
Coho are looking really good so far this season and it looks like there is going to be an exceptional run in the Douglas Channel.  There were pretty good numbers caught in the south end of Sue Channel.
It shouldn't be too long before they are in the Kitimat Harbour.  Stay tuned.

Thank You to everyone for submitting photos and info to this Fishing report.
Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special for 2 and 3 day trips on the Douglas Channel. Please contact Ron for details.

Anyone wishing to book a Driftboat trip on the Kitimat River or a Saltwater Trip on the Douglas Channel or a Jet boat trips please contact Ron

Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special on half day Drift boat trips.  Morning or Evening Trips.  Pease contact Ron 250 632 1275.or
Good Health! and 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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