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Clients of Todd Haynes of Nautical West are photoed here with their catch that they caught on July 11th and 12th
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  Clients of Todd Haynes of Nautical West are photographed here with their catch that they caught on July 11th and 12th

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

High water levels continued this week but the Kitimat RIver remained fishable throughout.  Pinks and Chum have been showing up in better numbers.  Chum seem to be abnormally big this week.  The Kitimat has been renowned for an exception return of Big Chum.  She started to live up to this reputation this week.


July 8 Kyle Struck, a staff member of our Tackle Store caught this 31lb Chinook just above Sawmill.  This Chinook was caught on a K13X Kwik Fish, colout- Grinch.  This was one of three Chinook that Kyle landed.  Congratulations Kyle!


July 9 I had the pleasure of fishing with Adelle and Gary Skretnek.  The Kitimat was very high but still a shade of green so we decided to do a morning drift.. We landed these 2 huge Chum and lost a Chinook.
The fishing wasn't`t spectacular but productive.  The weather was excellent and the trash talking in the boat was exceptional.  It is also a pleasure to fish with people who are quick witted and quick on the rods.:)


July 10 Braydon Bedard, age 10 is photographed with his father and the 16lb Chinook he caught bar fishing at the Kitimat River Pump House.  He was using a #4 Flame/Chartreuse Spin N Glo.  Congratulations Braydon!


July 10 Bill Whitford is shown in the photo with his lovely wife, Pat and his 16lb Chinook.  Bill and Pat hooked and lost 9 Chinook before he finally landed this one.  Congratulations to the Whitfords.


July 11 Marc Girard drifted with his friends Randy Marshall and Craig Norman.  They landed a 25 and 30 lb Chinook.  Congratulations Guys!

July 12 I had the pleasure of fishing with one of my favorite fishing partners, my daughter Julie. We were joined by my good friend Ken Fleming on this morning drift.  We landed these 2 big Chum and a Chinook and 2 other Chum.
When Julie and I fish together there is never a shortage of trash talking, attitude or laughter.  I think she got the attitude from her mother.   Thanks for a great day Ken and Julie!

July 14 Marc Girard drifted with his fishing partner, Lucille Boudreau.  They landed a 22lb Chum drifting the lower Kitimat.  Congratulations Lucille!


We are noticing that the exceptionally hot weather is having less and less of an effect on the river height. Although there is still a lot more snow at higher elevations, I think that worst has past. 
With every rising tide the Kitimat River is filling with Chinook. Chum and Pinks.  Despite the high water conditions anglers will continue to catch ``All the Above``. 
As always there is ``silver lining``.  Angers who prefer to fish for Pinks have been blessed with an added advantage due to the high water.  Pinks love to hang out in the soft, slack seams next to the gravel bars.  The high river level creates more of these seams for the Pinks to hold in closer to shore.
Location, Location, Location is the key.  The Pinks hold closer to shore.   The Chum are usually a little further out and the Chinook are in the deeper seams and pools.  Depending on where you cast will usually determine what you catch.  The bonus is that you are catching fish.  This is an exciting time to be fishing the Kitimat River.
Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special on half day Drift boat trips. Anyone interested anglers please contact Ron 250 632 1275.or

Douglas Channel


July 12 Dan Lachapelle guided his clients, Hinze, 15 year old, Mitch and Dave on a trip down the Douglas Channel.  They caught their limit of Halibut and salmon , Worthy of note was a 70lb Halibut and a 35lb Chinook.
Wow!  Congratulations Guys!  Well done, Skipper!  Anyone wishing to book a trip with Dan please contact Ron


July 12 Todd Haynes of Nautical West guided his clients Dave,Wes, Craig and Charlie on a trip of a lifetime down the Douglas Channel.  They boated 20 Salmon and 5 Halibut.  What an outstanding catch!  Anyone wishing to book a trip with Todd. please contact Ron

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July 13 Andreas Handl of KingFish Adventures Tours fishing with his father, Samantha Kraft, Kyle Da Silvera- and Justin O'Brian boated 22-salmon.  Worthy of note a 38-lb-chinook and a king-crab.  Congratulation everyone.  Well done.  Anyone wishing to book a trip with Andreas, please contact,


July 14 Larry Wesolowsky of Nautical West reports, "Fishing at money point July 14, 2012 limited out on coho and chinook before noon. Biggest 28lbs. Fishing party was Jessica & Cal Fox and John & Barney Beechinor".  Wow that was on heck of a morning!
Congratulations to all!  Well done Skipper! Anyone wishing to book a trip with Larry, please contact Ron


Fishing in the Douglas Channel has been outstanding this week.  Many boaters, especially our charters have been catching their limit of both Halibut and Salmon.  Crabbing for Dungeness Crab has also been very good with a few King Crab also reported.  This is a very productive time to be fishing the Douglas Channel and the weather has been outstanding!.

Thank You everyone who submitted photos and info for this report.

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

Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special for 2 and 3 day trips on the Douglas Channel. Please contact Ron for details.

Reliable Guide and Charters is offering a Special on half day Drift boat trips. Anyone interested anglers please 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
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fax. 250 632-3528

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