Fishing Report Sept 14 – Sept 25 2016

Kitimat River, Douglas Channel and Prince Rupert

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Camilla Barthouse holding a bright Kitimat River Coho she caught on a Driftboat Trip with Reliable Guide and Charters Sept 21st.

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LOST: 3 PAIRS OF WADERS.  2 pairs of Protac green neoprene hip waders and a pair of brown Highwater chest waders were left at the middle lower dike Sept 5

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Kitimat River



Bill Deutch’s Grand daughter Grace, age 10 caught her first Coho. September 2016 at the  lower, lower Dyke. Wow!  Congratulations for your first Coho, Grace!  Well done.

Grace will not soon forget the first Coho she ever caught but the real prize is sharing the joy of fishing with 3 generations of your family.  Well done everyone!


Sept 14

Cliff Young shared this picture and comment, “Finally. At power line  12 lbs. Then floating down river yesterday. Caught 3. Kept 2.”.  Congratulations Cliff!
Cliff experienced a tough couple a days fishing the Kitimat River.  It seemed that everyone around him caught fish but him.  Every fisherman can relate.  Cliff’s persevered and was rewarded by his efforts.  Well done Cliff!



Sept 15

Roger Egger from Fraser Lake caught this Coho fishing just below the Haisla bridge on a pink-jig.  Well done Roger!


Sept 15

Carl Schmid from Switzerland is proudly holding the Coho he caught just below the Haisla Bridge on a pink jig with a purple head.  Well done Carl!


Sept 15

Shirley-McMahon caught this Coho with a Gibbs Kitimat 55 just below the Haisla Bridge.  Well done Shirley.


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Sept 16

I had the pleasure of guiding Randy and Shirley Clark on a Driftboat trip on the lower drift on the Kitimat River.  We kept these very nice Coho during our drift.
We had a great time catching Coho.  I especially enjoy fishing with a couple that share the passion of fishing.  Congratulations on your catch, and thank you for using our services.


Sept 17

I had the pleasure of fishing with Jeff, Chrissy and Ryan from Calgary.  We landed their daily limit and had a lot of fun doing it.  Chrissy started off as the “Hottest Rod” and got pretty excited when she had a Coho on!.  It was a lot of fun fishing with you all!  Thank you for using our Guiding services.



Sept 18

I had the pleasure of drifting the Kitimat River with Tracy and Daryl Sapergia.  Tracey is holding one of many Coho we hooked on our drift.  Tracy and Daryl had a wonderful time during their drift and it was a lot of fun fishing with them.  Thank you for using our services.


Sept 20
I had the pleasure of guiding Paulo and Doug who are quests of Kalum River Lodge.   Paulo and Doug have been fishing partners for 30 plus years and were a lot of fun to fish with.
Their humour while kidding each other was refreshing.  Thank you to Kalum River Lodge for allowing me to host your guests on the Kitimat River.


Sept 21
I had the pleasure of fishing with Camilla and Ralph Barthouse on a Driftboat trip down the lower Kitimat.  It is always nice to fish with a couple who share that joy of fishing.
Camilla and Ralph shared that their kids have grown up and they are now in a position to go on fishing trips together.  Well done! Congratulations on your catch!

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Sept 22
Pro Guide, Dan Patchett and I had the pleasure of guiding Sara-and Andrew-Wilson and Robby-Dunbar and his son, Caedmon. This group was visited by a Mother Black bear with 2 cubs during the night which inspired the story line with Sara as Goldilocks and Andi was the Big Bad Wolf!  Goldilocks landed the first Coho and the Big Bad wolf landed the biggest in my driftboat. Caedmon was the star of the trip, landing 3 Coho on his own.  It was indeed a proud moment for both father and son.  Everyone lived happily ever after.  Thank you for using our Guiding services.


Sept 23
I had the pleasure of guiding Peter and Mike Spruit.  Peter landed this nice Coho on our drift.  Mike also landed 2 Jack Coho on our drift.  Congratulations on your catch!


Sept 25
This is a picture of the Pump house on Monday.  The Kitimat River rose over 6 feet in 48 hours and became unfishable.  This is typical of the Kitimat River this time of the year.
The Kitimat River can rise quickly, but it will also drop and clean just as fast.


There are quite a few Coho that are starting to turn to spawning colours.  There are also some bright Coho in the Kitimat River. Coho fishing on the Kitimat River will be determined by the weather and the river levels. There are lots of Coho through the entire Kitimat River and Coho fishing will be good provided the river is fishable.

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Douglas Channel

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Sept 10
John from Blue Heron Charters shared these pictures and comments,  “Today; Christian with his catch of the day; no camera trick; had to release Alfe’s @ 125 lbs; Arty caught a third @ 30 lbs; and we topped off the cooler with a chicken.”  Congratulations everyone!
Anyone wishing to book a Saltwater Trip of a Lifetime with John, please contact Ron or call 250 632 1275.

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Sept 14
Wes Owen of Golden Adventures fishing with his clients Tim Scott and Larry Fite caught this beauties on their trip in the Kitimat Harbour.  They also caught their limit of Dungeness Crab.Tim and Scott are repeat clients.  Although the Coho fishing was not as productive as previous years, they always enjoy their trips with Wes.

Coho season was very erratic in the Douglas Channel during the last month.  There was not a steady, constant migration of Coho as in normal years.  Some say that this was caused by the low river conditions and the warmer water.   Nevertheless, there were pretty good numbers of Coho caught and the weather was great and fun was had by all!

Halibut fishing was the excellent in the Douglas Channel this season.   Halibut and bottom fish opportunities will continue but favourable weather conditions will become an issue.

Anyone wishing to book a Trip of a Lifetime for a Driftboat Trip down the Kitimat River or Jet boat Trip to the lower Kitimat or Skeena  or A Saltwater Charter out of Kitimat or Prince Rupert please contact Ron or call 250 632 1275

I hope you enjoyed the Fishing Report!
Good Health! and Good Fishing!

Ron Wakita

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