KITIMAT RIVER PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Sept 12 Mathias Luis caught this beauty on his 2nd cast on a Scooby Doo with Copper head. The Copper head series of our Thunder Jigs are exclusive to Ron’s Mobile Fishing Tackle Van and Bait Shop. We evolved the Copper series over the past 2 seasons they have proven themselves to be effective in clean or mirky water. The proof is in the pictures.
Mathias landed 5 Coho in total during his 4 hour outing with Scooby Doo 1/2 oz Copper Head Thunder Jigs. Well done Mathias. Kinda Love when a plan comes together.
Sept 7 Martin Stumpf caught this 29 1/2 inch Coho at the old Eurocan Pump house pool during the evening high tide. Well done Martin. Your perserverance566
Sept 11 Marie Yofonoff emailed this photo of her son, Kai and husband, Will fishing the Kitimat River. Well done Kai and Will! Congratulations on your catch. Thank You to Marie for sharing your photo with our Fishing Report. Kai looks pretty happy with his catch! It is always refreshing to see the smiles on the face of young anglers!
Sept 12 Chris Racz proudly holding a nice Coho he caught on a Blue Thunder Jig. Well done Chris and Thank You for sharing your photo of our Fishing Report.
We received some nice sunny weather this week. The upside to the wonderful weather is that we enjoyed some summer sunshine that was lacking in August and the river clarity is low and clean. The down side to the dropping river levels is that it parked thousands of Pink carcasses along the shoreline throughout the entire system. This combined with the hot temperatures has created a fish smell that has deterred some anglers but has attracted lots of bears. Please be careful and be prepared for Bear Encounters.
There are lots of Coho disbursed through the entire Kitimat. The dropping river levels has stacked up the Coho into specific holes and runs along the Kitimat. Many anglers were fortunate to catch lots. Our freezer storage for our customers has been full the last 2 weeks.
Our Lucky lures combined with our Lucky Hand Sanitized High Five has
produced a freezer full of fish and some very Happy Anglers!
Anyone drifting the Kitimat River from Saw Mill down, please advised of there are trees across the entire river above the Wedeene. Be prepared to portage around.
Sept 12 John from Blue Heron Charters provided this photo of his clients holding an impressive number of Halibut.
Congratulations Everyone! Great Job Skipper!
Anyone wishing to Book a Saltwater Trip of a Lifetime, please contact Ron at email@example.com or call 250 632 1275.
Please also inquire about our All Inclusive multi day trips. These packages are the best and most relaxed way to enjoy the stock abundance of the Douglas Channel especially when the Natural Hotsprings are included.
There has been an increase to the Daily Quota of Halibut.
Please see the Public Notice please see below:
The DFO and Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB) Halibut Committee meets monthly throughout the season to review estimated catches. At the most recent meeting, it was determined that the recreational fishery harvest to June 30, 2020 was approximately 116,276 pounds of the recreational fishery's Total Allowable Catch of 877,750 pounds. Given the current management measures in effect and catch forecasts to December 31, 2020, DFO is proceeding with a change to the daily limit of halibut measuring under 90 cm in length. This Fishery Notice supersedes FN0156 and provides updated coast-wide daily limit measures for halibut as noted below: Open time: Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2020 fishing for halibut was opened coast-wide until further notice. Licensing: The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect on April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021. Limits and sizes: Effective 00:01 hours August 14, 2020 until further notice: - The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off). - The daily and possession limit for halibut is either of: ---- one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (69 cm to 97 cm head-off), OR ---- two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off). - The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. - All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence. - Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail. The exceptions to these openings are: Areas 121: No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W. Area 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48 degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement. Variation Orders 2019-RCT-201 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-420(Quota) Note: Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions: 1) RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca 2) GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge Anglers are reminded of mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contacts: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center – FN0818
Sent August 13, 2020 at 1013