LIVE FISHING REPORT: Reliable Guide and Charters and Ron’s Mobile Fishing Tackle and Bait Shop Fishing Report Week ending Sept /62020

Sept 6 Drift Boaters beware of the 2 Trees blocking entire river above the Big Wedeene River. Please Visit to view pictures of hazard.

Sept 1 Mathias Luis landed 6 Coho on “Scooby Doo”  3/4 oz Thunder Jigs.  Scooby Doo is a Silver Doctor Blue, 2 toned with Chartreuse and our New Chartreuse Glow 3/4 oz. Jig Heads.  This colour combination with our new Glo Jig Head series has been outstanding!  This Glo Series as been tested for 2 fishing seasons and the results are in the pictures.
Mathias and many other anglers have also being doing well with 3/4 oz Gibbs Copper Iron head spoons.



Here is the list of winners for the Random Draw Prizes.. Congratulations to all the winners!All winners can pick up…

Posted by Kitimat Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Image may contain: text that says 'Largest Coho Winhers Overall Largest Coho සර. Name: Maggie Hall Size: 11lbs 14 oz 7/8 Men's Largest Coho Name: Paul Lloyd Size:111bs 12 oz 3/8 Women's Largest Coho Name: Maggie Hall Size: 11lbs 14oz 7/8 Youth Largest Coho Name: Jude Mansbridge Size: 11lbs 5oz 1/4'

Aug 31 Arie Simpson proudly holding a Coho he landed fishing with Pro Guide, Rick Moretti.  Congratulations Arie.  Well done Richard.
Anyone wishing to Book a Driftboat Trip of a Lifetime with Rick please contact Ron or 250 632 1275.

Aug 31 Steve Hagman provided these pictures and comment of the last Hagman Family Fishing Trip, “Julia Hagman (2 years old ) reeled in coho on a hotshot all by herself. ( rod was in the rod holder)”  Well done Julia!  What a delight to observe 3 generations of the Hagman family fishing together.  Julia is definetly getting an early start to the family tradition.

Aug 31 Brenda Hagman with Chum.  Mom catches her fair share as well.
Congratulations Brenda.  Well done!

Aug 31 Terry Hagman proudly holding a beautiful Kitimat River Coho.
Well done Terry!
Worthy of note is that all 3 generations of the Hagman family are wearing their Life Jackets!
A large group of Kitimat River anglers are promoting River Safety and it is gratifying for us all to witness common sense safety rules being followed.
Well done everyone!

Sept 3 Gustavo and Gladys fishing with Pro Guide, Corey Wakita landed 5 Coho on their evening Driftboat trip.  Congratulations to Gustavo and Gladys!  Thank You for using our Guide Services!
Great Job Corey!  Anyone wishing to Book a Driftboat Trip of a Lifetime with Corey please contact his Dad.  250 632 1275 or

Sept 4th Crystal Walters-Willett (Princess) 🙂 proudly holding a beautiful Coho she  landed on a driftboat trip with Pro Guide Dan Patchett.
Congratulations Princess Crystal!

Sept 4 Olivia Castro and Xander Castro first time fishing salmon in Kitimat from Dawson Creek.  Wow!  Well done kids!  Congratulations and Thank You for sharing your picture with our Fishing Report.

Sept 5 Karry and Tim from Edmonton caught one Coho each on their first morning of their annual Coho trip to the Kitimat River. Nicely done!
Good Luck on this afternoon’s tide.

Sept 6 Ryan Yamada provided a photo and comment of his daughter, Amaya.  “12 lbs…missed the weigh in by 90 min though”.  It’s too bad about missing the Derby weigh in but this picture captured a pretty special family moment with a very nice Coho.  Well done Amaya!


Drift Boaters beware of the 2 Trees blocking entire river above the Big Wedeene River. Please Visit to view pictures of hazard.

The Kitimat River produced Coho all week.  More Coho were caught in the afternoon and evening bite than during the morning bite.
The high river levels of the last 2 weeks have disbursed Coho through out the Kitimat River.  Accordingly Coho were caught from the tide line to the 18 mile bridge.
The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce Derby was a huge success!  Erin and all the staff and volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce did an outstanding job under difficult circumstances.
Well done everyone!  Great Job!


August 31 John from Blue Heron Charters provided this photo of his clients Mike, Ken and Kristy with their 4 halibut.  Congratulations everyone!  Great Job Skipper!
There has been an increase to the Daily Quota of Halibut.
Please see Public Notice at the end of this Fishing Report.

Aug 31 Todd Haynes of Nautical West Sport Fishing provided this photo of hos client with an impressive Halibut.  Congratulations.  Great Job Skipper.


Sept 7 Dean Melo provided this photo of Katherine taken during Sept long weekend trip.  Congratulations Katherine!  Thank You for sharing your picture with our Fishing Report.

Fishery Notice

RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
FN0818-RECREATIONAL – Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) – Halibut – Changes to Daily Limit – Effective August 14, 2020

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.


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-
2) GSRs-

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.


Contacts: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) -

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center – FN0818
Sent August 13, 2020 at 1013