Canada - British Columbia - Steelhead med mere - del 4

FISHING REPORTS - June 29, 2017

 

LAKES

Ideas for a Long-Weekend of Lake Fishing
 

Chapman Lake.

·    Holds Cutthroat, Rainbow, Lake Trout, Burbot and Whitefish

·    Max depth of 106 ft, average depth of 43’.  6km long, up to 1.2km wide

·    Cutthroat are feeding on smaller fish and insect

Access

From Smithers, travel east and turn left on Babine Lake Road.  Follow road for 37km and turn left onto 3000 road (Upper Fulton FSR).  Follow for 3km to Rec Site turnoff.

Camping

 Large, grassy Rec Site with 12 sites, picnic tables and a pit toilet.  Suitable for large groups, as well as for larger RV’s and Trailers.  Boat launch for smaller boats and a dock to cast from.

 

Tanglechain Lake

·     Holds Cutthroat and Rainbows

Access

From Smithers, travel east and turn left on Babine Lk Rd.  Follow the Babine FSR to approx. 48.5 km and turn right at Tanglechain Rec Site signpost. 

Camping

Small FSR Rec Site with 4 camping units.  Very quiet, secluded and peaceful.  Tree-lined access road, not suitable for large RV’s and Trailers.  Small beach area where car topper boats can be launched.


Doris Lake

·         Holds Rainbow, Cutthroat and Lake Trout

 

Access

From Smithers head East on HWY 16 and turn left onto Babine Lake Road.  Follow Babine road to 50km marker and the Rec Site is on the Left

Camping

Small Rec Site with 4 campsites, a toilet, and a small, rough boat launch.  Poor access for large trailers and RVs

 

Fulton Lake

·         Holds Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Burbot

·         Medium sized lake, larger in size than Chapman

·         Similar fishing strategy to Chapman

Access

From Smithers, head east on Hwy 16 and turn left on Babine Lk Rd.  Follow Babine Road for 42 km and turn right onto Fulton FSR.  Follow Fulton FSR to the rec site and boat launch.

From Topley, Follow HWY 118 towards Granisle and turn left onto Fulton FSR.  Follow Fulton Rd to campsite and Boat launch.

Camping

Rustic Campsites and a boat launch can be accessed off the Fulton Rd.

 

Rainbow Alley

Still fishing ok. Use minnows or try dry flies such as stimulators later in the day. The Babine River is also fishing well for trout using dry flies such as stimulators or triwing sedges. Don’t forget floatant.

 

SALTWATER

The fishing has been a bit of grind over the past week.  We have seen a lot of smaller chinook being caught with a few coho starting to show up. We have seen most of the coho up around the Dundas area but have seen a few fish being caught south of there all the way south of Banks Island. 

This time of year is normally prime fishing time out of Prince Rupert but it has been a slow start. We have seen days where guys will limit out before lunch and other times where it will take 3 or 4 days to get their limit of fish.  We've also seen a lot of smaller fish (8-12lb) being caught where normally we see most fish in the high teens and lots in the 20lb range and above. Hopefully we see these larger fish rolling in soon.

When in search of chinook, try Edye Pass or Squatarie to start and if the wind and your boat allow it, then Dundas is always a good bet this time of year. Fish around kelp beds if you can find them as the baitfish school up under the kelp which in turn attracts the bigger salmon. When fishing for salmon I always try to present a variety of options to the fish to see what they are keying on. I normally run a cut plug, an anchovy teaser, a flasher and hoochie, and some kind of a spoon.

Oscars has all of this gear in stock and the staff there are happy to help you out when picking out gear for salmon.

Bottom fishing continues to be good. When the wind is down and fishermen are able to get out to open water, we are seeing very good catch rates of halibut, lingcod and snapper.  One of the problems you are likely to encounter when halibut fishing is the ever present mud shark. Most times, you will have to release a few mud shark in between halibut but if you are encountering lots of mud sharks(10+) with no halibut, then it's time to move spots.

Try using a couple of rods with spreader bars on them and then one rod with a jig.  I find that the movement of a jig will attract more halibut. The P-Line Hali Drop jig or the Gibbs Delta Mudraker are good choices that will bring halibut to the boat.  

Head down to Oscars and talk to the staff before you head out on your next salt water trip. They will be happy to set you up with all the gear you need.  

We will be back on the water this weekend and all next week so until next time..........tight lines. 

Ocean Report by Lee Mac

    

 



      

 

RIVERS:

BABINE RIVER

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

 

BULKLEY & MORICE RIVERS

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

 

KISPIOX

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

 

KITIMAT

River is in great shape. A bit of runoff is hitting the river, but the extra water is a good thing in the hot weather. Chinook are running. No huge fish lately, but some nice 25lb fish are being caught. Chum are just starting to show up.

 

SKEENA

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

 

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