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Big, bright, strong and over 40 lbs – a somewhat typical Skeena River Chinook Salmon just in from the salt chuck. Lloyd Martin Photo
With water levels dropping and clarity significantly better than previous weeks, Chinook fishing on the mainstem Skeena in the last week of July and first week of August was nothing short of incredible.  An average day saw 6 to 12 fish hooked, and the best day, experienced by father and son duo, Bill Stanberry and BJ Stanbery, was an amazing 22 fish hooked and 15 landed! Average size was 20 to 40 lbs, with many in the 45 to 55 lb range.  The Skeena sure is one amazing fishery – there aren’t many places in the world where you can find fishing like this for trophy Chinook!  Even though our main 2011 Chinook fishery is now closed, there is still some great fishing to be had just outside Terrace.  Or, if you’d like to consider a trip for 2012, email me, or check out our Trophy Chinook brochure for more information.  Here’s a few of the better fish our clients caught during the last two weeks:
Doug Martin joined his brother Lloyd for his first ever BC fishing experience, and what an experience it was!  Doug outfished his brother on a few days, and got one 60 lb monster too.  Lloyd Martin photo
Sky Richard with an average Skeena River Chinook Salmon – about 35 lbs. Lloyd Martin photo

You know it’s a big fish because two grown men strain to lift it!  This is Doug’s big 60 lb Skeena River Chinook. Lloyd Martin photo

Well over 40 lbs. BJ Stanbery photo
Mid 30s. BJ Stanbery photo
A chrome 45 lb Chinook for Bill Stanberry. BJ Stanbery photo

A 60 lb Chinook for Bill Stanberry – his biggest fish of the week. BJ Stanbery photo
Dustin Kovacvich and BJ Stanbery are both very tall men – 6’6″ and 6’5″ respectively – and this Skeena River Chinook still looks huge!  A good one in the mid 50s. Bill Stanberry photo

Even when the water was high, Sky Richard and his guest, Bill Kalm were able to find some fish on the Kalum River, by fishing seams just off the bank.  Bill Kalm photo
Bill Kalm is all smiles after landing this mid 20s Kalum River Chinook.