Conventional Fishing for Trout
We offer a broad variety of stream fishing experiences for trout and char, varying from small canyon creeks, the broad flowing Skeena and tributaries, the eclectic mix of coastal rivers, Estuary Cutthroat, to sloughs and back channels. We have a boundless variety and size of lakes and ponds to suit whatever kind of still water fishery you prefer. You can expect to encounter Coastal Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Rainbows averaging 12 to 20 inches with the occasional brute Bull Trout to over 30 inches. The trout fishery makes for a great relaxing day in between the days spent chasing steelhead and salmon. Trout also make excellent quarry for younger members of the family being willing takers of most small lures and bait.
Trout and char can be caught any time of the year in the streams of the Skeena Region.
The best time to sample our lake fisheries are from April 15 to November 15.
Streams and Lakes
There are 4 general areas we fish for trout and char. There is a huge variance in size and locations of the Streams and Lakes we fish for Trout and Char below is a quick guide to main types of fisheries we guide.
The Coastal Streams are characterized by having Trout and Char that are very reliant on salmon for their survival. The Trout and Char feed very heavily on Salmon Fry, Salmon Eggs, and Salmon Flesh. These streams are found in a geographical area with nutrient poor granite based rocks and high rainfall which washes most of the nutrients out of the watersheds quickly. The only rich sources of nutrients for most of these streams come from decaying salmon. There is very little insect life but the trout will feed opportunistically on the small hatches of aquatic insects and terrestrials. There are almost always sea-run Cutthroat and Dolly Varden in these streams as well which grow too much larger sizes by utilizing the richness of the ocean when there is little food available in the streams. Estuary fishing can be very productive on many of these streams. We fish these streams for Coastal Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Rainbows.
The Coastal Lakes suffer from a lack of dissolved nutrients which mean there is relatively little insect life to support large Trout and Char. The lakes do usually support good populations of 3 spine sticklebacks (small spiny bait fish) which are the preferred prey for Coastal Cutthroat and can allow them to reach sizes in excess of 20 inches and on rare occasions much larger. We fish the Coastal Lakes for Coastal Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Rainbows.
The Interior Streams are generally much richer than the coastal streams due to having richer rock types in there basins and much reduced rainfalls that don’t flush the nutrients out as quickly. These streams tend to have fair to good insect populations which means fat healthy trout. The Interior Streams which host salmon runs have Trout and Char that key in on Eggs, Fry, and Flesh when they are available and grow larger fish then streams without this extra source of protein. We fish the Interior Streams for Rainbows, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, and Coastal Cutthroat.
The interior lakes vary a lot in size and make up but generally speaking there are two main kinds:
- The large and deep bodied lakes, best suited to heavy trolling and searching for large Lake Trout, Bull Trout, and Rainbows. The large fish in these huge bodies of water tend to by fish eaters which accounts for their large size. We also fish the mouths of streams coming into or out of the large lakes by casting usually for smaller fish.
- The small rich shallow lakes best suited, to casting and light line trolling in specific locals around weed beds and drop-offs for Rainbows, Coastal Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Eastern Brook Trout. Mouths of incoming and outgoing streams are productive as well but not as important as in large deep lakes.
Conventional Trout Fishing Techniques
The common techniques used in most other trout fisheries work well in the Skeena region. The most popular methods are:
- Float Fishing
- Spinner and Spoon fishing
- Bottom Bouncing