Nicholas Dean Lodge

429th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, March 20, 2007 to Monday, March 26, 2007


Dustin Kovacvich fights a heavy Skeena Chinook amidst the breathtaking Coastal Mountain Range

Monique Brand is all smiles as she lands her first fish ever – a 50+ lb Chinook

Another fine Chinook of 56 lbs – what would you do if you caught a fish like this?


Fish Tales

In the Skeena Region, late Spring and early Summer really is a time of renewal – the snow and damp rains of Winter and early Spring give way to sunshine and warming temperatures more frequently, which helps you appreciate the mountains in front of you just a little bit more. But no matter how gorgeous the scenery is, you also know that some of the best fishing of the year is to be had…

As you might have already guessed, this week’s report is going to represent a little bit of anticipation on my part. But, I don’t really think that this is entirely unjustified – I have watched fishing shows and read countless magazine articles talking about the gigantic, world-record Chinook Salmon that migrate every year up the Skeena. And, knowing that I’m going to have a realistic chance of hooking into fish that are from 20 to 50 lbs, or even the prospect of tying into 60 to 80 lb fish, which are caught every year, makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!! I mean, if you tied into a fish that was 30 lbs or more, how would you react? I can’t wait to fish the Skeena, Kalum and Kitimat in early May and June – this will be prime time for these tackle busting, arm-aching Chinooks.

And, in case this isn’t enough, the lake fishing for trophy Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout at this time is superb. Believe it or not, the guides have told me that this is some of their favourite fishing all year, the only problem being that most guests want to fish for Steelhead or Salmon exclusively. The untouched lakes that we guide on can provide fishing that is considered world class, but is just overshadowed by the migratory fish of the Skeena. Some food for thought…

The weather conditions in the Skeena Region have continued to be spring-like, with warm temperatures up to 8 or 9 degrees Celsius and consistent light rains. Accordingly, the guides have reported catching a few fresh Steelhead, though they have been on the smaller side for Skeena fish (4-8 lbs), and a few Bull and Cutthroat Trout. On a different note, if you happen to purchase a copy of the recent Canadian Fly Fisher or BC Outdoors magazines, take a look for an advertisement for Outcast Boats and tell me if the guys carrying the boat look familiar at all…

I will be going out fishing later this weekend on the Skeena, and maybe doing a drift on the Kitimat next week. I will be sure to let you know what comes about there.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels.

Chad Black – Operations Manager


Fishing Conditions

The chart below provides an overview on the current river fishing conditions by fish species:

Fish Species Poor Marginal Fair Good Excellent
Steelhead
Chinook Salmon Out of season
Coho Salmon Out of season
Pink Salmon Out of season
Sockeye Salmon Out of season
Chum Salmon Out of season
Halibut Out of season
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

Steelhead fishing has been getting better, due to an influx of fresh fish from the Ocean. These fish are chrome bright, and if you catch them right out of the Ocean, they might even have sea lice still attached. Trout fishing has been marginal, but is expected to improve as more salmon fry hatch.