Nicholas Dean Lodge

440th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, June 12, 2007 to Monday, June 18, 2007


A touch of chrome: a 30 lb Chinook from the Kitimat River estuary that smashed a backtrolled Flatfish


Fish Tales

The conditions in the Skeena Region have continued to improve during the last week. The Skeena, while still very high, has dropped quite a bit, and flooding has subsided in most areas in Terrace. I’m sure that there are certainly a number of residents who will be keeping their fingers crossed for cooler weather and no rain – both conditions that will keep the Skeena from breaching its banks. Though we have not been guiding during the past few weeks, some of our guides have reported excellent personal fishing in the Terrace area lakes, with Rainbow trout up to 5 lbs and Cutthroats up to 2 lbs. Fishing that is often not given the respect it is owed, lake fishing can be excellent and is a great option when the Skeena and some of its tributaries are high. An added bonus: it is at this time when the lakes fish best.

And naturally, Dustin and I have been preparing for the upcoming summer season, and have been making numerous trips to the local fly shops. It was there that we heard that two Chinooks over 50 lbs had been caught on the Kitimat the previous week. Although work obligations have prevented us from testing out the Kitimat’s waters, you can bet that it is high on our “to do” list. Currently, it is considered prime time on the Kitimat, both in the river, and in the estuary, where this week’s picture fish was taken. Dustin and our guides have had some incredible days on the Kitimat, with numerous hook ups and fish up to 60 lbs. I can even recall a photo from Noel Gyger – the previous owvner of the lodge and current booking agent for us (check out Noel’s website at www.noelgyger.ca) – who was pictured with a fish at 86 lbs from the Kitimat. If you are interested in fishing the Kitimat River during the next month for very large Chinook, give me a call to reserve your space.

While on this note, we have had a few cancellations in some of our prime time seasons that offer some of the most incredible fishing of the year: the week of July 21 to 27 has long been one of the best weeks in the year for Trophy Chinooks, and the week of August 19 to 25, 2007, is a week that was made for fly fishers – all 5 species of Pacific Salmon are available, as are the large, very hot Summer Steelhead that have made the Skeena famous. If you have been thinking about going on a trip to the Skeena region, these really would be two fantastic times to do it.

Finally, I would like to take a little time to mention something about the North Coast Steelhead Alliance (NCSA). The NCSA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the conservation of wild Steelhead in the rivers and streams of Northwestern British Columbia, and we are happy to be a proud supporter of this group. By promoting awareness of the issues related to Steelhead survival and escapement, the NCSA has and will continue to play an effective and vital role in ensuring that the trophy Steelhead of the Northwest will continue to seed our rivers. The NCSA has currently developed a new website that provides up to date information, as well as its mandate and goals for the future. Along with an excellent layout, the website provides the tools we need to help protect the Steelhead of the Northwest. I encourage you to visit the site, and if you are as passionate about Steelhead as we are, please use the Send a Fax tool and other resources to help protect our fish.

Yours in fishing and in conservation,

Chad Black

Operations Manager

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Nicholas Dean Lodge 2007 Season Records To Date:

Steelhead: 27 lbs, Caught by Yvonne Williams of Vancouver, BC on the Skeena River

Chinook Salmon: 40 lbs, Caught by Bob Cusick of Edmonton, Alberta on a Skeena River Tributary

Coho Salmon: Out of Season


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 Out of season
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon Out of season
Pink Salmon Out of season
Sockeye Salmon Out of season
Chum Salmon Out of season
Halibut
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

Chinook fishing has continued to be very good on the Kitimat River, with fish up to 50 lbs being caught in the river and estuary. These fish will test every ounce of your tackle, so make sure that you have the right tools for the job! The few reports that we’ve had from the Ocean have mentioned that the halibut fishing has been very good; on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Nicholas Dean Staff will be joining Ernie Webb (www.erniesoutdoors.com) to do some Ocean fishing for halibut – we will keep you posted for next week. Trout fishing has continued to be excellent in the Terrace area lakes, with small black or brown leech imitations taking the majority of fish.