Nicholas Dean Lodge

443rd Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, July 03, 2007 to Monday, July 09, 2007


Sky Richard with one of many chrome, hard-fighting Chinooks landed on the Kitimat River last week, complete with sea lice attached. Chad Black Photo


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
Sockeye Salmon
Chum Salmon
Halibut
Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Varden
Bull Trout
Rainbow Trout

The run of Chinook Salmon on the Kitimat River has continued to provide excellent fishing, particularly in the upper and lower drifts. Fish up to 35 lbs have been caught, and a typical day of casting spoons and backtrolling plugs has produced between 5 and 12 hook ups. The fish are incredibly strong and “mean,” and typically run very far downstream from where you’ve hooked them. Though Pink and Chum Salmon have not been caught in good numbers yet, they are starting to make an appearance in the lower end of the Kitimat. It has also been reported that a few Sockeye have been landed in the main Channel Skeena near Ferry Island. Rainbow trout fishing in lakes can be very good, with fish responding well to chironomid hatches.