Nicholas Dean Lodge

445th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, July 17, 2007 to Monday, July 23, 2007


Matt Sullivan proudly poses with 35 pounds of chrome Chinook, taken on the Kitimat River with guide Greg Buck. Adam Chelini Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

The Skeena River is finally starting to drop and clear a little, and although I don’t want to make an estimate as to when it’s going to be in prime shape, our guides and guests have experienced good fishing for Chinook Salmon on gear, and Sockeye Salmon on flies. Rumour has it that the Skeena is actually quite clear above Hazelton, but the main problem is that the Bulkley is still high and dirty, which is influencing the Skeena from its confluence downstream. However, Dustin traveled up to Babine country last weekend, and upon his return, discovered that it had started to clear a little, so hopefully this is a good sign that the Skeena will be in better shape soon. The Kitimat River has been fishing very well over the last week and a half for Chinook salmon, with 8-12 hookups per day being average. Chum and pink salmon are now being seen and caught in fishable numbers, and one of Greg’s guests actually caught a chrome bright Coho last week. As we now enter the heart of our Summer season, the number of fishing opportunities are endless, and we are incredibly excited about the fishing to come…

If you’ve been wanting to catch the Steelhead or Salmon of your dreams, the 2007 season is a great time to do it in the Skeena Region. Contact me here at the lodge for more details on how you can experience the fishing of a lifetime…

Until next week, tight lines and sreaming reels,

Chad Black

Operation 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: 12 lbs, Caught by Adam Chelini of San Francisco, California on the Kitimat River


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

Chinook Salmon continue to be the main attraction here in the Skeena Region, with a number of fish up to 40 lbs being caught. However, both Chums and Pinks are starting to show up in good numbers, and should provide excellent fishing on the Kitimat in the coming weeks. Sockeye have been entering the Skeena quite heavily over the past week, and it has been a common sight to see numerous fly anglers targeting them at Ferry Island. And although I have not heard any reports yet about Summer Run Steelhead, they should now be migrating up the Skeena to upriver tributaries.