Nicholas Dean Lodge

463rd Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, February 05, 2008 to Monday, February 11, 2008


A beatiful thing to admire – the few brief seconds immediately after landing a Steelhead and before it is gently released are probably some of the most rewarding memories you’ll take away from such an experience. Chad Black Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

First off, I must apologize that today’s story and report are a little lacking in content. Unfortunately, the fishing conditions in the Skeena region haven’t improved much, which makes it just a little harder to find some material! Early last week, temperatures remained below zero and rivers continued to be one large mass of ice. Mid week, it started to warm up and there was some evidence that rivers would be fishable, but alas, cold temperatures over the weekend again caused another freeze. Not to mention the two plus feet of snow that fell. There is hope for the die hard angler, however, as there is a warming trend expected and rain will certainly help thaw the rivers. I spoke to a few friends who had managed to get out fishing last week briefly, and they said, not surprisingly, that open water was rather hard to find. Though fishing was slow, they managed to find some open water below a large ice jam. I know that Dustin and the guides are keen to get out fishing as soon as conditions will allow.

And because of a few cancellations and open spaces this year, we are now offering a 10% discount off the regular rates for anglers wishing to fish in the Spring Steelhead season. If you’ve ever wanted to tackle the famed trophy Steelhead of the Skeena and its tribuaries, this is your chance. There are more 20 lb plus Steelhead landed in this season than any other! Be sure to take advantage of this by contacting the lodge today.

Finally, with Valentine’s day just around the corner, we should all say hello to that special someone in our lives. Anglers can be a bit on the wild side, and having a significant other who lets us get away with our not so little idiosyncrasies is really someone to be appreciated.

Until next week, tight lines and screaming reels,

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: 55 lbs, Caught by Mike Bingham of Sheridan, California on the Skeena River

Coho Salmon: 20 lbs, Caught by Derrick Ames of Fergus, Ontario on a Skeena River Tributary


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

Currently, an angler’s time will probably be better spent preparing tackle and tying flies than fishing. The lakes and rivers near Terrace are almost completely frozen over, making it difficult to access the Steelhead, Cutthroat, Bull, Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden lurking beneath. Warm weather is anticipated in the forecast, however, so fishing should resume temporarily.