Nicholas Dean Lodge

468th Weekly Fishing Report from Nicholas Dean Lodge

For Tuesday, April 01, 2008 to Monday, April 07, 2008


When you catch a chrome hen Steelhead that is 38 inches long, it’s hard to divert your attention between the fish and two photographers. This was another great Steelhead that Martin Walker landed at the lodge last week. Dustin Kovacvich Photo


Fish Tales

Hello Anglers,

The weather has continued to be quite mild over the last week, and with little to no precipitation. This is both good and bad, depending on how you look at it. On the plus side, the weather has been warming and enjoyable, making us constantly think about Spring Steelhead and beyond. On the flip side, however, this also means that rivers are both low and clear, which has made Steelhead very spooky. Some warmer weather and Spring rain are likely all that is needed to give the rivers a little more flow and colour. And when this happens, we expect the fishing to only get better. Not only will the change in conditions likely make holdover Fall and Winter fish more aggressive, it will also draw in the late Spring runs of Steelhead. White chrome and fresh from the Ocean, these are very “hot” Steelhead that can reach very large proportions.

Not surprisingly, our guides have been out fishing whenever they can to see how the low flows might impact fish holding water. It was rumoured that the Kitimat River has some fresh fish holding in surprisingly shallow water, as have the Skeena and its many tributaries. One of our guides also landed his first Spring Chinook of the season. Though not unexpected, it is definitely considered early for these fish.

Stay tuned for more fish stories next week…

Tight lines and screaming reels,

Chad Black

Operations Manager

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Nicholas Dean Lodge 2008 Season Records To Date:

Steelhead: 23 lbs, Caught by Martin Walker of San Francisco, California 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

Steelhead fishing has been a little slower during the past week owing to low, clear conditions. Smaller flies and lighter tippets may improve your odds in hooking up with Steelhead in such skinny water. Spring Chinook are now starting to run up the Skeena, and although they are not being caught in significant numbers yet, the run will continue to build throughout the month of April. Salmon fry have slowly started to migrate down the rivers in the Skeena region, and trout fishing has been steady as a result.