Fraser river Chinooks are here!
This is ‘Bar Fishing’ country! The many gravel bars on the Fraser River are ideal for this method of intercepting migrating salmon that are fresh in from the Pacific Ocean.
The Fraser river opened on Monday September 19th for Chinook and Chum Salmon fishing. We were on the Fraser River yesterday for some bar fishing in hopes to nail a Chinook or 2. This requires our V8 powered 21 foot Customweld jet boat to quickly take us 20km upstream from Mission, BC. The Fraser river visibility was about 2 feet which is nice enough to have success. Upon arriving at one of our favorite gravel bars near Chilliwack we pounded the bar rod holders into the gravel at the edge of the river. Then with 20 oz of lead attached to the spin-glo rig they were cast out about 15 meters straight out into the current. Depth was about 8 feet. As usual with bar fishing it is very important to attach a small cowbell to the rod so that you can hear a strike immediately and set the hook. I told the guys we would have a hookup within 10 minutes.
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8 minutes later we heard the bell ringing and ran to grab it and start the battle. A nice Chinook was on the business end of the line. It was scrappy and made that reel sing. 5 minutes later the fish was netted right at the shore line. Success on our first Chinook bar rod trip of the season. We ended up hooking into 4 fish total plus a few hit and misses over the next 3 hours. This is a tidal influenced fishery so after the high tide push of salmon was over the fishing slowed down. We’re not into wasting time sitting around for nothing so we pack up the salmon gear and head down to Mission to go Sturgeon fishing
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