Lots of Good Sturgeon Fishing and a Salmon opening announced!
Fraser Sturgeon Fishing News
White Sturgeon fishing over the past 2 weeks has been stellar. We’re consistently catching big fish in the 6 to 8 foot range and a few bigger ones too. White Sturgeon fishing is going to be awesome until at least mid November. October is the best month this year and combines Chum salmon fishing. Try one of our multi day Fraser River Fishing packages for this action packed fishery. Lodging is included.
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Fraser River Salmon Opening!
The big news of the week is the Chinook Salmon Fishing opening on the Fraser River. For details on the opening and the contact form see below. Starting August 1st we are allowed to target Fraser Chinooks(King salmon) with selective sport fishing techniques. Allowed methods include bar fishing, plugs, casting spoons/spinners. Not permitted is bottom bouncing to protect low numbers of migrating Sockeye. Bar fishing is highly productive for Fraser river Chinooks and this is one of our favorite methods. The Fraser is still a bit dirty so we recommend waiting another week or so before booking any Salmon charters. By Aug 20-25 things will really heat up. All of September is prime time for Fraser Chinooks, so better book sooner than later as we are filling up very quick.
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White Sturgeon results from the past week
FN0767-RECREATIONAL – Salmon: Region 2 Non-Tidal Fraser River: Mission Bridge to Alexandra Bridge – Salmon Opportunities
Waters: The Fraser River in Region 2 (from the downstream side of the CPR
Bridge at Mission, BC to the downstream side of the Alexandra Bridge).
One hour before sunrise Monday, August 1 until one hour after sunset Monday,
September 5, 2016, the daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4) with only one
(1) greater than 50 cm.
One hour before sunrise Tuesday, September 6 until one hour after sunset
Saturday, December 31, 2016, the daily limit for chinook salmon is four (4)
with only one (1) greater than 62 cm.
Effective one hour before sunrise Monday, August 1 until one hour after sunset
Saturday, December 31, 2016 the daily limit for chum salmon is two (2).
There is no retention of sockeye salmon permitted at this time. Given the low
abundance of sockeye, the Department is working with all fishers to limit
impacts. While fishing for chinook and chum salmon, selective fishing
techniques are to be used to minimize impacts on sockeye.
The first principle of selective harvesting is to avoid catching non-targeted
stocks. This means that anglers should use methods that do not catch sockeye.
The following fishing methods enable anglers to catch chinook and chum salmon
and rarely intercept sockeye salmon:
Trolling Spoons at Creek mouths
We encourage anglers to continue to use these methods to target chinook and
chum while avoiding sockeye.
Please note that bottom bouncing is NOT considered a selective fishing method
and is strongly discouraged. The Department requests that selective fishing
techniques be used and will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure
impacts on sockeye are at a minimum.