SALMON - STURGEON - STEELHEAD
If hooking into a fish that weighs more than you do sounds like fun, then fishing with Wade Gienow for Fraser River White Sturgeon is for you. Sturgeon fishing is good most months of the year, with peak fishing conditions occurring in the fall; September through December. It is not uncommon to have over 20 hook-ups in a day with Sturgeon ranging in size from 3 feet to 11 feet, with the more common fish ranging in size from 3 to 8 feet.
So when your rod tip starts to dip, you never know what you're getting into until you set the hook. It could be a 3 foot, 30lbs fish or an 11 foot leviathan that will give you the experience of a lifetime.
While Sturgeon fishing is available year round, the peak time to hook into a giant Sturgeon is in August to December as these monsters feast on spawned out Salmon. In the Spring, trips can still be excellent, however the Sturgeon are typically "smaller" fish ranging from 3 to 7 feet long. Peak spring season is from the end of March until spring Thaw, usually the second week in May.
Chinook Salmon (a.k.a Spring or Kings), are the largest of the Salmon species. Chinook Salmon generally range from 15 to 30lbs. in the Fraser River, with some giants getting into the 65lb range. These chrome beauties put on an excellent battle, that is sure to get your heart racing. Trust me, after a day of catching these on our mighty Fraser River, your arms will be sore.
Chum are our second largest species of Salmon. As they enter fresh water they get mean and aggressive, attacking a lure or fly with reckless abandonment. With bulldogging runs and a stubbornness to obey the rod, they are a powerful fish to do battle with. At the peak of the season, double digit days are not uncommon. Peak times are from last week in September to the end of November.
Pink Salmon which run in odd numbered years, come into our Fraser River system typically from the end of August to the end of September. These aggressive fish will attack small spoons and flies. Typically ranging from 3-8lbs these fish will give you constant action, offering some of the best fly-fishing imaginable.
Sockeye Salmon fisheries which in the past have offered an exciting and plentiful fishery are currently closed at this time due to low returns of Salmon, and poor management of the associated fisheries. We look forward to enjoying this fishery once the returns are back to their historic records. We will update this topic as news develops.
Coho Salmon are aggressive fish that can be caught on both fly and standard gear, during the fall between October and December. These silver bullets tend to be rather elusive, but when located can provide excellent sport fishing excitement.
Steelhead are considered one of the hardest fighting and most acrobatic species of Salmonoid. These exquisite fish are prized by local anglers for their beauty and power, and the skills required to catch them. These fish are actually sea going Rainbow Trout coming back to their native river to reproduce. Very elusive, but extremely rewarding to stalk and catch, catching one of these fish is a feat respected by all B.C. anglers familiar with the sport.
While these fish tend to have two spawning runs when their numbers increase in the rivers, the peak season for Steelhead is from January until April. These fish range in size from 6 to 20lbs, and pound for pound are one of the most exciting fish to catch.
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