Bulkley is somewhat coloured from recent systems passing through our area. Flow and water temperature are surprisingly good considering the low snow pack. A few chinook are caught in the usual place - Idiot Rock being one of the go to places.
Water also muddied up a bit due to rain. Chinook fishing has been ok on the Skeena. A few sockeye are starting to show up. Steelhead season on the lower Skeena is going to start very soon.
The Kitimat has experienced a few spikes this past week due to some pretty heavy duty storms rolling through. A couple of mud slides also occurred in this watershed which didn't help the water quality. Fishing around clean running trips has decent for chinook. Pinks are staring to enter the system now. The odd chum has also been spotted. The water on the Kitmat should clean up by later today.
Remember that hatchery chinook are available for harvest. Wild chinook under 80cm are also available for harvest. Bigger wild fish have to be released. Make sure to use proper catch and release techniques!
Well our saltwater reports have been a little spotty over the past couple of weeks(we've been fishing....) but the exact opposite can be said about the fishing! Things are Hot Hot Hot up and down the coast right now. We have had great salmon reports from northern tip of Dundas Island, all the way down to the southern end of Atristibald. Out of Rupert the hot spot over the past week has been Squatarie. Ive had reports from a few anglers that there hase been a lot of nice chinook hanging around. We have also seen some great coho action with these high flyers starting to make their way down the coast. We've seen lots of coho around Dundas island and even a few making their way into the Douglas channel. We had one angler report that he picked up 8 coho in about an hour trolling around the south Sue Channel area in the Douglas. Most of the Kitimat river chinook have made their way into freshwater by now but there are still a few to be had in the salt. Alot of anglers who are after chinook are making their way down past Hartley Bay in search of Columbia River chinook which are making their way down our coastline around now.
Herring and anchovy have been doing very well for both chinook and coho over the past week. Oscar's has a good supply in the freezer to get you on the water.
The weather on the coast has been amazing over the past week or so which has made it very easy to get out to the offshore hali grounds. A salmon belly on a spreader bar has been working great for halibut. We've also seen some nice fish taken on the Gibbs Delta mudrakers and the P-Line hali drop jigs.
Crabbing remains good on the coast and the prawns are starting to recover after the commercial opening at the beginning of the season.
We will be on the water again this weekend but I'll be back next week with another salt water report.
Until next week......tight lines.