June 14 Fishing Report


Ocean Report

By Lee Mac

It has been a little tough out on the coast for the past week.  We saw some great fishing late last week but it seems that fishing has slowed a little.  There are still fish being caught but it has definitely been a grind to get them.  Out of Prince Rupert, we have seen some good fishing around Dundas Island but it has been hit and miss south of there.  We should see some more fish coming south over the next week and fishing should pick back up. 

Out of Kitimat the fishing has been decent with fish still being caught in the harbour.   Kitimat river chinook are still making their way towards the river. Fishing the north side of the channel from the river down to Jesse Falls can be productive and as always, Money point is a great option if you are down that far. 
We have seen good bottom fishing over the past week with lots of anglers reporting fish very close the slot limit being caught. 
Head down to Oscar's and talk to the staff and they will sort you out with all the salt water gear you need to be successful. 
We will be on the water this weekend and will be back with you next week with another fishing report.  Until then.....tight lines.
Photo credit : Rob Mauer

River Report

Rivers in our area (Bulkley, Morice, Kispiox) open on June 16 (unless DFO has other plans...). Rivers are high but dropping for the most part. Most creeks are coming in clean now so that should help the rivers clean up.

The Skeena is still high and dirty but it too is coming down. Fishing should be possible in one to two weeks unless we get more rain. The Kitimat is fishable. A few spring have been caught in the Kitimat.

Rainbow Alley is still fishing good! "Babine River" opens on June 16 (again check the regs for any last minute changes). Dry fly fishing in the "Babine" for rainbows should be decent in a little while!


Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River 
Watershed will be closed to July 14, 2017. 

Variation Order #2017-299

This closure is being implemented to facilitate First Nations harvesting of 
Skeena salmon due to predicted low returns of Skeena River sockeye salmon in 
2017.  Recreational, commercial, and First Nations food, social and ceremonial 
(FSC) harvesting of sockeye salmon will be closed for the 2017 season, unless 
there is an in-season indication of increased Skeena sockeye abundance.

Recreational harvesting opportunities for Skeena coho, pink and chinook salmon 
will re-open on July 15.  Please refer to the on-line BC Sport Fishing Guide 
and future Fishery Notices for details on confirmed opening dates, times and 
other restrictions.



Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call 
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line 
at (800) 465-4336 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All 
Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


Fishing information, contact:
John Webb
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3409

Media inquiries, contact:

Lara Sloan
Communications Officer
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
(250) 363-3749


Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0547
Sent June 15, 2017 at 1524

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