Chilliwack/Vedder-River is now closed upstream of the Vedder bridge and will re-open July 1st for chinook and hatchery rainbow.Downstream of Vedder bridge open May 1-31st for fly fishing only and closed June 1-30th re-opening July 1st . Opportunities for fly fishing steelhead and trout are available now.
Chehalis River-Closed May1-31st reopens June 1st for chinook and summer run steelhead
Harrison River- River is rising quickly due to spring freshet but still some good opportunities for cutthroat fishing with small spoons and spinners or fly fishing with minnow patterns. Try fishing close to structure or close to shore and also near floating debris in the river as fry tend to use this for cover to hide from predators.Small spoons such as Hildebrants, Crocodiles , or Rooster tail spinners are your best bets.
Fraser River-The river is now in full freshet and rising daily.Lots of debris and swift water make anchoring tough also keeping your bait on the bottom can be a challenge.Try fishing off the main current and you may be ables to avoid some of the "floatsum and jetsum ". Baits such as roe balls, eulachons, and lamprey eel are your best bets . We have lots of awesome bait available at the shop!
Local lakes-West Harrison Lakes such as Weaver, Grace, Wolf, Wood, Francis, Lookout, and Sunrise and East Harrison lakes such as Trout, Hicks, and Deer are all fishing well for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Fly fishing with small chironomids , leeches, wooly buggers, and halfbacks are you best bets. Bait fishing with krill, single eggs , and worms are all working well. Jones lake (wahleach) is also producing rainbow and cutthroat trout up to 3 pounds using various fly patters and bait. Cultas lake is now putting out Bull trout and Cutthroat trout , fishing early mornings using minnow imitation lures and flys . Kawkawa Lake in Hope BC is still putting out a few Kokanee and Cutthroat trolling at 25-30 feet. Kokanee fishing will heat up again around the end of May when the fish head back to the bottom of the lake for summer.
Interior BC lakes- Many lakes coming ice free weekly, providing more and more opportunity for fishermen and fisherwomen in the Meritt/Kamloops area. Tunkwa, Leighton, Red, Stump, Peterhope, Roche, Morgan, Six Mile, Courtenay, Lundbom, Marquart, and Kane valley lakes just to name a few are now ice free and producing fish. Some lakes have already turned over and some still in the process, which usually lasts for 7-10 days. You may have to do some scouting around to find which lake is hot! Small Chironomids, and micro leeches have been the ticket so far this spring. Just a word of caution that some of the backroads have washouts due to snowmelt and most have no signage so use your better judgement when travelling on these roads.
Good Luck and Have fun out there !
Your crew at Chilliwack Dart and Tackle