CHILLIWACK DART AND TACKLE FISHING REPORT--FEBRUARY 2019

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Chilliwack/Vedder river-cooling water and cold air temperatures making catching steelhead a real challenge the last few days. Try using smaller baits and somewhat lighter leaders(8-10 lb) to increase your chances of success.Very few fresh fish moving in until river warms up with some rain but still the odd fish around. Try shrimp, roe or egg sacs, jensen eggs, soft beads, trout beads, small colorado spinners , jigs, and small rubber worms for a chance at success.

Chehalis river-river is very low and clear and most fish in the canyon area. Will not be worth fishing until river comes up with the next heavy rain.

Harrison river-producing cutthroat and whitefish when conditions allow you to fish.Try using single salmon eggs,worms,krill or small stonefly immitations. Still a few sturgeon in the deeper holes-best baits are roe, oolichans, or lampreys.

Fraser river-some good cutthroat , whitefish, and bull trout fishing when weather conditions are favourable. Fish backwaters or slow water in mainstem and watch for moving fish. Best baits are krill,worms , small pieces of roe or single salmon eggs. Also try casting small crocodiles(1/16 to 1/8th oz) or flyfish with black micro leeches or stonefly nymphs. Sturgeon fishing has been okay on nice days when wind not blowing. Best bets are roe, oolichans, lampreys, and dew worms.

Local Lakes-done for fishing until warmer temperatures return.

Interior lakes- ice fishing has been good in the Kamloops / Merritt area lakes with catches of rainbow , brook trout , and some kokanee. Best baits are wood worms, meal worms, krill, salmon eggs , deli shrimp, dew worms and small jigs.

CHILLIWACK DART AND TACKLE has all your hunting and fishing needs and most updated info on fishing the local areas.Sign up in our annual steelhead derby which ends on March 31 2019. Derby leader is Matt Moisley with a 12lb 7 oz buck followed by Justin Dyer’s 12lb 4oz doe and Greg Plotnikoff’s12 lb 1 oz doe.