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Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 26, 2023


OUTLOOK  We have a mixed bag of weather coming this weekend, but with seasonal temperatures, some sun, and clouds, it should be a good weekend to get out fishing.  This week, we have three interesting articles. The first is an article on how easy it is to get into the lake fishing game, even if you can’t get access to a hard-bottom boat. Float tubes are sometimes forgotten about, but they are so versatile if you are limited on access, storage, or budget.  The second article carries on with Taylor’s big lake fishing article from last week, where he looked at how to target bull trout and rainbows in our larger, less productive lakes. This week, he has tips and techniques for how to target…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 19, 2023


OUTLOOK  Happy long weekend everyone! Looks like we’re in for another warm one, which is going to make for a beautiful weekend to be out on the water. While the heat may have some impact on river fishing due to snow melt, there are still plenty of options available. We need to keep an eye on potential wildfire risks and how the heat wave might affect fisheries in the coming weeks. But for now, it’s shaping up to be a great weekend to get out fishing.  In this week’s report, we’ll be focusing on lake fishing for both fly anglers and gear enthusiasts. Taylor has some valuable insights on how to tackle those challenging big lakes that aren’t known for fly fishing success. He’ll share…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 12, 2023


OUTLOOK  We have a beautiful weekend incoming! With temperatures well above the seasonal average and sun throughout the entire weekend, it should be a great time to go fishing! We will see the same weather hitting the Interior, with temperatures reaching into the 30s on Sunday and Monday. However, this rise in temperature comes with some concerns due to the dramatic shifts we have witnessed in the seasons over the last few years. We can expect these changes to affect fisheries both positively and negatively. Now, let’s talk about the good news first.  We anticipate excellent lake fishing this weekend across the board, and many of the higher elevation lakes are beginning to ice off. While some lakes are still in the process of turning…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: May 5, 2023


OUTLOOK  Freshet has kicked in. We saw a big rise on all of our Lower Mainland rivers, and we have also seen some flooding and road advisories in the Interior around Cache Creek. If you are heading that direction, make sure to check road conditions and closures. We have details on the Chilliwack and Squamish this week, but the general trend is rising water and limited opportunities.   Though most of the major freshwater opportunities in the Lower Mainland are affected by the rising water, we have heard good cutthroat reports this week from the sloughs and we are also hearing good bass reports with the increasing temperatures. We don’t have an update on the cutthroat this week, only to say that is well worth going…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 28, 2023


OUTLOOK  Is Summer now coming? We have been waiting for spring weather to really kick in but, this weekend we are going to see almost summer level temperatures! This is good news for many of our fisheries but for others heat is a problem.   On the Chilliwack River, there are still opportunities to get out, but regulations change on the 1st. It closes above Vedder Crossing and goes fly only below.   On the Squamish, fishing was good this week, but we are seeing the first signs of freshet kicking in and with the heat this weekend we are not sure where it will go.   One area where the warm water is exciting is for interior lake fishing. This should accelerate ice offs and get the…

Pacific Angler Friday fishing Report: April 21, 2023


OUTLOOK  There is warmer dry weather incoming! Just not this weekend. It looks as though we will see another damp weekend, but the good news is next week, we will see clear skies and increasing temperatures. We might even see our first high teens weekend next week in Vancouver and 20s in the interior!   We have a number of updates on our Lower Mainland/Sea to Sky rivers where even though there was fairly heavy rain last weekend, the rivers didn’t move much because of cool temps and low snow levels. This made for some good steelheading, but less than ideal fry eater conditions. We heard some positive reports of cutthroat in the Fraser and other tributaries, but we are still not loving the bull trout…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 14, 2023

OUTLOOK  We have another spring storm rolling across the coast this weekend. It looks very similar to last week’s bump of water. Though there were challenging river levels and clarity issues last weekend, the fishing was excellent when you planned your day and picked areas of clear water. We expect similar results this week, so it is well worth planning some time on the water.   In the Freshwater report section, we talk about Fraser sturgeon, the Sea to Sky systems and the Chilliwack with details on how the storm last week affected things and where we expect it to go this weekend.   We are also hearing about more interior lake reports rolling in. Ice off is still behind schedule but there are some lower elevation…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: April 7, 2023


OUTLOOK  The rain is here! The ice is coming off and we have a long weekend incoming!  Even though we would all love to see a nice sunny Easter weekend the rain is a good thing.  We will see a substantial dump this weekend up the Sea to Sky and out the valley with 50mm in both directions on Sunday.  We need the water but it comes with concerns of blow outs.  If the weatherman is correct, we expect good fishing Friday / Saturday and if high water comes Sunday / Monday when it settles, we should see some of the best conditions of the season.  We have more details on the Vedder and the Squamish in the freshwater report sections below and we are…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 31, 2023

OUTLOOK  It’s a big week in BC fishing. It’s new licence time so if you are heading out on the salt or freshwater make sure to get a new licence. It is all done online via the following links.     Get a BC Fishing Licence  Click here for Saltwater Fishing licences and here for a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence.   We also have some regulation updates and reminders in this week’s report.    Things change on the Chilliwack River on the 1st and we have all the details on that in the Freshwater Fishing Report Section below.  On the saltwater front, while we were hoping for pilot mark selective fishing opportunities in certain areas it doesn’t appear we will get those.  Fisheries notices went out this morning and…

Pacific Angler Friday Fishing Report: March 24, 2023


OUTLOOK  Spring is poking her head out, things are turning green, fishing reports are getting better and it’s a Sale Weekend at the shop!    If you missed it yesterday check out the full sale list here.  We’re open early each day of the sale so be sure to get here early to scoop up some of the great deals in store!   Spring Sale Hours  Saturday March 25 | 9AM – 6PM Sunday March 26 | 10AM – 5PM  This week we are going to see a little rain and then a warming trend into next week. We would like to see more rain as rivers are low, but we are starting to see a gradual rise in river levels due to warmer weather and some limited…

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