The fog was hanging on the horizon very early this morning as we decided to check out the status of the Fraser River Sockeye run. I am pleased to say that the status was pretty good. There were literally hundreds of boats off the North Arm of the Fraser River this morning as the rising tide brought in wave after wave of sockeye.
The opportunities for double headers presented itself several times. Gear was classic sockeye equipment, a dummy flasher off the down rigger ball and two flashers with red-pink hootchies or flies directly above it. Early in the morning shallower depths around 40 to 50 feet produced and as the morning fog thinned and the light increased we dropped to 66 feet till the tide change was well developed.
There were wave after wave of schools of sockeye skimming the surface and jumping that it almost seemed possible to hold out the net and scoop them up. Therefore, since the First Nations Commercial Fishery closed Thursday noon then late Friday and Saturday should make for great fishing in the Fraser along the gravel bars near Chilliwack. With the peak of the run heading here, this weekend should see lots of successful fishers enjoying one of natures greatest treats.
Trips are still available, send an e-mail and get out there!