If the rain does materialize and the rivers come up a bit it should help to clean up the thousands of pink carcasses that are making the Vedder more than a little bit smelly! This should push a lot of carcasses into the Fraser stoking the Sturgeon till they look like bloated balloons. This may make sturgeon fishing a little tougher as there will be so much food in the water.
This week saw the Fraser Chum run take a major major surge and they should be showing up throughout the river and into the main tributaries like the Stave, Vedder, Chehalis and Harrison Rivers.
Not a lot of coho showing up in the test fishery as they are typically smaller and are lower by catch. There are still boats out in front of the Capilano river but if rains bring that river up they and the rest of the Chinook out there will shoot up so in river fishing should improve. If you are careful, you can find shoreline coho is two to three feet of water along the West Van shorelines at high tide but mouth of the Capilano is the best bet till the rains bring up the river.
With the elbow to elbow crowds still clogging the main holes on the Vedder and the Chum making their appearance all along the coast, the crowd weary fisherman might want to shift over to the Squamish to avoid the Lower Mainland crush on the Vedder, Chehalis and Stave Rivers. No reports from the Squamish but it might be worth an exploratory trip.
If you are tripping out to Vancouver Island this long week end the Stamp river has had more of the river opened to the retention of coho to:
"That portion of the Stamp River southerly of a line from a boundary sign near the southwestern shore of the inlet to Robertson Creek hatchery Lagoon near the point located at 49 degrees 20.343 North longitude, 124 degrees 59.171 West latitude to a boundary sign near the southeastern shore of the outlet of Robertson Creek hatchery Lagoon located near the point at 49 degrees 20.360 North longitude, 124 degrees 58.787 West latitude."
Be warned though, if the Fisheries Officers catch people harassing fish, deliberately foul hooking them or targeting Chinook in the Stamp, they may decide to reduce the fishing area or close it down on the Stamp.