There were a pile of Sockeye rushing up the Fraser River over the last four days with an estimated 1.7 million surging past the mission counting station pushing this years total past 8,400,000 estimated fish! Fish are showing up in good conditions in the lakes and rivers in the B.C. interior which bodes well for the runs of 2018. First Nation FSC fisheries are nearly complete so the in river sport fishery should really stay strong. Tidal water seine and troll fisheries are continuing and may still see their quota be upgraded!
However, the number of Chum caught in the test fisheries is higher than the sockeye numbers. This is a great improvement as Chum have had lower numbers and to see them come back strong bodes well that perhaps the number of coho will also be up as they are on Vancouver Island. This one took off like a spring and needed to be chased down the bank before it could be slowed down! Fishing for chum should be strong at the mouth of the Harrison where drift fishing a purple streamer either with a fly rod or a bait caster should bring some knuckle busting rewards.
So, this week should offer lots of opportunities to catch some great fish as in river commercial fisheries should be held off for the next few days and there is every indication that the Sockeye sport fishery will remain open for the next week.
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