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Fishing in Chilliwack

Fishing in Chilliwack is all about taming the prehistoric monster – Sturgeon! With an eight-month peak season, there’s hardly a time you can’t go after this fish. On the other hand, if you’re after Salmon, you need to choose the right time to come – their upstream runs are sudden and brief during the summer, like a true freshwater blitz. The Fraser River also offers great Steelhead fishing, especially during the months when Salmon is not around.
 

Which trip should I choose?

This depends on what you want to catch. Salmon make their run during summer, Steelhead peaks during winter, and Sturgeon is available year-round.
 
Another thing to take into account is how determined you are to catch a trophy fish. We’re not talking about fishing experience, but rather, persistence and patience. 
 
Sturgeon are powerful fighters and you won’t reel one in that easily. These living fossils jump out of the water when hooked and pull with force. Being the biggest freshwater fish in North and South America, the average Sturgeon grows around 6 feet long, with monster specimens exceeding 11 feet. You’ll go bottom fishing for them in deep holes under dams and falls and use mostly heavy tackle.
 
If you’re interested in fish that are smaller but still put up a great fight, target different kinds of Salmon. The Fraser River is the main artery for their upstream journey, where they go to spawn. Steelhead is another fighter that can make your fishing trip very exciting. The more challenging way to catch them is by fly fishing and the experience is completely worth the effort! These species are also tasty, which means you have the bonus of a delicious dinner afterward.
 

Regulations

  • Everyone fishing in British Columbia needs to have a valid fishing licence. Freshwater fishing licences can be purchased from the BC state authorities.
  • Sturgeon is limited to “catch and release.”
  •  A five-year stock recovery program for Chinook Salmon was introduced in 2019. You’ll still be able to catch them but keeping them is cut down to a minimum during the summer.
  • British Columbia is divided into regions, each with its own set of fishing regulations. Chilliwack is in the region No. 2, the Lower Mainland. Be sure to check the fishing regulations for this area, as they change every year.
 
Chilliwack is only an hour ride east of Vancouver. Simply follow the Fraser River and you’ll find yourself in a unique combination of urban charm and natural beauty. After an exciting day of fishing, top-up your Chilliwack fishing trip by visiting the captivating Bridal Veil falls, horseback riding, or take a hiking tour.
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Chilliwack Fishing Seasons

This is probably the slowest month of the year when it comes to fishing action. If you don’t mind the cold, this is a good time to target Steelhead.

February sees more Steelhead in the river, but this is still low season. You might hook the occasional Sturgeon or Chinook Salmon.

 

Slightly warmer weather marks the start of peak season for Steelhead. Sturgeon are also present in larger numbers, preparing to storm in the spring.

Sturgeon’s peak season is starting now, so get ready for long, exciting, and strenuous duels. Reel them in, take a photo, and release them unharmed.

Besides Sturgeon and Steelhead, Chinook Salmon are on the rise! Challenge yourself with fly fishing and catch them as true anglers do!

As summer approaches, Salmon fishing gets better and better. You can also target Sockeye Salmon, which shows up in great numbers.

Pink Salmon also find their way through the Fraser River and make Salmon fishing more exciting. Sturgeon fishing is amazing, so don’t miss out!

 

Coho Salmon start their upstream run as well. With Chum Salmon showing up, finally, all 5 Salmon species are there, ready to bite and fight.

Fishing is as good as it can get in Chilliwack! Most fish species are at their peak and you only need to decide which one you prefer to catch.

Salmon are still on their way upstream. Sturgeon roam the river, ready to create exhilarating moments and leap out of the water.

 

While other Salmon species have already made their way upstream, this is the time when Chum Salmon reigns the river.

Salmon and Sturgeon fishing decline as winter approaches. However, your chances of catching Trout are increasing.

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What People Are Saying About Chilliwack

"Half Day trip with Captain Brandon "

Vladimir B. fished with Mainlanders Sport Fishing on September 12, 2019

Take more warm waterproof clothes and believe in your luck :)

"4 hours of fishing joy"

Mark J. fished with Mainlanders Sport Fishing on May 3, 2019

Big hungry fish after the winter famine - not easy to catch but the quality of the fishing is excellent

Top Targeted Species in Chilliwack

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Pink)

Salmon (Pink)

Salmon (Chum)

Salmon (Chum)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Sockeye)

Salmon (Sockeye)

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