Fresh Water Fishing

Freshwater Fishing


January - February

Fishing for cutthroat and dolly varden is usually good during these months.  Due to the winter weather, the river will generally be low and clear.  Small lures, spinners, flies and bait are all worth trying when fishing for trout.  Furthermore, trout fishing can be done throughout the year.

March - May

Steelhead fishing usually begins in March on the Kitimat River.  Although success can be irregular in this month, it gradually improves late in March and through April.  Late April experiences good runs of steelhead entering the river, with many good-sized fish taken at this time.  The run of steelhead peaks at the beginning of May and remains strong until the middle of the month.  Only Hatchery steelhead fish may be kept because they are products of the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (D.F.O.) Hatchery.


Although a few chinook (spring) salmon enter the river in late May, June is the best time to begin angling for these fish.  Success can vary during the first two weeks of the month.  Chinook fishing improves in the third week of June and usually continues until the end of the month.  The river is higher now than earlier in the year and can rise very quickly with snow melt if temperatures rise. Popular chinook salmon lures include Kitimat #65 and #80 and the larger sized spin-n-glos.  Large gooey-bobs are also worth trying.


With many of the fish entering the river on each high tide, the run of chinook peaks during the first week of July.  Fishing for chinook is very good throughout the month of July, but dark fish start showing up in catches after the middle of the month.  Many pink and chum salmon are found in the river in July.  Late in the month the occasional early coho are caught.  The river will tend to be fishable during July, but is still subject to fluctuations due to snow melt or rain.


During August, the occasional straggling chinook will still be caught, although it is illegal to kill these fish after July 31.  Some of these fish are very large, with a few late runners reaching sixty pounds or more.  Coho fishing is staggered until the middle of the month, when the first good runs begin entering the river.  Fishing improves steadily towards the end of August and the chances of catching coho are very good during the last week of August.  The Kitimat River is generally low and clear throughout the month.  Good rainfalls later in the month will raise the river and bring in fresh runs of coho with every high tide.  The fishing will be the best when the river begins to drop and clear after a period of rain.


The coho run peaks in the Kitimat River at the beginning of the month and fishing for these salmon remains excellent until the middle of September.  Success is still prominent towards the end of the month, but many of the coho are starting to darken in colour.  A heavy rain at the end of September will raise the water level and many of the coho will leave the main river and head up their spawning tributaries.  The river is generally clear throughout most of this month.


If the heavy fall rains have started, then coho can still be caught in the main river.  Most of the coho are now dark, but the occasional silver one can still be taken.  Trout fishing is still very good in October, but heavy rains will muddy the river and make fishing difficult, if not impossible.

November - December

Trout fishing remains good during these months and throughout the entire year.  There is still a slight chance to catch a coho.  The river is usually fairly high and dirty.

Please refer to the current issue of the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis and the current issue of the British Columbia Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide/Freshwater Salmon Supplement prior to any fishing activity and in regards to transporting and exporting fish.