Steelhead Season & River ConditionsRiver High - Should Drop
Fishing Report Nov 28 2014
The rains were consistent for the last 4 days in the Valley and the river rose significantly this week and is still rising at the time of writing. Although the rains have stopped it will take a day for the river to turn around. The pending cold spell should clear things up pretty quickly. There is also a good chance that the rains this week may have pushed new fish into the system.
Below you will find graphs showing the river levels and rain for the last week. Also below is the local weather outlook for the next week. On the 24th it was at 1.7M at Stamp Falls measuring spot, and today it is at 2.4. For bank fishing head for areas where some of the smaller rivers flow into the main stem. The area below the Ash River or in the Ash River itself (fly fishing only in the Ash). Or the Sproat River.
Fish in the lower system are mostly still fall Steelhead. We have heard of a few chrome fish entering as well. The upper River continues to be the most productive. This time of year the bite depends on water height and eggs floating out of the gravel. Coho are spawning now which is another food source to go along with the millions of Chinook eggs that are planted in the gravel. Steelhead will be caught on the Stamp River everyday from now until mid April. Steelhead fishing is a BC tradition that has deep roots and I can’t think of better place to enjoy such a past time,
This weeks weather forecast:
Weekly River & Rain Levels:
Nov 26 9am (far right end of graph) to Nov 19th (left end of graph)
*The black line and guage on the lefts represents mm of rain/hr. The red represents the river height in Metres, as measured at the Stamp Falls set mark. Note that the chart does not top out at 2.3, the chart just ends at the highest point of the week. 1.6 is within the medium-high zone. Over 2 is high.
Hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Two per day and 4 in possession is the limits. A steelhead conservation endorsement is required on the fresh water licence. All Wild Steelhead must be released. single barbless hooks required.
Also note that your licence has to be printed. An electronic format on a device such as an iphone does not qualify as licence. Steelhead must be recorded on licence immediately upon landing them.
Here are snippets from the Regulations about The Stamp, Sproat and Ash Rivers.
The detailed 2014/15 Vancouver Island detailed fishing regulations are available for download in PDF format.
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