Stamp River Winter Steelhead Fishing Report

Jan 14 2017

Long cold streak and low tough water conditions

Stamp River Winter Steelhead January 2017  
 
What a long dry cold spell!  Sub Zero daily for weeks has the river in low and very clear conditions. While this is still much better than a flood state, the fish are extremely picky!

Guides are fishing in both the upper and the lower river with usually getting into 1 or 2 fish per day.

There looks like some welcome weather coming this week with a nice amount of rain which may push in some fresh fish as well.
 

 

Stamp River Water Levels   Sproat River Water Levels


Port Alberni Weather Outlook

Stamp River Area Winter Regulations - generally:


*see links to full set of legal regulations which apply.
Provincial Regulations + Region 1 Vancouver Island Specific Regulations

  • Single Barbless Hooks
  • Bait ban in middle and upper Stamp River above Girl Guide Falls (The bucket) 250 M above Beaver Creek
  • Bait ban in the Ash River
  • Bait can be used below the Girl Guide Falls on the Stamp River, The Somass and Sproat Rivers
  • No fishing in the Upper Stamp River from the confluence of the Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake Dam from Jan 1 to April 30.
  • All Wild Steelhead and Wild Trout must be immediately released unharmed.
  • Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp while fishing. Hatchery fish must be immediately recorded on the licence in ink upon landing.
  • The daily limit of Hatchery Steelhead & Trout (combined) is two. If you retain two hatchery steelhead from any water you must stop fishing for the remainder of the day.

Our services are now on the "Winter Program" which mean day charters are available with our without accommodations.  We do provide accommodations for those who require them with a full breakfast and boxed lunches. For accommodations we use the West Coast River Lodge located at the confluence of the Stamp and Sproat Rivers.

Winter Steelhead are a distinct run of Steelhead that arrive to their home rivers during the months of December, January, February, March and leave during April.


The Stamp River System, is known as the SSS. Which stands for Stamp, Somass and Sproat Rivers.  Collectively they have one of the largest returns of winter Steelhead in British Columbia and is considered by many the premier destination for catching these fish.

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Winter Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

Winter Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

Fully guided day trips for two persons by jet boat includes all of the equipment. Trip Details »

David and Marilyn Murphy (brother and sister team)

Call anytime for the latest conditions and reports
250-723-8022
murphy@island.net

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Fishtactics ~ Alberta Outdoorsmen Forum ~ Fishing with Rod ~ BC Outdoors Magazine