Canada

Fraser River Adventures

Fraser River Adventures

I organised a 10 day Sturgeon fishing trip to the Fraser River. I had high expectations I found myself in an isolated B&B about 10 minutes on foot from the nearest place or the nearest food. One night whilst walking back I moved out of the way of an oncoming car and fell into a ditch, cutting my foot open, continued fishing though.
In all I had between 60-70 Sturgeon the biggest about 200lbs, they are worthy opponents, a bit like shark though putting up a good fight for the first 10 minutes and then all over.
The weather was atrocious, it was sunny in the Uk but raining constantly, and the wind from Alaska was bitter cold. I was unprepared for the weather, the waterproofs I had brought with me all let in water.
On the first day I had two Sturgeon, one about 100lbs and later on a much bigger fish which I lost when the hooklink broke. I was using their gear and the skipper had not changed the hooks or links. You can tell as soon as you connect with a good fish by the way it pulls, nodding it’s head and then moving off slowly and deliberately pulling line.
If the fish were a good one we would make for the shore to weigh the fish. I had the boat to myself but the rules are 1 rod per fisherman so I fished only with 2 rods.
There were problems with the crew initially regarding striking the fish, you had to strike by feel. We had a lot of nibbles from Squawfish which were formerly known as Giant Minnows until the Indians objected to the name. The bait we used Salmon Eggs, Ham and Eggs or Stinky. Stinky is basically rotting Salmon and boy did it stink.
On the first day we spent half the day fishing for bait even though all the bait was supposed to be provided, in that half day we caught four Salmon, some of which provided eggs for bait.
On another day I decided, “what the hell” we might as well just fish for Salmon, we caught six which we smoked, they were beautiful and I saved some of them to use at Xmas.
I felt a bit cheated on this trip. I had wanted to do some night fishing, which we only managed on one occasion. I also wanted to fish for the biggest specimens, which I later learnt were to be had on the Harrison not the Fraser River but we spent nine days on the Fraser, also I later found out that the biggest specimens on the Fraser were to be found on the seaward side of the bridge for which you needed a sea licence in addition to the river licence, by the time I found out it was too late. If you pay a large amount of money for a trip abroad things like licences should be taken care of for you.
The trip wasn’t a great culinary experience.
Another species bites the dust, I can now hang up a picture of a Sturgeon that I bought at auction, now I’ve caught one.