From: Kitimat, British Columbia
Joined: Jan 20, 2008
Thread - Shrimp and Prawn Techniques
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First winter in kitimat, but at present the snow is about 4 ft. We just had a warm up the last week and a half so the snow dropped a few feet. I know it snows alot here, and I have seen the pictures to prove it. In 1974, kitimat was recorded as BC's greatest snowfall-five-day period with over 8 feet dropping during this period. The last few winters (knowledge from the locals) the snow was deep and heavy. But show me a place that wasn't from kitimat to prince george through the interior. This is what forced the extreme high water levels and land slides. As for the douglas, I was out fishing winter springs last weekend, while soaking a few crab traps. The boat hooked 7 and kept 3, ranging 11 to 15 lbs. I didn't know they were smaller this time of the year. This was my first chance to fish winter springs. The crab pots (with liver) did exceptionally well. Had to actually throw back keepers!
In the spring, the large tyee's are packed in the channel ready to hit the tide swings to enter the kitimat river. Before I moved here (why I moved here!) i fished the douglas each spring of 2005 and 2006 (may and june) on vacations. My wife, son and I did well, catching springs in the high 20's to 37 largest. I find the fall more fun with the coho's. Man what a wild fish.... lots of runners under the boat snagging anything and everthing in it's way. My son lost a beaut of a coho this fall, looked over 20! During the kitimat derby, when the winning coho was 14+/-. Oh well next year is just around the corner. Oh yeah... it does get ruff, but it has many protected bays and areas to sight see and fish. The tides affect the size out here. When the north wind is in the channel is like glass, but when the south starts howling, look out, the douglas is like a carburator, with the engine being the Terrace valley to Smithers and the fuel source being the pacific. Once the wind moves, it funnels hard down the channel. I did get caught, 1.5 hours down the channel at Harty Bay, 5.5 hours back, waiting for the right time and condition. Maybe I will see you on the chuck.