Stamp River Fishing Report Fall 2022

Stamp River Chinook & Coho in Season

The Chinook run this fall has been one of the best resembling the 80s and early 90's similar to the huge run in 2021.  With an epic Chinook run underway all sectors are having bonus access to abundant hatchery surpluses bound for the Stamp River.

Following please find a details report including:
Coho are in the system now as well but are less abundant than the Chinook.

We are running both gear and fly fishing trips daily.  Lets Go!

Chinook in the Bagphoto credits Anders Bo Jensen and Super Model Linnea

Leaping Chinook Salmon with Guide Matt   Landed and released

Run Size:

AREA 23 CHINOOK PRE-SEASON EXPECTATIONS

Somass/Robertson Creek Hatchery Chinook

The forecast terminal return of adult Stamp/RCH Chinook to Barkley Sound and Alberni Inlet in
2022 is approximately 135 000 (range: 100 000–170 000). The predicted adult age composition
is 36%, 54% and 11% of 3, 4, and 5-year-old fish, respectively). With the pre-season forecast in the
“Abundant” category, the fishing season opened with directed Chinook fisheries in the Alberni
Inlet area for all sectors.

2022 Chinook Run Size Predictions
 

The River fishery remains strong and we are only part way through the season. We look forward to more strong weeks ahead.
 

HISTORICAL RUN TIMING Vs ACTUAL

2022 Chinook Run Size to Date

Coho Run Timing

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

2022 River Conditions Trends to Date


REGULATIONS

DFO Online Link
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/fresh-douce/region1-eng.html
(scroll down to Somass River)
  • All retained chinook and sockeye must measure 30 cm or more from tip of nose to tail fork, and all coho must measure 25 cm or more.
  • An "adult chinook" in Region 1 is defined as being over 50 cm.
Somass River   All June 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Except in those areas and times listed below Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm in length.
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
Approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road. Sockeye July 5 until further notice No retention of sockeye.
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From the tidal boundary at the Papermill Dam to white triangular fishing boundary signs approximately 0.5 km upstream (Falls Road Gravel Pit and the southernmost end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground-Hector Road). All Aug 25 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Somass River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban.
Sproat River   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban
All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No retention of salmon.
Sproat River from Sproat Lake to fishing boundary signs approx. 300m downstream of Hwy 4 All Jun 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Stamp River Except in those areas and times listed below
Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77 cm. in length
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
From the confluence of the Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake Dam All Jan 1 to Apr 30 Finfish closure
Between fishing boundary signs approximately 200m upstream of and 500m downstream of Stamp Falls All June 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Hatchery Lagoon - from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet of the Stamp River hatchery lagoon continuing downstream approx. 250m to the cable car crossing All Aug 25 to Oct 31 Finfish closure
Powerline Crossing - from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River at the powerline crossing downstream approx. 500m to boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet of the Stamp River hatchery lagoon. All Oct 1 to Oct 14 Finfish closure
Upstream of signs located at Girl Guide Falls approximately 250m upstream of the Beaver Creek and Stamp River confluence All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Bait ban
Downstream of signs at "Girl Guide Falls" approximately 250m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek. All Jun 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Stamp River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban.

The River fishery remains strong and we are only part way through the season. We look forward to more strong weeks ahead.

Lets Go!


Fall Salmon & Steelhead Fish-Lodge-Dine

Fall Salmon & Steelhead Fish-Lodge-Dine

1 Night Lodging & 1 Day fully guided fishing. Breakfast, Lunch, Gourmet Dinner, Fish Care . Stay as many days that fit your schedule! Trip Details »

Salmon & Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

Salmon & Steelhead - Guided Day Trips

1 Day Guided Fishing for Chinook, Coho and depending on the timing possibly Steelhead. Stamp Somass River System Trip Details »

Afternoon Salmon Trips

Afternoon Salmon Trips

Meet up at 2pm for an afternoon of action for two anglers. Fully guided with all the equipment, bring your license, and snack then fish On! Trip Details »