Stamp River Fall Steelhead Fishing Report

Mid October Report

Beautiful Fall with Great Fishing Underway


  With the majority of the Chinook and Coho runs now in the river, the Salmon spawning season begins.

With the fall rains, winds and beautiful fall leaves comes the Fall Steelhead "egg munch."

These beautiful fish feed on free moving salmon spawn (eggs) in the river. While encounters with these legends are low compared to salmon fishing, the experience is incredible.  Our operations release all Steelhead, hatchery or wild.

You know its peak season for Steelhead when the bears are at the river daily to feed on the spawning Chinook and Coho.  They are amazing fishers and its magnificent to be fishing while there are too.
There are also still as of the time of writing some bright Coho in the system as well. Coho can be retained as they are from local hatchery returns.  Be sure to have a Salmon Stamp on your license to retain Coho.
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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.