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    Default Pacific Angler's Friday Fishing Report, May 3rd, 2013

    Thanks for taking the time to Review our fishing report. We hope we can assist you in making the best decision on when and where to go fishing!!

    Conditions / Forecast

    Well, it is going to happen. There is a fair chance that the warm weather that is forecasted for this weekend will set off the annual freshet. Yes, the annual freshet typically marks the end of our local river fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and char for the spring. However, as the rivers rise from the warmer days the lakes in the interior are icing off and turning-over.
    River fishing for bulltrout and cutthrout trout has been good throughout the Fraser Valley and Sea-To-Sky Corridor has been good with reports of lots and lots of bait balls making their way down the rivers. Long leaders and fry patterns have been the ticket for this fishery resulting in some very hard grabs.

    We expect trout and char fishing to continue to be good throughout the weekend but we do think that the conditions will deteriorate by Sunday or Monday on most systems. Prepare yourself for low water visibility and rising water. The good news is that this can be some of the best fishing of the year as the predatory trout are feasting on fry migrating downstream as fast possible.

    Winter steelhead fishing is winding down and will pretty much be over by this weekend. Frankly steelhead anglers are burnt out after a long, cold winter and are now looking forward to focusing on the interior lake fishery.

    The Pacific Angler staff have also started to hear reports from the interior. Lake fishing is fully underway and you can only expect fishing to improve as we get further into May and June.

    Let's not forget the local saltwater fishing. This week has had some mix results with the strong northwest winds playing a factor. Last Monday was better suited to surfing than trolling for salmon. Although the winds calmed down Wednesday night and Thursday morning it looks like the weather man is still calling for strong north western winds. When the winds have permitted "The Hump" has been producing some good sized chinook salmon. We also received the first report of good fishing at "Thrasher Rock". Time to get your boat all cleaned up and ready to go for the May chinook fishery!

    The Vancouver weather forecast is calling for sun and warm conditions over the weekend and into next week. The daily high temperature will range from 18 to 23 degrees Celsius, while the daily low temperature will range from 6 to 11 degrees Celsius. This spell of warmer weather is going to melt a lot of snow pack and raise the river levels. I hate to say it but this could be the true start of the freshet, which would mark the beginning of the end for the winter steelhead fisheries.

    The Merritt weather forecast is calling for sunny conditions over the weekend and well into next week. The daily high temperatures will range from 21 to 29 degrees Celsius and the daily low temperatures will range from 3 to 11 degrees Celsius. It is going to be an amazing weekend to be on the water in Merritt and Kamloops.

    The marine forecast for the Strait of Georgia is calling for northwest winds over the weekend, ranging from 15 to 20 knots. This will put a bit of a chop on the water, making things difficult on the ocean. Make sure to check the latest marine forecast as conditions can change rapidly on the ocean.

    To keep up-to-date with all things Pacific Angler and the local fishing scene check out Pacific Angler Facebook and on Twitter. You will find our detailed river and saltwater reports below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to drop by our shop @ 78 East Broadway, Vancouver or give our friendly staff a call @ 604-872-2204.

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