Friday, February 1, 2019

Squamish River Fishing Report - Feb 1, 2019

The rivers are rising today due to the rain we are experiencing , however, that will be short lived.

 Squamish River Levels
Squamish River Level

The weather forecast is for overnight temps in Squamish to drop to -9C (sorry Ontario but that is cold for us!) which will continue through early to mid next week.  That will cause the rivers to drop dramatically fast and fishing will slow way down. 

Future Cast
The Squamish Snow Pillow Data shows that the current snow pack has now fallen below 2018 levels.  That said the early snow in December and January is keeping the levels above normal.  It is still far too early to predict how the final snowpack will play out on the summer pink salmon return but we will keep you posted.

 Squamish Snow Pillow Data
Squamish River Basin Snow Level

Lower elevation snow is minimal at this time, however, most roads in the Upper Squamish are covered in 60+ cm of snow and mostly single lane with serious ruts. It is not recommended to travel without proper recovery equipment and tires.

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Local fishing regulations:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Squamish River Fishing Report - Jan 21, 2019

Summary:Low, Clear & Busy
Local rivers are all at low winter flows of at or less than 2 meters as you can see from the chart below.  Low and clear means fishing will be very slow.  Water temps are close to freezing.   The metabolic rate in bull trout and rainbow trout are all going to be at minimal levels as they are cold blooded meaning feeding will be almost nil.   The clarity will make them very skittish so finding them out feeding will also be a challenge.  2018 chum fry have not emerged and we won't see those for quite some time. There are some yearling coho and chinook fry in the shallows which are great food items for the few fish eating.   Common patterns at this time of year are woolly buggers and smaller zonkers / sculpin imitations.  Egg patterns can also work.   I guess the most important thing to remember is  to fish your flies slow no matter if you are swinging or nymphing. Incidentally, for the number of active fish and the tough conditions, the angler traffic on the rivers is very high even through the mid-week. 

 Squamish River Levels

Local regulations:

Whistler Fishing Report - Jan 21, 2019

Local lakes are all frozen.  Alta Lake and Green Lake are closed to angling until April 1, 2019. 

Here is a link to local angling regulations: