March 27 Fishing Report Update

March 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

Its that time of year again when anglers and jet boaters begin to dust off the gear and prepare for the upcoming season. Local rivers like the Harrison, Fraser, Vedder and Chehalis are all coming alive with salmon fry migrating downstream heading for the open waters of the ocean. This past weekend we ran the entire Fraser from Mission to Hells Gate, it was encouraging seeing the birds feeding on migrating salmon fry which is the first indication that spring has arrived. See below for more.

For those of you interested in fly fishing or catching trout on the big water of the Fraser or Harrison rivers, this would be a great time to venture out. I spotted at least 4 big balls of fry heading down the Fraser over the weekend which is exactly what you want to see when fishing for trout in the spring. The Harrison is also a great place to fly fish for trout so dust off those rods and get out there while the spring fry migration is happening. One of my favorite fly patterns for spring is the Rolled Muddler or the Epoxy minnow , both these patters can have their days. Here are the patterns if you would like to tie.

Sturgeon Fishing has been fair to good, a few seals starting to hang around Mission area which is usually an indication that the Eulachon run has arrived. Sturgeon love these little smelts and feed heavy on them throughout the month of April. This is a great time to get out and fish the Fraser for sturgeon with many great days on the water. If your looking for a trip on the Fraser give us a call, we have some special spring pricing that we can pass along and you will be helping us tag sturgeon for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.

Here’s a nice little 4 ft sturgeon caught yesterday by Al and son Garret while fishing with STS. The rain is not letting the fun stop, all our boats are covered and heated if needed. Now more than ever it is important to fish and handle sturgeon correctly. As more anglers take to the water in search of that trophy pic, anglers need to take the time to ensure they are using strong enough tackle and understand the rules and regulations around the handling of sturgeon. If we don’t, the future of this amazing sturgeon fishery will be at jeopardy.

On April 7 & 8, STS is putting on our spring sturgeon seminar, there is no better place to learn all about sturgeon and how to catch them, handle them and care for the future so the next generation of anglers can also enjoy this amazing fishery. The cost is $195 for the 6 hour seminar, this is on the water fishing seminar with one of our experienced guides. We will also be tagging sturgeon for the FRSCS on this day so you will also learn all about the Mark recapture study currently taking place on the Fraser.

I would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend and spent the day with us on the Fraser for our 10th annual jet boat seminar. Hopefully we have saved you some time and money learning how to handle these powerful jet boats. I know how much I enjoy sharing my experiences with all of you. I am selling my Humminbird 1198 Side Imaging unit if someone is interested, call me at 604-671-3474

Please feel free to share our report, hope to see you on the water and have a great week.

Vic Carrao

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Time to Winterize that boat

December 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

December 10 Update

Don’t try this unless you have bolt in windows,

It’s that time of year again when us jet boat owners need to spend a little time getting our boats ready for the cold winter months ahead. This article was written by long time Fraser River Guide Vic Carrao who has owned many brands and styles of jet boats over the past 35 years. There is lots of great tips and tricks to not only store your boat for the winter but also a few winter projects that will improve your boat handling and performance.

Vic also teaches a jet boat course each spring on the Fraser River teaching boaters all about jet boating and the Fraser River.

You can learn more about Vic’s Jet Boat Seminar at

Local fishing report

The Fraser River is producing some amazing results for the catch & release sturgeon fishery. This past week we have had several groups out on the water with 67 fish landed, scanned, tagged and released in only two trips. Although most anglers will put their boats away for the winter we always leave one or two ready to fish as this is a great time for us to get out and tag fish for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society. If you are wanting to help out with the tagging program, book a winter trip with one of our experienced angling guides.

Salmon season on local river is pretty much over although if you put in the time, you can still find a few late Coho or early run Steelhead in local rivers such as Vedder or Chehalis. Winter Cutthroat fishing has already begun on the Harrison River with some nice fish being caught on the fly. You can also fly fish the main stem Fraser but I would wait another few weeks for water drop a bit more.

If you are wanting to fish for salmon in the winter, our local ocean fishery out of Vancouver can produce results all winter long. This fishery is hit and miss but our last two trips out produced a couple nice keepers fishing the Vancouver Harbour and West Vancouver shoreline. Best results come from trolling GibbsDelta Guide Series Flashers with G-Force Spoons. Our favorite is the STS Guide Series Flasher as it has proven to be one of the top winter producers.

Christmas is just around the corner and our sales team has been hard at work trying to provide our guests with the best possible pricing for those who like to book early. If you book your 2018 STS fishing adventure before Dec 31, 2017 you get an extra 10% off our posted pricing. We also have some great inexpensive gifts ( Ball Caps, Coffee mugs, T-Shirts, Hoodies , Sturgeon Pins) for sale out of our Harrison Hot Springs office or you can just call and order and we will ship for FREE any purchases over $100.00

Hope you have a great week

Vic Carrao

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Black Friday Sale

November 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

Black Friday Sale:

· This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,

· Black Friday Specials

· 8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200

· All 2018 Seminars 25% off

· Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278

Vic Carrao

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November 19 Fishing Report Update

November 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

Fishing has been excellent this past week, lots of great fishing still to be had, salmon fishing has slowed right down but sturgeon fishing is still quite good, Tom and Tony have been out this past week and had some great fishing. Eagle watching Tours are going full speed with daily tours departing from Harrison Hot Spring at 10 am and 2 pm, private tours are also available 7 days a week. We are continuing to offer daily charters through the month of November and December with our off season rates to take effect on Nov 15.

Early morning fog is the normal start to our mornings in November but once the clouds lift, most days are still very nice. You can expect to have some great days on the water through the month of November and well into December. Best baits right now are chum eggs and chum meat, small roe bags seem to be trick these days, keep your bait small for more bites. If your planning on targeting Coho the Gibbs/Delta Croc in Hammered Brass Red Fire Stripe is a great choice, also float fishing with Gibbs Colorado Blades is another great choice.

Black Friday Sale:

  • This is a one day Black Friday Sale – go to our facebook page, share our Black Friday post and enter to win a 4 hour sturgeon charter,
  • Black Friday Specials
  • 8 hr sturgeon trip for 4 people- Regular $850, Sale Price $650 – Savings – $200
  • All 2018 Seminars 25% off
  • Book a Full Boat for our Hells Gate Jet Boat Tour and bring 2 extra people N/C – Savings $278

Eagle Watching Tours

Bald Eagle Tours are now being offered on out of our Harrison Hot Springs location, each day trips depart at 10am, 12 pm and 2 pm, cost is $69 per person and the trip is 90 minutes long taking you down the Historic Harrison River to see the annual Bald Eagle migration to their winter feeding grounds.

Private photo clinics are available for private groups wanting to take advantage of our boat access to some of the greatest populations of Eagles in the Fraser Valley.

Winter Salmon Fishing in Vancouver

For the past 6 seasons STS has been offering guided fishing charters out of downtown Vancouver as well as our Richmond Location near the Vancouver Airport. Our salmon fishing begins in January with Winter Chinook fishing lasting through until early Spring, we then switch to Gulf Islands for April, May and early June, then back over to Vancouver area for August & September. Combine our Vancouver fishery with Fraser river and Vancouver Island STS is truly one of the only full time year round guide companies in Southern British Columbia.

Christmas is just around the corner, we will once again be offering gift certificates for Jet Boat Tours and Guided Fishing, Our STS Seminars are also very popular, watch for our next report for more information on Christmas ideas.

Christmas Gift Idea’s from $69 and up

Well I guess it’s that time to start talking about gift idea’s for the fisherman in your house. At STS we not only offer guided fishing trips but also less expensive tours that range from $69 to $139. Below I have provided a list of Gift idea’s for the entire family, there is nothing more fun than a family day out on the water.

90 minute Harrison River Eagle Tour – $69.00

4 hour Hells Gate Tour – $139.00

8 hour – Mission to Hells Gate Tour – $195.00 ( must book full boat)

4, 6 or 8 hour guided fishing trips – $450 – $850

If you would like to purchase one of the above tours, or just purchase a Gift Certificate for any STS adventure, just e-mail us at sts

Seminars for 2018

2018 STS Guiding Sturgeon Seminar – We are once again offering our Spring Sturgeon Seminars, this seminar is 6 hours on the boat with one of our full time guides learning everything you need to know to be a successful sturgeon angler.

We cover: best baits, sturgeon migrations, where , when and how to target sturgeon in all water conditions, hook sets, readying bites, best sturgeon handling practices and much more.

Cost is $195 per person.

2 Dates – Saturday April 7 or Sunday April 8 ( limited seating available)

To register e-mail us at sts

2018 Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar

Speaking of Seminars, we also will be offering our very popular Fraser River Jet Boat Seminar. This seminar is a full day on the Fraser River with Vic Carrao of STS jet boating 240km from Mission to Hells Gate and Back. This seminar is for anyone who already has a jet boat or is thinking about purchasing one. Vic will show you how to navigate the Fraser River, run whitewater, surf a jet boat in big water, read shallow water, anchoring techniques, jet boat control and much much more.

Cost – $195.00 per person

2 dates – Saturday March 24 or Sunday March 25 ( we sell out every year so book early to get a seat.)

To register – email us at sts

Have a great day


Nov 3 Fishing Report Update

November 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

Quite the week in the Fraser Valley, warm and sunny to wet, cold and now snow. The good news is that fishing hasn’t changed at all, it’s still very good and the weather is going to get better again by early next week. Lots of great salmon and sturgeon fishing going on right now. See below for detailed fishing report.

Sturgeon Fishing has been excellent to incredible, lots of big number days with 10 to 20 fish landed in an 8 hour charter. Most fish are being caught using salmon eggs but lamprey eel and rotten salmon skin ( stink bait ) is also producing some nice fish. Water temperatures are slowly dropping which sends a signal to feeding sturgeon that winter is knocking at our doorstep. When this begins to happen sturgeon feed aggressively until the food supply begins to dwindle.

We still have plenty of excellent sturgeon fishing in November so we are offering a great deal on day trips and over night packages, save $100 on our 4 person charters and save $200 on our 2 night 2 day packages. If you are like me and start your Christmas Shopping early, we will extend this offer for the 2018 season as long as the trip is purchased and paid in full by November 30.

Fraser River Salmon Fishing has been excellent for Chum and fair fishing for Coho. You have to work for your Coho usually being more patient while casting spoons, spinners, twitching jigs and fly fishing. The Chum fishing has been excellent both on the fly and fishing jigs under a float. Our good friends at GibbsDelta have aquired a new product line of jigs that are perfect for our local waters. Zak Tackle Jigs are perfect for fishing under a float, you can dead drift them or twitch them, eiother way works but twitching is more effective with the heavier jig heads.

For Color selection I would recommend the Pinks, Purple, Chartreuse for the Chum and brighter colors like Pink, Red, White and Chartruses for Coho. Dead drifting is when you allow the current to take your float down river without drag, when you add a twitch every 3 or 4 feet, iot really adds to the action and makes for a more natural presentation. Give it a try next time your out on the flow, you will be surprised how well they work.

Here’s the guys from Reel West Coast TV Show having some great success using the Zak Tackle Twitching jigs on Northern BC rivers.

Local rivers such as the Vedder, Chehalis, Dewdney and Stave are all fishing well for Chum, Coho and the odd late Chinook. Now that the weather temperatures have dropped, the rain will not effect these rivers as much and should keep them fishing well through the next week or until it warms up again if that happens at all. The Dewdney has produced some great Coho fishing and Norish Creek is also fishing well. The lower canyon in the Chehalis is also fishing well so don’t let this short lived cold weather storm stop you from get out.

We still have a good 2 to 3 weeks left for our local salmon fishery so get out and take advantage of the great fishing. If your done with fishing, there is some great Bald Eagle watching opportunities on the Harrison River right now as well as watching the salmon spawn. If you have already put your boat away, we offer daily Jet Boat Tours on the Harrison River for only $69 per person deaprting daily from Harrison Hot Springs. These also make for great Birthday and Christmas Gifts. You can purchase one at a time or book the entire boat for a family or corporate group.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

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Nothing short of Amazing

October 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

another great day on the water for our guides and guests. Like I mentioned in previous posts, now’s the time to experience the Fraser River #amazing#explorebc #worldclassfishing #catchandrelease STS Guiding Service#wefishhere

October 13 Fishing Report Update

October 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

Fishing has really picked up this past week, lots of salmon entering local rivers and main stem Fraser. Most of these salmon migrating up the Fraser are entering into the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder and Harrison River. Best fishing for salmon right now is occurring from Harrison River downstream to as far as Stave River. Prime Fishing for Coho, Chum & Chinook Salmon as well as some amazing Sturgeon fishing. Also available is our daily Harrison River Eagle Tours. . See below for detailed report

A Thompson Steelhead passing by on it way home, caught while Bar Fishing for salmon on the Fraser River this week.

Salmon Fishing Update

Large schools of salmon are now migrating up the Fraser with each high tide, the main species migrating are Chinook, Coho & Chum Salmon. As mentioned above, these fish are heading to their home waters on the Stave, Dewdney, Vedder, Harrison and Chehalis rivers. If you are fishing the main stem Fraser, you can target these fish with several methods. Bar fishing with Yakima Bait Spin n Glos or GibbsDelta Tee Spoons are very productive, we prefer using #2 spin n glos in the half n half, or chartreuse poke a dot. If your using Tee Spoons, Chartreuse blade or chrome/brass work well.

If your fishing the Vedder, Stave or Chehalis, try traditional float fishing with cured roe, single egg/wool patterns or purple/chartreuse/pink maribou jigs. One of my favorite is float fishing with Colorado blades, use the same set up as you would if you were float fishing with roe except exchange the cured roe for a small #2 GibbsDelta colorado blade, dead drift the blade same as you would roe, change nothing except as you drift through the tail out of the run, add a little thumb pressure to the reel to raise the blade off the bottom and add blade speed.

Sturgeon Fishing Update

Sturgeon fishing has been excellent for the most part, the odd slower day but overall some incredible catches by our guests the past few weeks. Sturgeon fishing will not only remain this good, it will even improve as we get into November. Some of our best days happen between October 21 & November 15, reason you ask? Water temperatures are beginning to drop, lots of food in the river as salmon begin to spawn, die and deposit massive amounts of decaying matter on the river bottom.

STS Guide Matt Derekson with a massive Fraser River Sturgeon landed near Mission, BC (left)

Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River is a world class fishery, the area between Harrison River and Stave River is some of the most productive water to fish because of the mass amount of food available to sturgeon. Our trips depart daily from Mission, Chilliwack, Harrison and Hope. There is still lots of great fishing ahead of us and to celebrate what we consider primetime Fall fishing, we are offering some great discount specials for November/December. There is still plenty of great fishing ahead of us, come join us.

Come join us for some of the best fishing of the season and save hundreds of dollars.

Late Season Fishing Special

  • Book any salmon or sturgeon fishing trip for 4 anglers and save $100
  • Book any salmon/sturgeon accommodation package of 2 days or more and Save up to $200
  • Book any 2018 Fishing Trip before December 1 and receive FREE STS SWAG.

Bald Eagle Tours are NOW Available

Its that time of year again when Blad Eagles from around North America begin migrating to their winter feeding grounds on the Harrison River. Thousands of Bald Eagles spend the winter in the Fraser Valley pearching high amoungst the cedar and fir trees waiting for their opportunity to drop down and feed on dieing and dead salmon. It is a special time on the Harrison River as many of these eagles will feed daily in the area known as Pretty Flats. Our jet boat tours visit this and other important feeding grounds where you will see many Eagles.

This Tree is located on the Harrison River half way between Kilby Park and Harrison Hot Springs Resort, only accessable by water, our scenic tours visit this location on every tour.

Bald Eagle Tours on our fully covered and heated jet boats are now available, departing daily from Harrison Hot Springs, this 90 minute tour visits some of the most prolific Bald Eagle Feeding ground found anywhere in SW BC. All ages are welcome.

Daily Tours: Depart at 10am, 12pm & 2pm

Cost: $69 per person

Departure : Harrison Hot Springs

To Book: call 604-796-3345 or e-mail us at sts

Hope you have a great weekend.

Vic Carrao

STS Guiding Service


Local 1-604-671-3474

Toll free- 1-855-223-5453

Celebrating 23 years of Guiding Fishing Adventures: 1994-2017

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