Our mobile van logs the height of the river at least twice daily. We document the river catch rates when the river is high in the early stages of the Coho return and the catch rates when the river is low. When the river is high the catch rates in the river are higher and accordingly the catch rates in the Kitimat harbour fishery declines. This is very logical because the higher water attracts more Coho to migrate the river and hence they are not available to the salt water fishery.
It is interesting to note that the last two years have the extreme scenarios of low and high water. Last year the Kitimat River as well as most rivers in B.C experienced record low river conditions. This year we have had record snow pack accordingly record high river conditions. It will be interesting to see what evolves depending on what “Mother Nature” provides for weather. Stay Tuned!
The Douglas Channel has “exceptional” numbers of Coho in the outer waters. "Piles of them…it's stupid", are two quotes from boaters.