Squamish River

Squamish River, Squamish

The Squamish River is a beutiful, wildlife enriched river located just west of the senic sea-to-sky highway. The area has alot of grizzly and black bears especially when the salmon are running so keep that in mind, especially if your fishing the northern part of the river. This area is also the greatest bald eagle population in the country. Besides all the beuiful wildlife on the river, lets not forget the fishing! The river is best known for its salmon runs, which features a good run of Chinook, Coho, Chum, and on odd years a very strong run of Pinks. Chinooks peak in September, Coho October, and Chum in late October. On odd years pinks peak at the end of August, beggening of September. Besides the salmon there are also Dolly Varden, Bull trout, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, and a late run of Winter Steelhead. The best parts of the river are at the mouth of the Cheakamus at the bottom and at the top north of the Ahulu/Squamish confluence. Inbetween these points the river is broad and meandering with a sandy bottom, poor fishing and limited access.

How to get there

The Squamish River is found just off the Sea to Sky Highway. When you enter Squamish make a left onto Cleavland Avenue, shortly after make a right onto Bailey Street, then right onto Government Road. When on Government road you can access the entire lower river, with many access points all the way up to the Cheakamus. A popular way to fish the lower river is park near the Squamish River Dyke Trail and hike along the river fishing different areas. To access the upper river take a left onto Squamish Valley Road and follow this all along the river where you will find multiple access points.

August 25, 2013

Was a beutiful day fishing the lower Squamish River. There was alot of Pinks jumping around and at the moment this river is loaded! it was fast and furious only fished for a few hours and had non-stop action. The biggest caught was caught by Rachel and weighed in at 5 pounds, and measured 60cm. The avrege size caught was about 3 pounds. We were having hits with pink spoons and zingers as always, they are the best bet when spincasting. The river is red hot right now so I definetly recomend checking it out before the pinks are gone!

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Jon | Reply 28.10.2016 16.17

Where can one check if salmon can be retained in the Squamish River?

Admin 30.10.2016 17.12

Hey Jon
Itherez a link on the home page of this website along wit other helpful ones

Johnson dai | Reply 15.09.2015 00.57

I live in Richmond. I am a rookie angler. Can you please tell me where I can fish pink salmon. Today I went to Dyke southend no. 3 road and got nothing. Thanks.

Presto | Reply 19.08.2015 13.12

Are there spots that are relatively access to the river? I'm asking because my stepfather loves fishing but he has a bum knee and can't do steep slopes easily.

Admin 20.08.2015 19.29

I've had lots of success just off government road and it's not to bad for walking fairly easy just go early to get an easy access spot
Tight lines

Admin | Reply 05.08.2015 09.28

Thanks Johnny, yes the Squamish is a great River to bring the kids on and there are already lots of Pink Salmon in the system

Johnny | Reply 05.08.2015 02.42

Hello James,
I really enjoy reading all your fishing blog. I was wondering if it is good to take the kids fishing in Squamish River?

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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