Fraser River

The Mighty Fraser

The Fraser River is the longest river in BC, rising at Fraser Pass near Mount Robson in the Rockies and flowing for 1,375 kms where it finally drains into the Straight of Georgia, Pacific Ocean in Richmond. The river drains fully 1/3 of the province and over half the population of BC live within 50km of the Fraser. The Fraser is the most important Salmon bearing river in the world so treat it with the respect it deserves. The river is home to large runs of Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pinks, Chum, Steelhead, sea-run Cutthroat, and resident Rainbows, Dollys, Bulls, Pikeminnow, and White Sturgeon so it goes without saying, there are lots of great fishing oportunities here. The Fraser is a huge River tho, so it has its own fishing tequniques as the ones that you would use on smaller rivers dont work here. Bar Fishing is probually the most common fishing tequnique for catching Chinooks. This method Consists of using a large lead weight, a T-style spreader bar, and a spin-n-glow.


Agassiz Bridge Bar

Agassiz Bridge Bar is a good fishing bar for targeting Sockeye and Chinooks located on the stretch on river under the Agassiz Bridge. The current on this part of the river is very strong so use extra cation if out on a boat, there is a free boat launch and parking here and also alot of shore access for fishing aswell.

How to get there

Take the Agassiz Harrison hot springs exit 135 head towards Agassiz and take a right onto Rosedale Ferry road right before the bridge. This road will take you under the bridge and then you should see a dirt road leading to the Fraser river on your right.

Busser Fishing Derby July 27, 2013 (Agassiz Bridge Bar)

The first annual Busser Fishing Derby was a big success with a total of 11 anglers, mostly family. Altho no one acctually ended up catching Salmon, we still ended up catching some Pikeminnows. Trevor caught the biggest fish and taking the grand prize away with a Pikeminnow weighing in at 11.75oz, and Cavin was second weighing in at 5.75oz. Thanks to everyone for coming! Im looking forward to next years fishing derby already and am starting the pliminary planning.

Derby Reach Bar

Derby Reach fishing bar is located east of the Golden Ears Bridge and is located inside Derby Reach regional park which is popular among campers, cyclists, anglers, and beach bums alike. It provides good shore fishing for all type of fish in the river. This beach is also the perfect place to learn to fly fish for Pinks since theres so much room for back casting. There is no boat launch here the closest one is in Fort Langley about 8 minutes up the river and it is a free launch, with free parking.

How to get there

To get to Derby Reach from highway 1 take the 200th street exit and make a left over the overpass and head towards the Golden Ears Bridge. Make a right onto 96th heading east, follow this to 208th and make a left then follow the signs to the park.

August 5, 2013

Bar fished out of Derby Reach for a few hours with no success and tried some spin casting for Pinks but it dosent look like they are up here yet, within the next couple weeks they should start showing up tho. I was Bar fishing using a size 0 chrome, and size 00 yellow and orange spin n glow. The 12 oz wedge weights kept everything anchored down nicley.

September 8-10, 2013

I fished at Derby Reach Bar three mornings in a row with no personal success fly-fishing. However I did witness a total of five fish over the 3 days being caught. All the fish were Pink Salmon and all the fish were caught at the far west end of the bar by the number 1 pile. The Fraser River Pink Salmon run is in full swing right now so get your lines wet while you have a chance!

September 16, 2013

Fishing the mouth of the bedford chanel today for 5 hours for Sturgeon and Salmon. At about 10:30am we hooked into our first and only Sturgeon of the day which was a beautiful two foot fish. We caught it using lamprey. Around 2:00pm the pinks started rising all around as the tide started reaching its peak but we were unable to land one. For the last two hours of the day we tried a Sturgeon hole just east of the old Albian Ferries terminal. All in all it was a great day on the water and we were lucky enough to avoid the rain all day.

Vedder River Mouth

The Vedder River Mouth is a very popular and very productive area to fish. Due to the Freshwater flowing down from the Chilliwack/Vedder river when it hits the Fraser it provides aeration which attracts and holds fish. This is a very productive area all year for all five Salmon species, Sturgeon, Steelhead, and Cutthroat trout. There are a few boat launchs nearby with the closest being Old Orchard Launch. Other launch sites nearby are Sumas River Boat Ramp, Sasquatch Lions Club Boat Ramp in Dewdney Nature Regional Park.

How to get there

To get the the Old Orchard boat launch which is closest to the Vedder Mouth take Highway 1 until exit 109, Yale Road West. Take a left after you exit and head down Industrial Way. After about 4km take a left onto Old Orchard road. Head down the road and you will see the entrance to the river where you can launch your boat anywhere along the shores.

September 11, 2013

I  fished the mouth for a couple hours after getting my truck stuck at the boat launch, having to call a tow truck to pull me out. Everyone was getting hookups and there were alot of boats in the area. The fish were jumping around like crazy with non-stop rising. I ended up catching two nice Pinks, a 5 pounder and a 3 pounder.

Septmeber 19, 2013

Fished the Vedder mouth today from 10:00am until about 5:00pm. Started at about 30 feet deep and threw a sturgeon rod in while 2 of us casted for salmon. After about 30 mins we weren't getting any action so we moved in about 50 feet closer to shore at the line in the water where the clean water from the Vedder met the dirty Fraser. The action here was fast and furious with Pink Salmon, using anything pink, landing 15 and losing countless more. The average size was 4-5 pounds with the biggest being a big female just over 5 pounds, and very fresh. We even landed a double header! The hottest lure was a pink jig head hootchie but anything pink was getting some action. Great day on the river though, good weather and great company.

Busser Fishing Derby September 6, 2014 (Agassiz Bridge Bar)

October 5th 2014

Our freind Darcy, owner of the Kilby Bed and Breakfast on the Harrison River took Rachel and I out on the Fraser for the last day of Sockeye opening. Unfotunetly the river was slow and an end to a great Sockeye Season.

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Gianna | Reply 24.11.2013 12.03

hey James, what an awesome site!

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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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