Chilliwack River

Chilliwack River

The Chilliwack River, also known as the Vedder River, is probably the most popular river fisherie in the Lower Mainland. Located in Chilliwack the stream length is 64kms with 36kms of it being fishable between the Vedder Canal and Slesse Creek. The fish generally zip through the slow moving Vedder Canal and start stacking up at Lickman road where the river gets thinner and faster moving. There is a parking lot on Lickman if you want to fish this section. Above the Vedder Crossing bridge is where this river becomes a typical mountain stream featuring whitewater rapids, boulders, and calm deep pools. The Chilliwack River offers some of the best steelhead fishing in BC but because it's located so close to the city its generally extremely crowded and if you want a peaceful spot some exploring and hiking will be required. The first Run of Winter Steelhead is in November and continues until May. The river is fly-fishing only from May 1-31 then closed from June 1-30. On July 1st Red Chinooks are in the river and peak around mid July. There is also very good Dolly Varden, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout fishing in the summer. In late September the Coho show up peaking around late October. Then in early October the famous white Chinooks show up averaging 20lbs and running until November. For wild salmon it is strictly catch and release only but there are hatchery marked fish in the river so check the regulations before you go as they can change without notice.

How to get there

Chilliwack river is located on the southern end of Chilliwack and is easy to access with many ways of getting there. I find the easiest way to get there is to take No.3 road exit and follow the signs to Cutus Lake except when you come up to a 3 way light go straight intead of turn right and the river will be right there. After you cross the Vedder Crossing bridge make a right and that road runs parallel to the river. There are countless pools along the river but if you see a bunch of cars parked in one place that's probably a good place to start. If you are new to the river other anglers can be helpful.

July 4, 2013

Headed up to Chilliwack River today and fished from 6:00am to about 11:30am. Went to 4 different spots along the river but had no luck at all. The river is still really high, coloured and moving fast. Hopefully the water levels go down a bit in the next couple of weeks.

November 16th, 2013

Rachel and I fished the Chilliwack River today just east of the railway bridge. It was windy, rainy and cold but the fishing was red hot and there were alot of fresh chromes jumping around. The water levels were good and clarity was decent even with all this rain. But with all this rain brought in some fresh Cohos and Chums. Both Rachel and myself were using spoons today, with Rachel catching a 10lbs Chum with a silver k-wobbler. I had two fish on and fought with them for a bit before they got away using a gold Koho spoon with an orange stripe, and a gold k-wobbler. The Vedder is doing well right now so get out while you can

November 23rd 2013

Fished the Chilliwack River with Rachel today just east of the CPR bridge. We fished for a few hours and had lots of bites fishing silver plated k-wobbler spoons in size k-4 and k-5. I then later switched over to a float with a jig under it and almost caught a Chum before it took my jig with it. Pink jigs were the ticket today, i make them with two tone pink and black schnapplen. I tried charquese with black, purple,and fushia with purple but only had bites on the pink one. 

November 11th 2014

We spent our Rememberence Day on the Chilliwack River and with much success. We fished a few runs east of Allison Canyon and hooked into a few Coho and a resident Bulltrout. The river wasent very busy but it was definitely a little chilly with the wind picking up in the afternoon. Throughout the morning we tried float fishing with roe, wool, and casting spoons with all the fish being caught on spoons.

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Roger | Reply 21.04.2020 00.51

Still fishing?

Rich | Reply 13.10.2017 18.48

Hello James I have fished the vedder for years using only wool and with great success . I thought I would give the k-wobblers a go do you use a float or without

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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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