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.