The Stave River is a short river due to the Ruskin Dam, being only 1.5km of Salmon bearing waters. That being said, for such a short river it provides excellent fishing for Chum and Coho Salmon and can get quite busy due to easy access and being so
close to the city. The River is located on the border of Maple Ridge and Mission and drains into the Fraser. The river is quite wide and has many islands and bars to fish from and having a boat can be a bonus to access the best spots, but be careful the water
levels can fluctuate drastically and the river is fairly shallow. Also note the Stave River is a Tidal River. The Chum Salmon return in October and peak in early November, the return of these Chum is huge and they are very aggressive and easy to catch. They
are the second biggest Pacific Salmon and averege 12-20 lbs but can get much bigger. The Coho run is smaller and they run at the same time as the Chum so if your targeting Coho your bound to catch more Chums. The most popular method of fishing this river
is fishing a jig or wool under a float but casting lures or jigging from a boat can also be very productive. Chums are aggressive fish but the best colours to try are purple with black, pink with purple, or charchuse with black. I recommend if you are fishing
from shore to bring your hip waders because the hike down to the river can require crossing some smaller channels.