Stave River

Stave River

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.

November 3rd 2013

Rachel and I headed up to the Stave River today for some Chum Salmon fishing. The fishing was fast and furious and we had fish on every second cast. The only problem is we couldn't seem to find any fresh ones. The averege size was about 10lbs with our biggest being 25lbs. I was using a jig i tied under a float while Rachel was casting a silver spoon. Both methods were working equally as well. I had good success on a purple and pink jig and a charchuse and black jig with about 4 feet of leader. It was a good day on the water though, the water levels were pretty good and it wasn't too busy, so if your looking for one more shot at the river before Steelhead season check out the Stave.

1/4 ounze jig
This jig is made with a black jig head hook, with fushia and purple two tone rabbit strips and purple schlappen.
1/4 ounze jig
This jig is made with a charteuse jig head hook,with charteuse and black two tome rabbit strips and charteuse and black two tone schlappen.

September 28th, 2014

With the fall fishing season on our doorstep Rachel and I decided to test the waters at Stave. The water was crystal clear so it would be a good idea to try and fish the river during dawn or dusk. We saw a couple Chinooks breach the surface but we had no luck. The Coho are starting to show up but not in large numbers, it should start picking up in the next couple weeks tho

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Tony | Reply 04.05.2015 18.31

I have heard many different stories about parking/no parking.......Are there ANY legal parking areas on either side to access the river ??

BC Fishing | Reply 26.12.2014 00.37

The new parking laws only allow a few parking spots down the river. I witnessed a cop and a tow truck driver ticketing/pulling cars one by one. Brutal.

Admin 26.12.2014 10.11

Wow really talk about a bad day on the river.

jd | Reply 08.10.2014 13.31

Hey there,

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I am thinking of fishing the Stave this weekend for the first time. Will a freshwater license work here? Thx

Admin 09.10.2014 18.50

Hello JD
Thanks for sharing interest in my site. I've heard it's really picking up, try to fish after a high tide.
Yes a freshwater license with a salmon tag

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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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