Upper Pitt River

Upper Pitt River

Located just north of Maple Ridge, the Upper Pitt river is a hidden gem that is only accessible by boat or air. At the bottom of a valley the Pitt River has beautiful landscapes and is second to none for that pure remote feeling. Due to this the fishing is phenomenal and few anglers are able to visit, it has the ultimate escape. There is a bait ban on the river and catch and release is encouraged.

The Upper Pitt River offers Steelhead, Sockeye, Coho, Bull trout, Dollys, Cutthroat, and Rainbows, making the fishing amazing fishing year round.
Resident Rainbow trout can be caught here year round and are often caught while targeting other species.
In January Steelhead start to enter the river peaking in March. Steelhead has the nickname "the fish of a thousand casts" which can be frustrating but well worth it. Float fishing suspending glow worms or gooey bobs are the goto.
Next to enter the river are the sea run cutthroat trout. These feisty fish put up quite the fight and readily take to lures and flies.
Sea-run Bull trout start to show up in mid May and can reach weights of 12 pounds. These fish are very aggressive and will take large spoons and minnow pattern flies.
The Pitt River Sockeye strain have the largest weight in the world and are the only strain to take a fly or lure in freshwater. August is the peak of Sockeye run but there are also lots of Bull trout, Cutthroat, and rainbows around feeding on roe.
Coho start to show up in late September and peak in October but fishing still stays good through November. The Pitt river has one of the largest population of wild Coho in BC. Due to the fish being wild, this fishery remains catch and release.

October 24-26 2014

The company I work for The Quorum Group hosted a fishing weekend at th Pitt River Lodge for 16 of us including my Dad. To cross the lake and reach the river we parked at Grant Narrows park and was picked up by the Lodge ferry. About an hour crossing, we reached the docks on the north end. From there we drive about 10km up to the lodge. Located on the water I immidetly pulled out my 8wt and hit the river. With no success I called it a night as the sun came down. The next morning we were driven 5 km upstream and took rafts down the river with a guide. Four of us per boat we stopped at all the best pools on the way down. I caught about six Coho, my dad 4 Coho, a bull trout, and a cutthroat. The fishing was second to none casting spoons with none stop action. As the rain poured we did a walking guide in the afternoon and managed to catch a Coho each but water levels were rising fast, about a foot and a half in 3 hours. the lodge had great hospitality and amazing food I highly recommend it, definitely something to add to the bucket list. 

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Amber dodds | Reply 04.05.2020 20.28

I would like to know if this area require a saltwater tidal federal fishing license for salmon. I currently have only a bc provincial freshwater license.

roger | Reply 29.10.2014 22.41

HEY! just had a few questions Im pretty new to salmon fishing coming from alberta and all if you could email me so I could pick your brain alittle, thank you

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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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