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
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.