Harrison River Fishing
Harrison River Fishing is one of the largest tributaries stemming from the Fraser River stretching through the heart of the Fraser Valley. It is located about 90 minutes east of Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, surrounded by mountains, lush forests, camping, endless hiking, fresh water lakes, boating, and an abundance of outdoor activities that any nature lover must experience. This location is the perfect natural backdrop to gaze in awe and breathe in the fresh air if you are staying outdoors in the wilderness or enjoying a relaxing stay at the world-class Harrison Hot Spring Hotel and Resort. Harrison River is known for its diverse sports fishing. Whether you are a novice angler or you are more seasoned, it offers recreation and enjoyment for everyone year-round.
The flowing turquoise water of the Harrison River is a serine fishing oasis that is replenished each year by surrounding fresh glaciers that flows to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the only rivers left that is a natural, unenhanced, habitat for all five species of salmon.
Harrison River Salmon Run
Beginning in June to late September, sockeye salmon run through the Harrison River. Sockeye are great to tackle on the fly and always worth the chase. The prime time to catch sockeye is mid August to September before the pink salmon arrive between the first week of September until the first week of October. Pink salmon is always the largest run, but if you want to experience the extraordinary rhythms of Mother Nature you must visit during odd years, such as 2011 and 2013, because the pinks enter the river by the millions. Some people joke and say that there are more fish than there is water. It is truly an amazing sight to see!
Shortly after the sockeye enter the river, the summer and fall runs of Chinook follow. Chinooks have the shortest run period from October to early November. The Chinooks flock to the Harrison River because they bask in the deep water pools. They average between 17-30lbs, but they are called the king salmon for a reason…they can reach up to 60lbs!
Harrison River Fly Fishing
Coho and Chum are the most popular among fly fishers and they run from October 1st to the end of November. The Coho’s spontaneous flips through the air and the Chum’s aggressive disposition provide a fun and memorable experience for any angler.
The monstrous sturgeons can be found from September to December. After that you will be fishing in solitude as even the bears will be hibernating getting ready for spring. Likely your only company will be a flock of bald eagles, since the Harrison region is known to be the birds of prey’s winter resting and feeding spot. It is often hard to even get a glimpse of these reclusive raptors but at this time of year it is a bird-lover’s and photographer’s haven.
While the salmon are spawning and preparing to return for the next season, their offspring, salmon minnows, attract the trout. In the spring starting in March, peaking in May, trout come from the Pacific Ocean to feast, so you can catch them during this cycle.
You don’t want to miss out on what the Harrison River has to offer! Chad’s Fishing Charters is the premiere guide to enrich your fishing experience. He knows the ins and outs of the business, and the secrets known to only the pros and locals will guarantee a successful fishing trip. His exceptional knowledge of the waters and of the region, high energy and action packed, fun and friendly environment will lure you in time and time again. For the best catch of the day, contact Chad.