As an experienced traveller and fisherman since early childhood, I have had the opportunity to fish in several places around the world; however, this was my first time fishing in British Columbia’s waters. I knew BC was a salmon fishing paradise but when I was told about white sturgeon fishing, I had no idea what to expect.

On this journey, I was lucky enough to get out on the water with the Metis outfitter, Great River Fishing Adventures, based on the Fraser River. With over 25 years of guiding experience on the river, they have built a solid reputation in the fishing industry and are still the leaders today on this mythical British Columbia waterway.

The Metis owner, Dean Werk, has been fishing on the Fraser River for more than 30 years. He knows everyone in Chilliwack, and he doesn’t just fish, he offers packages with beautiful accommodations and incredible dining options to discover the delights of British Columbia.

White sturgeon flourish on the Fraser River and its tributaries, creating an elite fishing experience. This species, which has existed since prehistoric times, can reach up to 3.5m in length and weigh more than 450kg. The fight with such a beast is incredible. The fishing technique is relatively simple, it consists of using a sinker (lead weight used to lower your bait) sending the bait to the sandy bottom about 9m deep and then letting a 60cm long line drag along with a hook baited with salmon remains. Among all fish, the white sturgeon has one of the best senses of smell in the world. If they are around, they will find your bait very quickly. Once the sturgeon is hooked, be prepared to discover new muscles in your forearms!

Then there are the world-famous salmon of the Fraser River. It is one of the most productive bodies of water in the world in terms of salmon runs. You can find 5 types of salmon: Chinook, Coho, Chum, Sockeye and Pink. Whether you are an amateur or experienced angler, your chances of catching a salmon are very high.

The fishing experience with Great River Fishing Adventures is a must-do for any fishing enthusiast. Whether you’re fishing with friends, family or colleagues, you’ll have an amazing time and be fishing the same waters that Coast Salish People have been fishing for countless generations. Great River Fishing Adventures’ guides are well versed in all types of fishing. So, whether you are a fly fisherman or a lure fisherman, they will be happy to help you catch the “king of the rivers”.

 

Jason Picard-Binet

Jason Picard-Binet is a proud member of the Huron-Wendat community near Quebec City. He graduated from marketing for tourism and hospitality in 2008, and has held several strategic positions in the indigenous tourism industry. An experienced traveller and fisherman, Jason has travelled the world to share the richness of indigenous knowledge and traditions. He joined ITAC as Sales Manager in January 2020.