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Spring is here! Well almost… After a brief visit to Berry’s Bait and Tackle today, I headed down to the Tidal Fraser River to see if a bull trout or two maybe interested in my new lures. It is just slightly too early. Most bull trout should still be in tributaries, waiting for baby salmon to emerge and feast on them. This doesn’t mean that there are no bull trout in the mainstem Fraser River of course. There should be some patrolling the channels and filling their stomach up with lazy sculpins. No fish were harmed today, but like every other Vancouverite, I soaked in some warm ray. On the way home I spotted these two sitting high above so I quickly hopped out of the car and took a photo.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has just released its Lower Mainland Feature Lake Guide. This comprehensive guide is a 24-page PDF file that is free for download. It covers the fishing season, methods, map and directions of many productive lakes in the Lower Mainland.

Please click here to download

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is a non-profit organization who works in partnership with the provincial government to deliver the fish stocking program as well as providing conservation fish culture services that support steelhead and sturgeon recovery programs.

Lower Mainland lakes are typically stocked by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery between late March and early June, and again between late September and early December. Most of the rainbow trout stocked are between 12 and 16 inches in length. Due to high catch rates, It is a fantastic urban fishery for everyone, especially young, entry level, disabled and retired anglers.

Natalie West from the society will be talking about this fishery and answering your questions at this year’s Fraser Valley Boats and Sportsmen’s Show. For stocking updates, we will once again be hosting the trout stocking database so be sure to check back in late March. Here are some related video clips.

No more crabby nights

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a night closure for crabbing in Area 28 (Burrard Inlet, Port Moody Arm and Indian Arm). Crab poaching has always been a problem in the saltwaters around Vancouver due to the popularity of this fishery. There are three common violations:

  • Keeping undersized crabs
  • Taking more crabs than you are allowed
  • Keeping female crabs

By having night closures, it should make enforcement much easier since traps and fishermen are harder to spot in the dark. When you witness a violation, you should always call the ORR (observe, record, report) line at 1-800-465-4336. Remember, poaching is stealing from you because the resource belongs to every person in Canada.

A short bus ride to hungry trout

The weather was quite reasonable today in Copenhagen. Surprisingly, it has not gone sub-zero for many days as I had anticipated, which is a relief. Today’s wind was light with occasional sun peeks so I decided to take a ride down to the local harbour and make a few casts. Busses and trains are incredibly convenient in Copenhagen. People are forced to rely on them since cars are expensive (180% sale tax). The bus beside our apartment goes by once every ten minutes. Once I get on, I would be at the harbour in less than ten minutes, so it is in fact faster than driving as you have to consider the amount of time used to seek for a parking spot.

The locals have been taunting me with some emails about fish that were caught in the harbour last week. One of the regular hardcores, Stig, was into some of his biggest sea trout in his lifetime. The biggest one landed, was measured at 88cm long. That’s 35 inches! The estimated weight for this fish is 24lb.

Armed with some heavy flashy lures that I had just purchased, I too was hoping to connect with beasts similar in size. Stig was already hunting for more fish when I arrived. Ryan arrived soon after to practice his spey casts. It wasn’t long before Stig whistled from a fair distance away. We looked up. He waved his hand frantically while walking backward with a rather bent rod. A good size male sea trout he had on. Most of these fish are now starting to transform back to their ocean phase, losing the spawning colours.

I was able to hook one fish around the same size later on, but landing it was not to be today. The hook popped off near shore just as Ryan pulled out the camera for some action shots. Perhaps tomorrow, the weather looks fairly tolerable once again. Big hungry trout are only a short bus trip away, not many places can offer that.

Our Nordic exploration has once again begun. Each winter, I spend December and January in Denmark to spend the festive holidays with Nina and her family. The food is usually the highlight. There will of course be some fishing for species that are not found in Canada. Stay tuned for future postings, as I will update throughout the trip when interesting places are visited, good food is eaten and fish are caught.

Our Lufthansa flight from Vancouver to Frankfurt was long but uneventful as usual. We departed and took our time to get through the clouds as snow fell in the Fraser Valley. We remained fairly low when crossing the Okanagan valley, so we managed to get some good shots between clouds.

Energetic passengers, prior to departure.

Flying over the coast mountain range.

Dinner arrived. We sat on the third last row, so sure enough we didn’t get a choice between two entrees and ended up with pasta.

Yum...

Nina did not seem so impressed.

I saw Northern light for the first time as we flew over Greenland. Too bad the camera could not capture the view.

Breakfast seemed much better.

Circling around Frankfurt before landing. It is one of the most heavily used international airport in Europe.

The landing of the big bird was smooth, despite of heavy wind.

Stupidity began once we pulled up to our terminal (second plane from right in the photo below). A SAS MD-82 (the tiny one hiding behind the our big airbus in the photo) pulled up beside our plane as we were getting off. That was our next flight to Copenhagen. It was so close, yet so far away. We were sent onto a bus that took us to the main tranfer area, where we went through passport check. We then followed the signs and ended up between two terminals, where I took the photo below. We continued to the terminal on the opposite end, then were guided to an underground tunnel that went below all the airplanes and took us back to the original terminal, where our next flight sat. The entire trek took over 30 minutes, leaving us hot and thirsty.

The second flight is always easy, because it only takes just over one hour between Frankfurt and Copenhagen. The pilots always seem to race through this route, the actual flight time is always much shorter than expected flight time.

Sea of clouds above the Baltic Sea.

A girl can always shop after travelling for 15 hours.

So here we are, crammed into a rather small apartment. Our first fishing outing will happen tomorrow. Perhaps there will be some catches to report.