Kitimat River


Kitimat, BC
Canada Canada
54.0642, -128.6609
0.0 Miles

Salmon, Trout and Steelhead Fishing.

The Kitimat River is a river in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Its drainage basin is 2,054 square kilometres (793 sq mi) in size.

The Kitimat River flows generally south into Kitimat Arm at the head of Douglas Channel.

From white water rapids suitable for the experienced oarsman or slow moving drifts the Kitimat River can accommodate any boater. The upper drifts are for the professional while the neophyte can navigate the lower drift with little risk.

With large runs of good clean silvers entering the river well into October, the Kitimat River can produce some of the best coho fishing in the world. There is no shortage of fish here. As well as excellent salmon fishing the Kitimat has a world class cutthroat trout fishery with fish exceeding the 5lb. mark caught every fall. On light tackle or fly gear, fisherman can have a ball with these colorful acrobatic fish.


Kitimat is truly a sport fishing paradise, with steelhead, chinook, chum and coho salmon all making their way up the Kitimat, not to mention the feisty resident population of cutthroat trout. The spring run of steelhead peaks in early May, and continues to the middle of the month, chinook start arriving in late May, providing anglers with memorable battles through June and the first part of July. Chum arrive in late July and August, with coho providing the fight in late August and the beginning of September

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access, Camping, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Rental boats available
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Kitimat River Fishing Report 01.28.13

Kitimat Lodge Steelhead fishing report - January 28, 2013 What a fabulous winter we are having this year. The rivers are in perfect condition and most of the snow has melted here in Kitimat. Attached are a pair of winter Steelhead and wow are they ever fresh. Today we fly fished one nice pool and a male steelhead chased after a pink and black intruder fly and boy did it give Arch a battle. Considering the river temps are quite low, this buck burst out of the water at least twice...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 07.30.12

Another great week passes with our groups of friends, anglers and business people at the Kitimat Lodge. Pic 1 is a awesome display of Tyler Maclean from Whitecourt Alberta with a large assortment of sea caught Crab, Cod and Halibut. Pic 2 is of Dougald, Tyler's dad, who not only can pipe out with this big Halibut, as well instructs the Pipefitters of the future at NAIT in Edmonto...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 09.01.11

The past few weeks here in the Kitimat Valley have been very productive and the clients have enjoyed a variety of fishing experiences. I have attached a small collection of our guests who have targeted Coho, Chinook, Halibut and the ever popular Steelhead on the fly.     Our guests from Sweden, Japan, Alberta, Italy, Germany and Saskatchewan all enjoyed the Douglas Channels abundance of fishing opportunities. From coastal rivers fly-fishing and casting jigs for fresh Coho to Sa...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 06.29.11

This week at the Kitimat Lodge things are just getting better and better, attached are Salmon of the sea our latest group of 17 anglers enjoyed. Randy from Texas and his party enjoyed excellent conditions and his two daughters had a blast doing the driftboat and jetboat tours.     The Dungeness crab fishing and Saltwater Halibut are always on the menu and we have just purchased another boat to the fleet offering tours for up to 12 passengers.   The Skeena River is drop...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 06.23.11

The boys from Fort Mac are all smiles in this group photo and you can see why as the pictures of fresh Chinooks are posted in this report as well others in our salmon galleries. Water conditions are perfect and fresh Salmon are arriving each tide change. Killer Whales are now migrating into the Douglas Channel chasing the schools of fresh Salmon as they return for the summer spawn. Arriving groups this week are from the USA and Canada, tight lines!     Tracey John Hittel Kiti...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 05.17.11

With the spring Steelhead season winding down, I had to send out the latest catches of Steelhead and early Chinook photos. These are a few of the larger Steelhead we guided our clients into while fishing coastal BC. As always a story for each photo. Clients flock to the Kitimat region each year in search of large Steelhead and this season again produced some whoppers. Sinzo who fishes twice a year in the area landed this large male steelhead with his 30ft rod which has no reel to bring it in,...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 04.19.11

Has spring finally arrived, I wonder as we get pelted with snow while on the water. The groundhogs are playing games for sure this year. We are now into week 2 of our Steelhead season and the fellas from Japan managed to run straight into a nice run of male Steelhead on the spey rods. It was the first time for these fellas to target Steelhead and the fish ranged from 36-38 inches, so weighing in the high teens, very respectable sizes. River conditions are low at best and water temperatures are...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 02.23.11

With March just around the corner, and thank goodness, as we have been blanketed with another 3 feet of the white stuff, 6 feet of snow in eight days is making it tough to move, kinda like the Steelhead. Its cold on the water these days, rod guides are freezing and reels are jammed with ice, still we fish, fish, fish for the beautiful Steelhead. Attached are pictures of the latest catches as well some of the most spectacular winter scenery on the planet.     Snow pack in the mo...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 12.14.10

With the xmas season just around the corner it was only proper that I send out the last report of the 2010 season. My xmas gift came early this week as Archie Begin and myself spent a couple of days jetboating the local rivers. After guiding clients all year it was my time to wet the line and the Steelhead were as aggressive as ever. One of the pools we call the Mike Graham run produced a dozen Steelhead, one of the Steelhead pushed 20lbs and after half a hour it kissed us goodbye at the shore...
Kitimat Lodge & Fishing
over 6 years ago (10/19/2010)

Kitimat River Fishing Report 10.19.10

The last weeks have been Spey-tacular as guests were fortunate to catch the famous Steelhead Trout on the fly. With the rivers up and down in level like a frog in a frying pan the guys prevailed and never gave up. Fishing from the bush as the rivers are so high that finding a gravel bar to cast from is rare. This is the highest water levels I have guided on the Skeena tributaries in the past 10 yrs and at times you feel it is hopeless to fish the river, large logs raging down the river and 8...
Kitimat Lodge & Fishing
over 6 years ago (09/30/2010)

Kitimat River Fishing Report 09.30.10

With the rivers in full blown out conditions, we sit and wait for the drop and clean, current color and texture resemble chocolate milk. Yes 200mm of rain in a short period took us from the lowest water levels of the year to a log jam moving tumble. All spawned out Salmon cannot fight the rage of the river and out to sea they go and waiting for them a biomass of hunger.     This bump has also pushed many fish into the Steelhead Rivers and once things clear up we shall have a bo...
Kitimat Lodge & Fishing
over 6 years ago (09/02/2010)

Kitimat River Fishing Report 09.02.10

Halibut, Salmon, Crab and Steelhead. The past few weeks have kept us very busy and time to write a report has been non-existent. So with a few days off before the Irish flood the lodge with laughter, cheers, Lepricons and tight lines we are getting boats ready to go. We operate with 5 driftboats, 2 rafts, and 5 Jetboats accommodating 24 anglers per week.     Our tours these days have kept us on the Saltwater targeting Coho and Halibut and picture 1 is of the the "Cornsnake...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 09.01.10

PHOTO OF THE WEEK Mike Herzberg reports, “ Lara and I drifted Cablecar to Radley Park on Sunday, Aug. 22. We hotshotted for coho using Fenwick 9' Legacy rods, Ambassadeur 5600C5 reels, 15 lb. Berkley Trilene Big Game line, and Luhr Jensen #35 Hot Shots w/ 1/0 Gamakatsu siwash hooks. Conditions were a little tough as we were facing not only an extremely low river but a very strong south wind. We were unable to properly fish most of the big, deep pools because there was so little current to get...

Kitimat River Fishing Report 08.25.10

PHOTO OF THE WEEK I had the pleasure of fishing on the Kitimat River with my very good friend Mike Herzberg on August 17th. Mike and I have been friends for over 25 years and have been business associates in the guiding business for 10 years. It was an awesome morning of Coho fishing. We hooked 9 Coho and landed 4. It was a lot of fun fishing together and as Mike said “it is not only important to catch the fish, it is also about having fun and creating some fond memories with good frien...
almost 7 years ago (08/19/2010)

Kitimat River Fishing Report 08.19.10

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 88LB Halibut caught by Barbara Batyyski. Andy Handl of Kingfisher Adventures guided his clients Barbara Batyski and Darrel Henninger on August 12 2010. (For more details see fishing report below)     Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC   cell.250 632-1275 email: website :     KITIMAT RIVER:     The Kitimat River continued to drop...
about 7 years ago (05/25/2010)

Kitimat River Fishing Report 05.25.10

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters, Kitimat BC       Cast on link below to view New! flyer:       KITIMAT RIVER:     All good things must come to an end and the Steelhead run on the Kitimat River is on the decline. There may be the odd bright Steelhead but most of the Steelhead in the Kitimat have turned to spawning colours or have finished spawni...



Salmon, Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)


Salmon, Chum (Oncorhynchus keta)


Salmon, Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch)


Salmon, Pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)


Salmon, Sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka)


Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)



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