British Columbia’s second longest river has a reputation among salmon anglers. Millions of spawning sockeye, chinook, and pink salmon frequent the Skeena, making it one of the most valuable rivers for salmon fishing in all of Canada. The Skeena is also known as the “River of Mists,” and boasts previous world records for chinook and coho salmon. In fact, anglers who are fond of the area will say that even an average sized chinook in the Skeena is comparable to a trophy fish elsewhere.

Although there are some hatchery raised fish exist in the river, the majority of chinook – an estimated 90 percent – are wild. Steelhead is also in abundance here, especially in August.

This is why the team at Salmon Junkies couldn’t resist a little detour. Fortunately for us, they brought along their cameras. 

SKEENA – THE BIGGEST AND MEANEST STEELHEADS IN THE WORLD! from Salmon Junkies on Vimeo.

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  1. Looks like some boys had fun on the Lower Skeena; fantastic fishing to be had and hardly anyone out fishing there you’ll notice. That only happens when you have wild and healthy rivers without dams or oil spills to deal with. Have to keep advocating for wild rivers and wild fish like the ‘Wild Steelhead Campaign’ of the 1990’s from the Steelhead Society of BC. Among many stakeholders, First Nations and interest groups, anglers have to use their voices to protect this resource. The voice must be used to ensure healthy runs and healthy habitat, alongside jobs in the resource sector which drives the Northwest BC economy.

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