The Lower Fraser River (Hope – Vancouver) is an estuary, which is where the freshwater of a river mixes with the salt water from the ocean. The Fraser River is the longest river within British Columbia, Canada, rising at Fraser Pass near Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains and flowing for 1,375 kilometres (854 mi), into the Strait of Georgia at the city of Vancouver. It is the tenth longest river in Canada.
The Fraser River is known for the fishing of white sturgeon. A typical white sturgeon catch averages between 14 to 45 kg (30 to 100 lb). A huge white sturgeon weighing an estimated 500 kg (1,100 lb) and measuring 3.76 m (12 ft 4 in) was caught and released on the Fraser River in July 2012. It is believed to be the biggest freshwater fish ever caught on rod and reel in North America and possibly the oldest.
The Vedder River, called the Chilliwack River above Vedder Crossing, is a river in the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington. The Vedder-Chilliwack River is well known for its runs of Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink and Sockeye salmon in the fall.
Studded with picturesque coves and the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, the Harrison River is often overlooked by serious anglers. Fishing in the Harrison River is nothing short of incredible! Thousands of Chinook, Coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon, fresh from the ocean, spawn each year in the short stretch of the Harrison River. From mid-August to December the main channel of the Harrison River and the Weaver Creek spawning channel are crammed with the brilliant red and green flashes of mating salmon.
The Stave River is a tributary of the Fraser, joining it at the boundary between the municipalities of Maple Ridge and Mission, about 35 km (22 mi) east of Vancouver, BC. Stave River offers year-round fishing opportunities for Lower Mainland anglers, and is popular with sport fishermen in search of steelhead. Stave and Hayward Lakes have a kokanee population as well as other fish such as trout.