2 and 3 lb bows all day. Fun and feisty!
Due to recent rainfall events, extremely low water levels in the Cowichan River are no longer a concern and the salmon non-retention restriction enacted July 31 in certain marine waters is being removed.
Note: The chinook management measures (outlined below) remain in place until October 15, 2015. These measures are enacted annually to protect Cowichan River chinook.
Pink and Chum Salmon
Effective 00:01 hours October 3, 2015 until further notice, you may retain pink and chum salmon in all areas open to salmon fishing in Areas 17, 18, and 19.
Please be reminded that the daily limit for salmon is four (4) in total for all species combined per day.
Non-retention of chinook salmon will remain in place in the following Subareas until 23:59 hours October 14, 2015:
Subareas 17-5, 17-6, 17-7, 17-9 and 17-13 to 17-17, 17-19 and 17-20;
That portion of Subarea 17-4 northeast of a line from Shingle Point to Pilkey Point;
That portion of Subarea 17-12 inside a line from Tinson Point to Snake Island Light (RCA boundary) to the southern Five Finger Island group, thence to the RCA boundary starting at Horswell Channel Buoy (49°12.93'N and 123°56.03'W), thence true west to a point on shore north of Horswell Bluff located at 49° 12.93N and 123°56.47'W; and'
Those portions of Subareas 17-12 and 17-18 shoreward of a line from Icarus Point on Vancouver Island true north 2 nautical miles, thence northwesterly to the Navy buoy in Ballenas Channel, thence to Nankivell Point at the entrance to Schooner Cove on Vancouver Island.
Subareas 18-6 to 18-8 and 18-10;
That portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies north of a line from a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island, near 48°46.179' north latitude and 123° 34.654' west longitude, to a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island southeast of Burial Islet, near 48°45.992' north latitude and 123°33.777' west longitude, and south of a line from a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles east southeast of Musgrave Point, near 48°43.982' north latitude and 123°31.418' west longitude, to a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles northwest of Cherry Point, near 48°43.197' north latitude and 123°33.708' west longitude.
Subareas 19-7 to 19-10
Please refer to Fishery Notice FN0989 for the current coho retention limits in Areas 17, 18, and 19
The salmon conservation measures that were put in place this summer due to low flows and high water temperature have been reduced. An overview of the management measures in place for salmon on the Somass, Sproat, and Stamp Rivers follows:
Effective until November 15, 2015, there is no fishing for salmon on the Somass River from the tidal boundary at the Papermill Dam to white triangular fishing boundary signs approximately 1km upstream (Falls Road Gravel Pit and the southernmost end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground-Hector Road).
Effective immediately until November 15, 2015, there is no fishing for fin fish on the Sproat River from Sproat Lake downstream to fishing boundary signs approximately 300 m downstream of the Highway No. 4 Bridge.
Effective immediately until 23:59 hours November 15, 2015 there is no fishing for fin fish on that portion of the Stamp River from boundary signs 200 m above the Stamp River Falls, downstream approximately 500 m to fishing boundary signs located on the River and along the Fisherman's Trail.
Effective immediately until October 31, 2015, there is no fishing for salmon from fishing boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet to the Stamp River Hatchery lagoon, downstream approximately 750 m to fishing boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River. Please note that this boundary may change depending on the requirements of the Robertson Creek
Hatchery to ensure successful collection of brood stock. Any changes to this boundary will be announced in a separate fishery notice.
Variation Order No. 2015-483 and 2015-484
Subject: FN1106-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: West Coast Vancouver Island - Area 23 - Removal of Finfish Closure Effective Immediately
Effective immediately the finfish closure in the following area is lifted:
That portion of Subarea 23-1 - the tidal boundary markers at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River to a line commencing at downstream of a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour at 49o14.19’ north latitude and 124o50.23’ west longitude thence through the southernmost point of Hoik Island thence to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River and thence due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore upstream of the Papermill Dam.
Assessment of the Little Qualicum River indicates that the return of chinook and coho salmon to the system is low and cannot support a retention fishery at this time.
The quota for chinook and coho salmon in the Little Qualicum River is hereby zero (0) until further notice.
The conservation measures that were put in place due to low flows and high water temperatures, in the Cowichan River, have been rescinded.
Effective October 1, 2015, a portion of the Cowichan River will re-open to angling.
The Cowichan River is open to fly fishing only from the weir in Cowichan Lake downstream to the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle) as described in the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (page 16 has a map).
The Cowichan River remains closed to the retention of all salmon species until further notice.
Fishers are further reminded that until 23:59 hours November 15, 2015, the Cowichan River is closed to all recreational angling downstream of the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle), as described in the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (page 16 has a map), to the Tidal Water Boundary in Cowichan Bay (The Tidal Water Boundary runs from an orange boundary sign located at the Hecate Boat Ramp to an orange boundary sign located on a piling near Green Point, in Cowichan Bay).
Please refer to the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for further restrictions and information when fishing in the non-tidal waters of British Columbia.The modified openings work in concert with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which has announced matching regulations.
Shore fishing once again. Fishing with my wife, and she took a pic of me on the sly. I only found out about it this week, although the picture was taken in August. Nice weather, good company and fishing are always welcome. Stay safe and enjoy whats left of the nice weather before the hard water season starts.
Went up to Eagan Lake with my Fiancee (Sept 30/15). and WOW the Lake was like glass and the Kokanee Trout were jumping and Biting (small though). Been going there for years but never seen it so calm and beautiful this Fall day
mrscrow2 said on Friday the 2nd of October 2015 at 10:44pm
Wow what a shot. I used to fish there 35 years ago with my parents and brother whom all are deceased now. Great memories of awesome trout fishing