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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Skeena River Watershed will be closed to July 14, 2017.

This closure is being implemented to facilitate First Nations harvesting of
Skeena salmon due to predicted low returns of Skeena River sockeye salmon in
2017. Recreational, commercial, and First Nations food, social and ceremonial
(FSC) harvesting of sockeye salmon will be closed for the 2017 season, unless
there is an in-season indication of increased Skeena sockeye abundance.

Recreational harvesting opportunities for Skeena coho, pink and chinook salmon
will re-open on July 15. Please refer to the on-line BC Sport Fishing Guide
and future Fishery Notices for details on confirmed opening dates, times and
other restrictions.




Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Fishery Notices
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Aaaaaaannnnnnnnndddd...... there go my vacation plans...

@^%$#*&@#$!!!!!
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And the cursing is on the behalf of the rivers and the fish. I can make other plans- the fish can't, and neither can the people trying to make a living there. What have we done...
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I am totally OK with that. If the watershed is closed till July 14, the main concern must be the chinook fishery.
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Both Sockeye and Chinook. Sockeye run, like parent run in 2013, will be very weak, so no gillnetting this year.


Typically, 75% of Chinook run is in Skeena by mid-July and 90% by the end of July.

If there was no opposition to C&R, DFO would have probably (???) enacted C&R a long time ago and at least significantly curtail anglers harvest. You can not have both.

Chinook runs in the last 6 years are about half what used to be in 1995 - 2010.

Also, gill netters have decimated native Sockeye so they made Fulton Channels. Well, that fish does not survive in Pacific so well as a wild fish.

It is time to curtail gillnetting of Sockeye and move to selective in-river fishery like Babine Fence or small mesh seine beaching.
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The opening statement from the DFO: "Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River Watershed will be closed to July 14, 2017". In the body of the notice they mention no 'harvesting' salmon. I am hoping that fishing for steelhead is still allowed and any salmon hooked and landed while steelhead fishing must be returned to the river. I plan to drop by the Conservation office first thing in the morning to get a clarification. Either way I support their decision.
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Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River
Watershed will be closed to July 14, 2017.



No angling at all.

DFO realizes that number of Steelheads entering Skeena before July 15th is very small.

Otherwise everybody will " fish for Steelhead" and enjoy C&R of Chinook.....

If they were thinking about C&R, then notice would state "no retention" of Salmon.

Recreational harvesting of salmon and Recreational fishing are not always the equal.
No fishing for Salmon does not mean no fishing.

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The opening statement from the DFO: "Effective immediately recreational salmon fishing in the entire Skeena River Watershed will be closed to July 14, 2017". In the body of the notice they mention no 'harvesting' salmon. I am hoping that fishing for steelhead is still allowed and any salmon hooked and landed while steelhead fishing must be returned to the river. I plan to drop by the Conservation office first thing in the morning to get a clarification. Either way I support their decision.
"Fishing for steelhead" between now and July 14 will be fishing for chinook. DFO must be nuts to buy this argument.
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John Webb
Recreational Fisheries Manager confirmed that it is just a salmon fishing closure

So folks can pretend they are targeting Steelhead. With Sockeye commercial fishing closed, there will be lots of DFO officers lurking around Skeena..........
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I take it this only applies to the Skeena? Can you still fish for Chinook in the Kalum, Copper, etc as these rivers do not have a sockeye run? If anyone knows or where the specifics are list, I'm heading up there in two weeks for Chinook fishing and usually don't fish the Skeena anyways but want to be clear.
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John8, it applies to all tributaries of the skeena. Total salmon closure. However, you can still fish for trout and steelhead (catch and release).
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I take it this only applies to the Skeena? Can you still fish for Chinook in the Kalum, Copper, etc as these rivers do not have a sockeye run? If anyone knows or where the specifics are list, I'm heading up there in two weeks for Chinook fishing and usually don't fish the Skeena anyways but want to be clear.
Skeena watershed is closed to Salmon fishing so yes that includes Kalum, Copper etc. Kitimat river is not in the Skeena watershed but will be a zoo!

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John8, it applies to all tributaries of the skeena. Total salmon closure. However, you can still fish for trout and steelhead (catch and release).
With a 7wt rod, dry line, unweighted flies and 12lb leaders? I will be curious to see what set-ups the guys bring to the river this time of year under the closure.

John, you are wrong about the Copper - it does have a sockeye run and a good one at that.
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Ok thanks for the correction and the info.
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It is sad they had to close it but I'm happy they are not waiting until it's too late. If it's not too late already. Plus it will be good for the early steelhead not to have to deal with guil nets
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