Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: BC - Upper Columbia
Kootenay Lake has been one big management experiment, lots of playing around without any knowledge of what the impacts might be. The mysis shrimp introduction was a disaster. The bull trout numbers are high and have become the main predator surpressing kokanee recovery. Recent regs are now much more liberal on keeping and fishing bull trout, including more openings on the Duncan. They';re constantly oversteering and over correcting, but numbers are heading in the right direction the last couple of years, so recovery is hopeful.
The Pend'Oreille is a dog's breakfast above the boundary dam, all sorts of invasive species. The reservoir temps get grossly warm, even in early spring, topping 20C in the summer, no good for cold water species, but the pike bass and perch are thriving. Would still prefer the Arrow lakes as the main goal for habitat.
With the invention of fish cannons (adapted form the fruit industry), it just takes money to get past any dam!
DLD, you're right, it's all about the will to do it. IMO, the Columbia Basin Trust on the BC side has enough coin to bankroll any projects on the Canadian side.
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