Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: BC Steelhead, Used to fish Quebec but fish left, Argentina Browns, Have Fished Iceland and the Kola for Atlantics, Mongolia for Taimen and over 27 years in AK
Netting in Dean Channel Deadly
Was there in the next to last week.
Our group of 6 had the worst experience in over 20 years and 16 years respectively for the long timers.* Pete Soverel also said it was the worst since he first started coming in the nineties.* Our top rod had 5, two had 4, I had 3, one had 1, and one got 0.
Biggest factor was the netting in the Dean Channel with over 150 boats on the openings fishing for chum salmon to be used for dog an cat food. Value 53 cents per pound.* Enforcement of the escapement opening in at the top of the net not inforced. By catch (kings, silvers, steelhead not revived but simply kicked back into the water after the fish stopped flopping was reported.
This year many rafters came down below 5 miles and ended up camping at the holes (Cottonwood, Trophy, Motel and Jam river left). They were in addition to the usual 3 camps on Victoria Island. In addition several rods came up from the lower river where they were had been camped.
Andrew Bennett was there to experience it first hand and said he will get to the bottom of why so many rods were on the river and see what can be done about the openings right at the peak steelhead run period.
Some good news for me was that two of my fish were 36 incher slabs but there were several days without even a pull.