Fraser River sockeye fishery closed after low early returns

The Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery will remain closed for now, the Pacific Salmon Commission's Fraser River Panel decided Tuesday, after lower than expected returns from two early runs. "The initial testing we've been doing and assessments are indicating [returns are] not very good at all," said Mike Lapointe, chief biologist of the Pacific Salmon Commission. So far, only the early Stuart and early summer Fraser River sockeye runs have been assessed, which represent only a small fraction of all the sockeye expected to return to the Fraser this summer. That means things may improve with larger, later runs, but it's not a good sign, said Lapointe. "It can very much change ... it doesn't l

Catfish Chris

“Catfish” Chris Lanham. Fourteen years ago, he was in a car crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. “Fishing’s has always been my go-to, something I live for,” he told me. For a long time after the accident, Chris couldn’t fish—not until he and his grandpa built an ingenious rig that allows him to cast and reel.

'Rare but troubling': 2 East Kootenay lakes closed after fish species illegally introduced

Two popular East Kootenay lakes won't hear the buzz of a fishing reel anytime soon. Fussee Lake, south of Elko and New Lake, west of Cranbrook, have been closed to sport fishing because illegally introduced yellow perch and largemouth bass are decimating native and stocked species like trout. "There's been illegal introductions over the last few years that we discovered last year," senior provincial fish biologist Jeff Burrows told Radio West host Alya Ramadan. "They compete with native species or stocked trout that we stock to keep a sport fishery. ... Also, they're predators, so they'll eat the native fish or the trout we stock." Burrows says the invasive fish are also eating native amphib

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