Steelhead fishery extended to Oct. 31 on lower Thompson

Fishery may be extended through the end of the year if stocks allow.

  • Jul. 15, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The Thompson River steelhead fishery opening has been extended until Oct. 31, subject to conservation requirements.

Previously, the lower Thompson River angling season was open from June 1 to Sept. 30, with potential openings for steelhead anglers in November and December if returns warranted. The new management practice keeps the fishery open until Oct. 31, with the potential of either extending the season to Dec. 31, or initiating an early closure, depending on steelhead stock status.

The changes provide increased opportunity to anglers while ensuring that steelhead conservation remains the priority throughout the lower Thompson River system (downstream of Kamloops Lake).

Two other changes were made in the catch-and-release steelhead fishery on the lower Thompson. These are:

* Implementing a hook size restriction of no more than 15 mm from point to shank from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

* Implementing a Sept. 20 to Dec. 31. bait ban on the Thompson River from Martel down to the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser River at Lytton, and that portion of the Fraser River from the confluence with the Thompson River downstream approximately 1 km to the CNR Bridge.

This bait ban is in addition to the existing year-round bait ban on the lower Thompson River upstream of Martel.

Large hooks and the use of bait can result in higher rates of mortality for caught and released fish. While catch-and-release fishing of steelhead results in minimal mortality and does not represent a conservation concern, eliminating the use of bait and large hooks is expected to further mitigate the impact of the catch-and-release season.

These changes were made following significant consultation with First Nations and angling stakeholders.

The Thompson River steelhead fishery is one of B.C.’s most renowned sport fisheries and attracts anglers from throughout the province, the rest of Canada, and other countries. The Thompson River steelhead underwent dramatic stock declines in the 1980s, leading to the elimination of any harvest quota in 1989.

Like sport fisheries for all other wild steelhead stocks in B.C., the fishery for Thompson stocks is strictly catch-and-release only, and will remain so under the changes announced today.

North Thompson

Star-Journal

Just Posted

Highway 97 has reopened after single-vehicle incident

UPDATE (1:47 p.m.): The highway has reopened. CLEAR - #BCHwy97 at #BegbieSummit… Continue reading

McAbee Fossil Beds site ready to reopen to the public

Site was taken over by the Province and closed to the public in July 2012

Open houses will give residents chance to voice views on new Eco-Depot

TNRD will be answering questions, soliciting feedback about Ashcroft/Cache Creek Eco-Depot

BC Hydro scam targeting local businesses

Scammer claims to be on his way to businesses to cut the power unless payment is made

Ashcroft Village Council highlights

Dog park discussion, grant approval, Canada Day celebrations and more

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

B.C. Interior First Nation family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of young mom

RCMP have released no new information since the June 8, 2019 homicide

Most Read