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Doug Thorpe

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region 2 stream closure
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:36:29 PM »
Strap in guys, its going to be a rough couple of months for us river fishers...

Luckily with the cheddar still open the youth competition shouldn't be affected for now...

"All streams in MU 2-2 to 2-12 inclusive and MU 2-16 to 2-19 inclusive, excluding the Capilano River (downstream of HWY 1 Bridge), Chilliwack-Vedder River, non-tidal Fraser River, Harrison River, Lillooet River, non-tidal Pitt River, non-tidal Squamish River, Elaho River, Cheakamus River and Mamquam River downstream of CN railway bridge.   Closed to fishing   July 22, 2015 to September 30, 2015"

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/changes/1517/region2.html

https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/fishing-closures-announced-for-south-coast
I chase the allure of standing in a river, casting dries in an attempt to watch that beast come up and take my fly.  Then I usually blow it by setting the hook to soon....

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Re: region 2 stream closure
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2015, 06:41:16 AM »
Thanks for posting this, Doug!
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Re: region 2 stream closure
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2015, 07:17:45 AM »
That does include the Skagit and Coquihalla as being closed, for all those wondering, as it is in MU 2-2.

I think we had already figured the Alouette, Stave, etc... was far too warm to fish based on our temperature readings.

Glad to see this action being taken - not happy that we are in this position though!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 08:12:19 AM »
If the pinks and coho come in early on the Vedder and the news gets out, that could put a ton of people on that system with all the rest being closed.  :-\

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Re: region 2 stream closure
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2015, 09:11:26 AM »
That's my fear as well, Johnny. This may very well affect the Youth National Championships if the water temperatures are too high (no lake stockings) and potential overcrowding on the river beats.
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Re: region 2 stream closure
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2015, 12:26:47 PM »
VANCOUVER - The Government of B.C. is suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout most of the South Coast due to warming water temperatures and low stream flows.

Effective July 22 through Sept. 30, 2015, virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 2-2 through 2-12 and 2-16 through 2-19 is suspended. The geographic area ranges from south of Toba Inlet and the Toba River (which is not included in the closure) to the U.S. border. Lakes and reservoirs are not included in the closure. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures.

The closure has a number of exceptions of larger streams with flows and temperatures currently suitable for a sustainable recreational fishery. These exceptions are for the following river mainstems: the Fraser (non-tidal portion), Chilliwack-Vedder, Harrison, Lillooet, non-tidal Squamish, non-tidal Pitt, Elaho, Cheakamus, Capilano (downstream of Highway 1 bridge) and Mamquam (downstream of CN railway bridge). However, the tributaries of these named exceptions are closed.

Wildlife Management Units 2-1 and 2-13 through 2-15 Wildlife Management Units 2-1 (Manning Park east of the Skagit River) and 2-13 through 2-15 (the areas around Toba Inlet and Bute Inlet) are also excluded from the closure. Streams in these areas are considered low risk due to low angling effort and/or glacial origins that keep them cooler.

On July 4 angling closures were put in place for southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. On July 13 further closures came into effect for the South Okanagan as well as for the Horsefly River in the Cariboo.

On July 15, the Government of B.C. announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Coast and Lower Fraser areas due to ongoing low stream flows.

B.C. government fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 40 other key angling streams across the province, including the excepted streams listed above, and if conditions warrant, additional closures are possible. Angling closures are enabled through the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal Fisheries Act.

Learn More:

To see a map of the Lower Mainland closures visit: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/4o75TP

To view information on the Level 4 drought announcement for the South Coast and Lower Fraser visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/south-coastlower-fraser-drought-level-increased

For me, the quality of a trout is not measured in inches or pounds, but rather by the journey and circumstances that allowed our paths to cross...