Recreational Chinook fishing open again on Skeena -- with restrictions

John Crawford
07/15/2020

It's the news the northwest fishing community has been waiting for:
 
Effective today (00:01 hours July 15, 2020), recreational fishing for Chinook salmon has re-opened in the Skeena River watershed as outlined by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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However, certain tributaries and sections of the Skeena River mainstem will remain closed to fishing for salmon, such as near the mouth of the Kitsumkalum River, and anglers should check the DFO website for full details.

The link is:  https://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=234435&ID=all 
 
The maximum daily quota for Skeena Chinook will be two, only one of which can be over 65 centimetres in the Skeena River mainstem and sections of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers.
 
All tributaries and lakes of the Skeena River will remain closed to Chinook fishing, except for sections of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers.
 
And the Skeena River mainstem, upstream of the Sustut River confluence, will also remain closed to Chinook fishing.
 
Recreational fishing for Chum and Sockeye salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed, including tributaries and lakes.

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