Skeena River recreational sockeye fishery opens

Opens in certain areas only and has a daily limit

As the current estimate past the Tyee Test fishery has exceeded 800,000 sockeye, the Skeena River recreational sockeye fishery opens in the following areas, with a daily limit of one (1) sockeye, announced Fisheries and Oceans Canada today, Aug. 23.

Effective immediately to September 15, 2017:

• Skeena River mainstem waters only, upstream of the CNR railway bridge at Terrace, B.C. to the confluence with the Babine River (Except for Skeena River mainstem waters only, near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge.)

• Skeena River mainstem waters downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, B.C.

Effective immediately to September 15, 2017:

• Babine Lake, not including tributaries and excluding those waters within a 400 m radius of the following tributary streams: Morrison Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pierre Creek, Pendleton Creek, Hazelwood Creek, Twain Creek, Tachek Creek, Five Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Sockeye Creek, Big Loon Creek, Tsezakwa Creek, Pinkut Creek. Also closed east of a line from Gullwing Creek to the south shore of Babine Lake.

• Barbed hooks are allowed in Babine Lake

Effective immediately to August 31, 2017:

• Babine River

If you are going fishing for salmon in non-tidal (fresh) waters, you need a Non-Tidal Angling Licence, issued by the Province of British Columbia.

Visit the provincial website to buy your licence. Licences are available to B.C. residents and non-residents.

Fees may vary and are listed online. (www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/licences)