Fishing


In a scenario that sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, bull trout and other fish will travel in trucks past the Site C dam for 100 years as part of BC Hydro’s strategy to save the threatened fish species from disappearing from the Peace River.

The public hydro provider, which is in the early stages of building the $8.8 billion dam, declined to discuss its fish-saving plans. However, a review of reports filed by the Crown corporation reveals an elaborate and expensive plan that may not work, according to a U.S. fish biologist with bull trout expertise.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 will be this year’s kids learn to fish day. There is a morning class and an afternoon class, each with room for 25 children ages 5 to 15. Registration will start on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Backcountry, and not before.

This year’s Father’s Day fishing derby is the following day, Sunday, June 21, 2015 starting at 8 AM at Charlie Lake.

Both events are sponsored by the North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry.

See the posters for more details. (Click to enlarge.)

Kids Learn to Fish Poster 2015

Fathers Day Fishing Derby Poster 2015

Registration details to follow.

Kids Learn to Fish Promo Poster

A weekend of fishing starts on June 14, 2014 with free Kids Learn to Fish classes for children ages 5 to 15 and followed by the Father’s Day Fishing Derby on June 15, 2014. We are looking for volunteers and donations to help support these worthwhile events.

 

Learn to Fish Poster 2014

Here is the most recent report on the Moberly Lake trout rehabilitation project.

Executive Summary

Lake trout declines in Moberly Lake have been a matter of public concern since at least the early 1970’s. A series of standardised habitat assessments completed by Horne (2003) and Anderson (2007a) indicate that habitat quality is excellent, and that the long and varied history of harvest pressures was responsible for lake trout declines.

Lake trout stock assessment and mark-recapture work completed from 2005-2012 indicates that lake trout are at critically low abundance (less than 500 fish ? 35cm) and that a nearly total collapse in recruitment is occurring, the combination of which may lead to extirpation within a ten-year period (Anderson 2009).

The recruitment failures are believed to be the result of cultivation-depensation interactions within the larger fish community, and most likely involve lake whitefish (and/or perhaps slimy sculpins; Anderson 2009).

In collaboration with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), a series of three rehabilitative stocking efforts have been undertaken in an effort to re-establish the species community balance in Moberly Lake and promote successful recruitment of lake trout to the population. To this end, the first successful egg-take was completed in fall 2010, using Moberly lake trout as brood stock. The progeny were hatchery-reared until release as large yearlings in the spring of 2012. The second egg-take was completed in the fall of 2012, again using native brood stock, with progeny intended for release in the spring of 2014. One last egg collection and subsequent stocking is planned for the fall of 2014 and spring of 2016 respectively.

The main intent of this report is to document the activities completed since the time of last reporting (2010-2012 inclusive), and provide an update on results of the continuing data analyses.

Complete Report

The weather turned beautiful and Charlie Lake was filled with boats and eager fishers for the 2013 Father’s Day fishing derby.

Dad’s Catch of the Day article in the Alaska Highway News.

Kids Winners:

1st – Austin Barber – 3lb 1oz  25.5 inches – pike
2nd – Montana Christianson – 2lb 11oz   23.5 inches – walleye
3rd – Jillian Stone – 2lb 3oz  18.75 inches – walleye
4th – Lincon Bueckert – 2lb 1oz  19.5 inches –  pike

Adult Winners:

1st – Al Williams – 4lb 10oz  27.5 inches – pike
2nd – Garrett Gejdos – 2lb 6oz  22 inches – pike
3rd – Charene Christianson – 2lb 2oz  18.25 inches – walleye

Tammi Drapeau and her crew of volunteers lead two full classes of 25 children through the basics of fishing. The windy conditions made casting a challenge, but the kids, volunteers and parents looked pleased with the event. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club provided each child with a rod, real, and some fishing accessories that they took home with them.

You can read more about the event on Energetic City’s website.

2013 Fishing Derby Poster

All children must be registered prior to June 15, 2013 as there are limited spaces. Registration starts on June 1, 2013 by calling or dropping in to Backcountry. (250) 785-1461

Click on the image to view a larger version.

Learn to Fish 2013 Poster

Do you catch and retain fish on the Peace River?  On behalf of BC Hydro, Golder Associates Ltd. is completing a Human Health Assessment, as a component of the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project.  We are currently gathering information on the amount and type of fish caught and consumed from the Peace River and its tributaries.  If you fish on the Peace, would you consider taking this quick 5 minute survey before November 16, 2012?  All information we obtain from you today will remain confidential and anonymous.  Thanks for your input.

Click here to take survey

If you have any problems with the weblink, please feel free to contact Allison Takasak (Allison_Takasaki@golder.com), Roxanne Scott (roxanne_scott@golder.com), or call either at 604-505-0463

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