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he Skeena Region covers a vast area of B.C., taking up the northwest quarter of the province. From mountains to valleys, lava beds and ocean, the Skeena Region has an enormous variety of terrain. This region has world-class rivers and thousands of lakes for anglers to explore.

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Rivers of the Skeena

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Arguably the best fishing rivers in the world are in the Skeena Region. Find them on pages 34-39.

The Freshwater Fishing Regulations for all of the Skeena Region are available on pages 40-45.

Fishing BC Members The complete listings are printed on pages 46-47.

Most of the lakes in the Skeena region, unlike in many other areas, sustain naturally producing wild populations of rainbow trout. However, there are also several lakes that are stocked regularly. The types of trout released here are rainbows, cutthroat and eastern brook trout. As well, you’ll find salmon and steelhead runs in the rivers, which should be on every angler’s bucket list. Great fishing exists across the region, with the eastern sections providing excellent lake fisheries. Takysie, Babine and Nilkitkwa Lakes are teeming with trout. Of course the rivers in the northwest are world class, and a fly angler’s dream. This guide contains 18 lakes and three rivers. Most of them are centred along the highway corridors, with a few off the beaten track. Anglers of all persuasions will find a lot to keep them challenged in the Skeena region. From fly-in fishing in remote waters, to drifting world class rivers, to trolling with the family on a weekend getaway. The Skeena region offers much to explore. This guide is meant as an appetizer for some of the great fishing in this region. Around each lake featured in this guide are often dozens of other lakes that are just as productive. Maps for other lakes in this region are freely available at: www.AnglersAtlas.com FEATURING IN 2019

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STOCKING! Find all the details about BC’s fish stocking program for the Skeena Region.

nce again in 2019 is a complete listing of all members of the Fishing BC, as well as the updated Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the Skeena Region. This year we’ve included a map for the Kitimat River. We’ve also included fish stocking information for the lakes in this region, courtesy of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Also included are two updates on saltwater fishing regulations — one for Chinook on page 48, and another for Rockfish on page 49.


From mountains to valleys, lava beds and ocean, the Skeena Region has an enormous variety of terrain.

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Babine Lake (North) 46,499 Hectares (114,897 Acres)

186 metres (610 feet)

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abine Lake is home to a special strain of rainbow trout that grows much larger than common rainbow trout species. This strain of trout is part of a rare ecotype called the Sutherland population. These rainbow trout feed on kokanee and salmon fry, and grow quite large. There is limited information regarding the size of Babine Lake’s Sutherland population, and because it is a rare ecotype, anglers are encouraged to prac-

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tise catch-and-release when going after these big rainbow trout to encourage the long-term sustainability of this species. Barbless hooks are also encouraged to improve survival. Fisheries biologists and area stakeholders continue their research programs on Babine Lake

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to determine if the stock is sustainable at present levels. They look at the habitat and conduct surveys on tributaries as well. Babine Lake is known for producing trophy char, rainbow trout and salmon. Angler’s Atlas Field Staff member Kenneth Donaldson says that the trout in Babine Lake, “are considered by many to be comparatively large and aggressive fish and have been known to bite on sockeye rigs (flashers and bead setup @ <30’) as well as plugs (green / yellow and blue worked for me) trolled at many depths. While you don’t need a downrigger, I think it just gives you more control on the repetition of what depth works.” Donaldson adds that, “Willow leaf and small “lifelike coloured” lures, such as green and yellow work well at shallower depths.” Early in the season the trout will inhabit shallow waters, but as the water warms up the fish migrate to deeper, cooler sections of the lake.

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Babine Lake (South) 46,499 Hectares (114,897 Acres)

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he rainbow trout fishery offers great options for every type of angler. Fly fishers can float the section of water between Babine Lake and Nilkitkwa Lake, known as Rainbow Alley. Fishing in Rainbow Alley can be some of the best in the province. Fly patterns that can work well are stone-

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flies, chinook and coho fry, and Epoxy Minnows and Stimulators. There are three major hatches to watch for—caddisflies, stoneflies and mayflies. When imitating these flies, it is important to know your insect’s patterns. For example, when emerging, damselflies will swim straight up and then to the edge, while dragonflies will swim to the edge before heading up.

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there, but I would have expected these large Rainbows to congregate at the mouths of any tributaries, waiting for any injured fish releasing their eggs early.”

ation sites and provincial parks; at Smithers Landing and at Fort Babine. Granisle is located north of Topley (on Highway 16), following the Granisle Highway.

The salmon population contributes to the great trout fishing in this part of the lake. Donaldson says that during June or thereabouts, the trout from both Babine and Nilkitkwa Lakes migrate through the river to gorge themselves on sockeye fry.

Access to Smithers Landing/Fort Babine from Highway 16 is from Eckman Road, about 5 km east of Smithers on the right (east). Turn here and follow for 53 km. (Note: The road eventually turns into Babine Lake Road). Turn left (north) onto the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road, and follow for 44 km, to the turnoff to Fort Babine on the right (east).

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Angler’s Atlas Field Staff member Kenneth Donaldson reports that the south end of Babine Lake, into Rainbow Alley, is great fishing. “I have fished at the Babine Lake end of Rainbow alley and caught more large Rainbows than when I have fished further into the lake (South of Granisle for example). This MAY be the fact that we were closer to the Rainbow Alley “funnel” and they were congregating

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Chapman Lake 668 Hectares (1,651 Acres)

32.6 metres (107 feet)

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ith a variety of species, Chapman lake is a great place for anglers of all skill levels and experience. There are lots of options for year round fishing and camping. Mike Delany, owner of Aspen Bay Cabins says that the end of July is the best time to fish, as fish are actively feeding. Lake trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout are the most sought after species of the lake. Kokanee are a great fish for kids or novice anglers. Delany notes that kokanee can pretty much be found all over the lake and are relatively easy to catch. He recommends fishing right from the shoreline. Kokanee can be caught using a number of lures or baits, however have been known to respond very well to flashers, and enjoy the colour red. For the more experienced angler, or those looking for a challenge, rainbow trout have proven to be a difficult species in Champan Lake. Head towards the river mouths and troll using an apex and large flasher. Delany says before

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noon or just as the sun in setting is the best time of day for rainbow trout. Chapman Lake is full of lake trout as well. They tend to enjoy deep water, so best to target them from a boat and look for where the water drops off. Try jigging with soft plastic swimbaits or lipless crankbaits. LAKE ACCESS:

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he road in is quite meandering and it can be easy to get turned around. Be sure to map out your route prior to heading to the lake. The road closes during November and December, however snowmobiles are welcome. There is a boat launch located at the campsite. From Smithers, head southeast on Hwy 16 and turn onto Babine Lake Road for 38 km. Take a slight left onto Upper Fulton Forest Service Rd until you reach Chapman lake.

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Dragon Lake 531 Hectares (1,312 Acres)

9.5 metres (31 feet)

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ragon Lake is a mediumsize lake located in the Nass Valley north of Terrace. Rainbow trout are a popular sport fish in this lake and are prized by fly fishers. Dragon Lake is known for producing large wild-stock rainbow trout. The fishing is normally good year-round, and in the summer, the best times for fishing are going to be earlier and later in the day, in part because heat can stress the fish, and also because the recreational activities can make fishing more challenging. Fly fishers can try wet or dry

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flies when going after the rainbows. For wet flies, try Muddler Minnows, Chironomids, Dragonfly patterns and Leeches, all using a sinking line. For dry flies, try a Mayfly or Mosquito pattern along the edge of weedbeds. Lure fishers can try small spinners, such as Blue Foxes, Panther Martins and Mepps —but keep the hooks small.

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the camp, on the Nass Forest Note: Dragon Lake can also be Service Road. reached from Hwy 37N by turnDragon Lake has a medium-size ing west onto the Nass FSR recreation site in a semi-open at Cranberry Junction. Continue area with eleven vehicle units. west on the Nass FSR for There is a boat launch and dock approximately 42 km. at the site, and it is RV accessible.

No special restrictions apply to this lake but make sure to consult the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for the regional and provincial guidelines. Please remember that Dragon Lake is in bear country— both grizzly and black. Everyone should use caution when fishing this and other remote lakes and bring along bear bangers and spray.

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rom Terrace, follow Highway 16 west to Kalum Lake Drive, also known as the Nisga’a Highway. Follow this road north, 110 km, past New Aiyansh and the Nass Camp, to Dragon Lake. The lake is located about six kilometres past

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Dunalter Lake 23 Hectares (57 Acres)

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unalter Lake is a small lake located approximately 15 kilometres north of Houston. The lake is commonly referred to as Irrigation Lake and has good fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout. In 2018, 3,000 cutthroat trout were released into Dunalter Lake.

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located in a popular public park. There is a dock in the day use area, where anglers can easily cast a line. In other spots, the lake can be weedy, so boating with small boats or pontoons is popular.

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As the lake warms up, hatch activity will increase with mayfly, caddis and midge hatches. The midges usually hatch through to June. In June the mayflies and caddis start to emerge.

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rom Burns Lake follow Highway 16 west, about 15 kilometres past Houston, to a sign reading “Irrigation Lake”. Turn left (west) onto a small road and follow for about half a In early spring, try chironomids, Later in the summer, fishing kilometre to the lake. used while still-water fishing dragonfly and leech patterns in There is a day-use campground the deeper water should work and picnic area near the lake, and Dunalter Lake is a good place with a strike indicator. well. for family fishing, conveniently also a dock. The lake is easily Some popu- accessed by belly boats, pontoon lar lures used boats and canoes. on the lake are Gang Trolls, Triple Teazers, Triplefish, and little Apex Trout Killers.

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Kitsumkalum Lake 1,969 Hectares (4,865 Acres)

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139.9 metres (459 feet)

itsumkalum Lake is a large, deep lake about 25 kilometres north of Terrace. Also referred to as Kalum or Kitsumgallum Lake, it has good fishing for cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden.

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Oceans, as well as the provincial regulations, before going after salmon. This applies to both the lake and the river. Anglers going after cutthroat in Kitsumkalum Lake will be in for a real treat. Fishing for cutthroat is a great experience. At times, cutthroat are entirely indiscriminate about their food choices and will go after anything available.

The Kitsumkalum River, at the north end of the lake, is known for its excellent salmon fishery. Special regulations apply for salmon, and anglers should consult the B.C. Freshwater At other times, these beautiful Salmon Supplement pub- trout can be almost finicky. lished by Fisheries and Try leech or stickleback patterns throughout the season, Babine Lake Special or a flatfish or Panther Martin, both in black and silver colour combinations.

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est Kalum Road leads to a forestry recreation site located on the south shore of Kitsumkalum Lake, called The Hart Farm. This is a mediumsize site in a semi-open area.

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From Terrace, head west on Highway 16, across the Kitsumkalum River, and then turn right (north) onto West Kalum Road. Follow this road for 27 km to the Redsand Demonstration Forest, and into the Hart Farm recreation site. Kalum Lake Drive also leads to Kitsumkalum Lake, along the lake’s eastern shore. There are a few rugged boat launches on this side of the lake, but the status of these launches is unknown. For current information, head down to one of the local tackle shops.

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Lakelse Lake 1,460 Hectares (3,608 Acres)

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he opportunities seem endless on Lakelse Lake. The cutthroat and rainbow trout fisheries are one part of a great lake experience. An adventure playground awaits for the kids: explore the hiking trails amidst the old-growth forests or relax on the sandy beaches after a day of excellent fishing. Lakelse Lake is considered one of the region’s designated family fishing waters.

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opportunities. Extensive regulations apply, such as a bait ban, motor and time restrictions and a mandatory steelhead stamp. Please see the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information. There is a well-developed provincial park on the north and eastern shore of Lakelse Lake. The park consists of three separate sections—Gruchy’s Beach, Lakelse Lake Picnic Area and Furlong Bay Campground. The park is surrounded by the mountains of the Kitimat Range and stands of old-growth forests.

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ties, with a doublepaved boat launch, loading dock and plenty of parking space. Also, the launch is located close to the day-use area of the campground.

One of the species in Lakelse Lake is cutthroat trout. When fishing cutthroat, remember that they are opportunistic feeders. They often prefer small fish, crustaceans and insects, but will go after anything available. Try fishing a minnow pattern with a LAKE ACCESS slow retrieve. Gear fishers can rom Terrace, try small silver spoons. head south Try exploring the weed beds. A along Highway 37. black Woolly Bugger or black Gruchy’s Bay and and silver Flatfish, could prove the picnic area are located about 15 effective in deeper sections. km down highway. While cutthroat can often be To get to the campfound in streams and rivers, ground and boat please note that special regula- launch, continue tions apply to the Lakelse River. along the highway This world-class river is catch- for another five and-release only for cutthroat km to Furlong Bay trout. Campground. Lakelse River also provides The campground excellent steelhead fishing has excellent facili-

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Maxan Lake 638 Hectares (1,576 Acres)

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axan Lake is a popular fishing lake, situated between Houston and Burns Lake. It offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout and burbot. Try fishing for rainbow trout in the shallow areas of the lake using smaller tackle. Popular areas are in the bays and along the shoals. The best time to fish for rainbow trout is in the spring. For fly fishers, a standard leech pattern should work well, and lure fishers can try the reliable Willow Leaf with a worm if they are trolling.

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rom Smithers follow Highway 16 east about 40 km past Houston, to Forestdale Road on your right (south). Follow this road for about five kilometres, which then turns into the Maxan Creek Road. Continue another 11 km along this road, which will take you directly to the shores of Maxan Lake.

There is a forest recreation site on the northwest shore of this lake in a sheltered bay. The site is accessible with 2WD and has twelve vehicle units. If you are targeting burbot, The site has a boat launch and try jigging just off the bottom small beach. with a small Buzzbomb. If you are spending the night, you may want to use a set line, as described in the Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Anglers are only allowed one line with a single hook, which must be at least 3 cm from the point to the shank. The line must be marked with your name, address and telephone number.

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Nilkitkwa Lake 21 metres (69 feet)

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ilkitkwa Lake, which is flyfishing only, is a narrow lake famous for its great insect hatches and trophy trout. Luke Saffarek, owner of Tiger Fly Outfitters, says that starting in the spring, “fry patterns are great to imitate the newlyhatched migrating salmon. “In the current of Rainbow Alley, try casting the fly out from the boat and throwing a downward mend to speed the fly up,” he suggests. “In the lake, a fry pattern such as a Muddler Minnow or Epoxy Minnow can be trolled along weed edges and drop offs for both rainbow trout and, occasionally, lake trout,” Saffarek says. The great fishing continues through the summer. “In the summer, there are various stone fly and mayfly hatches, and it’s good to have a healthy selection of flies for the possibilities. Golden Stone, Lime Sally, Tom Thumbs and Parachute Adams are essential. Between the migrating fry and various hatches, Pheasant Tail Nymphs as well as Woolly Buggers fished around weed

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beds and drop offs can account (Note: The road eventually turns for the trout.” into Babine Lake Road.) Turn The action doesn’t stop with rain- left (north) onto the Nilkitkwa bow trout. Saffarek points out Forest Service Road and follow that there are large lake whitefish it for 44 km to the turnoff to Fort in Rainbow Alley (the section Babine on the right (east). of water between Nilkitkwa and Babine Lakes), as well as at the drop off where the alley flows into Nilkitkwa Lake.

There is a small provincial park, accessible by boat, on Nilkitkwa Lake consisting of two sections of lakefront. Both lie within For lake trout, Saffarek says that a protected bay and have nice anglers can try a 2 inch smolt beaches. Visit BC Parks website imitation on a slow sinking line, for further information: “worked swimmingly off the www.bcparks.ca drop off where the alley flows into the lake.” Compared to its upstream neighbour, Babine Lake, Nilkitkwa Lake is quite shallow and has large weed beds. The Babine River flows through the lake, creating a slow-moving current well suited for drift fishing. The salmon runs on Babine River provide an excellent food source for rainbow trout, which are sustained by salmon carcasses as well as the salmon fry that emerge from stream beds.

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Onion Lake 15 Hectares (37 Acres)

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nion Lake is small lake LAKE ACCESS south of Terrace and is one rom Terrace, head south of the few lakes in the area that along Highway 37, about 27 are regularly stocked with rain- km. Onion Lake is located along bow trout. the highway, on the right hand The stocking program on Onion (west) side. Lake releases 1,000 rainbow The trail that winds past Onion trout yearlings. The program and Clearwater Lakes is considreleases trout every two years ered an easy hike and they pass and includes Tunkwa, Premier through an old-growth reserve. and Badger strains of trout. The Clearwater Lakes are a one-toearliest known stocking of Onion two km hike along the trail and Lake was in 1960, when 1,000 are ideally suited for belly boats rainbow trout fry were released.­ or light-weight pontoon boats.

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Onion Lake is also known for the cross-country ski trails that wind through the area. In the summer, the trails are used by hikers and bikers, and the trails lead past two other lakes—Lower and Upper Clearwater Lakes—also known for fishing.

To get a good overview map of the trails, the Snow Valley Nordic ski club has trail maps on their website at snowvalleynordics.com, and then select the Maps link.

Onion Lake is close to Lakelse Lake, which is another fabulous fishing lake. Fisheries records show that populations of Dolly Varden and kokanee inhabit these lakes, as well as salmon species, cutthroat trout among them.

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Owen Lake 297 Hectares (734 Acres)

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wen Lake is a popular recreation lake with good fishing for rainbow trout and lake trout. Most of the rainbow trout are in the one- to two-pound range while the lake trout can reach up to 20 pounds. When fishing for rainbows, a Willow Leaf and worm is a good place to start. Another popular lure is the smaller size Apex Troutkillers in black or blue and with silver specks. Fly fishers can try a stonefly nymph or Dragon Butler pattern. In the warmer weather, the rainbow trout will migrate to

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deeper reaches of the lake and a fishfinder can help locate the best depth to target these fish. When going after lake trout, try using a Williams Wobbler, Flatfish or Rapala Minnow. Make sure to get your line down deep and, if necessary, use a downrigger. If you are in the area, it may be worthwhile to explore nearby Parrott Lakes, a chain of four lakes, considered family-friendly, with good fishing and camping available. As well, nearby Tagetochlain Lake is worth exploring. Members on anglersatlas.com report that Tagetochlain Lake has a boat launch and supports a good population of char. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Houston, head south along the Morice River Forest Service Road (FSR) staying left (east) at the 27-km fork, keeping on the Morice-Owen FSR. The road wraps around the east side of the lake and there is a forestry recreation site on the lake shore. The recreation site is a very popular camping spot and has space for 20 vehicle units. The site also comes with a boat launch and is close to Nadina Mountain trail.

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Pine Lake 34 Hectares (84 Acres)

14.3 metres (47 feet)

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forested section, part of the Pine Lakes Trail. It is accessible by 2WD and there are five vehicle units for camping. The site also has a cartop boat launch. Pine Lake Trail wraps around the lake and offers excellent views of the mountains and lake. This 6 km trail is an easy hike, suitable for family use. The trail is also popular among mountain bikers. NOTE: The gate along the West Kalum Road gets locked after 6 pm on occassion.

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Cutthroat trout are the main target and fishing can be good on a wet or dry fly. Randy Murray, owner of Northcoast Anglers in Terrace, says that most people fish from shore or a small boat. Expect the unexpected when it comes to insect hatches on Pine Lake. “There aren’t hatches all season, but when one happens, it

happ e n s quickly,” says Murray. Dragonflies and leeches are good choices. Chironomids and mayflies are good to have on hand as well. Cast a mayfly toward the emerging trout and just let it float for a while. Lure fishing on this lake can also be rewarding. “Small is best,” says Murray. Rooster tails and Panther Martins are good choices, and some folks have

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Redsand & Treston Lakes 39/90 Hectares (96/233 Acres)

14/34 metres (48/112 feet)

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ust south of Kitsumkalum Lake are Redsand and Treston lakes, located in the Redsand Demonstration Forest. The lakes are part of the Kitsumkalum River and offer good fishing for cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden, both with lures and fly patterns. Along with the fabulous fishing, enjoy walking and biking trails and spectacular mountain views. Fly fishers can try emerging minnow and chironomid patterns on the bottom or a small midge pattern for the surface. Fish the emerging minnow pattern near

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the lake bottom to imitate a small on Redsand Lake. This large site has 20 vehicle units for camping. fry. Lure fishers can try trolling a The site is accessible with 2WD Wedding Band with worm. A and is connected to a wheelchairaccessible interpretive trail. maggot also works well.

that offers a wide range of recreational activities. There are three campgrounds, three trails and a variety of ecotypes within the demonstration forest, which also has a self-guided interpreIf you are going after cutthroat, The Redsand Demonstration tive loop. black and silver colour combina- Forest is a popular destination tions can work well. This applies to both fly patterns and lures. The west end of Treston Lake and north-west corner of Redsand Lake are suitable for belly boats and pontoon boats. It is recommended for anglers to use a larger boat on the eastern portion of the lakes as the current from the Kitsumkalum River is quite strong. Please be sure to consult both the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations as well as the federal Fisheries and Oceans regulations.

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rom Terrace, follow Highway 16 across the Kitsumkalum River and turn right (north) at the Kalum Forest Service Road. Continue down this road about 26 km to the Redsand Demonstration Forest. Although there are three camping locations within the demonstration forest, only one is located

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oss Lake is an ideal family lake, ranking as a family fishing water in the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Family fishing waters are easily accessible and offer good catching opportunities with easy fishing from shore. Luke Saffarek owns Tiger Fly Outfitters and he hand-ties flies especially for lakes in the Skeena Region and beyond. As well, he’s fished the area for many years.

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Saffarek suggests that Microleeches and Chironomids fished with an indicator are great for the brook and rainbow trout in Ross Lake. “You may have to put in time, but the fish are there. Be patient and you’ll get them,” he says.

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working leech-like jigs right and just after New Hazelton off the bottom is also highly there is a turnoff for Ross Lake Provincial Park on your right effective, he says. Please note that there is a (north). Turn here and follow motor restriction on the lake, the road to the lake. allowing electric motors only.

Ross Lake is one of the few lakes in the region that is stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. In 2018, 3,000 rainbow trout and 3,000 brook trout were added to the lake.

Saffarek recommends a slowly trolled olive and red Straggle Leech in the early spring and later fall. Lure fishers can try small spoons. Troll slowly along the drop-offs or cast from the new dock or boat LAKE ACCESS launch. rom Terrace, Saffarek reminds anglers that follow Ross Lake is “also an excelH i g hway lent ice fishing lake. With its 16 east crystal-clear water, you can

The park is very scenic and has a picnic area, beach, hiking trail and boat launch. The boat launch is single lane and gravel with a gentle grade. The park is for day use only.

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Round Lake 182 Hectares (450 Acres)

20.4 metres (67 feet)

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ound Lake is located on the east side of Highway 16 between Houston and Smithers. Also considered a Family Fishing Water according to the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Traditionally, this lake is stocked with cutthroat and rainbow trout. In 2018 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC put 18,000 kokanee in Round Lake.

Round Lake as its centerpiece. After turning onto Round Lake Road, you are taken on a circular tour through dairy farming country. From various vantage points, you are able to get spectacular views of the four mountain ranges of the Bulkley Valley: Telkwa Range, Hudson Bay Range, Hazleton Range and the Babine Mountains. Near the end of the tour, you will catch a quick glimpse of Alex Bussman, from Oscar’s beautiful Tyhee Lake, just a Source for Adventure in few kilometers northwest of Smithers, says that he has Round Lake. fished round lake. “It’s a great Let us know how the kokanee place to take a family,” he says. are doing this season at angler“There’s easy access from both satlas.com Smithers and Telkwa. It’s got a nice little boat launch, and it’s LAKE ACCESS stocked with cutthroat, [trarom Houston, travel west ditionally]. I’ve also caught a along Highway 16 to few nice rainbows there.” Round Lake Road on your Some of the best options for right (east), roughly 10 km Round Lake are with troll- before Smithers. Follow this ing. Bussman suggests trolling road for a few kilometres to spinners such as an orange the community hall, where you Blue Fox. Wedding Bands are will find a boat launch. The also popular, he notes, “and lake is good for families with of course the old worm work, plenty of fish for the kids.

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Tyhee Lake 317 Hectares (783 Acres)

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yhee Lake is a popular destination lake for local residents as there is a provincial park that borders its western shore. The lake is also known for its excellent rainbow trout fishing in the spring and fall.

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“Trolling a fly or fishing an boat launch, loading dock and launch is located close to the indicator with a microleech or plenty of parking space. The day-use area of the park, which features 26 picnic tables, fire chironomid along the various pits and a playground weed beds is a good starting for children. point,” Saffarek suggests. “There are various shallow shoals in Tyhee Lake where early spring fish will feed in two to three feet of water. A microleech on an indicator or an unweighted Woolly Bugger worked slowly is a great way to get these fish,” he adds.

Luke Saffarek, local angler and custom fly-tier, says that fishing in Tyhee Lake, “is best in the early spring and late fall, as the lake warms up significantly in the summer. If you’re using hardware, Saffarek recommends trolling conventional flasher / attracLucky Strike tors such as a Ford Fender, or canoe Spoon a Willow Leaf with a Wedding Fire tiger Band, spinner or fly behind it.

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yhee Lake is located just outside of Telkwa. From Smithers, head east along Highway 16, to the town of Telkwa. Then follow the signs to Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, roughly 2 km off the highway. The park has excellent facilities, offering a concrete

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Takysie Lake 514 Hectares (1,270 Acres)

11.6 metres (38 feet)

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akysie Lake is south of Burns Lake, between Francois Lake and the Nechako Reservoir. It is known for its wild rainbow trout fishery and has several accomodation options. It is also a great family fishing lake. David Gruen from Takysie Lake Resort says the fishing is “fabulous. Kids can catch lots of fish right off the dock.” Gruen says that there are a lot of places on the lake where fishing is especially good. “Early in the year, it’s best along the shores

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and behind the island. Throughout the summer, anywhere is a good place to catch fish here!” Some of his favourite lures are a Bear Valley Willow Leaf and worm, a Bear Valley spinner, and a Wedding Band. These are best for trolling, he suggests. Fly anglers may want to try a pearl Minnow Streamer. Gruen adds that a Muddler works well, too. Gruen notes that one great part about fishing on Takysie Lake is the type of fish. “These fish are extremely acrobatic and give an almost daily show when the lake is open. They’re fun to watch, fish and catch. I know it sounds like a ‘fish tale,’ but we’ve had, on sev-

eral occasions, fish jump into boats. One year, we even had a fish LAKE ACCESS jump from one side of a guest’s rom Burns Lake, follow boat to the other and graze her Highway 35 south to the head in the process. It was price- Francois Lake ferry. Take the less!” ferry across the lake and conThere is a special no fishing tinue south for another 24 kiloarea on Takysie Lake between metres to the northwest tip of March 1 and May 31. Signs are Takysie Lake. posted on opposite shores of There is a forest recreation site the lake to mark the no-fishing on the northern shore of the boundary, just north of Takysie lake. It is a twelve-unit site and Lake settlement. Please consult a popular camping and fishing the B.C. Freshwater Fishing destination. The site has a boat Regulations Synopsis before launch. fishing this lake.

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Uncha Lake 503 Hectares (1,243 Acres)

15.2 metres (50 feet)

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To get to the forest recreation site, continue along Uncha Road until meeting Campbell Road. Turn right here (south), and continue about four kilometres to Binta Road. Turn left (east) and continue for another 8 kilometres. The site is located on the left side (north). Angler’s Atlas member FordManiac reports that this boat launch is fairly shallow, and that moored boats can be subject to high winds here.

ncha Lake, south of Francois Lake, has good fishing for rainbow trout and big char. Some anglers have even reported char greater than 30 pounds. If you are fishing for char, make sure your lure goes deep as they retreat to colder water in the heat of the summer months.

ducers. Trolling works best, he LAKE ACCESS adds. rom Burns Lake follow Fly fishers may want to try Highway 35 south to the standard patterns such as Doc Francois Lake ferry and cross Spratleys, leeches and Woolly the lake. Turn left immediately Worms. Either troll with these after leaving the ferry onto Uncha patterns about six feet below the Lake Road. surface, or cast and strip. For The lake offers two accommothese trout, try areas near bays. dation options for anglers—

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If you are familiar with Uncha Lake, share your stories on the Angler’s Atlas! Photos, videos, map markers and more can be posted at anglersatlas.com. Or, download our the Angler’s Atlas Roger Kyncl from Moosehorn app for iOS and Android, and Lodge says that the rainbow trout post your stories live from wherfishing is also great: “So many ever you are! things work really well.” Small Apex seem to be consistent pro-

The most popular lures are the Flatfish, T50 and T60 in a silver or coho blue colour. Other colours are also popular, including lures in black, red and white.

Moosehorn Lodge, located on the north shore of the lake, and a recreation site on the south shore.

There is good signage guiding travellers to Moosehorn Lodge, located just off the Uncha Lake Road. The lodge offers 12 log cabin rentals, space for 20 fullhookup RVs, numerous camping pads and boat rentals.

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cartilage can be recovered and recorded. There are over 275 “Head Depots” in BC where they can be dropped off. Call 1-866-483-9994 for more information or to locate a depot. Depots in Kitimat are located at the Kitimat River Fish Hatchery, Bradley’s Bait & Tackle, and Ron’s Mobile Tackle Van or Ron’s Fishing Tackle storefront.

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he Kitimat River is a small, dynamic river with a rich history and an enormous stock of fish. At 100km in total length with its origins in the Kitimat Ranges, it flows through the Kitimat townsite and eventually empties into the Douglas Channel. You can pack in a ton of fishing into this stretch of water. Thanks to the Kitimat River Hatchery which enhances chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and cutthroat populations, anglers come from around the world to cross a line off their bucket list and catch a river run salmon in a truly beautiful part of the world. Ron’s Mobile Fishing and Bait Shop owner, Ron Watika tells us, “We don’t get as big of fish as the Skeena, but we get a lot more because of the [hatchery] enhancement”, Wakita continues, “The Kitimat River is a short system so it’s relatively immune to dirty water. It stays clean for most of the year”. Because the river cleans so quickly, fishing is consistently good for most of the year, and if the water is high, there are many options to fish in the Douglas Channel.

with restaurants, shopping centres, outfitters, and much more. There are also many fishing derbies throughout the summer months that attract a large number of anglers. The annual Kitimat Fish Derby is held on Labour Day weekend. There are adult and youth categories with cash and prizes as well as a scavenger hunt, music in the park, games for children, and food vendors. Visit tourismkitimat. ca for more information. Ron’s Mobile Fishing and Bait Shop staff are more than happy to help anglers with the where, when, and how to catch fish on their own; alternatively, they can set you up with Reliable Guide and Charters who are more than happy to host guided trips to produce the same results. “At the end of the day,” Ron tells us, “it is all about the smiles in the photos of the anglers with their catch.” SALMONID HEAD RECOVERY PROGRAM

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n the doorstep of Terrace is the mouth of the Kitsumkalum River, famous for its big salmon. The chinook fishery on this river closes in early August. If chinook are not in season, you are still in for spectacular angling. There is also excellent fishing for steelhead, Dolly Varden, cutthroat and bull trout. The worldclass coho fishery also opens from September 1 to October 31. In the lower stretch of the river there is a canyon which can be difficult to pass through. Boaters should talk to a marine dealer or tackle shop about the locations to avoid.

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Bar fishing is a popular technique for salmon fishing, and is something you can do right from shore. Medium to heavy rods and lines work best as salmon are strong fighters. Use a weight about 3 to 5 feet from the lure and a small-sized Spin-n-glo. The weight will allow the lure to rise just off the bottom. Cast out and then wait for a fish to come and strike the lure. Backtrolling is effective if you have a boat and a good lure to use is the HotShot. Another common technique is simply casting a spoon from shore. Fly fishers can try spey patterns. We remind anglers that this river and all its tributaries are classified waters and require a special licence. Ask a lot of questions when

heading out, read all of the regulations and talk to local sports shops about restrictions. Several visitor and resident regulations were introduced in 2013, and should be reviewed before your trip. Anglers should also consult both the federal and provincial regulations for all salmon openings. Please consult the updated list of closures, which is available on the website at pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Follow the links to the sections on recreational fishing.

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he main access road up the Kitsumkalum River is the Nisga’a Highway, which wraps along the eastern side of the river to the lake.

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Kispiox River guests to revel in the sights -- and the sites. For those who visit for the fishing, there are world-class steelhead runs throughout the northwest, and the Kispiox River is one of the best. Fly fishing is ideal for all species, and good versatile patterns such as Woolly Buggers are usually a good choice to have on hand.

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pressure, especially in terms of Visit hazeltonstourism.ca to start planning your trip to the fishing activity. Protections for the river include Kispiox River and the Hazeltons bait bans, and a ban on boat fish- region! ing. Non-residents must be with a guide on weekends during the fall salmon runs, and no power boats are allowed. The river is Classified Water; a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory.

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he Kispiox River is world famous, and for good reason. Not only is it renowned for its fishing, but there are plentiful opportunities for sightseers, eco-tourists, and rafters as well. People from all over the world visit the river for its fishing adventures. Equally alluring, several outfitters offer rafting tours that allow people to get out on the water no matter their age or fishing ability. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find whitewater rapids on the Kispiox River, which makes for a more relaxing outing, and this allows

are several feeder creeks with a RIVER ACCESS variety of fish and habitat. he Village of Kispiox is located at the confluence The river is home to all six salmon species, as well as bull of this river and the Skeena. trout, and numerous other sport There are several accommodaand coarse fish populations. tion options, from forestry rec Lamprey are also found in the sites to luxury lodges. As well, Anspayaxw Adventures has watershed. As the Kispiox River is relative- opened a fishing supply store on ly gentle, with numerous access the Kispiox Valley Road in the points, it can see significant old cultural centre.

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he Kispiox River runs for 160 kilometres before meeting the Skeena River, just north of New Hazelton. It is a diverse system with the headwaters beginning at productive Swan Lake. There

Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information. We highly recommend fishing with a licensed guide, and we encourage catchand-release here to protect fish populations.

Caution: Do not use this map for navigational purposes. This map may not reflect current conditions. Uncharted hazards may exist. Base Map ŠProvince of British Columbia.

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teelhead season on the Morice River is not to be missed. This river attracts anglers from all over the world, providing exceptional adventure in spectacular surroundings.

the Freshwater Salmon Supplement, produced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. ABOUT THE RIVER

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he Morice River emerges from the north end of Morice Lake and runs for more than 80 kilometres to the confluence of the Bulkley River near Houston. Five species of salmon are known to inhabit this system, including chinook, p i n k , c h u m , sockeye, coho and steelhead. While the Morice River is known for its excellent salmon fishing, it is also home to trout, including Before heading out to fish this rainbow, cutthroat and town of Houston. Turn right wild river, remember that spe- Dolly Varden. (south) onto the Morice River cial regulations apply to this Forest Service Road (FSR), fishery. There are two sets of RIVER ACCESS which winds along the Morice regulations that must be conrom Terrace, head east River for nearly its entire sulted—the B.C. Freshwater along Highway 16 to the length. Fishing Regulations, and Try fishing dry flies with a waking technique. The objective is to create a wake, or a V pattern behind the fly for the steelhead to cue on. The trailing wake needs to be big enough so that it can be seen by the fish. In slow-moving clear water, a smaller wake will work, but as the turbulence and turbidity increase, the size of the wake needs to be larger in order to be seen by feeding fish. This works best in shady areas, or before the sun is fully up. Try fishing areas where there is a distinctive drop-off, such as around rocks. Put a bit of bend on the line and cast across on a 45-degree angle.

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There are several recreation sites located along the forestry road that offer locations to fish or put in a pontoon boat. See map for general location of recreation sites.

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TABLE LEGEND See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.  Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) CW Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 * Including tributaries GENERAL RESTRICTIONS NO FISHING: in any stream in the watersheds of the Skeena River upstream of Cedarvale or Nass River upstream of Kitsault Bridge, Jan. 1 to June 15 (NOTE: Nass River mainstem is EXEMPT and Skeena River mainstem upstream of Cedarvale is only closed Jan. 1 to May 31). See tables for other exceptions. NO FISHING: in any stream in the Iskut River watershed (upstream of Forest Kerr Canyon), April 1 to June 30; and in the Fraser River watershed in Region 6, April 1 to June 30. Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 6, all year.

Set lining for burbot is permitted in the lakes of Region 6. Please refer to set lining and the use of fin fish for bait on page 9. REGION 6 DAILY QUOTAS (See tables for exceptions) Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs Arctic grayling: 3 Burbot: 5 Inconnu: 1 Kokanee: 10 (none from streams) Northern pike: 5 Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) White sturgeon: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm (quota includes hatchery steelhead) • 3 Dolly Varden/bull trout and/or

ALDRICH LAKE ATLIN LAKE

6-9 6-25 6-27

BABINE LAKE

6-6

BABINE RIVER* CW

6-8

BASALT LAKE BEAR RIVER* (Sustut Watershed) BELL-IRVING RIVER BENNETT LAKE

6-1 6-18 6-17 6-28

BISH CREEK* BUCKINGHORSE LAKE

6-11 6-20

BUCKLEY CREEK

6-21

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REPORT TAGGED FISH Please report all tagged fish captured in the Skeena Region (except salmon) to the Regional Fish and Wildlife office in Smithers at 1-800-663-7867. Report information should include fish species, tag color and number, date and location of capture. Please leave name and contact information for a possible reward and to receive fish details. Meziadin Lake Bull Trout $100 Reward Tagging Program Even if releasing the fish, anglers should clip off ALL tags (contrary to the preferred practice on other waters and return them with capture information to the Region 6 Fish & Wildlife Office in Smithers.

lake trout combined • 1 trout from streams July 1-Oct 31 And you must release: • all Dolly Varden/bull trout from streams all year • Trout under 30 cm from any stream • Trout of any size from streams Nov 1-June 30 • Lake trout from Fraser and Skeena watersheds, Sept. 15 to Nov. 30 • all wild steelhead POSSESSION QUOTAS Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas. (See tables for exceptions) DAILY AND ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON Please refer to the NOTICE on page 90

ANNUAL QUOTAS Annual quota for all B.C.: 10 hatchery steelhead per licence year. Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. In addition, a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory when fishing most Classified Waters regardless of the species being angled for. Please see page 7 for details. When you have caught and retained your daily quota of hatchery steelhead from any water, you must stop fishing that water for the remainder of that day.

Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Lake trout daily quota = 3: EITHER none over 60 cm, OR only 1 over 60 cm and the other 2 must be 60 cm or less; Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); Northern pike daily quota = 5 (only 1 over 70 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Only one daily quota may be retained from Atlin Lake regardless of which side of the border the fish were taken No Fishing east of a line from Gullwing Creek to the south shore of Babine Lake No Fishing within a 400 m radius of the mouth of Pinkut Creek, Aug 15-Sept 15 That section of flowing water between Babine and Nilkitkwa lakes is designated Babine River (see map 2 page 61); Regional stream regulations apply. Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays from the juvenile fish counting weir located at the outlet of Nilkitkwa Lake to the Nilkitkwa River confluence, Sept 1-Oct 31 (See map 7, page 63) No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 100 m upstream of and 80 m downstream of the adult fish counting fence, located approximately 1.8 km downstream of Nilkitkwa Lake Open all year in the stream channel known as “Rainbow Alley” located between Babine and Nilkitkwa lakes (see map 2 page 61) Fly fishing only (a) from the Fort Babine bridge downstream to signs posted 100 m upstream of the adult fish counting fence (including Nilkitkwa Lake), during open times and (b) from signs about 80 m downstream of the adult fish counting fence to Nichyeskwa Creek, June 16-Sept 30 Bait ban No angling from boats downstream of adult fish counting fence; location of fence as described above Class 1 water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 from the juvenile fish counting weir located at the outlet of Nilkitkwa Lake downstream to the Babine River’s confluence with the Skeena River (See map 7 page 63) No Ice Fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Bennett Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling. Trout release; bait ban No Fishing within 100 m of outlet, May 15-July 31 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30; Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban

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BUCKLEY LAKE BULKLEY RIVER* CW

6-21 6-9

CASEY LAKE CHESLATTA LAKE

6-4 6-4

CHESLATTA RIVER (downstream of falls) CHILKOOT TRAIL NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK WATERS CHIPMUNK LAKE COPPER RIVER CRANBERRY RIVER

6-4

No Fishing Nov 1- Apr 30; Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 See Suskwa River and Telkwa River No Fishing upstream of Morice/Bulkley River confluence Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31; bait ban all year for Morice R. and Suskwa R.; no bait ban for Two Mile Creek No angling from boats from Morice River to CNR bridge at Barrett, Aug 15-Dec 31, and in Moricetown Canyon or within 100 m downstream, all year Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) Lake trout release, Sept 15-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 3 (only 1 over 50 cm), Nov 1-Sept 14 Trout release; bait ban

6-28

No Fishing. Please contact Parks Canada for details (see page 11 in the Provincial Regulations)

6-1 6-9 6-15

DALA RIVER* DAMDOCHAX CREEK CW

6-3 6-17

DEEP CREEK DENNIS LAKE “DIANA” CREEK

6-15 6-9 6-14

DORIS LAKE DUNALTER LAKE (Irrigation Lake)  “EAST GRIBBELL” CREEK

6-8 6-9

Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook See Zymoetz River No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted upstream of and downstream of Cranberry River Canyon Note: The section of river from Cranberry-Kiteen junction to Nass River is the Cranberry River Bait ban, Aug 1 - Dec 31 No Fishing June 15-Aug 1; bait ban, June 1-June 14 and Aug 2-Oct 15 Bait ban Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31*; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31* No Fishing Release rainbow trout over 50 cm No Fishing Aug 1-Oct 31; bait ban Unnamed stream between Diana and Prudhomme lakes Also see Prudhomme Lake (south of the Hwy 16 bridge) Lake trout release Electric motors only

ECSTALL RIVER* CW ENDAKO RIVER FRANÇOIS LAKE

6-11 6-4 6-4

FULTON RIVER*

6-8

GATCHO LAKE GITNADOIX RIVER* CW (When angling within Babine River Corridor Park anglers must abide by posted Park specific rules)

6-1 6-10

No Fishing Unnamed stream on Gribbell Island across Ursula Chan. from Goat Harbour Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp not required unless angling for steelhead No Fishing Nov 15-June 30 For the area at the outlet of François Lake described on map 1, page 59: No Fishing Nov 15-May 31; char daily quota = 2, no more than 1 over 50 cm; rainbow trout release; Bait ban; single barbless hook; no set lining No Fishing May 1-June 15 Angling permitted in Fulton River opposite the spawning channels, as signed Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31

GLACIER (REDSLIDE) CREEK (unnamed tributary to Nanika River) GOSNELL CREEK*

6-9

No Fishing Aug 1-Sept 30

6-9

No Fishing Aug 1-Sept 30

HAYS CREEK* (in Prince Rupert)

6-14

HELENE LAKE

6-6

HEVENOR (“McQueen”) CREEK* HILL-TOUT LAKE INSECT CREEK* ISHKHEENICKH RIVER ISKUT RIVER

6-30 6-9 6-15 6-14 6-21

JOHANSON LAKE KATHLYN LAKE KHUTZEYMATEEN RIVER* KILDALA RIVER*

6-18 6-9 6-14 6-3

No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs posted downstream of lower culvert near fish cannery in Prince Rupert Includes “Oldfield” Creek No Fishing northwest of a line between fishing boundary signs posted on opposite shores of the outlet bay, Apr 1-June 30 Open all year, bait may be used, trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) No Fishing No Fishing Jan 1-June 15 See Ksi Hlginx River No Fishing downstream of Forest Kerr Canyon*, Apr 1-Apr 30; No powered boats between Natadesleen Lake and Kinaskan Lake No Fishing No powered boats No Fishing Bait ban, June 1-Oct 15

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KISPIOX RIVER* CW

6-30

KITEEN RIVER KITIMAT RIVER* (Angling regulations for the Kitimat River are currently under review. Please check the in-season regulation change website prior to fishing on the Kitmat River)

6-15 6-3

KITSEGUECLA RIVER CW

6-9

KITSUMKALUM (Kalum) RIVER*CW

6-15

KITWANGA RIVER* CW

6-30

KLAHOWYA LAKE

6-20

KLOIYA RIVER KLUATANTAN RIVER* CW

6-14 6-18

KOWATUA CREEK KSI HLGINX RIVER (formerly Ishkheenickh River) KSI SGASGINIST CREEK (formerly Seaskinnish Creek) KSI SII AKS RIVER (formerly Tseax River) KSI X’ANMAS RIVER* (formerly Kwinamass River) CW KWINAGEESE RIVER* CW

6-26 6-14

Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 Bait ban (EXCEPT Hevenor Creek); No angling from boats, no powered boats Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 See Skeena River/Kispiox River confluence Bait ban, Aug 1 - Dec 31 No Fishing on the West half of river between fishing boundary signs near Kitimat Hatchery outfall Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1; hatchery steelhead monthly quota = 10; Note: province-wide hatchery steelhead annual quota = 10 When you have caught and retained your daily steelhead quota from the Kitimat, you must stop fishing the Kitimat for the remainder of that day Bait ban, May 15-Aug 31; No powered boats Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year*; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31* Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays from the outlet of Kitsumkalum Lake to Glacier Creek confluence all year (See map 3 page 63) Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Sundays for the entire river all year Class II water all year*; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Aug 7 - May 31 Bait ban Jan 1-June 15 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 No Fishing within 100 m of outlet, May 15 - July 31 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook No Fishing Aug 1-Oct 31; Bait ban Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 No Fishing Dec 1-June 30 and Aug 20-Sept 15 No Fishing June 15-Sept 1

6-15

No Fishing July 1-Sept 15

6-14

No Fishing upstream of Nass Road bridge, Aug 1-Dec 31

6-14

KWINAMASS RIVER* CW LACHMACH RIVER LAIDLAW LAKE

6-14 6-14 6-25 6-27

LAKELSE LAKE LAKELSE RIVER* CW

6-11 6-10

LEAN-TO CREEK MAXAN LAKE

6-15 6-9

No Fishing upstream from the lower bridge abutments, July 1-Aug 20 Class II water Apr 1-Sept 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 See Ksi X’anmas River Bait ban Lake trout daily quota = 3: EITHER none over 60 cm, OR only 1 over 60 cm and the other 2 must be 60 cm or less; Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); Northern pike daily quota = 5 (only 1 over 70 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Laidlaw Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens from the outlet of Lakelse Lake to the power line crossing, located 3.5 km upstream of the Lakelse River mouth, all year (See map 4 page 63) Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge, Mar 1-May 31 Bait ban; no powered boats Note: The mouth of the river is designated by signs 1.7 km downstream of Lakelse River logging road bridge Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-May 31 No Fishing Lake trout release

MAGAR CREEK

6-10

No Fishing Aug 1-Oct 31

MCDONNEL LAKE MCQUEEN CREEK* MEZIADIN RIVER* MORICE RIVER* CW

6-9 6-30 6-16 6-9

Release rainbow trout over 50 cm See Hevenor Creek Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 No Fishing from fishing boundary signs posted near outlet of Morice Lake to Gosnell Creek, Jan 1-Sept 30 No Fishing from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek, Jan 1-Aug 31 Bait ban (all parts) Fly fishing only from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek, Sept 1-Sept 30 No angling from boats, Aug 15-Dec 31 (all parts) Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31

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MORLEY LAKE

6-25

MURRAY LAKE

6-4

NAGLICO LAKE NAKINA RIVER NATADESLEEN LAKE NICHYESKWA CREEK NILKITKWA LAKE

6-1 6-26 6-21 6-8 6-8

NITHI RIVER OGSTON LAKE “OLDFIELD” CREEK OWEEGEE LAKE PETTRY LAKE PINKUT CREEK PRUDHOMME LAKE (South of the Hwy 16 Bridge) RANCHERIA RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES

6-4 6-6 6-14 6-16 6-1 6-6 6-14

ROSS LAKE  SEASKINNISH CREEK “SEELEY” CREEK (outlet of Seeley Lake) SEELEY LAKE SEYMOUR LAKE SIX MILE LAKE (Ross Lake Park) SILVERTHORNE (Erickson) LAKE SKEENA RIVER/KISPIOX RIVER CONFLUENCE SKEENA RIVER CW (Mainstem Only)

6-9 6-15 6-9

SQUIRREL LAKE STATION CREEK STELLAKO RIVER CW

6-1 6-9 6-4 7-12

SUSKWA (Bear) RIVER* CW

6-8

SUSTUT LAKES SUSTUT RIVER* CW

6-18 6-18

SWIFT RIVER*

6-25

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6-25

6-9 6-9 6-15 6-9 6-8 6-10

Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Morley Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling Lake trout release, Sept 15-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 3 (only 1 over 50 cm), Nov 1-Sept 14 Trout daily quota = 2; Bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing July 20-Aug 15 Single barbless hook; No powered boats No Fishing Fly fishing only, bait ban (EXCEPT dead fin fish may be used as bait when set lining; see page 9 in the Provincial Regulations) That section of flowing water between Babine and Nilkitkwa Lakes known as “Rainbow Alley” is open for fishing all year (see also Babine River) (See map 2 page 61) No Fishing Nov 15-June 30 No Ice Fishing; Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing; see Hays Creek Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing downstream of the fish fence, Aug 15-Sept 15 No Fishing Aug 1-Oct 31 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of the Rancheria River including tributary streams but not lakes, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling. Electric motors only See Ksi Sgasginist Creek Open all year, no minimum size for trout Electric motors only No powered boats Electric motors only No Fishing within 50 m of the outlet, May 1-June 30 Waters within 3 white fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena and Kispiox rivers Bait ban; no angling from boats There are two separate Class II waters on the Skeena River (non-residents and non-resident aliens require separate licences describing which section they are fishing): (a) from Exchamsiks River to 1.5 km upstream of Kitsumkalum River (known as “Skeena River 2”), July 1-Sept 30; and (b) upstream of 1.5 km upstream of Zymoetz River (known as “Skeena River Section 4”), July 1-Dec 31; Steelhead Stamp not mandatory for Skeena River 2 unless fishing for steelhead. Steelhead Stamp is mandatory in Skeena River Section 4 during the Classified Waters period from July 1-Dec 31 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens in Skeena River Section 4 on Saturdays and Sundays in two zones: (a) Shegunia River confluence to Sedan Creek confluence July 1-Dec 31 (See map 5 page 63), and (b) Chimdemash Creek confluence to 1.5 km upstream of Zymoetz River confluence, July 1 - Dec 31, (See map 6 page 63) Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Open all year; trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) No Fishing Nov 15-May 31; Class II water* when open (Steelhead Stamp not required) Rainbow trout release Fly fishing only between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 250 m and 4 km downstream of the bridge near the François Lake outlet No powered boats from François Lake to the falls See restrictions for François Lake’s outlet area Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 No Fishing No Fishing upstream of BCR bridge at Bear River mouth Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class I water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of the Swift River including tributary streams but not lakes, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling.

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TAGISH LAKE

6-27

Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm) Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm) Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm) Whitefish daily quota = 5 B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Tagish Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling

TAHLTAN RIVER*

6-22

No Fishing Dec 1-June 30

TAKYSIE LAKE

6-4

TATSATUA CREEK* (formerly known as Tatsamenie Lake’s outlet streams) TCHESINKUT LAKE

6-26

No Fishing northwest of a line between fishing boundary signs posted on opposite shores immediately north of Takysie Lake Settlement, Mar 1-May 31 No Fishing from Dec 1-June 30 and Aug 20-Sept 15

TELKWA RIVER* CW

6-9

TESLIN LAKE

6-25

THAUTIL RIVER* TOMS LAKE TRIUMPH RIVER TSEAX RIVER TWO MILE CREEK UNNAMED LAKE (approx. 500 M south of Natalkuz Lake)

6-9 6-1 6-3 6-14 6-8 6-1

WAHLA LAKE WEST ROAD (“Blackwater”) RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES ZYMOETZ (Copper) RIVER* CW

6-2 6-1

6-4

6-9

Release lake trout all year EXCEPT during months of February and July (when regional quotas apply) Single barbless hook Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens Sept 1 - Oct 31 Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none between 60 cm and 90 cm) Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm) Whitefish daily quota = 5 B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Teslin Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling No Fishing Aug 1-Sept 30 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Nov 1-May 31 See Ksi Sii Aks River Open all year; bait may be used; trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) No Ice Fishing; rainbow trout release Bait ban, single barbless hook Located approximately 6.25 km S/SE of Yellow Moose Lake and approximately 6.25 km W/SW of Chedakuz Arm Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm) Trout daily quota = 1; artificial fly only, bait ban For regulations on the mainstem of the West Road River, see Region 5 No Fishing from McDonell Lake downstream approximately 3 km to posted fishing boundary signs No Fishing between posted fishing boundary signs in Zymoetz Canyon No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary sign at the transmission line crossing (located downstream of Zymoetz Canyon), Jan 1-June 15 Bait ban Upstream of Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River A): Class I water Jul 24 - Dec 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - Dec 31; Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - Dec 31 Downstream of Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River B): Class II water Jul 24 - May 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - May 31; Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - May 31

SKEENA QUALITY WATERS STRATEGY Steelhead Regulations On April 1, 2012, a number of angling regulation changes were implemented in the Skeena Region to address issues of overcrowding and conflict among users during the steelhead fishery. Changes were developed in consultation with resident anglers, guides, tourism and business representatives, non-Canadian anglers and First Nations (for more information, see www.env.gov.bc.ca/skeena/qws/). They apply to the Bulkley, Babine, Morice, Kispiox, Suskwa, Kitseguecla, Kitwanga, Skeena (section 4), Zymoetz Class I section, Zymoetz Class II section, Lakelse and Kitsumkalum rivers. Depending on the river, the regulations include: • Extensions to the time period when a Classified Waters Licence and Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp are required • Changes from Class II to Class I designation • Times and zones where only Canadians are permitted to angle and non-guided non-resident aliens are restricted • Measures for the management of angling guides For an explanation of all changes, visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/ fw/fish/regulations/ to read the Skeena Steelhead Regulations Brochure and Question and Answers that have been prepared. The ministry will be monitoring these regulations to ensure they are working as intended. Information on angler effort and satisfaction will be gathered and used to inform management decisions in the future.

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Skeena 2019 Fishing BC Member Directory BUSINESS NAME

EMAIL

PHONE

WEBSITE

TYPE

Avid Sportfishing

neil@avidsportfishing.ca

(250) 637-1074

N/A

Charters & Guides

Babine Lodge

info@babinelodge.com

(250) 697-2310

N/A

Resort/Lodges

Babine Norlakes Steelhead Camp

norlakes@gmail.com

(250) 847-2341

babinenorlakes.com

Resort/Lodges

Bill Harrison, Langara Fishing Adventures

bullharrison@gmail.com

(778) 239-3717

langara.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Blackfeather Fishing Charters

info@blackfeathercharters.com

(250) 627-6461

blackfeathercharters.com

Charters & Guides

Brent Gibson, Langara Fishing Adventures

brent_gibson@mac.com

N/A

langara.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Brent Raymond, Langara Fishing Adventures

raymondcbrent@hotmail.com

(250) 509-0896

langara.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Cameron McCulloch, Langara Fishing Adventures

cammuck@hotmail.com

N/A

langara.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Cariboo River Fishing Adventures

mooring@uniserve.com

(250) 991-8114

caribooriverfishing.com

Charters & Guides

Charlotte Queen Adventures Ltd.

info@charlottequeenadventures.com (604) 583-6556

charlottequeenadventures.com

Resort/Lodges

Chris Scoten

scooters@shaw.ca

(604) 816-1864

N/A

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Damdochax River Lodge

alicewilliams@damdocax.com

(250) 877-6075

damdochax.com

Resort/Lodges

Eagle Point Lodge

eaglepoint@eaglepointelodge.com (888) 988-8388

eaglepointelodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Feather Forge Fly Company

aaroncaldwell@gmail.com

N/A

Resort/Lodges

(403) 669-5462

Finger Lake WIlderness Resort

FingerLake@xplornet.com

(778) 785-1114

fingerlakeresort.com

Resort/Lodges

Foggy Point Charter Services

info@foggypoint.com

(250) 627-1853

foggypoint.com

Charters & Guides

Frontier Farwest Lodge

info@bulkleysteelhead.com

(877) 846-9153

bulkleysteelhead.com

Resort/Lodges

Gordon Bagan, Langara Fishing Adventures

N/A

N/A

langara.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Graywood Sporting Group

wcuppy@graywoodsporting.com

(705) 749-0622

graywoodsporting.com

Other Services

Inland Pacific Distributors

N/A

(604) 533-3244

N/A

Tackle & Marine Retail

Jeff Beckwith, Blackfeather Fishing Charters

info@blackfeathercharters.com

(250) 627-4094

blackfeathercharters.com

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Kevin Wiley, Northern Bounty Fishing Charters

N/A

N/A

northernbounty.ca

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Lakes District Air and Fishing

flying@ldair.ca

(250) 692-3229

LDair.ca

Resort/Lodges

Langara Fishing Adventures

info@langara.com

(604) 232-5532

langara.com

Resort/Lodges

Mandy Wesley

haidaguide@hotmail.com

(604) 928-6884

N/A

Certified Tidal Angling Guides

Moberly Lake Resort and Marina

hhammer@pris.bc.ca

(250) 782-6425

moberlylakemarinaandresort.ca

Resort/Lodges

Naden Lodge

info@nadenlodge.com

(250) 626-3322

nadenlodge.bc.ca

Resort/Lodges

Nadina Lake Lodge

nadina@shaw.ca

(250) 695-6788

loveburnslake.com

Resort/Lodges

Nadina Mountain Wilderness Lodge

N/A

(250) 845-7532

N/A

Resort/Lodges

Nechako Lodge and Aviation

info@nechakolodge.com

(250) 412-2665

nechakolodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Nicholas Dean Outdoors

info@nicholasdean.com

(250) 635-5295

nicholasdean.com

Resort/Lodges

North King Lodge

info@northkinglodge.com

(250) 751-0302

northkinglodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Northern Bounty Fishing Charters

bountyhunter@citytel.net

(250) 624-6827

northernbounty.ca

Charters & Guides

Ookpik Wilderness Lodge

info@ookpiklodge.com

(250) 697-2502

ookpiklodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Pelly Peak Wilderness Lodge

gelmgmt@shaw.ca

(250) 503-0060

N/A

Resort/Lodges

Queen Charlotte Lodge

rclough@queencharlottelodge.com (604) 420-7197

queencharlottelodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Shearwater Resort & Marina Ltd.

fish@shearwater.ca

hearwater.ca

Resort/Lodges

(604) 270-6204


Skeena 2019 Fishing BC Member Directory BUSINESS NAME

EMAIL

PHONE

WEBSITE

TYPE

Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge

brian@silverhilton.com

(250) 877-9252

silverhilton.com

Resort/Lodges

Silverback Fishing Adventures

silverback@citywest.ca

(250) 628-3357

haaneenaa.com

Resort/Lodges

Steelhead Valhalla Lodge

jeff@sweetwatertravel.com

(250) 847-1806

steelheadvalhallalodge.com

Resort/Lodges

Suskeena Lodge

sustutriver@gmail.com

(250) 566-1407

sustutriver.com

Resort/Lodges

Tachick Lake Resort

N/A

(250) 567-4929

tachicklakeresort.com

Resort/Lodges

Tetachuck WIlderness Lodge

info@tetachucklodge.com

(403) 799 4652

tetachucklodge.com

Resort/Lodges

West Coast Fishing Club

info@westcoastfishingclub.com

(604) 233-9232

westcoastfishingclub.com

Resort/Lodges

Western Wild Sportfishing

info@westernwildsportfishing.com (250) 922-5777

westernwildsportfishing.com Charters & Guides

Westwind Tugboat Adventures

cruise@tugboatcruise.com

tugboatcruise.com

(888) 599-8847

Resort/Lodges


Protecting Rockfish from Barotrauma

Fisheries and Oceans Canada needs your help to protect and conserve British Columbia’s rockfish. Rockfish suffer barotrauma when brought to the surface. Barotrauma is caused by expanding gasses in the swim bladder which can cause the stomach and eyes to bulge making it difficult for the rockfish to descend when released at the surface. Quickly releasing rockfish to the depth of capture with the help of a descending device improves their ability to stay down and increases their chance of survival.

Barotrauma Symptoms: Expanding gases in the swim bladder cause eyes to bulge and pushes the stomach into and through the mouth.

“Closed” swim bladders expand during ascent

NEW MANDATORY FISHING LICENCE REQUIREMENT Effective April 1, 2019

Use one of these common descending devices to release unintended rockfish catch Spring-loaded clamp

Pressure-release clamp

Barbless inverted weighted hook

Attaches to the jaw and releases the fish from a manually-triggered clamp at the chosen depth.

Attaches to the jaw and automatically releases when a depth setting on the device is reached.

Attaches to the jaw and when the correct depth is reached and the line is tugged, a recovered rockfish will swim away.

China Rockfish

Quillback Rockfish

Yelloweye Rockfish

Help improve survival

Always carry a descending device on your boat and be prepared to use it on a spare rod or downrigger. Limit handling and wear gloves to preserve the protective slime coating. In under 2 minutes lower unintended rockfish catch to near the depth of capture.

EXPECT and be prepared to

use a descending device to release unintended rockfish catch.

PROTECT

rockfish by avoiding areas with high rockfish concentration when fishing for other species.

RESPECT regulations requiring use of a descending device to release rockfish, catch limits and fishing closures.

For more information visit: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/rockfish-conservation Sharing Responsibility for Sustainable Recreational Fisheries in the Pacific Region

LOCATE FISHING INFORMATION ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE, CURRENTLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SPORT FISHING INSTITUTE OF BC’S FISHING BC APP


2019 Chinook Update

What you need to know about the Chinook retention changes: Johnstone Strait and Northern Strait of Georgia • Until July 14th: Non-retention • July 15th to August 29th: Daily limit of one (1) • August 30th to December 31st: Daily limit of two (2) Strait Juan de Fuca and Southern Strait of Georgia • Until July 31st: Non-retention • August 1st to August 29th: Daily limit of one (1) • August 30th to December 31st: Daily limit of two (2) West Coast Vancouver Island Offshore • Until July 14th: Non-retention • July 15th to December 31st: Daily limit of two (2)

What you need to know about the Total annual retention reduced from thirty (30) to ten (10) Chinook retention changes Johnstone Strait and Northern Strait of Georgia • Until July 14th: Non-retention • July 15th to August 29th: Daily limit of one (1) • August 30th to December 31st: Daily limit of two (2) Strait Juan de Fuca and Southern Strait of Georgia • Until July 31st: Non-retention • August 1st to August 29th: Daily limit of one (1) • August 30th to December 31st: Daily limit of two (2)

Closure of Fraser River recreational remains inofplace at least West Coast Vancouver Is- fishingRetention twountil (2) ChiAugust 23rd land Offshore nook per day remains for

Northern BC and inshore • Until July 14th: Non-retenRetention of of twoWest (2) Chinook day areas Coast per Vantion for Northern • July 15th to December remains couver Island.BC and inshore 31st: Daily limit of two (2) areas of West Coast Vancouver Island. Information current as of Information current as of April 18th, April 18th, 2019. Total annual retention 2019. Visit http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca reduced from thirty (30) to up-to-date information about regulaten (10) Visit www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca tion changes and closures up-to-date information Closure of Fraser River about regulation changes and closures. recreational fishing remains in place until at least August 23rd Photo submitted by Angler’s Atlas member Kelly Riehl.


2018 Skeena Fish Stocking Report Waterbody Name

Species

Released

BARRETT

RB

2500

CALL

EB

CO-OP

Waterbody Name

Species

Released

ROSS

RB

3000

3000

ROUND

KO

18000

EB

3000

TYHEE

RB

20000

CO-OP

KO

3000

VALLEE

RB

2000

DUNALTER

RB

3000

HELEN

RB

2000

KAGER

RB

2000

Stock Species Codes:

KITIMAT R

ST

38578

CT

Coastal Cutthroat Trout

KLINGER

EB

4000

EB

Eastern Brook Trout

RB

Rainbow Trout

LU

RB

2000

ST Steelhead

ONION

RB

1000

For more information on Fish Stocking in British Columbia, visit:

RICHMOND

RB

3000

www.GoFishBC.com

ROSS

EB

3000


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