Angling banned on most streams due to low flows

Fishing closures declared across most of B.C.'s South Coast, except mainstems of exempted rivers

Map of wildlife management units where stream and river angling is now generally banned.

Low water levels and warming temperatures have prompted the province to ban angling in most streams and smaller rivers across the South Coast region.

The unusual drought conditions make fish vulnerable and the closures are required to protect stocks, according to provincial government officials.

The closures covers all of the wildlife management units south of Toba Inlet, inlcuding the Lower Mainland, with the exception of unit 2-1, which is Manning Park east of the Skagit River.

Fishing is still allowed in lakes and reservoirs, and there are also exemptions for the mainstem sections of the Fraser, the Chilliwack-Vedder, Harrison, Lillooet, Squamish (non-tidal), Pitt (non-tidal), Elaho, Cheakamus, Capilano and Mamquam rivers.

The move comes after last week’s declaration of Level 4 drought conditions in southwestern B.C.

Angling closures were previously declared for southern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and parts of the South Okanagan, as well as the Horsefly River in the Cariboo.

Exempted rivers as well as other key angling streams are being monitored by fisheries biologists and could be closed as well, if necessary.

Not even catch and release angling is allowed on closed streams.

Just Posted

Fire destroys home in Surrey

Crews called at 3 a.m. Sunday for a residential house fire on the 12000-block of 100 Avenue

Art show to be held at White Rock’s Jan’s on the Beach

Art to be displayed until the end of December

New detox centre opens in South Surrey

WhiteRock EHN opened in response to opioid crisis

VIDEO: Surrey hair salon joins sustainability initiative

Hair can be used to create boom to clean up oil spills: Green Circle Salons

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Vancouver Police look for man in connection to ‘sexually motivated’ assault

Woman says man followed her into an apartment building

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Most Read