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My Hurting Head

The next step in our Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s oppressive process leading us into the 2018 fisheries arrived a couple of days ago. Its called the PRELIMINARY 2018 SALMON OUTLOOK. Here we have 28 pages worth of forecasts about various stocks and species up and down the coast of British Columbia. Those forecasts are …

Buyer Beware

Here we are staring at the beginning of yet another year of process intended to rationalize the multitude of fisheries now impacting salmon in British Columbia. The call is out from our Department of Fisheries and Oceans (I’ll leave out the part about the Coast Guard and just call it DFO) to line up for …

Dear Santa

My favourite fish are not doing well these days so I thought I might be able to count on you for a gift or two to make things better. I don’t want to be greedy or unrealistic here so I’m trying to make a list of things that are possible for you to deliver. Please …

The Elephant in the Room

For the first time ever in Canada the plight of steelhead is on the radar of our elected representatives in the nation’s capital. The cynics amongst us would never have believed it could happen but there it was in the House of Commons with a federal Minister having to answer questions about Thompson and Chilcotin …

No More Mr. Nice Guy!

Fish that never got caught. To all of you out there who love steelhead, especially those revered Thompson fish, you need to pay attention to what our Federal Government’s top gun for fisheries has said in the letter I have posted below. This is Minister of  Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic …

Gold River Lament

You need to understand the past to navigate the future. I moved to Vancouver Island too late to see the best it ever had to offer a steelhead fisherman. Major systems such as the Cowichan, San Juan and Salmon had already slipped badly from where they once stood but there was one that was still …

The Weight of Evidence

Over many years in the fisheries business I’ve witnessed more predictions regarding salmon returns than I care to remember. One thing I’ve not forgotten, however, is my overriding impression – if you want to be wrong, just make a prediction. British Columbia is replete with examples of that this year. I don’t think I’m overstating …

More Thompson Perspective

Here’s an interesting sidebar to the ongoing interior Fraser steelhead issues. This comes from a request I put in to the provincial fisheries staff in Surrey a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just got around to looking at it today. Mike Wilcox gets the nod for the assist here. Most of the hard corps steelhead …