Fishery Notice

FN0788-Recreational - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 8 - Osoyoos Lake - Retention

Further to Fishery Notice FN0687, a meeting occurred on August 13, 2018 between 
Department staff, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Mid Fraser Thompson 
Okanagan Sport Fish Advisory Committee to discuss in-season information for 
Okanagan Sockeye. A decision was made to re-open the Osoyoos Lake fishery.

As such, effective 05:00 August 17, 2018 until further notice, during daylight 
hours only, in the portion of Osoyoos Lake north of the bridge at HWY 3 (North 
Basin), you may retain two (2) Sockeye per day.

A review of in season information on Sockeye abundance, harvest and 
environmental conditions in Osoyoos Lake will be conducted on August 22, 2018 
to determine duration of the fishery.

The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than 
kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).

Fishing for salmon is permitted during daylight hours only.

VO No. 2018-RCT-0417 and 2018-RCT-0416


No Fishing for anadromous Salmon in Skaha Lake. Kokanee and Sockeye are present 
in Skaha Lake and it is recommended to release any salmon over 50cm to avoid 

Single barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in non-tidal waters 
of British Columbia.  

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery 
program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and 
Coho salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for 
coast-wide stock assessment.  Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program 
toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

If you're 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.  

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call 
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line 
at (800) 465-4336 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All 
Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


Dale Michie, DFO Kamloops Tel: 250-851-4946

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0788
Sent August 14, 2018 at 1611