RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Chinook salmon in the San Juan River can be quite vulnerable to recreational fishing in the portion of the river downstream of the hatchery fence dependant on environmental conditions. Currently the San Juan River is experiencing low flows and warm water temperatures and significant numbers of chinook are expected to aggregate in this portion of the river and will be vulnerable to angling until conditions improve. Effective September 4 until October 5, 2018 a finfish closure will be in effect in the following areas: That portion of the San Juan River from the hatchery counting fence downstream approximately 150 meters to square white boundary signs on either side of the river, and that portion of the Fairy Lake tributary approximately 5 meters downstream of the hatchery holding pens, indicated by square white boundary signs. A map of closure will be provided on the DFO recreational fishery website and will also be posted in that area. This closure is intended to allow chinook to migrate upstream when environmental conditions improve and also to allow the hatchery better opportunities to collect brood stock. Variation Orders: 2018-RCT-462 and 2018 -RCT-463 Please be aware that Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are also in effect in many of these areas. Fishers are responsible for knowing the restrictions that are in place in the areas that they are fishing. Descriptions of the RCAs can be found on the recreational fisheries website at the address below. http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and 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. 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 1-800-465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-866-431-FISH (3474). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
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