Chinook numbers look good

Better than anticipated chinook run will aid anglers

  • Jun. 20, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Better than forecast abundance of springsummer chinook leads to greater fishing opportunity for anglers in southern B.C.

Anglers along the Juan De Fuca Strait and southern approaches to the Fraser River are rejoicing as DFO announced that the summer 5-2 Fraser Chinook stocks are returning at close to twice their forecast abundance.

While anglers in Juan de Fuca Strait are currently fishing with restrictions designed to reduce their impact on struggling earlier timed Fraser chinook, the unexpected increase in abundance of the summer fish has allowed for the removal of additional restrictions designed to offer even more protection to these later timed stocks.

Anglers will now be permitted to retain one wild chinook of any size over 45 cm after June 15, and one under 67 cm. After July 15, normal limits apply.

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