Salmon fishing closure in Fraser River includes Chilliwack

male sockeye salmon : spawning colours

Chilliwack Times – August 19, 2015

An immediate closure of all recreational salmon fishing on the Fraser River between the CPR bridge in Mission to the Alexandra Bridge, north of Spuzzum was announced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada Friday.

Effective until further notice, the Region 2 closure is due to summer run sockeye salmon estimates and record water temperatures in the river creating a conservation concern.

The Department of Fisheries aims to provide priority to First Nations’ needs and minimize impacts to the sockeye population.

Fishing for trout, sturgeon, steelhead and other non-salmon species is not affected by the announcement, and Fraser River pink and chum salmon opportunities are anticipated to be open later in the season “subject to available abundance,” according to the Department website.

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