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Sept 19, 2015 11:20PM Post #1
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It's that time of year again folks. Another 2 weeks and the sooke, San juan, and cowichan rivers should start getting some good runs of salmon coming into spawn. Which of the south island rivers do you fish, and what do you use?
Sept 22, 2015 9:49AM Post #2
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The Cowichan is still completely closed to all angling. Last year I believe it opened for one coho and two chum on Nov. 4, but there is no guarantee that it will open at all for salmon this year. The water level is still critically low.

There has been no opening announced for the San Juan, yet.

I don't fish the Sooke River, but I can't remember the last time there was any retention allowed there and there are gear restrictions that you should review. As I recall, portions of the river are catch-and-release fly fishing only.

Regards.
Sept 22, 2015 1:21PM Post #3
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San juan is open, sooke is open to fly fishing above the bridge and spin casting and retention below, and rumour has it the Cowichan will open up mid October. I wasn't looking for the regulations, I was just here to talk fishing and see if anybody else is catching anythin.
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Sept 23, 2015 10:16AM Post #4
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Brands51,

Your thread is South Island Rivers and you've identified three of them that I addressed in my post. The regulations are an integral part of fishing. You may know them all, but not everyone does.

By the way, while you no doubt know this too, others may not know that there is generally a hook size limitation for the Sooke estuary. In the past they've posted that information in a few spots around the estuary and last year the COs were checking hook sizes. (And below the bridge is tidal, not freshwater.)

The San Juan may be open for ''angling,'' but it isn't open for salmon retention as far as I can tell: Vancouver Island Rivers. It's farther than I like to drive for a day trip from Victoria when it's open for coho anyway, but I always like to check the regulations wherever I fish -- they have a nasty habit of changing from time to time.

Whether the Cowichan opens for general angling depends on the water level, which is still low, and the water level will also have a major impact on whether they specifically open it for salmon later this year.

Right now I'm not catching any freshwater salmon down here on southern Vancouver Island, because I'm not doing any river fishing.

Regards.
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