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Oct 21, 2016 10:43AM Post #1
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Apparently there has been in excess of 10,000 Chinook passed through the counting fence on the Cowichan River. Big change from recent years where they struggled to count 1,000 Chinook per year.

Not all rosey as the last 2 summers the river has been low and water temperatures ahve been high. Not a good combination for fry survival.
Oct 21, 2016 1:20PM Post #2
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Awesome news indeed. I heard that's the highest total since 2000?
Oct 29, 2016 8:53AM Post #3
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Heard on another forum that the Cowichan was reopening November 1st. But DFO doesn't seem to have posted a notice on line so who knows?
Oct 29, 2016 1:34PM Post #4
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Yes it will be open. Here is the posting

FN1195-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Coho and Chum Retention Opportunity

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RECREATIONAL - Salmon


Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN1195-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Coho and Chum Retention Opportunity

Strong chinook and chum returns to the Cowichan River, combined with high water
levels and improving coho observations are being seen in the Cowichan River.

Effective November 1 until December 31, 2016 the daily limit of coho is one (1)
per day (hatchery or wild) and the daily limit of chum is two (2) per day in
the lower portion of the Cowichan River downstream from Mile 66 Trestle Bridge
to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge).

Variation Order No. 2016-491

Notes:

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).


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN1195
Sent October 28, 2016 at 16:38
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Oct 29, 2016 4:03PM Post #5
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Unfortunately, according to their website, the province hasn't opened the lower river to angling yet. The river is a Provincial jurisdiction.
Oct 30, 2016 11:05AM Post #6
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eroyd wrote:
Unfortunately, according to their website, the province hasn't opened the lower river to angling yet. The river is a Provincial jurisdiction.


As you might recall, it is not unusual for the province to lag behind the feds. The Cowichan wasn't opened at all for retention last year, but in 2014 I think DFO issued a notice allowing one coho and two chum as of Nov. 4. Days later there was still no corresponding in-season decision from the province, so I contacted them and after a ridiculously lengthy period they responded. In essence, they said that they try to co-ordinate with the feds but, in any event, defer to the DFO when it comes to salmon so there would not be any enforcement actions taken by the province.

So, if the river is fishable I'll probably give it a shot some time next week.
Edited: Oct 31, 2016 12:31PM
Oct 31, 2016 8:53AM Post #7
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Thanks for posting that OSF. It's just one of my pet peeves that the regs. are not more coordinated. There shouldn't be a lag. The Prov. and Feds. kind of contradict each other.

I'm sure it's fine to fish when DFO says so.
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Nov 7, 2016 9:41PM Post #8
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Anyone being out lately? I have not fished for almost a month. Lol. Family and kid stuff take priority these days.

Saw some actions from the other forum but not much happening here lately.

Hope to visit the cowichan before the winter steelhead season.
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