British Columbia Implements Booking System for Non-Resident Anglers
B C Non-Resident fishing rules have gotten a bit more restrictive. British Columbia has changed the rules for the number of non-residents who can fish for trout in three “classified waters” in the Kootenays: the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek. These rivers have seen increased fishing pressure and overcrowding in recent years.
The previous classified waters system in the Kootenays was first established in 2006. The new booking system sets a new limit of non-resident, non-guided “anglers days” and allocates them on a first come, first served basis. The system includes new limits to guided and non-guided angling, and reflects resident priority. For information about acquiring a special classified water license click here.
The Kootenay-Boundary region receives the highest number of non-B.C. resident anglers in the province, and the second highest number of non-resident alien (international) anglers.
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says “The Kootenay Angling Management Plan and the changes to the region’s classified waters together strike the appropriate balance between access and conservation. This will ensure this area remains a quality fishery for all anglers now and in the future.”
The predominant wild fish species pursued by stream anglers within the East Kootenays are bull trout and westlope cutthroat trout.
George Wilson, president of BC Wildlife Federation says “The Kootenay Angling Management Plan is a major step forward to maintain resident priority angling in the East Kootenays. We appreciate the efforts of all those who have contributed to this important initiative.”
Several other changes were made to the non-resident fishing rules, including enhanced patrols by both conservation officers and river guardians. Also opportunities for additional boat launch facilitates on the Elk River.
Matt Jennings, executive director, BC Fishing Resorts and Outfitters Association commented “It was refreshing to participate in a positive and productive consultation process involving such a diverse group of angling stakeholders. Hopefully the changes made to the non-resident fishing rules will ensure these fisheries stay world class for years to come.”
To read the entire announcement visit Kootenay angling plan secures quality fishing for all https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015FLNR0268-001443
To read the Kootenay Angling Management Plan http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/fsh/main/pdf/2015AMP.pdf