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Monday
Apr092012

Effective 4/1/12 (now): New Skeena Regulations

We've been a bit remiss on an update here.  In short, there are B.C. resident and non-resident variences. For U.S. based Skeena lovers, here's some language that you'll be interested in:

Options for non-Canadians during Restricted Times and Zones

As a result of regulation changes to steelhead fishing in the Skeena Region, nonCanadian anglers are subject to restrictions that did not formerly exist. These restrictions generally occur on weekends during Canadian resident-only times and zones, meaning that non-Canadian anglers are able to fish for five days a week on most rivers. During off days, visiting anglers are encouraged to take a look around at all the region offers. There are many opportunities to continue river fishing, go lakefishing or partake in regional activities of interest. The following information is intended to help by providing ideas on things to do.

River Fishing

In the Skeena watershed, there are a number of steelhead fishing opportunities where non-Canadian anglers can fish seven days a week without restriction (see map on page 8). For example, the Skeena River can be fished seven days a week with the exception of the two zones identified by Map 4 and 5 (see page 9). The many Skeena River tributaries below Terrace are also open seven days, including the Exstew, Zymagotitz, Exchamsiks, Ecstall, Gitnadoix, Kasiks and Khyex rivers. For anglers in the Terrace area, the Kitsumkalum River is open on Saturdays from Glacier Creek to its confluence with the Skeena River as well. Anglers looking for alternate fishing options may want to consider the Nass watershed. It offers fall steelhead fishing opportunities and a Classified Waters license is not required.

A complete synopsis of all the new regs. (PDF)

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Reader Comments (3)

Well looks like we need too focus are resources and money where we are aloud to fish .sounds like pretty elitist bullshit . I hope Americans keep there money invested in the united states saving wild steel head.

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

And Casey should invest in grammatical education. The rules only really benefit the government when they decide to exploit the natural resources in the area and have less overall opposition from people fed up with this bullshit.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterplanetface

There is only one true reason for these regulation changes: outfitter greed. If you are an American you can still fish the Smithers area on the weekends, you just have to put up the $. You can book full weeks with these guys or a single day. They are charging 1000 bucks for a day!!!
Needless to say the outfitters up there are laughing all the way to the bank, no pun intended...
They also race past you in their jets to scoop your run, all day long. Or put anglers on both sides of the river, bad etiquette. Or the clients on one run and the guide in another, pretending to fish, thereby "saving" the run from non guided dudes like us!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbc resident

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