DFO Fisheries notice October 19,2006 Effective 00:01 October 19 until further notice, the Cowichan River will be
closed to angling for salmon from the weir downstream to the tidal water
boundary until further notice. This action is to protect returning chinook
stocks that are at low numbers and poor migration conditions resulting from the
very low water levels.
This shouldn't be surprising news. The river has been dangerously low. At the height of yesterdays rain, the run above the Silver Bridge was just a patch of wet gravel. The hatchery workers have been netting fish at the mouth to try to slavage returning spawners.
Hope for a week of consistant rain.