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I was talking to owner (Roger) of Hub Sports this morning, he briefly mention that there are bunch of seals killing and eating lots of steelheads downstream in Somass canal. This was caused by new buildings (townhouses?) lightings during night time. I am not sure if this is true are not. ???

I was actually looking forward in fishing the Stamp river in the next couple of weeks.



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Seal fishin eh! do you use live bait, roe or rounds for that? :thumbup:
 

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I really do think that some day soon this seal population problem will have to be dealt with. Salmon / Steelhead numbers continue to decline while the seal population gets bigger and a whole lot fatter !! I know there are allot of other factors involved but those darn seals sure aren't helping matters much.

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Man about 15 years ago i can remember seeing seals as far up as boston bar! during sockeye season! I'm sure the go as far as the T!

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Are you talking about the sumas canal where the vedder drains into or the Somass river?
 

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Yes, they have become a real problem here. There are quite the handful at Papermill, a few scattered well up from there, and even a Sea Lion reported at The Bucket 2 days ago. Fishing has been absolutely terrible for this system since they showed around the beginning of January. And a handful of those I caught shortly thereafter had obvious bite marks on tails etc.

Of course The 2 Gov's will do NADA about this problem. Too many bleeding hearts that would be offended, and you can certainly count many of those within the Ministries. This BS has gone on far too long IMHO. When the seals and California Sea Lion was initially protected, our indigenous Lion (Stellers) was noted as a potential candidate for the Red Book. Now, a couple of decades later, they have made that. This due to being displaced by the others. Sad! Methinks the day of reckoning must happen, or we face continued plummeting fishery stocks.

Given the Gov's opposition, I am now wondering just where I can pick up a silencer for the light rifle...

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Are seals not native to this river/area? What about the increase of anglers on the river(s) wouldnt that have an impact on steelhead numbers?.Not to mention increased commercial limits,FN nets,and the human factor of pollution and disturbance of spawning fish and their habitat. Nah, all that stuff is helping out the number of fish returning right. Its all to do with those [email protected]#in seals. C'mon. Im not a tree hugger by anymeans but give yer heads a shake, steelhead, salmon, seals, they were all here way before us and you would think that the fish would have been wiped out years ago by the seals before we came along and started culling them so we the SPORTFISHERS will have better return numbers? I dont know, seems kinda ignorant to me. my :2cents: If us the SPORTFISHERS are really that concerned about the number of fish returning, who here would be up for a catch and release fishery for steelhead for 2 or 3 years so the numbers could return?
 

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I am in. sign me up. I did my best not to put my 2 cents in because there was a similar thread last year and I got it out of my system then. Killing off seals will not solve the problem!! Well said tuberdude but I don't think you find a lot of support here.
 

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C&R is the only way to get our fix and build returns....... nice and simple isn't it.....I wouldn't mind :cheers:
 
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