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I just read this post on another fishing site:

The sockeye closure on the Fraser River will come into affect one hour after sunset on September the 6th.

The river should remain open for sportsfishing as it was before the sockeye opening.

It will be requested that anglers fish selectively as most did before the sockeye opening.


Watch for all the complete information on fish opportunities regarding coho etc. to be posted on FOC web sites shortly.
Apparently, the info comes from a conference call held today (???).

If anyone one else can corroberate this, it would be appreciated.
 

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The 5th was widely speculated to be the close date from the start, but this is the first I've read of anything remotely "official" sounding.
 

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A lot of the sports shops are still saying the 10th ...

Who knows with DFO ..... there may even be an extension like this one in the Skeena ...


Due to surplus sockeye in the Skeena River, the closing date for sockeye
retention will be extended to September 15 in the main stem waters of the
Skeena River downstream of the confluence with the Kispiox River and the Babine
River.

Variation Order Number 2006  399

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
S. Groves  (250) 627-3455

Supposed to be millions of Sockeye still coming according to reports.

Personally, I am concerned that some Steelhead are being caught. Who knows if they are resident, Thompson, or ??? Protection of these Steelies would be my primary concern.

I've also heard word that a few Coho have been caught at the mouth of the Vedder.


GOFISH 8)
 

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the panel met yesterday and mentioned no change to the current regs, there is still A LOT of fish to come, they are still way up the west coast. they are re-meeting sept 1st to review stocks and any changes that need to be made

wouldnt suprise me if it went past the 10th
 

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Thats a bogus closure notice. I've heard from some reliable DFO sources that Sep 15 will be the date (or whereabouts). Once sockeye closes in the Fraser, ALL sport fishing with the exception of sturgeon will close until mid Oct for conservation of Thompson R. coho.
 

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Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject: FN0819-Recreational Salmon: Region 2 - Fraser River - Non-tidal Waters - Sockeye Non-Retention, Selective Chinook & Chum & No Fishing Areas

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SOCKEYE NON-RETENTION BY AREA AND TIME:

In the following portions of the non-tidal Fraser River and during the times
listed you may not retain sockeye salmon.

- Effective 00:01 hrs Thursday, September 7, until further notice, from the CPR
Bridge at Mission upstream to the Highway No. 1 Bridge at Hope, BC.
- Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, September 9, until further notice, from the
Highway No. 1 Bridge at Hope, BC upstream to the confluence with Sawmill Creek.
- Effective 00:01 hours Wednesday, September 20, until further notice, from the
confluence with Sawmill Creek upstream to the Alexandra Bridge.

SELECTIVE CHINOOK AND CHUM FISHING AREA AND TIME:

Effective 00:01 hrs Thursday, September 7, until 23:59 hrs Monday, October 9,
in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River, from the CPR Bridge at Mission, BC
upstream to a line drawn between two triangular white boundary signs located on
opposite sides of the Fraser River approximately 3 km upstream of the
confluence with the Harrison River (downstream of Jesperson's Bar):

You may not fish for coho salmon.
You may not fish for sockeye salmon.
You may not use bait when fishing for salmon.

You may selectively fish for the following species:
- Chinook salmon, you may retain up to four (4) per day, only one of which may
exceed 62 cm.
- Chum salmon, you may retain up to two (2) per day.

Note: An "adult chinook" in this area is defined as being over 50 cm except
from September 1 to December 31 when an "adult chinook" is defined as being
over 62 cm.

During this critical migration timing for Interior Fraser coho, the
recreational community is requested to fish selectively when fishing for
chinook and chum. The first principle of selective harvest is to avoid
catching non-targeted stocks. This means that anglers are requested to use
angling methods that do not catch sockeye or coho.

NO FISHING AREAS FOR SALMON BY DATE:

Effective 00:01 hrs Thursday, September 7, until 23:59 hrs Monday, October 9,
in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River, from a line drawn between two
triangular white boundary signs located on opposite sides of the Fraser River
approximately 3 km upstream of the confluence with the Harrison River
(downstream of Jesperson's Bar) to the Highway No. 1 Bridge at Hope, BC, you
may not fish for salmon.

Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, September 9, until 23:59 hrs Sunday, October
12, in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River, from the Highway No. 1 Bridge
at Hope, BC to the confluence with Sawmill Creek you may not fish for salmon.

Effective 00:01 hours Wednesday, September 20, until 23:59 hrs Sunday, December
31, in the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River, from the confluence with
Sawmill Creek upstream to the Alexandra Bridge, you may not fish for salmon.

Notes:

There is an aggregate daily limit of four salmon per day from all tidal and
non-tidal waters of the Province.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser
River.

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head
Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped
chinook and coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical
information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head
Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

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.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-
FISH.

Variation Order No. 2006-418, 2006-419, 2006-420.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact the local DFO office in your area for updated information as it becomes
available.





Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0819
Sent September 1, 2006 at 1135
 

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Kingpin, it fairly obvious what they are saying. They are trying to be political about it and do not want to openly admit that snagging is brutal on mixed stocks. They are doing this for YOUR benefit, to allow you your snag fishery. stop looking a gift horse in the mouth and put the bettys away. DFO managers are growing tired of having this fishery spreading like a disease, they are giving you guys the signs, get your sockeye, be happy, and sportfish at all other times. All that happens when people continue to bottom bounce after the sockeye opening and before is give ammo to guys like me who are fighting to have it abolished.
So be warned, 4 video cameras will be working the river September 7th, grassy, peg leg, bowmans,and gilligans
A word of advice for those who will still head out, if you prefer not to barfish then with the fantastic visibility try casting large spinners or floating bait, roe globs and prawns work well, stinky bait and large pieces do best. Unless of course theres a bait ban, then you could try some Chinook and Chum jigs, try Reaction tackle they have some dandys :wink: .

Rivahman, nice try, wishful thinking I guess :roll: .
 

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I had excellent success with K13 and K15 last year in the Harrison ,,,,with the really good visibility on the Fraser now they will work there as long as you are in the right seam..That is the trick, knowing what water to look for and what depth to target them at......
I just hope I don't hook any sturgeon like last year,,,it was quite a job to get it in without breaking the gear...
We should post some alternate fishing methods with pictures and diagrams so the Bottom Bouncing people know exactly what other productive methods and gear to use when they stop bbing after the 6th...
That's what this forum is supposed to be about, giving alternatives and helping out as much as possible, not just dumping on people...Constructive critisism includes detailed alternatives to end a certain behaviour,,otherwise its just destructive ..Not much value in that except it makes some people feel better... :wink:
 

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I would love some tips and advice on how to fish now. I experienced bb'ing and am looking forward to learning how to really fish. I live by the Vedder and am looking forward to getting some fish from there. If some of the more experienced or more knowledgeable fishers would help out this newb it would be greatly appreciated.
 
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ironhead, its obvious they mean no bottom bouncing when they say selective methods requested. how many people will ignore that? have they not had bar fish only in previous years? the river would empty out of people (compared to now anyway) and it would be great fishing for springs on the bar rods and with spoons and bait and no crowds.
its incredible how many springs are jumping around right now. should be some good action on the bar rods coming up.
 
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