Salmon fishing has reopened after being shut down for a few months. Salmon fishing was shut down by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans over concerns of the low sockeye salmon numbers. The Pacific Salmon Commission recently revised its already low forecast for sockeye numbers from 2.3 million to 1.1 million in the Fraser River, which would be the lowest number since records have been kept.
The low numbers are attributed to a few reasons. According to John Reynolds, professor of aquatic ecology and conservation at Simon Fraser University, he states the low numbers are from “a small parental generation; a "blob" of warm water in the Pacific Ocean; and higher-than-normal temperatures in the Fraser River.” The warm water affects their whole ecosystem and their food sources. In addition, if the water temperature goes above 19 degrees salmon, being a cold water fish, could die on their way to spawn. The temperature of the Fraser River in August 2016 was 20.6 degrees.
The Fraser River is a salmon fisherman’s paradise. Not only can you fish for so many different varieties of salmon but there are so many of them. Take your pick, Pinks, Coho, Chum, Chinook and Sockeye. There is a salmon for everyone. Fishing is good on the Fraser for Chum, Coho and Chinook right now and Fall is a beautiful time of year to go. Be sure to book your fishing trip soon before it sells out.