Monday, 6 February 2023

Planning 2023, Fishing the backcountry, April 1 to July 14


 One of my very favorite fishing trips is getting out into the marine backcountry with a lovely trip to the mainland side of our area in the early season.  It is a lovely picturesque cruise to where the ocean channels weave into the mountains. 

 We can feel confident that this fishery will continue for 2023 judging by a recent presentation by DFO, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans .   

Saturday, 19 February 2022

New contact email

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Canada to ease travel requirements as COVID cases decline

   Canada to ease travel requirements as COVID cases decline.  That is the headline , Feb 15.  

 Furthermore, it is encouraging that Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, also said encouraging words about the near future ; 

 “It’s important to note that if the epidemiological situation continues to improve, if hospitalizations continue to diminish and Canadians continue to get their booster shots, further easing of travel restrictions could be considered in the coming weeks.” 

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Friday, 28 January 2022

Project Bottleneck continues

  Project Bottlenose continues as we fish to sample, tag, and release little chinook salmon in their first winter at sea.   The idea is to fill a knowledge gap about where the young chinooks rear in winter,  where they travel to and from, and where the bottlenecks are in their survival .  

This is a project of the Pacific Salmon Foundation using a few volunteers to go out in the winter weather with our own boats .  Typically I am going about twice a week , one time with a biologist /technician from the BC Conservation Foundation, and once with Shamra, as we have learned to do it all ourselves.   Shamra does most of the data entry and I do the sampling and injecting the PIT tag . 

 We are using small spoons and flashers that are made for trout or kokanee, and stacking them on the downrigger line , usually six per side, and 12 hooks in total.  ( I made a post about this, with photos, back in October 2020 . )  The little chinooks often cough up herring that are much bigger than our lure . 

 We also catch some larger chinooks in their second winter , and occasionally a 3 year old , but the big ones get away .  

 We had clear but very cold weather before Christmas , and we found a concentration of the target fish in the north edge of Georgia Strait .  

 Then the snow came . We didn't get out for a while during the snow time .  


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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

June 15 , BC Restart, Travel BC


 June 15 . Travel is permitted throughout BC . 

The BC Restart Plan passed the threshold today for relaxing many Covid safety measures as planned. 

Here is a link to the BC Government press release with a chart for the earliest dates and safety protocols for each step .  The next Step is July 1 , which will include opening up to Canada-wide travel .  


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Saturday, 29 May 2021

Covid calendar

  Planning for a fishing trip this summer means anticipating the future of Covid and the BC Provincial Health guidelines.

  Here is a link to the BC Restart Plan . .  

 I'll dare to summarize it with some highlights, but please take a look yourself .  All the dates stated here are meant to be understood to mean at the earliest, if vaccination rates and lower infection rates improve as expected. 

 Step 1.  May 25 to June 15 .   Announced after the May long weekend.  Many outdoor activities and some indoor activities in small groups are allowed without masks, which aligns with our fishing activities .  However, travel between regions, even within BC, is not allowed . 

 Step 2.  June 15 to July 1 .  Recreational travel within BC allowed. 

 Step 3. July 1 to Sept 7 .  Canada wide travel . 

 Step 4 .  After Sept 7 .  Near normal .  

  Note that there is no mention of when international borders might open .  Also, there is no mention of  the possibility of lower restrictions for those people who are vaccinated. 

 Also, FYI, I have had my first vaccination May 1, four weeks ago, which gives a great degree of protection to you, and to me . And the anticipated date for my second vaccination is July 1. 


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