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Here is the first one, ill also post the follow up.

2007 Fraser River selective fishing method request notice
on: June 22, 2007, 02:54:16 PM

In late June Early Stuart sockeye will enter the Fraser River. The forecast for Early Stuart sockeye is 45,000 fish. DFO anticipates that in-river migration conditions during their migration will be adverse; extremely high water levels leading to en-route mortality.

Given the low forecast and expected en-route mortality all fish are required for escapement. DFO will be working with all users of the resource to limit their impact on Early Stuart sockeye.

We anticipate that DFO will continue to authorize the Chinook directed recreational fishery and will announce a no fishing for sockeye restriction during the migration of Early Stuart sockeye (late June thru late July).

What does this mean for you? For the recreational anglers, DFO is requesting that anglers fish selectively.

The first principle of selective harvest is to avoid catching non-targeted stocks.
This means that anglers are requested to use methods that do not catch sockeye. We, the SFAC, have found the following fishing methods both catch Chinook and rarely intercept sockeye:

Bar Fishing
Trolling Spoons at Creek mouths
Float Fishing
Pulling Plugs

We encourage you to continue to use these methods to target Chinook while avoiding sockeye.

Please note that bottom bouncing is NOT a selective fishing method and is strongly discouraged during the migration of Early Stuart sockeye and a no fishing for sockeye restriction is in place.

The Upper Fraser Valley Sport Fish Advisory Committee (SFAC) and its member groups strongly encourage all anglers to fish selectively for Chinook with methods not likely to catch sockeye during this time period.

Should DFO feel that the rate of compliance is insufficient to ensure the safe passage of the Early Stuart sockeye spot closures or a no fishing for salmon restriction may result.

This message is brought to you by the Upper Fraser Valley SFAC. For more information about the SFAC go to this website. You can also contact one of these member groups of the Upper Fraser Valley SFAC:

BC Federation of Drift Fishers
Fraser Valley Salmon Society
Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association

Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject: FN0424-RECREATIONAL - SALMON - Sockeye: Fraser River Non-tidal - Region 2 - No fishing for sockeye

Update: The non-tidal waters of the Fraser River from the CPR Bridge at Mission, BC upstream to the Highway No. 1 Bridge at Hope, BC are no fishing for sockeye.

DFO staff have observed fishing activity at Wellington and Grassy Bars and the vast majority of anglers at Wellington Bar were bar fishing while significant numbers of anglers at Grassy Bar were bottom bouncing.

Given the low forecast returns of Early Stuart sockeye and the potential for adverse migration conditions DFO requires FULL compliance from the recreational community to avoid using fishing methods that catch sockeye. The Sport Fish Advisory Committee for the Upper Fraser Valley advises that bottom bouncing is strongly discouraged during the migration of Early Stuart sockeye and while a no fishing for sockeye restriction is in place.

Recreational fishing opportunities for sockeye are anticipated on Summer run sockeye towards the end of July. DFO staff will determine these opportunities in consultation with the SFAB.


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.

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.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0424
Sent July 5, 2007 at 0729

Please note CR is unaceptable for these sockeye #1 because they are endangered #2 because sockeye are fragile compared to other salmon and have close to 40%CR mortality without deep hooking.
green guy

thanks for taking the time to post this.

40%... u got dat # from where?

Gotta love arm chair biologists.

Got ya sling shot and betties ready yet? u still have 2 more weeks before early stuarts are gone to shoot those bbers.

i honestly cant remember , it was read quite awhile ago, but it was a reliable source. stuart sockeye are very small fish, what i read was that even tho they revive and look ok when they swim away, they are so stressed by the event that they pack it in. this is due to a finding DFO made, they tested anabolic acid in the muscle tissue of migrating sockeye. specifically early stuarts and found that these fish. just in the act of migrating were already working at close to 60% capacity, so you can imagine what hooking them and fighting them would do to them. these are small fish working overtime to reach the same places chinooks and pinks 2-4 times their size go with trouble. also im sure that 4/0 hooks riping into a fish with an average weight 0f 4-6 pounds doesnt help.... does that explain it? please dont question my integrity BEAK! especially on a public forum. I have actually stayed off the river for the fact i would beat senseless snaggers, bettys are too expensive to be chucking in a slingshot, 3/8 bbs are so much cheaper, lol.

no need to question ur integrity to see it is pasted with manure.

you little SOB
fisher 696

We can only hope that one day on the river this brat makes mention of his chat name and one of us is there to teach him some manners. I am baffled as to why he feels the need to bad mouth people who make useful posts for the good of all. Ignorance, stupidity, selfishness and inbreeding all jump to mind. I guess we need to pity the fool. PS marbles are better than bb's.

I think he feels threatened by our experience because he lacks it! Afterall id be angry too if i couldnt land fish
fisher 696

Hmmmm I wonder what else he may be lacking and compensating


stink finger

fishin fellas his name says it all

This A** has been a knob for some time now. Look A**Hole If you don't have anything good to say, crawl back in the hole you came out of and stay there until you have something good to say.

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