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Exceptional start to 2014 coastal summer sport fishing season

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June 30th, 2014

Barely a month into the summer fishing season, and it is becoming clear that 2014 will be one of the most productive and active tidal fishing seasons of the past decade.

Sport Fishing Institute of BC Executive Director Owen Bird made the announcement following a series of glowing local fishing reports that show near-record chinook and coho fishing in areas up and down the BC coast.

“While anglers have a tendency to tell fishing stories, these just happen to be true,” said SFI Executive Director Owen Bird.

“We are seeing chinook and coho fishing in areas like Campbell River and in Howe Sound that we have not seen in many years…guides are being booked, tackle sales are brisk and the fishing is excellent.”

While sport fishing in northern BC waters is traditionally productive early in the season, fishing guides in southern waters are reporting fishing conditions not seen in a decade.

Anglers in Campbell River have been catching daily limits of chinook salmon since late May, anglers in Powel River, the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound have reported brisk and steady fishing for more than three weeks.

Fishing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and the central coast has been strong for both Chinook salmon and halibut and coho fishing is expected to pick up soon. In August, Lower Mainland anglers will get an opportunity to fish for Fraser River sockeye that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has estimated will return between 7 million and 76 million fish.

In a recent study DFO estimated that in 2013, recreational anglers collectively fished for a surprising 1.4 million days in BC coastal waters. The improved fishing opportunities and the large anticipated Fraser River sockeye returns will likely mean that anglers in BC will put even more days on the water in 2014.

Read the report here.

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