Coho retention allowed on Puntledge and Courtenay rivers once clock hits midnight

Recreational anglers can fish for coho on the Courtenay and Puntledge rivers, as of Oct. 26 at 12:01 a.m.

People fishing in the Puntledge and Courtenay rivers can catch and retain two coho daily as of Oct. 26 at 12:01 a.m. That's in addition to the two chum salmon they already could keep each day.

Recreational anglers can fish for coho on the Courtenay and Puntledge rivers, as of Oct. 26 at 12:01 a.m.

“We’re currently open for retention of two chum salmon,” said Bryce Gillard, fishery officer with the Comox branch of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“The (Puntledge) hatchery is satisfied they’re going to achieve their escapement requirements for coho. They’re currently sitting at 83 per cent of the escapement required and they believe they’re going to achieve that.

“So they recommended an opening for coho retention for recreational anglers on both the Courtenay and Puntledge rivers,” Gillard said.

“The retention will be two coho, but only one of which may be over 30 centimetres. You’re allowed one four-year-old and one jack salmon.”

Gillard said the opening will be downstream of the weir at the hatchery.

The closures 75 metres below the hatchery pool and at Morrison Creek remain in effect.

Gillard notes some members of the Sports Fish Advisory Council are concerned about people retaining steelhead.

“Steelhead is closed in the river. At last report there was a dozen steelhead in the entire system.”

Anglers are advised to make sure of the identification of their species.

“If they don’t know what it is, let it go. If they retain a steelhead, they will be charged,” said Gillard, adding the fine for the first fish is $150. “Make sure you don’t mix up your steelhead with any other species.”

Gillard said notices of the retention will be posted at both rivers. For more information, click www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca or call the Comox DFO office at 250-339-2031.

Just Posted

Valley Father-daughter duo share a special bond over a kidney

Annual kidney walk is set for Sept. 23 at Simms Park

Stolen Victoria vehicle crashes in Black Creek

On Sept. 15, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Comox Valley RCMP… Continue reading

Courtenay getting a tool library

New facility allows do-it-yourselfers to borrow tools

Pacific white-sided dolphins spotted near Little River Ferry Terminal

A pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins spent the evening of Sept. 13… Continue reading

Comox Valley Men’s Group meets Mondays

Where can men go when they are seeking a non-judgmental forum to… Continue reading

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Seminal British band performs in Courtenay

Wishbone Ash is approaching its 50th year of existence

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read