Angling bans in southern Kootenays

Warm temperatures and low flows blamed in suspension of fishing activities, which goes into effect on Saturday.

  • Aug. 13, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The province announced it is suspending angling for the southern Kootenays due to ongoing warm water temperatures and low flows.

Announced on Thursday, the suspension will begin Saturday, Aug. 15 and continue through to Sept. 15. It will suspend virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 4-3 through 4-9.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations noted that the closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures.

The geographic area covers a belt of territory across the southern Kootenays geographically south of Nelson, from below Lower Arrow Lake in the west across to the Kootenay River, east of Cranbrook.

In addition, Michel Creek, Coal Creek, Lizard Creek, Sand Creek, Kikomun Creek and Morrissey Creek and their tributaries will be closed to angling in the East Kootenay. These streams are in Wildlife Management Units 4-02, 4-22 and 4-23.

Other streams in these two wildlife management units are unaffected.The Columbia River from the Hugh Keenleyside Dam to the Washington State border, and the Kootenay River from Brilliant Dam to the confluence of the Columbia River are exempt from the closure at this time.

On these two streams fishing can continue as normal. These streams have sufficient water refuges to adequately protect fish, even with normal angling pressure.

B.C. government fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 30 other key angling streams across the province, and if conditions warrant, additional closures are possible. Angling closures are enabled through the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal Fisheries Act.