FYI-- ECVI chums

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  1. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Subject: FN1153-COMMERCIAL - Salmon: Gill Net, Seine, Troll - Chum - Mid Vancouver Island Update

    Mid Vancouver Island Chum Update (Areas 14 to 19)

    Area 14
    Escapement estimates to date are as follows:

    Puntledge River – 28,000 chum - Oct 24 - target escapement 60,000.
    Big Qualicum River – 6,125 chum - Oct 24 - target escapement 85,000.
    Little Qualicum River – 1,836 chum - Oct 25 - target escapement 85,000.

    Gill nets opened for 12 hours from 08:00 hours to 20:00 hours Friday, October
    27, 2017. Refer to Fishery Notice FN1135 for full details of opened areas.

    Areas 15 and 16:
    Commercial fishing opportunities are not expected in 2017 due to low forecast
    levels of abundance.

    Areas 17, 18, and 19:
    Chum escapement estimates to date are as follows:

    Nanaimo River – 38,975 – Oct 22 - target escapement 40,000.
    Chemainus River – unknown - target escapement 50,000.
    Cowichan River – 10,800 – Oct 24 - target escapement 160,000.
    Goldstream River – 276 – Oct 25 - target escapement 15,000.

    There are Didson counters operating on the Nanaimo, Cowichan and the Chemainus
    Rivers. Stream surveys on the Goldstream River started Oct 18.

    Commercial gill net and troll fisheries began on Oct 24 and seines began on Oct
    25 in the Nanaimo area targeting surplus Nanaimo River chum. These fisheries
    are open until further notice. Total catch for all groups for Oct 24 and 25 is
    approximately 18,000 chum.

    There will not be a commercial fishery in Area 18 or 19 this week. Information
    from the Cowichan River will be monitored over the weekend and a conference
    call with the Cowichan Harvest Roundtable is scheduled for 13:00 hours Monday
    October 30, to review updated information on Cowichan chum.

    The next Mid Vancouver Island chum update will be Friday November 3.


    Terry Palfrey 250-756-7158
  2. SerengetiGuide

    SerengetiGuide Well-Known Member

    Under the Cedar Nanaimo River bridge as i type this and don't know if I've ever seen this many salmon in one chunk of a river before, Could almost walk across the chum.

    Cowichan and Goldstream are scary bad though
  3. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    They are waiting for water on Cowichan and Goldstream. When rains hit this week numbers should change. A flood of coho should also enter. This weather isn't helping.
  4. SerengetiGuide

    SerengetiGuide Well-Known Member

    That'd be great to see a bunch run up this week. Had to call DFO and report an asian guy netting Chum beneath the Cedar rd bridge today, would catch four walk em up to car then come back down. In 20min there he took at least 12, nevermind before that. Hate seeing that as once in the river let em spawn!!!
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  5. Redfisher

    Redfisher Active Member

    Was just out for a cruise from French Creek up to Big Qualicum. Excellent showing of chums right from Eaglecrest until just east of Big Q. Finner bunches and jumpers all the way and lots of fish well off the beach too. Also 5 humpback whales working the bait that is still abundant up off the Little Qualicum.
  6. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    I hope we are just waiting on a bit more rain. We are almost at the drop dead date. A few confused ol' green ones swimming around the docks in Sooke yesterday. Terrible year for salmon survival. I love how they have gill net openings when the above river stats show essentially no returns.
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  7. Pippen

    Pippen Well-Known Member

    Is that what the commies were fishing outside of Departure today around Fingers area...they were all concentrated north but fairly tight.
  8. Redfisher

    Redfisher Active Member

    Yes. Escapement great on the Nanaimo River so terminal fishery occurring
  9. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    My old man used to tell me when I was a kid fly fishing in the rivers in the fall for Cutthroat, "If I catch you messing with the spawning salmon, I will kick your ass around the block!" I went fishing Chums in the Sooke river one time and I felt like a jerk hammering on them with my old man's voice echoing in my head.
  10. Cuba Libre

    Cuba Libre Well-Known Member

    "once in the river let em spawn!!! " Applies to steelhead as well Dave ?

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