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Fishing reopens on drought-affected Okanagan rivers

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Fishermen can again drop a line in streams and rivers that were closed to angling this summer because of drought in Southern B.C.

The natural resource ministry announced in a press release the reopening of fishing on the Kettle, West Kettle and Similkameen Rivers and their tributaries, the Middle Shuswap River and the main stem of the Okanagan River.

Those closures were announced between July 15 and Aug. 6 as drought conditions worsened throughout the region with raising water temperatures and reduced flow.

At the time, most of the southern part of the province and Vancouver Island were under a level four drought advisory issued by the province.

Only the North and South Thompson, Okanagan, Kettle and Similkameen regions remain under that drought advisory.

The decision affects wildlife management units 8-1 through 8-8, 8-12, 8-15 and 8-23-25. The decision to reopen was made under the Freshwater Fishing Regulation.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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