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Looking for sockeye? Salmon fishing in Osoyoos Lake is now open


Okanagan sockeye salmon are back in the South Okanagan, and fishermen have been given the green light in Osoyoos Lake.

You can catch and retain a maximum of two fish per day during daylight hours in the portion of Osoyoos Lake north of the bridge at Highway No. 3 until further notice, according to a Fisheries and Oceans release.

An Aug. 12, 2020 review of Sockeye abundance, harvest and environmental conditions in the lake will determine the duration of the fishery.

As of July 11, 62,517 Okanagan sockeye salmon had passed through Wells Dam on the Columbia River, roughly 150 kilometres south of Osoyoos, with as many as 15,000 salmon passing through in a single day.

READ MORE: 1,000 km upstream: 150,000 sockeye to make the journey back to the southern Okanagan

These fish were hatched four years ago in the tributaries of Osoyoos and Skaha Lakes. They have now returned from the ocean to fill the lakes, however, fishing for salmon in Skaha Lake is not allowed.

Single barbless hooks are required for salmon fishing in non-tidal waters of the province.

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