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Recreational salmon fishery opening on Osoyoos Lake

This year's Okanagan River sockeye run is plentiful enough to allow a recreational fishery on Osoyoos Lake.
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July 25, 2020 - 6:00 AM

A plentiful run of sockeye salmon on the Okanagan River has opened up a recreational sockeye salmon fishery on Osoyoos Lake this year.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans made the announcement following discussions on July 20 with members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Mid Fraser Thompson Okanagan Sport Fishery Advisory Committee.

The recreational fishery in Osoyoos Lake is for the portion of the lake north of the bridge on Highway 3, beginning July 31.

At least 80,000 salmon must make their way past Wells dam on the Columbia River before a recreational fishery on Osoyoos Lake can be considered.

Salmon fishing is allowed during daylight hours to a maximum of two fish per day.

A review of the fishery will be conducted on Aug. 12 to determine the duration of the fishery.

Fishing for salmon in Skaha Lake is not allowed, and single barbless hooks are required for salmon fishing in non-tidal waters of the province.

Anglers will also need a non-tidal angling license.

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