Sockeye Salmon soon to be a legal catch in Osoyoos Lake

Anglers enjoying a day on Osoyoos Lake later this month will have another species of fish they can take home for dinner.

The federal Fisheries and Oceans department yesterday announced that beginning July 29 it will allow fishermen to retain up to two Sockeye Salmon caught in the north basin of Osoyoos Lake during daylight hours.

The lake’s north basin is defined as north of the bridge at Hwy. 3. Daylight hours refers to the time beginning one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

A review of in-season information on sockeye abundance and environmental conditions in Osoyoos Lake will be conducted by August 10 to determine the duration of the fishery.

According to the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society, numerous species of fish are found in Osoyoos Lake. They include Kokanee and Sockeye Salmon, Lake Whitefish, Largemouth Bass, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead and Yellow Perch.

Single, barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in non-tidal waters of British Columbia.

The government of British Columbia administers fishing in Lake Osoyoos. All anglers 16 years or older are required to have a fishing license. Anglers must also be aware of fishing guidelines, closures, quotas, possession limits and gear restrictions. Fishing regulations/licences can be obtained from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment website.

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