Fishing closure for Middle Shuswap

The Government of B.C. is suspending angling in Middle Shuswap River

VERNON – The Government of B.C. is suspending angling in Middle Shuswap River due to warm water temperatures and low flows.

Effective July 30 through Sept. 30, 2015, all angling in the Middle Shuswap River, downstream of Shuswap Falls to Mable Lake is prohibited.

The angling closure is located in Wildlife Management Units 8-23 through 8-25.

The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to high water temperatures and low flows.

Trout may also congregate in refuge pools at these times, making them more vulnerable to angling pressures.

Other streams in Management Units 8-23 through 8-25 are not affected at this time.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has also closed the Middle Shuswap and the two closures will support one another.

B.C. government fisheries biologists are monitoring approximately 40 other key angling streams throughout the province, and if conditions warrant, additional closures are possible.

Angling closures are enabled through the British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations of the federal Fisheries Act.