KAMLOOPS – The Thompson River steelhead fishery has been extended until Dec. 31, 2014, following confirmation of sufficient returns.
The management regime for Thompson River steelhead was changed in 2014 to allow for an extension or an early closure, depending on steelhead stock status. This year’s numbers are good news, and allow for a safe and sustainable extension to the fishery.
The Thompson River steelhead fishery is one of B.C.’s most renowned sport fisheries and attracts anglers from throughout the province, the rest of Canada and other countries.
The Thompson River steelhead underwent dramatic stock declines in the 1980’s, leading to the elimination of any harvest quota in 1989.
Like sport fisheries for all other wild steelhead stocks in B.C., the fishery for Thompson stocks is strictly catch-and-release only.
To read more about the fishery’s new management regime, and other changes made in July 2014, visit: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2014/07/changes-to-thompson-river-steelhead-management.html