Fish

Date: 

12 Jan 2016

Author: 

J.D.C. Craig & T. Kulchyski

Publisher: 

BC Conservation Foundation & Cowichan Tribes

Date: 

27 Apr 2015

Author: 

Wilf Luedke

Publisher: 

DFO

Stephen Hume: Ban anglers from drought-stressed streams, groups urge

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, June 24, 2015

The Cowichan is one of Canada’s premier fly-fishing rivers for trout and steelhead. The river also support spring salmon, coho and chum. (Photograph by: TBA , Courtesy Ellen Himelfarb)Government criticized for failing to protect fish amid critically low water levels on Vancouver Island
 
The provincial government is failing to protect B.C.’s prized game fish in the face of a drought crisis that threatens the survival of the very trout, steelhead and salmon upon which a billion-dollar freshwater fishing sector depends.

Date: 

12 Feb 2015

Author: 

Rodger Hunter

Publisher: 

Cowichan Watershed Board

Date: 

12 Mar 2015

Author: 

Rodger Hunter

Publisher: 

Cowichan Watershed Board

Date: 

17 Feb 2015

Author: 

Cheri Ayers

Publisher: 

BioAyer Consulting

Water Temperatures

Parker Jefferson, One Cowichan, January 21, 2015

Spawning cohoI have had my feet in the river almost every day for the past few weeks, enjoying our great winter weather and river conditions while pursuing the elusive winter steelhead.  The river is very busy again this year with anglers travelling from all over the Island as well as the Lower Mainland and beyond to try to catch and release one of these magnificent creatures.  BC Outdoors magazine just named the Cowichan one of the top ten steelhead rivers in the province.

Stakeholders say local control key to saving Cowichan chinook run

By Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, April 19, 2013

Rescue plans for Cowichan River’s threatened chinook salmon, and their habitat, lie in gaining local control from Victoria of the waterway’s ecosystem, local stewards explain.

Reasons for requesting that control, and tactics to save the heritage Cowichan’s habitat, are expected to surface at today’s salmon session — stocked with government experts, plus valley stewards and leaders — at Duncan’s Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn.

“It’s ‘If you can’t get there from here, how do we make a map to get there?’” local Paul Rickard of the B.C. Wildlife Federation said of today’s invitation-only habitat huddle.

Fishing stopped on Cowichan River as chinook-salmon rescue starts

Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, October 05, 2012

All fishing has been banned on the Cowichan River while officials try to rescue this year's run of chinook salmon from drought conditions.

Gerald Thom, of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society, stressed the fishing prohibition — including Native spearfishing — was ordered after a conference call between agents with local, federal and provincial governments, Cowichan Tribes, and local stakeholders so fish collection could happen in Cowichan Bay estuary and the lower river.

Flows in the heritage river were also pinched Friday at Cowichan Lake's weir to five cubic-metres per second, from 6.5 cm/sec, to store water for pulse tactics Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We're considering a pulse, a quick release of water over a 36-hour period at about 13 cm/second.

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