DFO has just authorized a 10-day recreational sockeye opening starting Sept. 9 on the Fraser River.
That means boat launches across the Fraser Valley are about to get exceptionally busy, including Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack and the Dewdney boat launch in Maple Ridge.
“The current status of the Fraser River Sockeye salmon return provides for recreational Sockeye retention opportunities in the Fraser River,” according to the fishery notice from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) about the opening, effective Sept. 9 to Sept. 18.
Retention is a daily limit of two sockeye in the non-tidal part of the Fraser from Mission to the Highway 1 bridge at Hope.
There is no retention for chinook, coho, chum or pink salmon.
Federal DFO officials stagger fishery openings on the Fraser using the priority protocol of conservation first, followed by First Nations fisheries, and then commercial, and recreational fishing.
Attention anglers: Sockeye season is now open. Island 22 and Dewdney boat launches will be busy over the next few weeks so take care and watch out for others. Best of luck!https://t.co/gTDEWJozfb
— Fraser Valley Regional District (@FraserValleyRD) September 9, 2022
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