Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Freshwater Fishing Regulations


In-Season Regulation Changes

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In-season changes current to

NOTE: These changes are IN ADDITION TO the published regulations unless noted otherwise here. Be sure to check the published regulations as found in the online version of the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.

Water In-Season Change Effective Dates

Upper West Arm of Kootenay Lake

Kokanee daily quota = 0

May 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Changes to Kootenay Classified Waters

Regulatory changes to Kootenay angling management announced Sept. 3, 2015 will help ensure a quality fishing experience, reduce crowding on popular rivers, and support trout conservation.

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers on three "classified waters" in the Kootenays: the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek. All three of these fisheries have seen non-resident, non-guided angler use exceed targets, creating overcrowding on the river as well as pressure on fish populations.

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September 3, 2015