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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Freshwater Fishing Regulations

FRESHWATER FISHERY NOTICE

In-Season Regulation Changes

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Invasive Bass Presence in Cultus Lake

The Province has received two reports of invasive bass caught in Cultus Lake since the end of May 2018. Given that bass are an aggressive piscivore (preys on other fish species), we are concerned that these fish may potentially impact the two listed species in Cultus Lake (sockeye salmon and pygmy sculpin). As such, we are asking for angler assistance to:

  • Provide any information related to the presence of bass in Cultus Lake;
  • Confirm species (large vs. smallmouth bass); and
  • If you catch a bass, DO NOT return it to the water. Instead, please record, report, and provide fish specimen captures to the staff listed below.

Confirmation of species and extent of distribution are key at this point. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Please see the Smallmouth Bass factsheet here and Largemouth Bass factsheet here for more information on these invasive species. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact: Colin Schwindt, FLNRORD Senior Aquatic Biologist, South Coast Region.
Phone: 604-586-4400
Email: Colin.Schwindt@gov.bc.ca or FLNRORD Fish and Aquatic Wildlife Mailbox: SCFishandAquaticWildlife@gov.bc.ca

NOTE: Invasive species encounters can also be reported through the Report-Invasives BC phone app or the BC Conservation Officer Services Hotline (RAPP line): 1-877-952-7277. Movement of live fish is illegal and to report any violations, such as suspected illegal introductions of fish, please contact the RAPP line.

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 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.

Water In-Season Change Effective Dates
Silverhope Creek Upstream of Silver Lake, bait ban and fly fishing only July 1-Oct 31 June 15, 2017