Skeena Quality Waters Strategy

Classified Waters Management System

As more anglers seek out legendary Skeena steelhead, many feel their experience of angling is being compromised by angler crowding.

To address this problem, which has been observed at other popular sport-fishing destinations, government introduced a province-wide Classified Waters sport-fishery management system in 1990. The system sought to improve the situation by classifying waters according to the quality of angling experiences they offer, and capping the number of “rod-days” available to angling guides.