Vancouver Island Region Fisheries
The Fisheries Management Section is responsible
for Vancouver Island’s freshwater recreational fisheries resource:
conservation of self- perpetuating populations of freshwater fish;
management of sustainable sport fisheries; and building support
for resource stewardship.
Several fundamental tasks are associated with
these goals. The priority for management staff is to monitor populations
of naturally reproducing sport fishes. In general, this involves
determining how many fish are present in a population, if that
population is stable, the level of harvest presently affecting
the population, assessing impacts to the fish habitat, and developing
habitat restoration prescriptions. On the stewardship side, staff
provide technical direction to community stewardship groups working with urban salmon issues.
We also develop stocking strategies on small lakes and streams
where recreational use has increased to the point where restoration
of wild stocks alone will not maintain the fishery. The Habitat
Conservation Trust Foundation provides funds for lake- and stream-specific
projects and educational projects aimed at increasing public awareness
of fish and fish habitat.
Licensed anglers on Vancouver Island fished
a total of 670,000 days in 1995 and caught 1,021,000 freshwater
sportfish from the regions’ lakes and streams. The catch breakdown
consists of 38% cutthroat trout, 37% rainbow trout, 10% salmon,
7% steelhead trout, 3% smallmouth bass, 2% char, 2% kokanee and
1% other species.
A fishery of this magnitude and diversity dictates a conservative
regulatory approach. Management staff opens, closes, or modifies
recreational fisheries based on angler demand, habitat capability,
and fish population status with the maintenance of wild fish a
Vancouver Island Lakes Angling Questionnaire - 2011