Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Illegal Harvest of Vegetation in Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area

There have been recent incidents of people harvesting vegetation commercially in the Wildlife Management Area at the Squamish Estuary. This is an illegal activity as there have been no permits issued. The area is a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and falls into BC Parks legislative areas.

Recently truck loads of an important native shrub were removed with total disregard for the law and the intrinsic values of the plants. Much of this vegetation is being sold to the florist industry in the Lower Mainland. Please report it to the RAPP line. Take pictures and record licence plates to pass on to the Conservation Officer. We need everyone to be vigilant and be the eyes and the ears for the preservation of this crucial piece of habitat that we fought hard to protect. It is important to the entire ecosystem of the estuary and therefor affects our salmon, eagles, and other wildlife.

Please call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if you witness any environmental violations or poaching within the WMA. To report other violations like illegal campers or garbage issues please call BC Parks @ 604-898-3678 or District of Squamish.

More Skwelwil'em Squamish Estuary Wildlife Management Area WMA Information
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/wma/skwelwil_em/

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/430854/skelwil_em__wma_mp.pdf

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Squamish Chum and Coho Return 2010

October 21, 2010
Chum have been entering the Squamish since the end of September, however, the run size is very small to date. Anglers who are hooking up with fish are finding pockets of chum that are holding, most likely waiting for a bump of rain. Thankfully there is some rain coming this weekend which should draw in more salmon from Howe Sound.

Coho numbers seem to be good in all of the local rivers with gear proving to be the most effective due to the high turbidity. The last few days the rivers have cleared up offering better visibility and catch rates on the fly are up.

Immediate Future - Rain in the Forecast
Rain is on the way this weekend, a necessary evil required to fill the rivers with fish! Unfortunately this will change clarity and river levels as the freezing level is expected to hover around 1600m. Snow will blanket the tops of the peaks making for great scenery when the clouds clear, however, rivers may not be fish-able for the weekend.

Long Term Squamish Chum Forecast
Unfortunately the forecast for chum entering the Squamish system this year is poor. The assessments done by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) indicate a very low return to Lower Mainland streams. This is also the case on most Vancouver Island streams and was also the case on Northern rivers this year. It is doubtful at this point that a chum retention will happen on the Squamish system during the 2010 return.

About the Fraser River Chum Return and Closures to Retention of Chum in Region 2

Johnson Straight chum numbers are dismal for 2010 and the Fraser River run has also been determined to be at critical levels, contrary to the mammoth sockeye return this past summer. The poor chum return has forced the closure of Fraser River chum to retention and there is no commercial fishery for Johnson Straight.

It should be noted that the 2010 chum adults entered the ocean the same year that the sockeye from 2009 entered the ocean. The sockeye return in 2009 was a devastating 1.7 million fish; the expected return was 13 million. The Government of Canada has ordered an inquiry into the terrible return. Perhaps some information will help diagnose what has happened to the chum in 2010.

Cohen Commission on Missing Sockeye: http://www.cohencommission.ca/en/

Positive Outlook
Keeping a positive outlook, the chum that are going to return in 2011 entered the ocean at the same time that the sockeye juveniles entered for the 2010 sockeye return....the best in almost a Century; 30+ Million fish! Let's hope the chum follow suit.

For now please remember: No retention of chum salmon on the Squamish, Cheakamus, or Mamquam Rivers.

Tight lines,

CG



More Data Links.

Fraser River Chum Closure:
http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=view_notice&lang=en&DOC_ID=128673&ID=recreational


Albion Test Fishery for Chum Salmon
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fraserriver/commercial/commercialalbionchum_e.htm

DFO published a graph showing that the numbers are below the 800K estimate which warrants the closure.

Graphs Showing Chum Numbers:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fraserriver/commercial/albionchumdaily.htm

Albion Chum Numbers:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fraserriver/commercial/albionchumcum.htm

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Enforcement is Up - Know Your Regulations

Please adhere to the regulations as enforcement is up. I personally have been checked more this year than any other year in my guiding career! Good to see officers out there.

There is ZERO retention of ANY wild fish in the Squamish/Cheakamus River systems.

To be clear on this, if the water is moving ie a river/stream in Region 2 you can not keep any trout or char PERIOD!!!! Most rivers/streams have bait bans so no worms, no powerbait, no scents. Barbless hooks are also a must!

So to be safe and enjoy your angling in our Squamish & Whistler Rivers and Streams follow these simple rules:
1. De-barb your single hooks (pinch them down tight with pliers)
2. NO TREBLE HOOKS
3. Use only one hook
4. Don't use bait or anything that is scented. If it comes in a plastic baggie or jar you probably can't use it - leave it at WALMART / Canadian Tire / Home Harware
5. Don't keep anything!!
6. Above all know your regulations (I re-read them every year!)

For those looking for the Region 2 Provincial Freshwater Regulations check here:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/docs/1011/fish-synopsis_2010-11_region2.pdf

More Regulations:

Fishing For Salmon in Freshwater: DFO General Freshwater Salmon Fishing Regulations
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/fresh-douce/region2-eng.htm

Entire BC Freshwater Angling Synopsis (Freshwater Fishing Regulations):
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/synopsis/

Tight lines!

Clint Goyette

Sunday, June 27, 2010

WFFC Poland 2010 Photos

Clint Goyette Competing on River San Sector III Beat 22 WFFC Poland 2010

Brown Trout on PT Hot Spot Nymph - Solinka River Poland

My First European Grayling on the River Solinka




View some photos taken by John Nishi of Team Canada here: http://www.acdseeonline.com/album/JSNishi/56897/

Photos by Clint Goyette and Kristy Hughes:
http://picasaweb.google.ca/ValleyFishing.Com/WFFC2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCMCRr6qLj8bGDA&feat=directlink

For results and added video please visit: http://www.worldflyfishing2010.pzw.org.pl/

More to come in the next week!

Tight lines!

Clint

Friday, March 19, 2010

Islander Reels Sponsors Team Canada for World Fly Fishing Championships

Thank you to Barry Stokes and Islander Reels for supporting Team Canada in their quest for Gold at the 30th World Fly Fishing Championships in Poland, June 2010.

For more information on the 30th World Fly Fishing Championships visit:
http://www.worldflyfishing2010.pzw.org.pl/

For information on World Class Fly Fishing Reels made by Islander visit:
http://www.islander.com/

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Team Canada Picked for 2010 World Fly Fishing Championships

Valley Fishing Guides own Clint Goyette was chosen as one of five competitive fly fishers selected to be part of Team Canada at the 30th FIPS-Mouche World Fly-Fishing Championship in Poland June 14-21, 2010.

Team Canada headed for the River San are:

John Beaven - Team Captain and Alternate
Sorin Comsa
Clint Goyette
Tom Irvine
John Nishi
Byron Shepherd

For more information about the competiton please visit the Official Website at: http://www.worldflyfishing2010.pzw.org.pl/

Now the fundraising begins!






Thursday, January 28, 2010

Important Fish and Wildlife Habitat Secured in the Sea to Sky Corridor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2010

Important Fish and Wildlife Habitat Secured in the Sea to Sky Corridor

SQUAMISH, B.C. – The Land Conservancy of BC and the District of Squamish are pleased to announce the protection of over seven hectares of fish and wildlife habitat in the heart of the District of Squamish.

Known as the Squamish Mamquam Blind Channel and located in the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation, the property is on the shared floodplain of the Squamish and Mamquam rivers and is surrounded by a tidal slough and drainage channels. These water sources are key rearing and overwintering habitat for young salmon, and areas for adult salmon to migrate and spawn.

Since 2006, TLC has been working in close partnership with the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS) to acquire the site that is bisected by the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) and north of the Squamish Adventure Centre.

Besides the waterways, the upland area of the property includes a marsh meadow but is mostly forested with Sitka Spruce, Red Alder, Western Red Cedar and Black Cottonwood. The variety of habitats on the site provides refuge for many species, including various species-at-risk and nesting songbirds. The species-at-risk include the endangered Pacific Water Shrew and the threatened Red-Legged Frog.

In addition to the site’s wildlife values, its proximity to the Tourism Centre and to the urban area of Squamish, gives the property an exciting potential for future educational opportunities. The expansion of the nearby trail system may also increase recreational access to the property.

TLC gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance of BCR Properties Ltd., District of Squamish, BC Hydro Bridge Coastal Restoration Fund, CN Cheakamus Ecosystem Recovery Fund, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project and BC Trust for Public Lands.

Partnerships were vital in the conservation of this important site. “Congratulations to the TLC and to all the partners that worked together to make preservation of this important wetland area in central Squamish a reality. This is an example of implementing one of our primary objectives in our draft Official Community Plan of preserving, protecting and enhancing the natural environment and environmentally sensitive areas,” says District of Squamish Mayor Greg Gardner.

“Protecting or enhancing sensitive areas is a key interest of CN and we are pleased to support this project,” says Normand Pellerin, CN Assistant Vice-President Environment. “In line with our previous commitments such as assisting with protecting a portion of the Squamish Estuary, CN continues to work with the community to ensure the ongoing recovery of the Cheakamus ecosystem as evidenced by our partnership with TLC.”

Angela Buckingham, Chief Environmental Officer with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says: “The Ministry, through the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project, is pleased to provide financial support to protect this valuable habitat. We are proud to partner with the TLC and other contributors in preserving this property for future generations.”

The land was purchased from BCR Properties Ltd. in December 2008 and the final step of transferring the ownership of the site from TLC to the District of Squamish will occur by February 2010. TLC will hold a conservation covenant which will permanently protect the natural features of the area. Future management of the site will be in partnership with TLC, the District of Squamish and the SRWS.

Since 1997, TLC has been saving special places throughout our beautiful province for today and future generations. As B.C.’s leading charitable land trust, we have protected more than 300 properties or 125,000 acres of fast disappearing natural areas, historic sites, farms and ranches, and places of community and recreational importance. TLC is proud to work on behalf of over 7,000 Members worldwide. Become a Member today at www.conservancy.bc.ca.

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For more information:
Tamsin Baker - TLC (604) 733-2313
Edith Tobe – Squamish River Watershed Society (604) 898-9171
Kim Muller – District of Squamish (604) 815-5025