Kootenay freshwater fish management

The Kootenay  Region encompasses the southeast corner of British Columbia and consists of the Columbia Mountains (Purcell, Selkirk and Monashees) and the Rocky Mountains. Noted fish species in the region include Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout and Gerrard Rainbow Trout. Fisheries staff are located in offices in Cranbrook and Nelson.

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Kootenay Lake public meeting - March 14, 2022

On March 14, 2022, an online meeting was held to discuss the Kootenay Lake Kokanee Collapse, the current status of fish stocks, recovery actions implemented to date and recovery action plans for 2022. Please find the pre-meeting slideshow below as well as some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions for Kootenay Lake fisheries.

Kootenay Lake Online Public Meeting March 2022 Pre-Meeting

 

Primary responsibilities for the Regional Fisheries

Primary responsibilities for the Regional Fisheries staff include:

  • Freshwater fisheries management in regional lakes and streams, conservation, lake stocking, angling regulations, and classified waters
  • Cooperative fisheries management with government agencies, First Nations and NGOs
  • Specific Fisheries Project
  • Review & Approval of scientific fish collection and live fish possession and transportation permits
  • Collect and provide scientific fisheries information, data and support for First Nations treaty negotiation tables and other user groups

Classified Waters of the Kootenay Region

Kootenay Regional News

Kootenay Lake Online Public Meeting Poster March 2022 (PDF, 124Kb)

White Sturgeon Sampling on Kootenay Lake information poster (PDF, 2.6Mb)

Kootenay Lake Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout "Spaghetti Tag" Reward (PDF, 163Kb)

Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine Articles (Note: these links leave the Provincial Government web and take the viewer directly to Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine managed web pages)

Kootenay Regional Reports

Note: Additional reports can be accessed through the Cross-Linked information Resources (CLIR) Tool

 

Daily Count of Gerrard Rainbow Trout (2022)
Date Count Date Count Date  
April 1 no count May 1 93 June 1

23

(last count)

April 2 no count May 2 130 June 2  
April 3 no count May 3 126 June 3  
April 4 0 May 4 155 June 4  
April 5 0 May 5 141 June 5  
April 6 0 May 6 138 June 6  
April 7 0 May 7 185 June 7  
April 8 0 May 8 212 June 8  
April 9 0 May 9 210 June 9  
April 10 0 May 10 227 June 10  
April 11 0 May 11 249 June 11  
April 12 0 May 12 226 June 12  
April 13 0 May 13 222 June 13  
April 14 0 May 14 203 June 14  
April 15 0 May 15 206 June 15  
April 16 0 May 16 242 June 16  
April 17 0  May 17 284 June 17  
April 18 0 May 18

no count -

poor weather

June 18  
April 19 0 May 19 268 June 19  
April 20 0 May 20

no count -

poor weather

June 20  
April 21 0 May 21 216 June 21  
April 22 0 May 22 205 June 22  
April 23 0 May 23 176 June 23  
April 24 0 May 24 161 June 24  
April 25 1 May 25 144 June 25  
April 26 1 May 26 117 June 26  
April 27 3 May 27 89 June 27  
April 28 14 May 28 71 June 28  
April 29 40 May 29 65 June 29  
April 30 39 - windy May 30 58 June 30  
    May 31 41    

 

Kootenay Lake Bulletins and Reports