Victoria/Fraser Valley – The Government of B.C. is reopening angling for most streams in the South Coast due to increased rain and cooling water temperatures.

Effective Monday, September 14, streams in Wildlife Management Units 2-2 through 2-12 and 2-16 through 2-19 where fishing was previously suspended are now re-opened to angling. The move reopens streams two weeks earlier than was first anticipated.

There are two exceptions, with the Seymour and Coquihalla rivers, including their tributaries remaining closed. Both these streams have barrier restrictions from rockslides that severely restrict upstream migration by steelhead, and the fish remain at risk.

Most streams on the South Coast were previously closed to angling on July 22 to protect fish stocks due to low flows and high water temperatures. The modified openings work in concert with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which has announced matching regulations.

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