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Communal xᵂminaʔ (Trout) Harvest from Pennask Lake

July 6th, 2017

From June 19 to July 3, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has Ron Ned (Upper Nicola Band) and Mic Werstuik (Westbank First Nation) to help initiate xᵂminaʔ (trout) harvest in Pennask Lake for communal distribution.  Historically about 45,000-50,000 rainbow trout were harvested yearly from Pennask Lake. This harvest was abruptly stopped in the mid 1920’s with privatization of most of Pennask Lake.  However, members of Upper Nicola Band have always hosted yearly a fishing camp on Father’s Day.  Harvest methods include angling, gill nets and a stimoos (fish fence).  Distribution is coordinated through each communities health departments and similar to how we distribute sockeye in some years.   Approximately 4,000 rainbow were harvested and distributed this year.  It is our first year with this fishery on a communal level and we hope to continue this fishery in future years.