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Fisheries Update Community Notice

July 31st, 2018

As of July 27, 2018 about 193,038 Sockeye have entered the Columbia River. It is estimated that 85% of the return is Okanagan. We are anticipating there will be 209,000 sockeye returning in total. We estimate 70,000-75,000 sockeye have entered Osoyoos Lake
with an estimate of about 10,000 to 15,000 sockeye in Skaha Lake.

People were fishing at “sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (s-wuh-wuneetkw) and nʕaylintn (Ny-lin-tn) since the beginning of July and river temperatures have increased where the sockeye have fallen back into Osoyoos Lake. Catches so far in Canada for food fisheries are estimated to be about 1,000-2,000 in river.

There will be a recreational fishery opening on Osoyoos Lake from August 3-13, 2018 with a 2
Sockeye/day limit. ONA will review catches on August 13, 2018 for consideration of another
recreational opening. Estimated catch is 2,000 sockeye.

There will be an economic fishery with trolling only in Osoyoos Lake from August 3-31, 2018. Estimated catch is 3,000 sockeye.

If food fishing: Please have status card available as DFO enforcement
will be out periodically making sure it is only the ONA Members fishing right now.

For More Information Contact:
Howie Wright, Fisheries Manager T: (250) 707-0095 ext. 104 E:

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