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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  William Wright holding a 13lb. Kitimat River Steelhead caught on the Kitimat River March 27th.  Photo taken by Eric Neidert.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
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Kitimat River
The warm and sunny weather conditions have been outstanding so far this week and many anglers have been out fishing on the Kitimat River.  Trout fishing has been unbelievable and there have been a few Steelhead also reported.
Mar 20 Justin Lowes and Paul Johnson landed 5 Trout and one small Steelhead fishing with the Kitimat Kombo and bottom bouncing roe.  The Kitimat Combo is a Berkley 3" Power Bait Worm comboed with a Bubba's Bait Barn Dew worm.
Mar 23 Ariel Kuppers landed this lugger of a Kitimat Cutthroat trout on a fly he calls the "Kitimat Killer".
Mar 27 Eric Neidert and William Wright drifted in their pontoon boats and landed a 13lb Hatchery Steelhead.  Congratulation William!
The Kitimat River is producing excellent numbers of Cutthroat Trout and really good numbers of Steelhead.  The warmer weather has encouraged many Steelheaders to get out fishing.  They have been rewarded with great numbers of Steelhead.
Douglas Channel
A few boaters made their first trip of the season.  The first trip is usually to test drive the boat and to do some Crabbing.  Many boaters have indicated that they plan to fish for Halibut early this season.
DFO has still not announced when Halibut season will close to the recreational sector.  There are still no details of the grossly unfair policy that will require Recreation Anglers to lease allocation from Commercial Quota holders in order to fish for Halibut after DFO closes the season to the Sport sector.
Please view Important Halibut Information at the end of this Fishing Report
This Fishing Report contains information up to Thursday.  To view the full Kitimat/Douglas Channel Fishing Report, please visit on Tuesday.
Thank to everyone who provided info and photos for this Fishing Report.
Good Health and Good Fishing!
Ron Wakita
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Important Halibut Information
Hi Minister Shea
I am the vice chair of the Terrace BC SFAC and the Chairman of The Skeena Angling Guide Association.
I can not believe you are even entertaining the notion of selling a public resource back to the public to profit a commercial industry that was originally gifted Halibut that belong to every person in Canada. The lack of respect shown to the 400,000+ recreational Halibut anglers by DFO is reprehensible to protect the interest of 435 individuals which only 150 of which actually fish their licenses while the rest sit at home and make profit off of a public resource.
All I can say is I will not be voting for a government or minister that does not value the majority of Canadians right to have access to publicly owned fishing resources.
Therefore in regards to a buy back of quota of our own fish, I say no.
Insulted Deeply,
Dustin Kovacvich
Chairman Skeena Angling Guide Association
Owner and Head Guide Nicholas Dean Lodge

During the 2010 "Halibut Transfer Mechanism" meetings a senior DFO member told me the only way to change the current halibut allocation policy was with political pressure. I believe that DFO never thought the recreational sector could unite and stand up for their collective rights. The B.C. Sportfishing Coalition proved them wrong. The flawed halibut allocation policy has now become a political issue and rightfully so.

The BCSFC is committed to informing the public on the issue of Canadian Halibut Allocation. Over the past few months the coalition and recreational anglers have established an interactive website, written thousands of letters to Provincial and Federal politicians and held town hall meetings in communities up and down the coast that have been attended by avid anglers and concerned Canadian citizens. In short, recreational anglers rallied to the cause like never before.

On February 15 (what is now referred to as "Black Tuesday") Fisheries Minister Gail Shea ignored least for now. Shea tossed fuel on the fire by announcing that DFO would pursue a status quo 88/12 allocation for this season and has suggested that if recreational anglers require more quota, then they will have to pay the gifted commercial quota holders for it. She and her fellow Conservative MPs in B.C. have dismissed recreational anglers and sided with a small group of well-connected commercial quota holders. The decision to leave the halibut allocation policy unchanged will punish the 100,000 recreational anglers that fish for halibut each year, the businesses that support them and the thousands of people who are employed in sport fishing in the province.

DFO knows that in 2003, former Fisheries Minister Robert Thibault made a mistake when he gifted 88% of Canada’s Total Allowable Catch (TAC) to 436 commercial quota holders and allocated only 12% to the province’s 100,000 recreational halibut anglers. Recreational anglers have long opposed the policy and argued that it privatizes Canada’s common-property halibut resource.

Since 2003, recreational anglers have faced shortened seasons and a 50% reduction in normal catch limits. During the same period, commercial halibut quota became a tradable commodity. I have been at International Pacific Halibut Commission sessions when some of the commercial sector has voted in favour of a lower TAC for Canada. Commercial Quota holders simply raise the price of their quota to accommodate for reduced TAC, less work and the same amount of profit for them. In 2010 less than half of the 436 commercial quota holders actually fished their catch. The rest simply leased out their rights and collected royalty cheques. Amazingly, while DFO claims that the commercial fishery is accountable, DFO staff has now acknowledged that they do not know who actually owns the 436 commercial quotas that control 88% of Canada’s halibut TAC.

Minister Shea’s suggestion that individual anglers can now seek to lease quota from commercial quota holders is confirmation of her view that Canada’s halibut resource is private property owned by a lucky few. This is simply unacceptable. The coalition will press on and make sure that every BC Conservative MP knows that they will be held accountable for this ill-conceived decision. At the time of writing this an election is in the offing and I expect that Conservative MPs will soon come looking to our community for support. I know that recreational anglers will remind them of how we were treated when we needed their support.

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Rob Alcock
President - Sport Fishing Institute of BC

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