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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  Justin Lowes holding a Kitimat River Cutthroat caught Feb. 27 fishing with Ariel Kuppers, David Quaife and Mitch Lupick.They caught 2 Trout that were 18" inches long.  For more details please see Fishing Report below.

Fishing Report from: Ron Wakita of Reliable Guide and Charters
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Kitimat River

The weather in Kitimat started off very cold during the beginning of the week and was then followed by more snow.
Most anglers in Kitimat are getting tired of shoveling snow but the harsh reality is that it just has to be done in order to get out of the driveway.
For anglers it is even more challenging to access the Kitimat and other rivers in the North West.
Despite the weather some of Kitimat's hard core anglers managed to get out on the Kitimat River.
Feb 27 Ariel Kuppers, Justin Lowes, David Quaife and Mitch Lupick braved the elements and Trout fished on the Kitimat River.  They hooked 16 Trout and landed 9 in the last hour and a half before dark.  They were float fishing Gibbs floats with Berkley 3" Power Worms and Bubba's Bait Barn Dew Worms..  Two were 18" long and Ariel hooked 3 on his first 3 casts!  Ariel said, "it was cold, probably -15%".  When I put my rod down on the ice, it froze to the ice.  They all said, "It was worth it"  The wonders of youth! 
If you want to endure the Winter weather there are Trout to be caught on the Kitimat River.  It is a question of tolerance and enthusiasm.
Douglas Channel

Dorothy Green from MK Bay reports that MK Bay is having some major problems with their water lines freezing.
They are working on the problems but in this cold weather it has been an ordeal.
There has been fishing activity on the Douglas Channel due to the cold weather.  The Halibut issue is heating up.
Please refer to Important Halibut Information at the end of this Fishing Report.
We are booking for the 2011 Fishing Season.  Anyone interested in Jet Boat trips, River Driftboat Trips or Saltwater Charters please contact Noel.
Good Health and Good Fishing!
Ron Wakita

Important Halibut Issue

The Town Hall Meeting was a huge success due to the efforts of everyone involved.  I am especially proud of all the members of the Kitimat Halibut Allocation Task Force.  I can not emphasis enough the outstanding job everyone on the Task Force did to make our Town Hall Meeting the success that it was.
All Task Force members deserve to look in the mirror and smile.  I am proud to say that I am from Kitimat and even more proud to represent Kitimat and the Task Force on the BC Sport Fishing Coalition Steering Committee.
The support from the businesses and individuals from Kitimat and Terrace was unbelievable.  On behalf of the Task Force, Thank You.  Worthy on note, Sergio Amaral donated the proceeds he won in our 50/50 draw back to the Task Force.  Thank You again Sergio. Gotta Love the passion and support from everyone!
Mayor Monaghan, Nathan Cullen (MP), Robin Austin (MLA), and all the residents of Kitimat and our neighbors in the Northwest will send a clear message to Ottawa.
The Conservative Government will be held accountable on Election Day!
Halibut is a Canadian Common Resourse owned by the people of Canada.  All of us own the resourse and individual have a responsibility to defend our rights to this resourse.  I believe we have an obligation to defend the rights of our Children and Grandchildren to fish for this resourse. 
I urge everyone to write a Letter to the Prime Minister especially those who attended the Town Hall Meeting.  Please also help your family, friends, neighbors and co workers to also write letters.  The "Power of One" strategy starts with you.  There are Sample Letters on our Website
If everyone does their small part, collectively we can make a Big Difference! 
Sample Letter from Justin Lowes
Justin had a lot to say.  Letters need only be 3 paragraphs.

Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Mr  Prime Minister

I write to you in regards to the current DFO Halibut Allocation Policy.  The Halibut Policy allocating 88% of Canada's Halibut Stocks to 436 Commercial License holders and the remaining 12% to the rest of the Canadian population who are potentially Recreation Anglers is wrong.  The Recreational Sector represents the majority of Canadians and should be allocated fair access to this Canadian Common Resource.  

The Recreation Sector also contributes millions of dollars to Local, Provincial and Federal Economies. In these troubled economic times the current Halibut Allocation Policy will have a devastating and far reaching negative impact on the Canadian economy.

I was born in Kitimat in 1980 and I chosen to live and work in Kitimat .  I have fished for Halibut for 15 years.  Fishing for Halibut is not only a Sport but it is also an integral part of my way of life.  I have chosen to live in Kitimat to enjoy the Douglas Channel and to fish for Halibut with friends and family.  I also harvest Halibut for food and sustenance.  There is a sense of satisfaction from eating the food that you catch yourself,  I would also like to preserve the rights of my Kids and Grandchildren to fish for Halibut.  My  friends and relatives from all over BC  like to fish with me for Halibut.  I also worked full time in a Tackle Store in Kitimat.  Full time hours has been reduced to part time and may be illuminated all together because of your Government's policy.

It is reprehensible to think that only 140 of the 436 Commercial License holders actually fish for Halibut.  The majority of the Commercial License Holders lease out their quota and sit at home profiting from leasing out a Canadian Common Resource.  THE CANADIAN PEOPLE OWN THE RESOURCE not the Commercial License holders who were gifted their allocation for FREE!.

The reference to these Commercial License Holders coined by the Sport Fishing Institute, "Slipper Skippers" is both accurate and disturbing.

It is intolerable to think that my job, my way of life and my right to fish for Halibut has been reduced because your DFO Minister who has mismanaged our Halibut Stocks.

I  find it appalling that the current DFO Halibut Policy will prohibit me and all other Recreation Anglers from fishing for Halibut in August 2011 unless I lease quota from a Commercial Allocation holder.   Your policy serves the interest of a select few but compromises the rights of all Canadians who wish to fish for Halibut.  Feb 15th, DFO Minister Shea announced that Recreation Anglers will have to lease allocation from a Commercial Allocation holder.  All Canadians own this Canadian Common resource and your Conservative policy requires Canadians to lease allocation to fish for a resource we already collectively own.  I can not believe that the Conservative Government has allowed the DFO Minister to make an unfair allocation policy even worse.  This policy has reduced my confidence in the Conservative Government.  I will not vote for the Conservative Government in the next election unless you change this grossly unfair Halibut Allocation policy.  I also intend to tell everyone in my contact list in my phone and on my computer not to vote for your Government as well.

As a Canadian Citizen that is being affected by your decisions I urge you to intervene.  The DFO Minister has the Authority under the Fisheries Act to allocate a fair and equitable share of Halibut Stocks to the Recreation Sector.  In the interests of all Canadians you must instruct her to change the DFO Halibut Allocation Policy or resign.

I would appreciate it if you respond to me directly since your Government as put my job at risk I believe you owe me this consideration. 


Justin Lowes
6 Chilko St
Kitimat B.C.
Canada V8C 1Y5

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