The Dean River, located approximately 450 air miles northwest of Vancouver and 60 miles up the Dean Channel from Bella Coola, supports one of the best summer steelhead runs in North America. The quality fishing and the aesthetics of isolated wilderness attracts fishermen from several countries. Prior to 1960, few anglers were aware of the quality of fishing existing on the Dean River, and industrial activities had not yet begun in the valley. In recent years, forest harvesting has provided better access to the river, leading to rapidly increasing angling pressure and threatening the high quality of the angling experience. The purpose of this report is to summarize the results of previous studies and observations on the Dean River and to provide the basis for a management plan to preserve the river's quality fishery.
Leggett, J.W., Narver, D.W.. 1976. A Resume of the Dean River Sport Fishery 1971-75. Fish and Wildlife Branch. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC22
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: steelhead, age, sex ratio, spawning, size, population estimates, angler, angling, Dean River, sport, fishery, commercial, management, regulations
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