For the past seventeen years, at the end of the angling licence year, a questionnaire has been sent to the British Columbia stee1head fishermen requesting information on their fishing activity and catch success for incorporation into the Steelhead Harvest Analysis. Over this time, there have been considerable changes in licence sales, the number of days spent fishing and provincial catch.
In the 1982-83 season, 20,856 steel head angling licences were sold, approximately 10% of which were to non-residents of B.C. A questionnaire was sent to 62% of 1icencees, and a response was received from approximately half of those contacted. Of the respondents, 72% fished for steel head at least once, and of the active anglers, 54% were successful in landing a fish. The number of steel head kept averaged 18% of the total reported catch for the province, ranging from 11% on Vancouver Island to 45% in the Thompson-Nicola region. Of the anglers who successfully landed a steel head, 26% released all their fish, 69% kept between one and five fish and 5% kept more than five fish. Angling effort was highest in the
Skeena region marginally surpassing that of Vancouver Island, however, Vancouver Island reported the highest number of steelhead caught. Hatchery fish, caught primarily on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, comprised approximately 10% of the total provincial catch with a reported harvest ratio of 29%, compared to 17% for wild fish.
Billings, Susan J.. 1983. Steelhead Harvest Analysis 1982-83. BC Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Technical Circular. 59
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: British Columbia, BC, License, Angling, Sportfishing, hatchery, rainbow, catch and release, Trout, returns, spawning
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
Other Identifier: FTC 59
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