Clearwater chinook fishery closed

There will be no chinook fishery on the Clearwater River this August because of low numbers of fish

Tumbler Ridge residents Ken and Jen Marsel angle for chinook salmon on the Clearwater River last year.

Tumbler Ridge residents Ken and Jen Marsel angle for chinook salmon on the Clearwater River last year.

Tumbler Ridge residents Ken and Jen Marsel angle for chinook salmon on the Clearwater River last year,

Ken Marsel has relatives in the area and has been fishing the Clearwater every year since he was 12 years old. He won’t be fishing on the river this year, though.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has closed the chinook fishery on the Clearwater and the North Thompson due to low numbers of the giant salmon.

Only catch-and-release angling for trout is allowed on the Clearwater, and the gear must be specific for trout. Catch and release for salmon not allowed. The First Nations chinook fishery has also been reduced.