WATCH: Abundance of sockeye salmon in Osoyoos Lake
OSOYOOS – It’s shaping up to be to be the largest return since 1938, when the salmon count first began, and all that sockeye is found in Osoyoos Lake.
Howie Wright of the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Fisheries Department says the restoration program is proving to be successful.
Based on tagging studies and the number of salmon that went over Wells Damn, Wright estimates there’s up to 300,000 sockeye salmon in the lake.
The bountiful return is also good news for recreational anglers because their fishing season will last a full month.
Starting today, their limit has been raised: they can now bring home four sockeye a day, instead of two.
A roadside stand has been setup by Nk’mip Resort, where the public can purchase the catch of the day: sockeye salmon.