Good Things Come to Those Who Bait!

In January, 180 entries were submitted at Crawford Bay Market, Gill and Gift, Woodbury Resort and Wynndell Foods and Outdoor Gear. There are some hearty fishers out on the lake, taking advantage of what of made Kootenay Lake famous throughout North America – the increased chance of catching a large trout or char in the winter months. January’s lucky $1,000 gift certificate draw winner was Kip Lippa of Nelson, with an entry at Gill& Gift depot.
The program is supported by the West Arm Outdoors Club, B.C. Wildlife Federation, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and the Province of B.C. The program’s target is to increase rainbow and bull trout retention from 50 percent of fish caught to 90 percent. Surveys of anglers indicate they believe that they are doing more for conservation by releasing fish. The program’s target level for additional retention will not create conservation issues for the trout and will help the kokanee recover.

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