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2010’s Steveston Bullhead Derby

Published on Monday, June 28th, 2010


Today we dragged ourselves out of bed for one of our favorite events because it is only ten minutes drive from our house. It was the annual Steveston Bullhead Derby at Garry Point Park. This grassroot event is organized by the Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society, a group of seniors who enjoy the outdoors. Beside sharing their passion in outdoors with each other, they have passed it along to the new generations through this event for many years.

For some reason, the weather has never worked out at this derby. The chilly easterly wind kept everyone bundling under the tents. It began drizzling just during registration. Who can believe that Goretex jackets are still needed in the end of June? This certainly was not going to stop anxious contestants from fishing, 109 kids signed up by ten o’clock.

Once the derby start horn sounded, it did not take long for catches to show up at the measuring table. Each fish was measured, recorded and the largest bullhead would win the trophy.

Bullhead, or pacific staghorn sculpin, are not the only fish that were brought in. Peamouth chub, northern pikeminnow and starry flounder were also recoreded in the “non-bullhead” category. The Fraser River estuary has the best of two worlds. Because its water is a mixture of salt and fresh water, one can find a large variety of fish species simply by bottom fishing with some bait.

By Noon, it was all over. The winning bullhead in 2010 was 12.5 inches long. Its head was almost as wide as its body length. Prize and trophies were then given out to the lucky few. Although the entire event only lasted three hours, these special moments have surely hooked some kids for life. We have one more event to take care of before more summer fishing actions. Although the most labour intensive, Fish for the Future is the most rewarding to us. Be sure to join us on July 10th!

More photographs from today’s derby can be seen on this page.

A cool day at Rice Lake

Published on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Last weekend was the BC’s Family Fishing Weekend and the Seymour Salmonid Society had its Family Fishing Day at Rice Lake as usual. We were happy to be invited to the event once again, because this is always a great opportunity to meet and chat with website visitors.

The day was rather cool, the weather that is! The clouds never left the mountains and we were left shivering at times. That did not cool off the enthusiasm among visitors. With so many rainbow trout released into the lake, there was not a shortage of anglers. The society did a great job as a host once again. Thanks to all who dropped by to pick up all the fish identification cards and chat.

Photographs from the event can now be seen in this album. Next Sunday, we will be at the annual Bullhead Derby at Garry Point Park in Steveston.

2010 BC Family Fishing Weekend

Published on Monday, June 14th, 2010

June 18th to 20th is BC’s Family Fishing Weekend. During these three days, if you do not have a freshwater fishing licence, you can obtain a free licence and fish at lakes and rivers across British Columbia! Please note that freshwater regulations still apply while you fish with a free licence. There will be many community events happening as well. You can find a listing of all the events on this page.

On Saturday June 19th, we’ll be visiting the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery for its family fishing day and hatchery open house, starting at 8:00am. We’ll also be dropping by the Greg Clark Memorial Fishing Derby at Cultus Lake. On Sunday June 20th, we’ll be setting up a booth at the Rice Lake fishing day in North Vancouver, organized by the Seymour Salmonid Society.

Plenty of excitement in one weekend, we hope to see you at these events!

Family fishing day at Green Timbers

Published on Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Last Saturday the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and City of Surrey co-organized a family fishing day at Green Timbers Lake. The weather co-operated for once and many family showed up to try out fishing for the first time. The fishing was good for some as the hatchery just released 500 or so fish last Wednesday into the lake. Here are some photographs from the event.

A great day for the 20th Salmon Send Off

Published on Saturday, May 8th, 2010

When the invitation to be part of this year’s Great Salmon Send Off arrived in my inbox last month, I accepted it without much hesitation. Like the Fingerling Festival, this is another community based event that has generated plenty of interest among residents of Burnaby.

When this tradition started twenty years ago by local resident Jennifer Atchison, Stoney Creek, a tiny tributary of the Brunette River, was void of salmon. Today, spawning salmon can be seen returning each fall, thanks to countless hours of hard work by volunteers of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee.

Stoney Creek is just one of many streams in the Lower Mainland that are overshadowed by both residential and industrial developments. Each day, it faces threats from dewatering to accidental dumping. Unnoticed, its survival depends on programs such as the Great Salmon Send Off. The goal is not just to revive the salmon runs that once exist, but to make sure visitors become part of the solution at the end of the event.

At 11:00am, the release began when Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s community advisor Maurice Coulter-Boisvert opened up the holding tank. Several thousand juvenile coho salmon circled as they emerged from the dark, eager to start their long journey. Hundreds of parents and kids lined up patiently to receive their bag of fish. Once given, they were carried down to the edge of Stoney Creek where they were set free.

Our participation today included setting up a flytying workshop where each kid had a chance to tie a fly with the assistance of my friends Shane and Carlo. We were pretty overwhelmed by the amount of enthusiasm and interest! If you did not have a chance to tie a fly or pick up our fish identification cards, don’t worry because we will be at several more events in June and July.

More photographs from today’s event can be viewed on this page.

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