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RalphH

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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #75 on: June 30, 2020, 02:44:07 PM »

I find it ironic that the whole thing that started this review was someone who was involved with the alouette river hatchery wondering why chinook fishing was open when none return and yet it seems DFO still has the alouette open for chinook fishing.

According to the 2017 post season Brood report, 69,000 Chilliwack River Fall chinook smolt were released in the Alouette River that year which should return 2,000 to 3,000 adults?

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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #76 on: June 30, 2020, 10:00:43 PM »

Was at the Chehalis today, water was clear but high. No fish to be seen of any kind. Did run into one other person on the trail heading in while we were heading out and we exchanged quick words and were on our way. We did run into a bear on the way in down the trail by the big log jam. So if you’re heading into the area please remember your bear awareness. Stay safe out there.
I did notice there is new day parking spaces outside the campground site now, and the parking lot over the bridge leading into the canyon parking lot is closed with a “No Trespassing” sign? That’s new from last year. I though that lot was part of the provincial site and should be open to the public no? Any info shared on that would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #77 on: July 02, 2020, 06:43:52 AM »

Chehalis river campground is not a provincial campground. Pretty sure it’s ran by the local indigenous band. The parking lot on the other side of the bridge has been closed for a while, I think it was closed all last fall. Walk down far enough and you’ll probably find a net across the narrow part of the river closer to the Harrison confluence. That would explain no one seeing any fish.  >:(
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #78 on: July 02, 2020, 08:23:22 AM »

The local band manages the site on behalf of Parks and trails BC. The campsite across the bridge has been blocked off for a couple years at least.
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #79 on: July 02, 2020, 03:57:53 PM »

If the nets go up again, I really do not see a point to this hatchery other than to provide food for the band.
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #80 on: July 02, 2020, 07:48:49 PM »

If the nets go up again, I really do not see a point to this hatchery other than to provide food for the band.
Yup , put it up for sale .  ;D Last few years fishing ghost water was just that ,chasing ghost fish . Then you look in the hatchery and see the hundreds of thousands of hatchery fish just vanish  ;D ;) :o without a trace .  ::)
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #81 on: July 03, 2020, 08:52:27 AM »

Yup , put it up for sale .  ;D Last few years fishing ghost water was just that ,chasing ghost fish . Then you look in the hatchery and see the hundreds of thousands of hatchery fish just vanish  ;D ;) :o without a trace .  ::)

Its crazy to see how many Coho return every year to that hatchery. Ive fished the mouth every year for the past 5 years ( during prime time ) with little to no luck. Very slim. But yet the hatchery is full of offspring. Could it be that the Chum return at the same time and push the Coho thru ? It doesn't make any sense. What has been the most annoying thing for me is seeing wall to wall Chum all the way to the Harrison and not being able to keep one.
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #82 on: July 03, 2020, 08:49:45 PM »

The chum and coho run is a fraction of what it was. There used to so many chum, you couldn’t fish for coho in some spots..you almost had to fish frog water. The chum benefitted everything...cutty fishing was great, large resident rainbows, etc...now not much.
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #83 on: July 03, 2020, 09:31:58 PM »

The chum and coho run is a fraction of what it was. There used to so many chum, you couldn’t fish for coho in some spots..you almost had to fish frog water. The chum benefitted everything...cutty fishing was great, large resident rainbows, etc...now not much.
They were so thick you had to leave if it got too warm - the carcasses would start to be unbearably stinky.  When the river dropped there was thick scum line of chum carcasses along the entire river bank from at least the bottom of the canyon all the way to the mouth. 
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Re: Chilliwack and Chehalis River summer chinook salmon fisheries
« Reply #84 on: July 04, 2020, 09:31:48 AM »

A few years back the chehalis was so void of any coho and even chum in the fall. We took a walk all the way down past the hatchery intake channel area where the Chehalis narrows right up. Found a net across the entire river before the hatchery channel. What a piss off this was, here we are wondering why there are no fish and this band feels the need to net the river BELOW THE HATCHERY !! well we were right pissed off. We got a few more people together and went in under darkness and removed the net. What do you know, fish in the canyon days later  >:(

An old timer told me that the local band can just go to the hatchery and take what they want for food and there is no reason to net the lower except to discourage people from fishing Chehalis. Any truth to that statement?
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