Crews from the Quinsam Hatchery and waste management service fished out a rusted metal plate from the Campbell River last week. Welders then cut the plate up for easier removal from the site.

Metal plate catches anglers by surprise

Anglers expecting pinks, instead found an old rusted plate

It was no ordinary catch in the Campbell River last week.

Anglers expecting pinks, instead found an old rusted plate wedged in among the rocks at the bottom of the river.

Susanna Giuliani, who lives along the Campbell River with her family, said the debris had been laying at the bottom of the river for years. She believes it may have washed down the river from the logging bridge during a storm.

Giuliani said a crew from the Quinsam Hatchery and waste management staff attended the scene to fish out the metal slab.

“They reached the plate walking into the river with heavy chains around their hips and they fixed the chains to the plate,” Giuliani recounted. “With a truck they pulled it up.”

This isn’t the first item Giuliani has had a hand in removing from the Campbell: “At the beginning of the season (in July) we picked up a shopping cart from the river and then we started to figure out how to pull up the huge rusted plate – a new challenge.”