fishing

Ralph Shaw was an inspiration to fly fishers and fly tyers. Photo by Don Daniels

Old fishing books have reliable information for trout anglers

By Don Daniels If you look around your house and dig through…

  • Mar 1, 2021

 

Open water at Echo lake makes for safe fishing from the dock. Photo by Don Daniels

Ice fishing is only a memory here on Vancouver Island

By Don Daniels When it comes to ice fishing across the country,…

  • Feb 17, 2021

 

High elevation lakes are frozen over, local ponds are ice free. Photo by Don Daniels

Fishing scene is anything but dormant

By Don Daniels Last week, with a few days of decent weather,…

  • Feb 10, 2021

 

Don Daniels displays his catch of winter springs at the end of January. Photo by Ron Fife

Enjoying a winter wonderland of fishing

By Don Daniels Driving north to Sayward a few weeks back, I…

  • Feb 3, 2021
Don Daniels displays his catch of winter springs at the end of January. Photo by Ron Fife
B.C. commercial fishers argue Canada’s oceans can play an important role in a new and revitalized economy, but only if the first step is to restore their natural productivity. (Black Press file photo)

Build a better blue economy through responsible aqauaculture

Commercial fishers argue for sector’s continued innovation

B.C. commercial fishers argue Canada’s oceans can play an important role in a new and revitalized economy, but only if the first step is to restore their natural productivity. (Black Press file photo)
Mark Stuart, President of Upland Contracting, presented a $26,000 donation to Wayne White, Conservation Chair, Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association to support the hatchery the group is planning to build this year. Photo contributed

Upland Contracting Ltd. donates to the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association

Upland Contracting has donated $26,250 to the Courtenay and District Fish and…

  • Jan 27, 2021
Mark Stuart, President of Upland Contracting, presented a $26,000 donation to Wayne White, Conservation Chair, Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association to support the hatchery the group is planning to build this year. Photo contributed
Craft fur stickelback fly in middle of the real stickelback. Trout gobble both up. Photo and fly pattern by Don Daniels

Fly tying might be gaining in popularity for a few reasons

By Don Daniels It was this time last year that the fly-tying…

  • Jan 27, 2021
Craft fur stickelback fly in middle of the real stickelback. Trout gobble both up. Photo and fly pattern by Don Daniels
Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during roe herring fishery. file photo, Pacific Wild

Quota debate heats up on the eve of Vancouver Island herring fishery

Industry and conservationists weigh in how much catch should be allowed as DFO decision coming soon

Seiners fill the waters between Comox and Nanoose Bay during roe herring fishery. file photo, Pacific Wild
Kayaks launched at Pacific Playgrounds marina. Photo by Don Daniels

Fishing might be a good add-on to outdoor recreation

By Don Daniels Here we are, midway through the first month of…

  • Jan 13, 2021
Kayaks launched at Pacific Playgrounds marina. Photo by Don Daniels
Pink salmon swimming up the Ahta River, B.C. (Jordan Manely photo)

New report shows river-to-river status of Pacific salmon in the Broughton Archipelago

Population abundance is low, but in many cases capacity to rebound is strong, researchers observe

Pink salmon swimming up the Ahta River, B.C. (Jordan Manely photo)
Lots of room for fly fishing in Strathcona Park. Don Daniels photo

Holiday fishing opportunities

By Don Daniels When it comes to recreational fishing around Campbell River…

  • Dec 16, 2020
Lots of room for fly fishing in Strathcona Park. Don Daniels photo
Rubber salmon sandals for the angler who has everything. Photo by Don Daniels

Home for the holidays, fishing activities for December through January

By Don Daniels For a number of people who enjoy fishing for…

  • Dec 9, 2020
Rubber salmon sandals for the angler who has everything. Photo by Don Daniels
Fishing lures salvaged at Pacific Playgrounds recovered at low tide. Don Daniels Photo

Recovering fishing lures and gear during the winter

By Don Daniels We are entering the first week of December and…

  • Dec 2, 2020
Fishing lures salvaged at Pacific Playgrounds recovered at low tide. Don Daniels Photo
Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi’kmaq self-regulated fishery on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Draft fishery deal possibly a ‘historic recognition’ of treaty rights: Mi’kmaq chief

The chief said he’d like to get a deal finalized as soon as possible

Members of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, supported by other First Nations, stand on the breakwater in Saulnierville, N.S., as non-indigenous boats protest the launch the Mi’kmaq self-regulated fishery on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Now is the best time for crabbing for Ron Fife. Photo by Heather Stratton

Few anglers out on the water fishing Discovery Passage

Just last week, looking at Quadra Island from a residence in Campbell…

  • Nov 25, 2020
Now is the best time for crabbing for Ron Fife. Photo by Heather Stratton
More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Anglers ticketed in Fraser River demonstration fishery heading to court

Sportfishing groups started a GoFundMe with almost $20K so far for legal defence of six anglers

More than 70 anglers participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. A court date is set for Dec. 1, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Cris Pomeroy fly fishes local rivers for pinks and coho. Photo Don Daniels

The door remains open for fishing around Campbell River

By Don Daniels Here we are, past the midway point of November…

  • Nov 18, 2020
Cris Pomeroy fly fishes local rivers for pinks and coho. Photo Don Daniels
Fishing boats, loaded with traps, head from port as the lobster season on Nova Scotia’s South Shore begins, in West Dover, N.S., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. RCMP say a 74-year-old man faces charges in connection with a violent clash last month at a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia RCMP say man faces assault charges in violent clash at lobster pound

Tensions were high between First Nations fishers and non-Indigenous commercial fishermen

Fishing boats, loaded with traps, head from port as the lobster season on Nova Scotia’s South Shore begins, in West Dover, N.S., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. RCMP say a 74-year-old man faces charges in connection with a violent clash last month at a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Local anglers fishing the Quinsam River in early November 2020. Don Daniels photo

Understanding fishing etiquette on local rivers

While local rivers provide year-round fishing for catch-and-release trout, salmon runs come…

  • Nov 11, 2020
Local anglers fishing the Quinsam River in early November 2020. Don Daniels photo
A model of a giant lobster marks the headquarters of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., in Halifax, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. Clearwater Fine Foods is being sold to Premium Holdings and a group of Mi’kmaq First Nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Mi’kmaq First Nations joining with Premium Brands to buy Clearwater Seafoods for $1 B

Mi’kmaq expect to hold Clearwater’s Canadian fishing licences within a fully Mi’kmaq-owned partnership

A model of a giant lobster marks the headquarters of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., in Halifax, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. Clearwater Fine Foods is being sold to Premium Holdings and a group of Mi’kmaq First Nations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan