Province offers Cowichan Lake anglers a reward for their catch

Province offers Cowichan Lake anglers a reward for their catch
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A coastal cutthroat trout.

If you’re a fisherman in the Cowichan Lake area, there’s a unique opportunity to be rewarded for what you pull in.

The province is offering $100 gift cards per fish, for those who can hook, and then report tagged cutthroat trout.

Eighty fish were tagged as part of a five-year study on the health of Cowichan Lake’s cutthroat trout population. Around half were implanted with acoustic tags, which allowed researchers to track individual fish.

“Studies like this are a valuable component of ensuring our province has a healthy trout population now and in the future,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

“I encourage anglers to participate in helping our fisheries staff evaluate the survival and movement patterns of cutthroat trout.”

The study is trying to find out the species mortality rates and movements during spawning, to ensure the long term sustainability of the trout population.

The province says anglers will need to remove the tag from the fish, and as proof, send a photo of the tag and email it to: [email protected] or deliver them to the front desk at the ministry office located at 2080A Labieux Rd. in Nanaimo.


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