B.C.'s southern Okanagan sees record sockeye returns
Fishers in B.C.'s southern Okanagan are hoping for a banner year as sockeye salmon are returning to Osoyoos Lake in record numbers.
Howie Wright with the Okanagan Nation Alliance says this year is the highest count recorded since 1938.
"This year, about 515,000 sockeye returned to the Columbia River ... 90 to 95 per cent of them are coming back to the Okanagan system."
Okanagan First Nations partnered with government agencies to restore the river system over the last two decades.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance now has its first sockeye fishery. They've been selling the fish since April, but as of this weekend they're extending their business to the public.
Recreational fishermen can try their luck at hooking a sockeye salmon and also help stimulate the local economy.
"Once you catch your limit of two, you can continue fishing where the salmon caught are returned to the NK'MIP campground at the local farmers' market for sale," Wright said.
Anglers can fish for Sockeye Salmon in Osoyoos Lake until the end of August.