I’m a little tardy in responding to an article about how the total revenue from fishing licenses will now go to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. This is the organization that does the stocking of various lakes in the province. The article then went on to list a number of local lakes and what species of fish went into them. It must have been a complete surprise to most anglers to learn how many local lakes are stocked with kokanee salmon.
A quick check of the website listed in the article, www.gofishbc.com/fishstockingreports, would show that none of the local lakes are stocked with Kokanee and probably never have been. In fact, it’s quite rare that any stocking of Kokanee is done anywhere in BC.
Editor’s note: Bob Hahn is correct. The only East Kootenay lakes stocked with Kokanee are Monroe Lake in Moyie and Rosen Lake in Jaffray. The local lakes mentioned in the article are all stocked with Rainbow Trout, except Bear Lake in Canal Flats which is stocked with Eastern Brook Trout. The Valley Echo apologizes for the error.