Brem River, including tributaries

Regulation Number: 
2023-02-01
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 2 - Lower Mainland
MU: 
2-13
Regulation Type: 
Method/Gear/Bait
Species: 
All species, focus on Steelhead
Closing Date: 
January 6, 2023 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

No fishing from the upstream edge of falls (situated approximately 1.5 km from the river’s mouth) to a point 100 m downstream

Bait ban, May 1- Oct 31

Proposed Regulations: 

Status Quo:

No fishing from the upstream edge of falls (situated approximately 1.5 km from the river’s mouth) to a point 100 m downstream

Additional Regulations:

Bait Ban (year-round)

Artificial fly only upstream of 2nd set of falls (situated approximately 2.5 km upstream of Hillis Creek confluence)

Rationale: 

The Brem River is arguably the best-known coastal summer-run system outside of the lower Fraser and Burrard Inlet systems. It is a catch and release only, wild steelhead fishery (i.e., no hatchery augmentation for harvest opportunities). The most recent Steelhead Harvest Analysis data indicates very low angler effort over the last 5 years (i.e., average <7 fishing days, 1.2 days/angler); however, anecdotal reports suggest otherwise, and angler effort is thought to be much higher.

The proposed year-round bait ban extends the protection for the wild summer-run steelhead population (i.e., reducing hooking injury/mortality). Fish successfully passing the 2nd set of falls would consist of only the summer-run ecotype, hence the proposed gear restriction (i.e. artificial fly only) to protect spawning fish. The proposed gear restriction regulation for this section still allows ~ 10 km of fishable river downstream open to gear.