Windsor, Dodd, Ireland, Nanton, and Horseshoe Lake

Regulation Number: 
2023-02-06
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 2 - Lower Mainland
MU: 
2-12
Regulation Type: 
Method/Gear/Bait
Species: 
Cutthroat Trout
Closing Date: 
January 6, 2023 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

No water-specific regulations. Currently defaults to regional regulations.

Proposed Regulations: 

Single barbless hook

Wild trout/char daily quota = 2 (none over 40 cm)

Rationale: 

The subject lakes are part of the Lois Lake chain of lakes in Powell River, BC (i.e., all lakes are well connected). The adfluvial (spawn in streams, but migrate to lake habitat where they grow to maturity) Coastal Cutthroat Trout (CCT) inhabiting this chain comprise a unique, provincially significant large-bodied population which are highly prized by anglers and are facing threats associated with aquaculture of unsterilized rainbow trout (Lois Lake Aquaculture facility) and angling exploitation. The proposed regulation change would align with those currently in place on Lois Lake and connecting Khartoum Lake for the protection of large-bodied CCT which anecdotally, are being retained at an increasing rate. The maximum size limit will minimize the kill of large fish, ensuring they remain in the fishery. These larger fish have twice the fecundity of first-time spawners and thus, key to improving long-term recruitment.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) funding has been awarded for the initial phases of the development of a CCT management plan for the sunshine coast. Information provided therein will be reviewed to ensure regulations in place are appropriate.

Additional Information: 

No specific surveys were conducted; however, as previously described, the subject lakes are all interconnected and connected to Lois and Khartoum Lakes yet the cutthroat trout are not afforded the same protection.