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Bow River Fisheries Regulation Changes

Results on Bow River Fishing Regulations Survey

What’s happening?

The Bow River has long been a popular fishery. As use of the river continues to increase, we are also facing the effects of environmental factors such as whirling disease and rising water temperatures.

Surveys of anglers on the Bow River indicate that the vast majority consider the Bow River to be a blue ribbon fishery and release their catch. Our management models suggest that even a small harvest of trout from the Bow would lead to a serious drop in fish populations and a decline in the quality of this special fishery.

To ensure the continued quality of the Bow River in light of these challenges, we suggested a number of management changes.

What did we ask you?

We asked you if you thought the sportfishing regulations on the Bow River were too complicated and whether the river should be more formally managed as a blue ribbon fishery. On a related note, we also asked if you supported unifying the management units along the Bow River under a simplified regulatory approach as an open-all-year, catch and release fishery.

What did you tell us?

Just over half of you (55.4%) think that the Bow River regulations are too complicated. With regards to simplifying the regulations:

  • 76.1% of you agreed with unifying the various reaches of the river above Bassano into one management unit.
  • Roughly half of you (52.8%) supported changing to an “Open all year” season
  • Most (85.4%) of you support a Trophy or “Blue Ribbon” management objective for the Bow River

We Listened and Responded

The sportfishing regulations along the Bow River in Fisheries Management Zone ES1 will be simplified in alignment with a blue ribbon management objective. The new regulation being implemented in 2017 is:

Bow River (from Banff National Park downstream to Bassano Dam including Bassano Reservoir) - Open all year; Bait Ban; Trout and Whitefish limit 0; Pike limit 0; Burbot limit 0; Walleye limit 0.

We will continue to monitor the Bow River to ensure this important fishery continues to live up to its reputation as a blue-ribbon fishery.

Results on Bow River Fishing Regulations Survey

What’s happening?

The Bow River has long been a popular fishery. As use of the river continues to increase, we are also facing the effects of environmental factors such as whirling disease and rising water temperatures.

Surveys of anglers on the Bow River indicate that the vast majority consider the Bow River to be a blue ribbon fishery and release their catch. Our management models suggest that even a small harvest of trout from the Bow would lead to a serious drop in fish populations and a decline in the quality of this special fishery.

To ensure the continued quality of the Bow River in light of these challenges, we suggested a number of management changes.

What did we ask you?

We asked you if you thought the sportfishing regulations on the Bow River were too complicated and whether the river should be more formally managed as a blue ribbon fishery. On a related note, we also asked if you supported unifying the management units along the Bow River under a simplified regulatory approach as an open-all-year, catch and release fishery.

What did you tell us?

Just over half of you (55.4%) think that the Bow River regulations are too complicated. With regards to simplifying the regulations:

  • 76.1% of you agreed with unifying the various reaches of the river above Bassano into one management unit.
  • Roughly half of you (52.8%) supported changing to an “Open all year” season
  • Most (85.4%) of you support a Trophy or “Blue Ribbon” management objective for the Bow River

We Listened and Responded

The sportfishing regulations along the Bow River in Fisheries Management Zone ES1 will be simplified in alignment with a blue ribbon management objective. The new regulation being implemented in 2017 is:

Bow River (from Banff National Park downstream to Bassano Dam including Bassano Reservoir) - Open all year; Bait Ban; Trout and Whitefish limit 0; Pike limit 0; Burbot limit 0; Walleye limit 0.

We will continue to monitor the Bow River to ensure this important fishery continues to live up to its reputation as a blue-ribbon fishery.