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Goldstream park and salmon run

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#1 NMP

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 07:54 AM

Moss makes this park's trees especially majestic during wet season





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Posted 25 November 2006 - 08:00 AM






#3 Mike K.

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:10 PM

The salmon have returned! Head out to Goldstream Park to catch the first glimpse of spawning salmon, which have yet to change colour and have only now begun to arrive.


Video of this year's first salmon at Goldstream: https://www.facebook...54601874784362/

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#4 HB

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 09:33 PM



Filmed this today next to someone fishing

Edited by HB, 19 October 2016 - 09:34 PM.

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#5 AllseeingEye



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Posted 20 October 2016 - 11:51 AM

Nice vid, just a couple of comment/observations in regards.....


Although current freshwater fishing regulations in British Columbia do not prohibit you from harvesting a salmon that is darker in colour, experienced anglers will recommend you not to keep one for a few reasons.


Darker salmon are generally poor(er) quality table fare. Some people have suggested that it would taste fine if smoked. Perhaps, but the meat quality is still nowhere near what a fresh silver salmon offers up. Darker colours on a salmon indicate that it has expended most of its energy on its migration. It uses up most of the fat content resulting in degradation of its flesh. OTOH, a silver salmon that recently arrives in a river system is still energetic after feeding heavily in the ocean.


Dark spawning fish are also recognized by most anglers as fish that have made it through all obstacles to reach the spawning grounds. For this reason, many experienced anglers I know believe that they should be respected and left alone to carry out spawning in peace, so fry are produced in sufficient numbers to sustain the run's population. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that many salmon run's in BC and especially on the island are threatened for a variety of reasons.


There are ways to avoid encountering darker fish. Upper sections of a river and small side channels are typically where salmon stage and spawn. If you find yourself hooking dark salmon repeatedly, then it is usually a good idea to move to a different spot.


Finally, dark salmon that are close to spawning should *always* be kept in the water prior to being released. Too often we see photographs of anglers especially on social media holding up spawning male salmon spewing out milt or spawning female salmon dropping eggs. This is unfortunate because many young salmon are lost due to careless action often by those who should know better....

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#6 Bingo

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 02:26 PM



Filmed this today next to someone fishing


That someone is likely First Nations if they are using a gaff. 

#7 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 06:07 PM

Thousands of local salmon are returning to local waters for one of the biggest natural phenomenons in the South Island.


Nearing the end of their lifecycle, the salmon have found their way back to Goldstream Provincial Park.


“Last week, we counted over 1,000 fish alone,” Tracey Bleakley, park naturalist with RLC Park Services says. “They’ve come a long way to get here because we’re one of the last rivers they swim through.”





Visitors are encouraged to avoid wearing brightly-coloured clothing, such as reds, purples, or pinks, as salmon can see those very well.



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Posted 28 October 2019 - 07:43 PM

The major runs on the island have been decent thus far; on various fishing trips in recent months we've seen good numbers of chum, and in particular Chinook and coho on the Stamp River and particularly this past weekend where we were at the Little Englishman and Big Qualicum rivers (where there were !huge Chinook! at the Big Q federal hatchery) as well as the Nanaimo River - which is one of the more underrated watersheds on VI. I believe the CRD released a large volume of h20 recently to assist the returning salmon at Goldstream. Given repeated spring/summer drought conditions over the past several years that is something that may well have to be repeated on a yearly basis. Nice to see......


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