Guides release chinook fry
Campbell River Fishing Guides Association member Laurel Gareau is seen above helping out with their yearly chinook net pen project. According to their chairman, Harry MacDonald, approximately 240,000 baby chinook salmon arrived by truck from the Quinsam Hatchery. These small salmon are flushed through 300 feet of flexible pipe from the truck to the guides’ net pen which is located on “H” dock at the Discovery Harbour Marina. They will be fed twice a day by volunteers for about three weeks and then released. This group has been doing this for many years now with the hopes that some of them will return as mature adults and create better Chinook fishing in our local area for the recreational anglers. Those that do not get caught by the commercial fleet and anglers will of course make their way up the Campbell and Quinsam rivers to spawn. MacDonald thanked the Quinsam Hatchery workers, volunteers and Way West Water Taxi for the use of their quad.