Fraser River

Record-low returns of salmon have been recorded on the Fraser River in recent years. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Time for Indigenous-led salmon strategy on the Lower Fraser, says Alliance

‘Closures of First Nations, commercial and recreational salmon fishing’ have huge impact: LFFA

 

Carol and Rick Blacklaws have distilled years of experience travelling the Fraser River into their latest book. Contributed photo.

South Surrey couple’s book chronicles the mighty Fraser River

Carol and Rick Blacklaws celebrate love of the waterway in The Fraser: River of Life and Legend

 

A high streamflow advisory was issued Sept. 23, 2020 for the Chilliwack River (seen here Nov. 24, 2017) and other rivers and tributaries across B.C.. (Jennifer Feinberg/The Chilliwack Progress file)

Rivers could rise rapidly as heavy rains hit Lower Mainland

Larger rivers to reach peak levels on Thursday or into Friday, according to high streamflow advisory

 

More than 50 people participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the gravel bars of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Tickets handed out and gear seized during Fraser River bar-fishing demonstration

Cost of fishing for salmon/trout during a closed time comes with a fine of $250, say DFO officials

More than 50 people participated in the bar-fishing demonstration fishery on Sept. 9, 2020 on the gravel bars of the Fraser River near Chilliwack. DFO officers ticketed six people and seized four rods. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
DFO fishery officer Mike Fraser chats with Valdy Widera of Surrey, at the bar-fishing demonstration fishery, Sept. 9, 2020, at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack, explaining the event was not sanctioned by DFO. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Demonstration fishery on the Fraser River went ahead to showcase bar fishing

‘This is about standing together for our rights to a public fishery,’ said organizer

DFO fishery officer Mike Fraser chats with Valdy Widera of Surrey, at the bar-fishing demonstration fishery, Sept. 9, 2020, at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack, explaining the event was not sanctioned by DFO. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
A bar fishing demonstration fishery is set for Sept. 9 on the Fraser River gravel bars. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Demonstration fishery on the Fraser River going ahead without DFO approval

‘This is about standing together for our rights to a public fishery,’ says one of the organizers

A bar fishing demonstration fishery is set for Sept. 9 on the Fraser River gravel bars. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

DFO will not be authorizing a ‘test fishery’ for Fraser River chinook salmon

Fishing groups were hoping to test out selective bar-fishing method on the main stem of the river

Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

DFO will not be authorizing a ‘test fishery’ for Fraser River chinook salmon

Fishing groups were hoping to test out selective bar-fishing method on the main stem of the river

Bar fishing on the Fraser River near Chilliwack in a demonstration fishery on Sept. 2, 2017. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Bar fishing on the Fraser River on Aug. 10, 2015. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Fishing groups demand test fishery on the Fraser River for chinook

‘We cannot overemphasize the frustrations and growing anger within our communities,’ reads letter

Bar fishing on the Fraser River on Aug. 10, 2015. (Chilliwack Progress file)
The Brown family of Chilliwack with one of the largest sturgeon caught so far this season on the Fraser at 10.2 feet. (Submitted)

Chilliwack family recounts ‘experience of a lifetime’ catching sturgeon

It took 2+ hours to reel in Fraser River sturgeon, 10.2 feet, weighing 522 pounds

The Brown family of Chilliwack with one of the largest sturgeon caught so far this season on the Fraser at 10.2 feet. (Submitted)
A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015, which will be the site of a new pilot FSC fishery until the end of August 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

Fishing groups calling for respect on the Lower Fraser this summer

Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation gets green light for gill-net fisheries in the Vedder

A file shot of the Vedder Canal near the Keith Wilson Bridge on Jan. 17, 2015, which will be the site of a new pilot FSC fishery until the end of August 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)
It’s been a bad year for mosquitoes in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press Media files)

‘Perfect storm’ led to bad year for mosquitos near Fraser River

High river levels and lots of rain meant many eggs hatched this year

It’s been a bad year for mosquitoes in the Fraser Valley. (Black Press Media files)
The trail and off-leash dog park are closed at Island 22 Regional Park due to high water and seepage from the Fraser River, as of July 7, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Fraser River may surge one more time next week

It’s unusual for the Fraser River to peak twice in one season, let alone three times

The trail and off-leash dog park are closed at Island 22 Regional Park due to high water and seepage from the Fraser River, as of July 7, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
FILE – Sport fishermen cast their lines as a commercial fishing boat heads out on the Fraser River from Steveston Harbour during a 32-hour fishery window in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday August 26, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

UPDATE: Richmond RCMP find body of missing swimmer in Fraser River

The person went missing in the middle arm of the river

FILE – Sport fishermen cast their lines as a commercial fishing boat heads out on the Fraser River from Steveston Harbour during a 32-hour fishery window in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday August 26, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Fraser River at Ballam Road in Chilliwack. (Nikita Aikenhead/Facebook)

Peak on the lower Fraser River expected to arrive Monday

Peak predicted for July 6, with flows decreasing from there: River Forecast Centre

The Fraser River at Ballam Road in Chilliwack. (Nikita Aikenhead/Facebook)
BREAKING: Fraser River is rising, possible flooding outside dike system coming

BREAKING: Fraser River is rising, possible flooding outside dike system coming

District warns of potential flooding outside its dike system

BREAKING: Fraser River is rising, possible flooding outside dike system coming
This was scene on the Fraser River at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Fraser River dropping again after it surged to bank full conditions

River watchers living outside the dike system breathe sigh of relief

This was scene on the Fraser River at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)
Lawrence Morrison watches the rising Fraser River from the boat launch at Island 22 Regional Park on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fraser River levels are on the rise again

Some riverside facilities had to close as freshet continues on the Lower Fraser

Lawrence Morrison watches the rising Fraser River from the boat launch at Island 22 Regional Park on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Workers are seen on the cliff at the site of a massive rock slide on the Fraser River near Big Bar, west of Clinton, B.C., on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans say early arriving runs of Stuart and Chinook salmon were nearly wiped out after reaching the massive landslide along British Columbia’s Fraser River last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Almost complete loss’ of early salmon runs at Fraser River slide last year: DFO

Fisheries and Oceans is also exploring how hatcheries could be used to restore runs affected by the landslide

Workers are seen on the cliff at the site of a massive rock slide on the Fraser River near Big Bar, west of Clinton, B.C., on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans say early arriving runs of Stuart and Chinook salmon were nearly wiped out after reaching the massive landslide along British Columbia’s Fraser River last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck