Calgary Fish & Game Association – May 04, 2020 Board Meeting
With the better weather snowmelt has started and more open water is available. The Bow River and its tributaries are currently unfishable with higher and turbid flows. In-stream visibility is less than a foot and will remain so for a while. The snowpack in the mountains is way above average that will see high flows throughout June and possibly the early part of July. Calgary River Users Alliance (CRUA) posts the Bow River Flow Forecasts on their website and Facebook page. I will share information on the CFGA Facebook page regularly, but you are advised to link directly to the CRUA website for the most current information.
Alberta Health Restrictions:
Although fishing our local waters is still allowed it is expected that we will see closures to river and lake access if social distancing is not adhered to. Policeman’s Flats Bow River Boat Access just downstream of Calgary has become a party site in recent weeks and if it continues will most likely be closed. McKinnon Flats access was opened on May 01 after the normal winter closure and spring road upgrades. It is hoped that responsible use of the property will be seen this year, but if not, Alberta Health could close the site for the summer. It is expected that we will see both Fish Creek and Johnson Island – Carseland Provincial river access site opened to the public shortly. The current status of all Bow River Access can be found at the CRUA link Bow River Boat Ramps.
McKinnon Flats Stewardship Proposal
Discussions with Alberta Environment & Parks continue with a rollout of their stewardship policy expected in May. An alliance of stakeholders with an interest in working with CFGA to develop a stewardship agreement for McKinnon Flats is starting to get traction. I believe we will be able to discuss this project in more detail by the fall of 2020. I have been looking at the regulatory process to restrict vehicle access to all but designated roads, parking lots and a boat ramp. The regulatory process will take time but could be in place to make the needed improvements in 2021.
Peter Crowe SwordsFishing Chair – May 03, 2020