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Old 05-14-2019, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I heard that On the Saskatchewan river going three Grand Rapids they only the locals are allowed to fish this season? Is this correct or would anyone be able to give me sum info. I read the angler guide n didn’t see anything on there about it?
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe the band has brought in their own conservation closure for a section of the river for everyone, including rights based harvesters. I'm not sure on the exact area and dates, but it sounds like they are planning on enforcing it themselves until MB Conservation can get it official.
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As of now, river will be open for boat fishing. They closed access to it for ice fishing.

Limits for all (yes ALL) will be 6 fish (if the bands wishes are passed). No harvesting.

They have a group of people trained to look after their resources that will call conservation when infractions are seen.

This is a good thing people. Trust me. This place has been pillaged and raped by harvesters for the past few years, and its not the locals.
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Googans and idiots too.
The more watchful eyes out and about to report infractions, the better, in my opinion at least:
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This place has been pillaged and raped by harvesters for the past few years, and its not the locals.
So who is it then? I don't understand how it can't be the local guys
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Well here’s my opinion, it’s not the locals or the harvesters or the commercial fishermen out there, it’s everybody. I’m a status card holder and I do not see any natives at any the fishing camps I stay at. Unless it’s the metis there a little harder to point out. But u get a big family of 8 to 10 from winkler that’s a lot of fish being take as well. (Just useimg winkler as an example cause they do have big family’s and you see lots of them up there. And as for the commercial fishermen can only imagine what they’re taken out and selling behind closed doors(happens everywhere). And I’m not saying I’m a Sainte but I’m not gonna sit by and take all the blame. Cause I’m sure there are card holders that do take advantage. So I think as a whole we should all try be more conservative of the river this year. I usually go my first day to the river just to catch enough for a good fish fry for the first night then do cedar.
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The closure of the river ice fishing was created by the local band, with support from the commercial fishers, conservation, mayor, and locals. They decided to take action when people were caught (a) wasting fish, (b) angling then selling catch under commercial licence, (c) blatant illegal selling, (d) the band wanted to be proactive in conservation practises (e) plus a bit of input from the lodges.
There were many witnesses and pictures of the badness. Hard to argue or debate that. I will correct my previous statement and add it was in fact others on top of harvesters that contributed to this - basically a "monkey see, monkey do" scenario. Locals saw it day in and day out, and made a plan to stop it. Good for them! But it was the harvesting abuses that really brought it to their attention to develop a plan to stop it.
Those involved made a report of the whole thing, and how they plan to deal with - i read it, but not going to post it without their permission. Suffice to say they are being proactive, and that, coupled with Conservation officers clamping down hard on infractions up here, will make this area somewhat well managed again.
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The closure of the river ice fishing was created by the local band, with support from the commercial fishers, conservation, mayor, and locals. They decided to take action when people were caught (a) wasting fish, (b) angling then selling catch under commercial licence, (c) blatant illegal selling, (d) the band wanted to be proactive in conservation practises (e) plus a bit of input from the lodges.
There were many witnesses and pictures of the badness. Hard to argue or debate that. I will correct my previous statement and add it was in fact others on top of harvesters that contributed to this - basically a "monkey see, monkey do" scenario. Locals saw it day in and day out, and made a plan to stop it. Good for them! But it was the harvesting abuses that really brought it to their attention to develop a plan to stop it.
Those involved made a report of the whole thing, and how they plan to deal with - i read it, but not going to post it without their permission. Suffice to say they are being proactive, and that, coupled with Conservation officers clamping down hard on infractions up here, will make this area somewhat well managed again.
Thanks Chris. It is too bad it had to come to this. As I see it is the lack of enforcement. (a) (b) (c) could have been handled by conservation with pro active enforcement. G.R. should be treated as a hot spot for enforcement. There's only two ways out of town......

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Glad to here this is happening, I heard about it last year and glad it's coming to fruition.
I've been fishing Grand Rapid for the past 13 years and it's not hard to pick out the culprits, when in the filleting shed, tubs of walleye of all sizes come in and they start filleting and no skin is left on the fillets as identification. When you ask them if they got their limit and they say it doesn't apply to them it's pretty obvious. The pickup at the launch that has a 7 cu ft freezer plugged into a converter is kind of a giveaway, however it could be to keep their steaks frozen for a bbq. I've seen locals angling on the river and have chatted with them and they generally have a meal or 2 with them and have never offered to sell me any. Other people that I talked to came up for the day and they took home more than a limit each.
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Think the reserve is doing good to keep the fish population strong. There not letting anybody catch more then 6 fish a day. Treat status non treaty status metis black white brown red all the same on the river now. And I’m treaty. Good job. Hopefully everyone follows the rules.
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