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HORNE LAKE CUTTHROAT TROUT ASSESSMENT

Anglers fishing Horne Lake this year (2018) have a unique opportunity to be rewarded with prizes for their catches.

Horne Lake, located 20 minutes North West of Qualicum Beach is a popular freshwater fishing location due to its breath-taking views and easy access.  Most of the fishing effort is focused on Cutthroat Trout as they can obtain large sizes, often close to 60 cm. 

The BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is partnering with fisheries staff from the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC), to complete a two-year study on Cutthroat Trout in Horne Lake. As a part of the study, Cutthroat Trout are being tagged with brightly coloured Floy® tags and released back into the lake. Close to 60 tags have already been released and more will be deployed this fall and in the spring of 2019. Cash equivalent prizes of $100 are available to anyone who catches and reports one of these tagged fish.

The goal of the study is to assess the health of the population by determining mortality rates, as well as track fish movement into surrounding tributaries during spawning. This information allows fisheries managers to evaluate the effectiveness of existing regulations, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the population.

If you capture a tagged Cutthroat Trout in Horne Lake, please cut off the Floy tag (do not discard) and contact BCCF by phone, attention Jamieson Atkinson: 250-390-2525 or email:jatkinson@bccf.com.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to Jamieson Atkinson at BCCF or to Brendan Anderson at the MFLNRO office (250-751-7220).

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