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Smallmouth bass in Echo Lake need to be eradicated, to protect watershed

The province is looking for help from anglers to eradicate smallmouth bass from Echo Lake near Campbell River.

The lands and water ministry last year used gill netting and electrofishing to cut down the invasive species’ population, and will be back at it again this year. Meanwhile anyone fishing the lake this spring and summer is encouraged to keep and freeze any smallmouth bass they catch, and report them to FrontCounterBC.

The bass were introduced to the lake illegally, and threaten native salmon and trout populations. They eat smaller fish and can out-compete native species, and would pose a signicant threat if they spread outside the lake to the greater Campbell River watershed.

How to report information on smallmouth bass in Echo Lake

or by phone (toll-free): 1 877 855-3222.

Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP)
or by phone at 1 877 952-7277.

BC Wildlife Federation Rewards Program

BC Provincial Government Smallmouth Bass Invasive Species Alert

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