The water was flowing freely down Bridge Creek when the Times Review biked by last week. However

Is somebody blocking Bridge Creek?

Kyle Buhler says he has removed rocks from Bridge Creek several times recently. "You could tell people had been putting them there."

Kyle Buhler walks past Bridge Creek every day. The small creek tumbles down Mount Revelstoke and flows into the Illecillewaet River near the Industrial Park. Normally it’s filled with little red kokanee at around this time of year.

Buhler, though, had only seen six fish in it, so he decided to see what was going on. What he found on several occasions over the past few weeks is someone had been piling rocks in the creek, blocking the spawning channel.

“They’re completely blocking it so that the fish can’t get up,” he said. “I always keep checking it now and there were three or four spots at the bottom where there were big rocks piled there on purpose. You could tell people had been putting them there.”

The Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club built a spawning channel in Bridge Creek in the past and was allowed to clear it of gravel and pump in water during low-flow years. A few years ago it was decided to operate the channel solely for educational purposes rather than for fish production due to bear concerns, said Conservation Officer Sgt. Adam Christie. Because of that, the Rod and Gun Club is no longer allowed to do the work.

“Persons found placing rocks to interfere with the passage of kokanee could face charges under the Water Act & Federal Fisheries Act,” said Christie.

As for the fish? “I’m hoping that they are just late spawning this year,” said Buhler.


Just Posted

Revelstoke family returns to their childhood home for the weekend

Have you ever had the chance to return to your childhood home?… Continue reading

Glimpses from Revelstoke’s past

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, May 25, 1898 The local citizens celebrated… Continue reading

Reel Reviews: Atypical college life

We say, “Life of the Party is pleasant and harmless.”

The Camozzis: Sisters committed to wellness in Revelstoke

Imogen Whale Special to the Review To say that the Camozzi sisters… Continue reading

Wildsite field school to students to paddle the Columbia River

This August, 16 Columbia Basin youth will paddle the mighty Columbia River… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

In Photos: Trooper attracts a crowd on Shuswap Lake

Hundreds of boats turn up to watch the Canadian rockers play atop a 94 foot houseboat

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Most Read