Smallmouth Bass alert for Cultus Lake
June 18, 2020
For those angling in Cultus Lake this BC Family Fishing Weekend, June 19-21, and through the summer, please note there is a program to monitor Smallmouth Bass in the lake.
A team of fish biologists from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and from Thompson Rivers University is tackling the issue of invasive Smallmouth Bass (SMB) in the lake.
A number of SMB have been tagged for research purposes. If you catch one of those with a visible, bright green or pink ‘spaghetti’ tag, please return it live into the lake.
If you catch an untagged Smallmouth Bass, please remove the fish from the lake; record its size, the place and time the fish was caught, and email the information to [email protected]
Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk is funding this project.
Please ensure your garbage is safely contained
During this time, when we are all physical distancing to do our part to flatten the curve – helping to keep our loved ones, our neighbours and everyone safe – it is important to support local businesses, if you can. We all want to make sure that they are still in business when we come out on the other side of this.
In the Cultus Lake Park community, the following businesses are open:
- Superette Grocery Store (It was closed for a few days for renovations, but is now open!)
- Lakeside Beach Club is offering take-out
- Legends Bistro at Cultus Lake Golf Club is offering take-out
- New York Corned Beef Connection mostly does wholesale, but they may do some individual sales
- Canada Post
- Esso (they are doing business through their window)
Cultus Lake Park is closed to the public as a result of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing. All public areas, docks, the boat launch, dog parks and facilities are closed, and the gates at the parking lots are locked. The Park Board understands that this is disappointing to some – but it is necessary. The entire Cultus Lake community is working together to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 and to flatten the curve.
At this time, Cultus Lake Park’s Sunnyside Campground is not yet open for the season. The Board and staff are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates to the seasonal campers in the days ahead.
Please note that Jade Bay boat launch and Teapot Hill are closed; however, they are not within the Cultus Lake Park boundaries – they are managed by BC Parks. Please connect with BC Parks if you have questions concerning these areas.
Thank you all for your commitment to physical distancing and to our great little community. We are in this together!