Today was an actioned packed day for travelling around and sightseeing. We first went over to Lakelse Lake, though this time we went to it Northern most tip, a place called Beam Station Road, where the navigation antenna sits for the airport, then over to the mouth of the Lakelse River, where it meets the Skeena River. So the mouth of the Lakelse River is where I am going to start. First, a little history from my point of view, then the sites.
Way back during my youth, about thirty years ago, (yup, I am old now) I used to come here to the mouth of the river and fish. I was a, what you would call, a hard-core fisher. Almost every opportunity, I would start here, then make my way up the river, towards the lake. Since then, today was the first time I have been back to this very spot, in over thirty years. And I must say, it had changed!
The campsite is smaller, and the river has changed its course as well. Then there is the high water level, as I never remembered the river this high. But the biggest change would be the bridge. A totally new bridge, from the old wooden one from thirty years ago.
But, part of the environmental problems of almost every river and water way in British Columbia is, low fish stocks. As of today, some of those fisheries were opened today. So for the first time since I have been here you can now fish.
The above shot is where the Lakelse empties into the Skeena River. Even this area has changed a lot since I last seen it. The sand bars and trees have shifted a lot, and made this area wide open since the last time I was here. Before, you could have not seen the other side of the valley from all the trees, but now, it is wide open from the flooding and erosion. Once, you could drive all the way to the other side on the Skeens River side without ant effort over the sand.
Then there is the Bridge. This is whole new bridge compared to what was here the last time I was here. Wow, metal. Better than the old wooden trestle type one that here from before. The old wooden bridge, we could sit above the water and fish from there.
So, the main fishing from here are the rare Steelhead and trout. Also, there are fresh water clams too. Other types of salmon are caught here to, but the Steel-heads are the sought after fish that everyone wants.
The get here, you travel along Queens Way Drive, and turn off onto the Old Remo Road, about eight kilometres, then turn left on the White Bottom Road for another eight kilometres. Be careful, right now it is a active logging road, so be mindful of the traffic, as the road is fairly narrow and gravel once you turn off of Old Remo Road.