Visitors to Mill Lake can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk or cast their rods in the water for a little fishing. As of April 1

Visitors to Mill Lake can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk or cast their rods in the water for a little fishing. As of April 1

Trout quota reduced at Mill Lake

As of April 1, Abbotsford fisherman can only catch two rainbow trout daily.

Fishermen at Mill Lake are trying to make the most of the next several days.

Beginning April 1, the daily quota for rainbow trout taken from the local lake is being reduced from four to two.

The lake, which is an urban fishery, is managed by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The lake is stocked with trout frequently, especially in the fall and spring month. It is not stocked in July or August when higher surface water temperatures reduce the chance of survival.

A notice, posted at the lake, has informed anglers of the impending quota change.

Brennan Clarke, public affairs officer for the ministry, stated in a written release that “the ministry stocks Mill Lake with trout each year which gives fisheries biologists an accurate idea of how many fish are in the lake and maintains a consistent number of trout from year to year.

“Due to increasing angler effort, the ministry has reduced the allowable catch from four trout per day to two trout per day so that the same number of fish will serve a greater number of anglers.”

Fishermen who wish to comment or have questions, can email them to SCFishWildlife@gov.bc.ca.