The fish in question is the Okanagan sockeye salmon. Never heard of it? You?re not alone. Although the rivers and lakes of the Okanagan Valley once ran silvery blue with this once-abundant inland fish, its numbers were decimated by a series of man-made disasters until it came close to extinction in the mid-1990s.
But now the salmon is back in Osoyoos Lake, in such large numbers that it?s become an exciting new addition to the local food scene. There are so many fish that, on Thursday, the recreational and commercial fishery will officially open on the lake. Until a couple of years ago, there had never been a recreational fishery here, ever.
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