By combining science and traditional knowledge, the Lake Babine Nation has developed conservative guidelines that close the fishery when average weekly high temperatures exceed 15.5ºC or daily temperatures reach 17.5ºC.
As of late July 2023, temperatures on the Babine River are above 18ºC, and the river sits at less than half a metre high. High water temperatures reduce salmon survival rates and put future salmon stocks at significant risk.
The recreational fishery in the Babine River Corridor adds more pressure on these vital fish. Anglers, dogs, and catch-and-release practices force salmon to expend the last of their energy just before they reach their spawning grounds in the Babine watershed.