We have been busy today getting the boat ready to go salmon fishing on the big lake because the sockeye salmon are here and starting to congregate at the mouth of the river .
We have the world's largest salmon spawning channels just outside the village and every year at this time the lake is full of boats hoping to catch salmon. The aboriginal group that live beside the lake also take part in this catch, as they have for centuries, but they use skiffs to circle nets in the lake and pull the fish to shore, and in this way catch thousands of salmon for drying and canning.
Adult sockeye salmon spawn in September, and there will be as many as a half-million waiting for the gates to be opened to allow them into the spawning channels where they will be counted. When the quantity that has been decided upon has entered the spawning channels, the fisheries then allow the normal run into the river where the salmon will make their way up to spawn and die.
This is the time when we may see black and grizzly bear making their way down to the river to fish and stock up for the winter ahead and there are signs everywhere warning of 'BEWARE OF BEARS'. Also it is not uncommon to see hundreds of bald eagles in the trees waiting their turn at the feast. Foxes and coyote hang around also in the hopes of getting some left overs. The salmon is an integral part of the eco-system. Even the forests depend on them for as they die and decay the water is enriched and that feeds the soil.