Lake Babine Nation.

Lake Babine Nation.

Salmon season begins in the Lakes District area

Lake Babine Nation has begun to harvest the salmon from Babine Lake at their fences near Burns Lake and Granisle.



Lake Babine Nation has begun to harvest the salmon from Babine Lake at their fences near Burns Lake and Granisle.

Every day nearly 40,000 sockeye salmon travel through the waters. Lake Babine Nation sells the fish that they harvest to buyers down of the coast, as well locals can go buy salmon, too. The cost of one sockeye salmon for non Lake Babine Nation members is $10, while the price for a jack salmon is $2.

The salmon that Lake Babine Nation harvests also provides food for band members.

Last year the salmon run was so bad that Lake Babine Nation did not dip their nets into the water. This years’ salmon run however are the progeny of those that spawned in 2010, which was the largest salmon run in 100 years.

Workers here begin their day at 6 a.m. and finish up around 8:30 p.m.