Vancouver Island (Region 1)

This table refers to fishing for salmon only. For information on other species please refer to the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.

Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 1 is zero (0).

Note:

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

Waters Specific Area Species Dates Limits/Gear
Campbell River from a fishing boundary sign at the end of Maple Street downstream to the fishing boundary sign at the cement block. All Aug 01-Oct 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of the confluence with the Quinsam River. Pink Jul 15-Sep 15 4 per day, none less than 30 cm.
Coho Oct 01-Dec 31 4 coho per day in the aggregate, only two of which may be greater than 35 cm and those two must be hatchery marked.
Cayeghle River including Colonial River. Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 1 per day.
Cluxewe River Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked fish only.
Chemainus River Coho Oct 15-Mar 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
Colonial River - see Cayeghle River
Conuma River   Chinook Aug 25-Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 77 cm.
Coho Sept. 23 - Dec 31, 2016 1 per day, wild or hatchery marked
Cowichan River including tributaries and Cowichan Lake. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for Chinook
Coho Until further notice Closed.
 FN1281
downstream of the weir on Cowichan Lake to 66 Mile Trestle. All Sep 01-Nov 15 Fly-fishing only.
66 Mile Trestle downstream to the Highway No. 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge). Coho Nov. 1-Dec. 31 2016 1 per day, wild or hatchery marked
Chum Nov. 7-Dec. 31 2016 4 per day
Goldstream River   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Koksilah River including tributaries.
Chinook To be determined  
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 1 per day, maximum size 35 cm
Nahwitti River   Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 1 per day.
Nanaimo River including tributaries, except in the area described below. Coho Oct 15-Mar 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
Cedar Road Bridge upstream approx. 400 m to the fishing boundary sign located near the Hwy 19 bridge crossing. All Sep 15-Oct 30 Closed to fishing.
upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the end of Boswell Rd. (commonly known as “Firehall Pool”). Chum Nov 1-December 31 2016 4 per day.
Coho Nov 01-Dec 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
Nitinat River  
All Oct 15-Dec 31, 2016 4 salmon per day
Coho Oct 15-Dec 31, 2016 2 per day
Chum Nov. 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day.
upstream of Parker Creek. All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
from the powerline crossing upstream of the Nitinat River Hatchery water intake, downstream to the lowest point of confluence with the Little Nitinat River and then perpendicular to the flow of the Nitinat River, to the opposite shore All Apr 01-Mar 31 Closed to fishing.
between fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 m above and below Red Rock Pool. All Aug 25-Dec 31 No fishing for salmon.
from 50 m upstream to 50 m downstream of the Nitinat River Bridge. Chum Nov. 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day.
Little Qualicum River   Chinook Until further notice No retention.
 FN1099
Chum Nov. 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day.
Coho Until further notice No retention.
 FN1099
Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers from the weir at the lower hatchery to fishing boundary signs approximately 75 m downstream of the weir. All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream from a fishing boundary sign located 75 m downstream of the weir at the lower hatchery (excluding the Morrison Creek closure). Chinook To be determined  
Coho To be determined  
Chum Nov 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day.
between fishing boundary signs located 100 m upstream and downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek. All Apr 01-Mar 31 Closed to fishing.
Qualicum River upstream of the Big Qualicum Hatchery, those waters between the pool above the upper weir (located approx. 75 meters downstream of the E&N bridge to the Horne Lake Dam) Chinook Oct 16-Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 62 cm.
Coho Oct 9-Dec 31, 2016 4 per day, only 2 over 35 cm.
Chum Nov 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day
from the Reserve boundary below the Big Qualicum hatchery downstream to the Hwy 19A bridge All All year No fishing for salmon.
downstream of the E&N Railway bridge All Dec 01-Jun 15 To be determined
downstream of the Highway 19A bridge Chum Nov 7 - Dec 31 2016 4 per day
Quatse River   Coho Jun 15-Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked fish only.
100 meters upstream and downstream of the Quatse River Hatchery weir All species Jan 1-Dec 31 No fishing
Quinsam River   Coho Oct 01-Dec 31 4 coho per day in the aggregate, only two of which may be greater than 35 cm and those two must be hatchery marked.
  Pink Aug 15-Sep 15 4 per day, none less than 30 cm.
Reay Creek   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
San Juan River waters of the San Juan River and its tributaries downstream of the Fleet River that are open to fishing for salmon Coho   Opportunities dependent on in-season coho run size (coho over 35 cm).
Seymour River   Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day.
Shawnigan Creek   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Somass River Except in those areas and times listed below
All Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice Total daily limit of 4 salmon.
 FN0865
Chinook Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm. in length
 FN0865
Coho Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice 2 per day.
 FN0865
That portion of the Somass River located approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road. Sockeye May 01, 2016 until further notice 2 per day.
 FN0348
from the tidal boundary at Papermill Dam to boundary signs approximately 1.0 km upstream (Falls Road Gravel Pit and the southernmost end of Collins Farm /Arrow Vale Campground on Hector Road). All Aug 25 - Nov 15 2016 No fishing for salmon.
All June 1 - Aug 24 Bait ban.
Somass River tributaries   All May 01-Oct 31 Natural bait ban.
Sproat River   All Apr 01 - Mar 31 No retention of salmon.
from Sproat Lake downstream to fishing boundary signs approximately 300 m downstream of the Highway 4 bridge. All Oct 02 - Nov 15, 2015 Closed to fishing.
Stamp River Except in those areas and times listed below All Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice Total daily limit of 4 salmon.
 FN0865
Chinook Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm. in length
 FN0865
Coho Aug 25, 2016 - Until further notice 2 per day.
 FN0865
from the confluence of the Ash River upstream to Great Central Lake Dam. All Jan 01 - Apr 30 No fishing for salmon.
upstream of signs located at Girl Guide Falls approximately 250 metres upstream of the Beaver Creek and Stamp River confluence. All Jan 1 - Dec 31 Bait ban.
Stamp River tributaries   All May 01-Oct 31 Natural bait ban.
Washlawlis River   Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 1 per day.
Waukwaas River   Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 1 per day.