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 1 to Oct 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of the confluence with the Quinsam River. Pink Jul 15 to Sep 15 4 per day, none less than 30 cm.
Coho Oct 1 to 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 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.
Cluxewe River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked fish only.
Chemainus River Coho Oct 15 to Mar 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
Colonial River - see Cayeghle River
Conuma River Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 77 cm.
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
Cowichan River including tributaries and Cowichan Lake. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for Chinook
from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the Highway 1 Bridge (Silver Bridge). Coho Nov 1 to Dec 31 1 per day
FN1162
Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 2 per day
FN1162
downstream of the weir on Cowichan Lake to 66 Mile Trestle. All Sep 1 to Nov 15 Fly-fishing only.
Goldstream River   All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Koksilah River including tributaries. Chinook To be determined  
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day, maximum size 35 cm
Little Qualicum River   Chinook Oct 19 to Dec 31 1 per day
FN1095
Coho To be determined  
Nahwitti River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.
Nanaimo River including tributaries, except in the area described below. Coho Oct 15 to Mar 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the end of Boswell Rd. (commonly known as "Firehall Pool"). Coho Nov 01 to Dec 31 1 per day, none over 35 cm.
Chum Oct 26 to Nov 30 4 per day
FN1139
Nitinat River upstream of Parker Creek. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of Parker Creek, except in the areas and times described below. Chinook Aug 25 to Sept. 30 2 per day, only 1 over 77 cm.
Coho Aug 25 to Sept. 30 2 per day
Oct. 16 to Dec. 31 2 per day
Chum Oct. 16 to Dec. 31 2 per day
Nitinat River from 50m upstream to 50m downstream of the Nitinat River bridge. All Aug 25 to Oct. 15 Closed to fishing.
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 1 to Mar 31 Closed to fishing.
between fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 m above and below Red Rock Pool. All Aug 25 to Dec 31 Closed to fishing.
Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers from the weir at the lower hatchery to fishing boundary signs approximately 75 m downstream of the weir. All Apr 1 to 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 Oct 1 - Nov 30 2 per day
between fishing boundary signs located 100 m upstream and downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek. All Apr 1 to 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 Aug 1 to Oct 15 4 per day, none over 62 cm.
Oct 16 to Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 62 cm.
Coho Oct 19 to Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 35 cm.
FN1094
Chum Oct 16 to Nov 30 1 per day
from the Reserve boundary below the Big Qualicum hatchery downstream to the Hwy 19A bridge All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of the E&N Railway bridge All Dec 1 to Jun 15 To be determined
upstream of the E&N Railway bridge to the Horne Lake Dam Chinook Aug 1 to Oct 15 4 per day, none over 62 cm.
FN0794
Oct 16 to Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 62 cm.
FN0794
Chum Oct 16 to Nov 30 1 per day.
FN0794
Pink Aug 9 to Dec 31 4 per day.
FN0794
All open portions of the Qualicum River All Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook restriction, single barbless hook less than 15mm
Quatse River   Coho Jun 15 to Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked fish only.
100 meters upstream and downstream of the Quatse River Hatchery weir All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing
Quinsam River   Coho Oct 1 to 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 to Sep 15 4 per day, none less than 30 cm.
Reay Creek   All Apr 1 to 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 To be determined Opportunities dependent on in-season coho run size (coho over 35 cm).
Seymour River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day.
Shawnigan Creek   All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Somass River   All June 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Except in those areas and times listed below Chinook Aug 25 until further notice 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm in length.
FN0808
Coho Aug 25 until further notice 2 per day
FN0808
Somass River, from the tidal boundary at the Papermill Dam to white triangular fishing boundary signs approximately 0.5 km upstream (Falls Raod Gravel Pit and the southernmost end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground-Hector Road). All Aug 25 to Nov 15 Closed to fishing
FN0808
Somass River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Natural bait ban.
Sproat River   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban
All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No retention of salmon.
Stamp River Except in those areas and times listed below
Chinook Aug 25 until further notice 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm. in length
FN0808
Coho Aug 25 until further notice 2 per day
FN0808
Between fishing boundary signs approximately 200 m upstream of and 500 m downstream of Stamp Falls All June 15 - Nov 15 Closed to fishing
FN0808
Hatchery Lagoon - from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet of the Stamp River hatchery lagoon continuing downstream approx. 750m to the cable car crossing All Aug 25 to Oct 31 Closed to fishing
FN0808
Powerline Crossing - from boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River at the powerline crossing downstream approx. 500m to boundary signs on either side of the Stamp River located at the inlet of the Stamp River hatchery lagoon. All Oct 1 to Oct 14 Closed to fishing
FN0808
Upstream of signs located at Girl Guide Falls approximately 250 metres upstream of the Beaver Creek and Stamp River confluence All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Bait ban
Downstream of signs at “Girl Guide Falls” approximately 250 metres upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek. All Jun 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Stamp River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Natural bait ban.
Washlawlis River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.
Waukwaas River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.