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. Chinook Sep 20 to Oct 31 2 per day, none over 85 cm.
FN0972
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, hatchery marked only
Courtenay River Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 Non-retention
FN1137
Chinook Sep 20 to Nov 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
FN0964
Coho Oct 1 to Nov 30 1 per day, hatchery marked only.
FN0964
Cowichan River including tributaries and Cowichan Lake. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for Chinook
from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park Coho Nov 8 to Dec 31 1 per day
FN1152
from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary. All Nov 16 until further notice Non-retention
FN1170
downstream of the weir on Cowichan Lake to 66 Mile Trestle. All Nov 16 until further notice Non-retention.
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 15 to Nov 30 1 per day, fly-fishing only.
FN1061
Nov 31 to Dec 31 1 per day.
FN1061
  Coho To be determined  
from the hatchery fence to signs located approximately 35 meters downstream All Apr 1 to Mar 31 The standard 100 m closure around a fish rearing facility has been reduced to a no fishing area in this specific area.
FN1061
from the falls in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park downstream to the hatchery fence. All Dec 1 to May 31 Finfish closure.
FN1061
Nahwitti River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.
Nanaimo River including tributaries, except in the area described below. Coho To be determined  
from the upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the downstream side of the Highway 1 overpass. Coho Nov 1 to Dec 31 2 per day, hatchery marked only. None less than 25 cm.
FN1112
Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 Non-retention
FN1137
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. 15 to Dec. 31 2 per day
Chum Sept 18 to Sept 30 2 per day
FN1001
Oct. 15 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 Finfish closure.
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 Finfish closure.
between fishing boundary signs located approximately 100m above and below Red Rock Pool. All Aug 25 to Dec 31 Finfish closure.
Puntledge River from the weir at the lower hatchery to fishing boundary signs approximately 75m downstream of the weir. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream from a fishing boundary sign located 75m downstream of the weir at the lower hatchery (excluding the Morrison Creek closure below). Chinook Sep 20 to Nov 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
FN0964
Coho Oct 1 to Nov 30 1 per day, hatchery marked only.
FN0964
Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 Non-retention
FN1137
Morrison Creek closure: between fishing boundary signs located 100m upstream and downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Finfish closure.
Qualicum River upstream of the Big Qualicum Hatchery, those waters between the pool above the upper weir (located approx. 75m downstream of the E&N bridge) to the Horne Lake Dam Chinook Sep 20 to Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 62 cm
FN0963
Coho To be determined To be determined
Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 Non-retention
FN1137
Pink Sep 11 to Oct 31 4 per day
FN0912
between a fishing boundary sign on the Qualicum Reserve fence upstream to the main hatchery bridge crossing. Chinook To be determined To be determined
Coho To be determined To be determined
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.
All open portions of the Qualicum River All Apr 1 to 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.
100m 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).
That portion of the San Juan River from the hatchery counting fence downstream approximately 150 meters to square white boundary signs on either side of the river, and that portion of the Fairy Lake tributary approximately 5 meters downstream of the hatchery holding pens, indicated by square white boundary signs. All To be determined To be determined
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 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm in length.
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
From the tidal boundary at the Papermill Dam to white triangular fishing boundary signs approximately 0.5 km upstream (Falls Road Gravel Pit and the southernmost end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground-Hector Road). All Aug 25 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Somass River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban.
Sproat River   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban
All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No retention of salmon.
Sproat River from Sproat Lake to fishing boundary signs approx. 300m downstream of Hwy 4 All Jun 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Stamp River Except in those areas and times listed below
Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77 cm. in length
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
From the confluence of the Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake Dam All Jan 1 to Apr 30 Finfish closure
Between fishing boundary signs approximately 200m upstream of and 500m downstream of Stamp Falls All June 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
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. 250m to the cable car crossing All Aug 25 to Oct 31 Finfish closure
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 Finfish closure
Upstream of signs located at Girl Guide Falls approximately 250m 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 250m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek. All Jun 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Stamp River tributaries   All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban.
Washlawlis River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.
Waukwaas River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day.