Region 3 - Thompson-Nicola

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

There is no fishing for salmon in Region 3 except for the opportunities listed in the table below.

Note:

  • Fishing for salmon in Region 3 is during daylight hours only.
  • All retained chinook and sockeye must measure 30 cm or more from tip of nose to fork in tail.
  • An “adult chinook” in Region 3 is defined as being a chinook over 50 cm in size (fork length).
Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures
Waters Specific Area Species Dates Limits/Gear
Bridge River downstream from Road 40 bridge to the confluence of the Fraser R. (see also Fraser R. opportunity). Chinook To be determined Details to be determined in-season.
Clearwater River from Clearwater Lake downstream to the confluence of the North Thompson River (except CLOSED from Murtle River downstream to 35 km post from Aug 16-31 to protect Mahood R. chinook). Chinook Aug 01-Aug 21 1 per day. There is a monthly limit of two (2) chinook salmon from the Clearwater and North Thompson Rivers combined.
Jul 16-Jul 31 You may fish for chinook salmon, but you may not retain any. (Catch and release only).
Fraser River mainstem of the Fraser R. in Region 3 Chinook Jul 16 - Sep 15 4 per day, none over 50 cm.
from the confluence with the Bridge River downstream to the BC Railway bridge, 2 km north of Lillooet (see also Bridge River opportunity). Chinook To be determined Details to be determined in-season.
from the confluence with the Seton River downstream to fishing boundary signs located on both sides of the river approximately 4 km downstream of the town of Lillooet. Sockeye To be determined Details to be determined in-season.
  Pink To be determined Pink fisheries occur in the Fraser River in odd numbered years only.
Kamloops Lake   Chinook Jul 16-Aug 21 4 per day, none over 50 cm.
Aug 22-Sep 15 4 per day, 1 over 50 cm.
Sockeye To be determined  
Little Shuswap Lake - see South Thompson River
North Thompson River downstream of Station Road Bridge in Clearwater to the Ferry crossing at Little Fort. Chinook Jul 16-Jul 31 You may fish for chinook salmon, but you may not retain any. (Catch and release only).
Aug 01-Aug 21 1 per day. There is a monthly limit of two (2) chinook salmon on the Clearwater and North Thompson Rivers combined.
South Thompson River from the green can buoy near outlet of Little River, including Little Shuswap Lake, to the fishing boundary sign approximately 100 m downstream of Campbell Creek. Chinook Aug 16-Sep 22 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm. The monthly limit is 6 over 50 cm.
Thompson River from Kamloops Lake downstream to the confluence with the Fraser River except for that portion between the upstream side of the confluence of the Thompson / Nicola Rivers downstream to the powerline crossing the Thompson River between the Hwy #1 bridge at Spences Bridge and the Hwy #8 Bridge. Chinook Jul 16-Aug 21 4 per day, none over 50 cm.
from the fishing boundary signs just downstream of Gold Pan Provincial Park to the confluence with the Fraser River. Chinook  Aug 22-Sep 15 4 per day, none over 50 cm.
from the confluence with the Bonaparte River to fishing boundary sign approx. 1 km downstream. North bank of the river only. Chinook To be determined Opening dependent on number of chinook returning to Bonaparte fishway by July 25. Check with your local DFO office for updates.
Kamloops Lake outlet down stream to the fishing boundary signs just down stream of Gold Pan Provincial Park except closed in the following three (3) locations:
1) Deadman – from the fishing boundary signs approximately 1 km downstream of the Hwy # 1 bridge at Savona to the CN rail bridge approximately 500 m downstream of the confluence with Deadman Creek.
2) Juniper –from the fishing boundary signs approx 1.5 km downstream from Juniper Beach park downstream approximately 4 km to the fishing boundary signs located at 50°46.893’ N and 121°08.110’ W.
3) Ashcroft – from the fishing boundary sign at the up stream side of the mouth of the Bonaparte River to Hwy 97C bridge in Ashcroft Chinook Aug 22-Sep 15 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Aug 22-Sep. 15 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
  Sockeye To be determined  
  Pink To be determined Pink fisheries occur in the Thompson River in odd numbered years only.