Region 6 - Skeena

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 6 is zero (0).

Note:

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

Waters Specific Area Species Dates Limits/Gear
A. All Region 6 waters All lakes or streams or parts thereof in the aggregate (combined total), in Region 6, unless otherwise stated below. Please review sections B, C, D, E and F carefully. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Sockeye, Pink & Chum Apr 01-Mar 31  No fishing for sockeye, pink or chum salmon, unless otherwise stated below.
B. Skeena River Watershed – Section “A” applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections.
B. Part (i): Skeena River Watershed-Waters upstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace.
All waters in section “B(i)” – Skeena River Watershed upstream of the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace, unless otherwise stated below All Jan 01-Jun 15 No fishing for salmon.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Chum Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chum.
Babine Lake including tributaries Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Babine Lake excluding tributaries and those waters within a 400 m radius of the following tributary streams:
  • Morrison Creek
  • Six Mile Creek
  • Pierre Creek
  • Pendleton Creek
  • Hazelwood Creek
  • Twain Creek
  • Tachek Creek
  • Five Mile Creek
  • Four Mile Creek
  • Sockeye Creek
  • Big Loon Creek
and Tsezakwa Creek
Sockeye Sept 10 - Sept 15 2016 4 per day.
within a 400 m radius of the mouth of Pinkut Creek. All Aug 15-Sep 15 No angling
Babine River   Chinook Jun 16-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. No fishing for chinook from a point 100 m above Fort Babine bridge to Nichyeskwa Creek.
  Sockeye Aug 01-Aug 31 2 per day.
  Coho July 15-Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Bear River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho  Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Bulkley River downstream of the Morice River confluence excluding tributaries. Chinook Jun 16-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Pink Jun 16-Dec 31 2 per day.
Coho July 15-Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
all tributaries of the Bulkley River other than the Suskwa River. Chinook July 25-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Fulton River   Sockeye Aug 01-Aug 14 2 per day.
Kispiox River (including tributaries)   Chinook Jun 16-Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Aug 01-Aug 31 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
Coho July 15-Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
downstream of fishing boundary signs near Kispiox River Resort. Pink Jun 16-Aug 31 2 per day.
Kitseguecla River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kitwanga River  including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Morice Lake including tributaries. All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Morice River (including tributaries) from fishing boundary signs posted near the outlet of Morice Lake to Gosnell Creek All Jan 01 - Sep 30 No fishing for salmon.
from fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 m downstream of Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek. This area is open for angling for chinook salmon only and is closed for angling for all other species. Chinook Jun 16-July 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
below Lamprey Creek. Chinook Jun 16-Aug 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Sep 01-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho July 15-Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek. All Jan 01-Aug 31 No fishing for salmon.
Coho Sep 01-Sep 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm. Flyfishing only.
from the confluence of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers upstream to the Bymac Bridge on Walcott Road. Pink Jun 16-Aug 31 2 per day.
upstream of the Bymac Bridge on Walcott Road. Pink Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for pink.
Nilkitkwa Lake   Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Pinkut Creek downstream of fishing boundary signs located approx. 25 m downstream of fish counting fence. Sockeye Aug 01-Aug 14 2 per day.
All Aug 15-Sep 15 No fishing for salmon.
Shegunia River between fishing boundary signs located above and below logging road bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Skeena River mainstem waters only, between Cedarvale and the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Chinook Apr 01-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
mainstem waters only, upstream of Cedarvale. All Jan 01-May 31 No fishing for salmon.
Chinook Jun 01-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
mainstem waters only. Pink Jun 16-Dec 31  2 per day.
from the confluence with the Babine River downstream to the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Sockeye June 16-Sept 15 2 per day.
0 per day in the waters of the Skeena River, near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 bridge.
mainstem waters within 3 white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Kispiox River with the Skeena River. Chinook Jun 01-Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly limit=1 over 65 cm. Adult chinook caught and retained from these waters must be recorded on your licence as having been caught from the Kispiox River
Aug 01-Aug 31 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
upstream of the CNR Bridge located at Terrace. Coho July 15-Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Suskwa (Bear) River   Chinook Jun 16-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Sustut River including tributaries. Chinook Jun 16-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Telkwa River downstream of Howson Creek. Coho Jul 15–Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Zymoetz (Copper) River Note: section of river from Hwy 16 bridge downstream to Zymotz- Skeena confluence is the Zymotz River. Those waters immediately downstream of the confluence are considered the Skeena River. Chinook Apr 01-Dec 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
upstream of Highway # 16 bridge.  Chinook Jul 23-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
B(ii). Skeena River Watershed-Waters downstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace.
All waters in section “B(ii)” - Skeena River Watershed downstream of the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace, unless otherwise stated below. Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Ecstall River (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Aug 01-Mar 31 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
upstream of fishing boundary signs near confluence with Johnston Creek. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Exchamsiks River (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Highway # 16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Exstew River (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Hwy # 16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Gitnadoix River (including tributaries) upstream of powerline crossing near river mouth. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of powerline crossing near river mouth. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kasiks River (including tributaries) upstream of fishing boundary signs located below the Upper Pool. Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
downstream of fishing boundary signs located below the Upper Pool. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Hwy # 16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Khyex River (including tributaries) upstream of Hwy # 16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kitsumkalum River (including tributaries) Note: The mouth of the Kisumkalum River is designated by fishing boundary signs located approx. 1.25 km downstream of the CNR bridge and approx. 200 m east of the CNR bridge.   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Jan 01-May 24 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
May 25-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
downstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Jan 01-Jun 30 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
Jul 01-Aug 06 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Aug 07-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
downstream of railway bridge. Pink Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day.
Kitsumkalum Lake including tributaries. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Lakelse River (including tributaries) downstream of the CNR bridge. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
below logging road bridge near the mouth. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
above logging road bridge near the mouth. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Redsand Lake including tributaries. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jan 01-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Scotia River including tributaries. Coho Sep 01-Oct 31  4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Skeena River mainstem waters downstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Coho July 15-Aug 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Sep 01-Nov 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Sockeye April 01-Sept 15 2 per day.
Pink Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day.
Chum Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chum.
from Lakelse River mouth upstream to the Skeena River Overpass (New Hwy Bridge) at Ferry Island. Chinook Aug 07-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Treston Lake   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Zymagotitz River [also known as Zymachord River] (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 01-Oct 31 1 per day.
upstream of Highway # 16 bridge Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
C. Nass River Watershed – Section “A” applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section “C” - Nass River Watershed unless otherwise stated below Coho Jan 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Coho Nov 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Cranberry River including tributaries NOTE: the section of river from Cranberry-Kiteen junction to Nass R. is part of the Cranberry R. Chinook Jun 16-Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Iknouk River   Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kiteen River including tributaries Chinook Jun 16-Jul 31 4 per day only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Meziadin Lake including tributaries Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Chinook May 25, 2016 until further notice No fishing for chinook.
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excluding tributaries Sockeye Jul 1-Sep 06 2 per day.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Meziadin River including tributaries All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Nass River portions from the Canyon City Bridge located approximately 5.75 km downstream of the Tseax confluence to the water survey station line crossing approximately 5.78 km upstream of the Tseax confluence. Chinook Jan 01–Dec 31 Chinook salmon over 65 cm caught and retained in this portion of the Nass River shall be recorded as being caught in the Tseax River and shall be included in the Tseax monthly quota of one.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
mainstem waters downstream of the confluence with the Meziadin River Sockeye Jul 01-Sep 15 2 per day.
Oweegee Creek   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Oweegee Lake   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Tseax R. (including tributaries) Note: The mouth of the Tseax R. is designated by white triangular fishing boundary signs located where what was formerly known as the Nass Back Channel enters the Nass R. upstream of Nisga’a Hwy Bridge All Aug 01-Dec 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of Nisga’a Hwy Bridge Coho Jan 01-Nov 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jul 01-Sep 15 4 per day only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Sep 16-Mar 31 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
Ishkheenickh River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
D. Queen Charlotte Islands Watersheds- Section “A” applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section “D” - Queen Charlotte Islands Watersheds unless otherwise stated below. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
All Apr 01-Mar 31 Single, barbless hook in tidal and non tidal portions of all streams.
Braverman River   Coho Apr 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Pallant Creek   All Aug 01-Oct 31 No fishing for salmon.
upstream of the bridge located near the mouth of Pallant Creek. Coho Apr 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Sheldens Creek upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the Spur 19 Bridge site. Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 0 per day.
Tlell River Anglers should note that tidal water regulations apply to waters below tidal boundary sign located approx. 1.5km above Hwy. 16 Bridge. Refer to the BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Guide section of this book.
Yakoun River downstream of the 6 mile Bridge. Pink Aug 01-Sep 30 2 per day.
E. Other Mainland Watersheds, except for the Fraser River watershed – Section “A” applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section “E” - Other Mainland Watersheds unless otherwise stated below. Coho Nov 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
All streams flowing into tidal water Area 5 (refer to the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for Area 5 description). Coho Jan 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
All streams flowing into tidal water Area 6 unless stated below (refer to BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide for Area 6 description). Coho Jan 01-Oct 31 Non-retention of coho.
Bish Creek including tributaries. Coho Jan 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Brim River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31  No fishing for chinook.
Dala River including tributaries. All Jan 01-Aug 15 No fishing for salmon.
Oct 01-Dec 31 No fishing for salmon.
Chinook, Sockeye, Pink, Chum Aug 16-Sep 30 No fishing for chinook, sockeye, pink, chum.
Coho Aug 16-Sep 30 4 per day only 1 over 50 cm.
Endako River   All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Giltoyees Creek   Coho Aug 01-Sep 30 4 per day only 1 over 50 cm.
Illiance River (including tributaries) upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of river.  Coho Sep 21-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Kemano River    Coho Aug 01-Sep 30 4 per day only 2 over 50 cm.
Khutze including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Khutzeymateen River including tributaries. All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Kildala River   Coho Aug 01-Sep 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 daily limit of 4 of which 1 may be over 65 cm in length. Monthly quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Kiltuish River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kincolith River upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the Kincolith River Bridge. Coho Aug 01-Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kitimat River (including tributaries) on west bank between signs at Kitimat hatchery outfall. All Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of Highway # 37 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-July 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Aug 01-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 01-Oct 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Nov 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Chum Apr 01-Aug 31 2 per day.
Pink Apr 01-Aug 31 2 per day.
upstream of Highway # 37 bridge. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Kitlope River   Coho Aug 01-Sep 30 4 per day only 2 over 50 cm.
Kitsault River (including tributaries)   Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of river. Coho Oct 01-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Kloiya River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kwinimass River (including tributaries) upstream of lower bridge abutments. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
downstream of lower bridge abutments. Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 01-Jul 09 4 per day, none over 65 cm.
Jul 10-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Nakina River   Chinook Jul 20-Aug 15 No fishing for chinook
Coho Jul 20-Aug 15 No fishing for coho.
Quaal River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Rainy Creek   Chinook Aug 15-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Aug 15-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Stikine River including tributaries. Chinook Jul 15-Nov 30 2016 2 per day, none over 65 cm.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Swift River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Anglers may now fish this river with either a Yukon or BC angling licence.
Tahltan River including tributaries. All Jul 15-Mar 31 2017 4 per day, only 2 over 65 cm.
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Taku River including tributaries. Chinook June 19-Nov 30 2016 2 per day, none over 65 cm.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Tatsatua Creek including tributaries. All Aug 20-Sep 15  No fishing for salmon
Tatshenshini River (downstream of the BC/Yukon border) including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Tatshenshini River (upstream of the BC/ Yukon border – along the Haines Hwy.) Blanchard River. Chinook Jan 01-Jul 23 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Jul 24-Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Kwatini Creek, Stanley Creek and Goat Creek. Chinook, Coho, Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook, coho or sockeye.
Tatshenshini mainstem and all other tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Sockeye Apr 01-Mar 31 2 per day, single barbless hook.
Wahoo River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Weeanie River   Coho Apr 01-Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Whalen Creek   Coho Apr 1-Oct 31, 2016 4 per day, only two over 50 cm.
Wilauks Creek (including tributaries) upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of creek. Coho Sep 20-Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
F. Fraser River Watershed - There is no fishing for salmon in the portions of the Fraser River watershed in Region 6.