In-Season Fishing Decisions 2016

Know before you go. Fishing management decisions are made all year long and amend the printed BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing and Freshwater Salmon guides. Updates are posted here in-season, and are also available through the map-interface.

General

Information regarding online survey of BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishers. FN0307 2016-04-08

Salmon

Salmon - Tidal waters

Areas 11 to 29 - Sockeye and pink

Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon update.

FN1026 2015-09-11

Area 13 - Chinook

Subarea 13-22, commonly known and described as those waters of Bute Inlet lying north of a line running from a marker at Alpha Bluff to a marker on the opposite shore, will remain open to the retention of chinook for the month of May 2016.

Subarea 13-22 will revert to the non-retention of chinook effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2016 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2016.

FN0300 2016-04-06

Area 17, 18, 19 - Pink and chum

Oct. 3, 2015 until further notice: retention of pink and chum salmon permitted in all areas open to salmon fishing in Areas 17, 18, and 19

FN1113 2015-10-02

Areas 17, 18, 19 - All salmon species

Aug. 4, 2015 until further notice: salmon non-retention in:

  • Subareas 17-5 to 17-7, 17-9
  • Subareas 18-6 to 18-8
  • Subareas 19-7 to 19-12

FN0786 2015-07-31

Areas 18, 19, 29 - Chinook

May 9, 2016 - June 17, 2016: daily limit of 2 chinook, of which only 1 greater than 67 cm in:

  • Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11
  • Subarea 19-5
  • that portion of Subareas 29-4 and 29-5 that lies south of a line from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.

FN0378 2016-05-05

Area 19 - Fuel Spill - Esquimalt Harbour fishing closure

May 10, 2016: As a precautionary measure Esquimalt Harbour (Subarea 19-2 ) closed to all fishing effective immediately.

FN0393 2016-05-10

Areas 19, 20 - Chinook

Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.):

  • March 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016: Daily limit of 2 chinook:
    • Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or
    • Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.
    • Minimum size 45 cm in length.

FN0110 2016-02-25

Area 23 - Sockeye

Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the tidal portion of the Somass River:

  • May 1, 2016 until further notice: 4 sockeye per day in that portion of subareas 23-1 to 23-11 from the surfline (Cape Beale to Amphitrite Point) shoreward to a line in Alberni Harbour near the mouth of the Somass River beginning at a boundary sign located at 49 degrees 14.190 north latitude and 124 degrees 50.230 west longitude then through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
  • May 1, 2016 - July 23, 2016: 2 sockeye per day in that portion of subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line located at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49 degrees 14.190 north latitude and 124 degrees 50.230 west longitude then through the southern most point of Hoik Island then to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River then due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
    Except for:
    the closed area known as Paper Mill Dam Pool which is closed to all angling. This area includes that portion of the Somass River from signs located near the bottom of the rapids immediately north of Papermill Dam Pool, then downstream to boundary signs located on both sides of the Somass River approximately 60 metres downstream from the northern tip of the unnamed island directly below Paper Mill Dam Pool.

FN0339 2016-04-21

Area 25 - Matchlee Bay coho

Until further notice: in that portion of Subarea 25-1 in Matchlee Bay located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at (49 degrees 39.449 minutes N; 126 degrees 06.040 minutes W) to a point located north of Black Creek at (49 degrees 39.369 minutes N, 126 degrees 05.165 minutes W, and northerly of a line drawn from a point at (49 degrees 36.971 minutes N; 126 degrees 03.560 minutes W)to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at (49 degrees 37.129 minutes; 126 degrees 03.006 minutes W): daily limit of 4 coho. Steelhead, pink, chum, and sockeye may not be retained.

FN1021 2015-09-11

Area 25 - Matchlee Bay chinook

Aug. 11, 2015 until further notice: in that portion of Subarea 25-1 in Matchlee Bay located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at (49 degrees 39.449 minutes N; 126 degrees 06.040 minutes W) to a point located north of Black Creek at (49 degrees 39.369 minutes N, 126 degrees 05.165 minutes W, and northerly of a line drawn from a point at (49 degrees 36.971 minutes N; 126 degrees 03.560 minutes W) to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at (49 degrees 37.129 minutes; 126 degrees 03.006 minutes W): daily limit of 2 chinook. Steelhead, pink, chum, sockeye may not be retained.

FN0823 2015-08-07

Area 29 - all fin fish including salmon

Fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only.

FN0285 2016-04-04

Area 29 - Chinook

Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 (Fraser River mouth):

  • March 1, 2016 until further notice: You may not retain chinook salmon in these waters.

FN0111 2016-02-25

Salmon - Freshwater

Region 1 - Somass River - Sockeye

May 1, 2016 until further notice: 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.

  • 2 Sockeye per day.

FN0348 2016-04-25

Region 1 – Cowichan River

Effective October 1, 2015: a portion of the Cowichan River will re-open for salmon fishing: The Cowichan River is open to fly fishing only from the weir in Cowichan Lake downstream to the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle) as described in the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (page 16 has a map). The Cowichan River remains closed to the retention of all salmon species until further notice. Fishers are further reminded that until 23:59 hours November 15, 2015, the Cowichan River is closed to all recreational angling downstream of the Mile 66 Trestle (CNR Trestle), as described in the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (page 16 has a map), to the Tidal Water Boundary in Cowichan Bay (The Tidal Water Boundary runs from an orange boundary sign located at the Hecate Boat Ramp to an orange boundary sign located on a piling near Green Point, in Cowichan Bay).

FN1097 2015-09-30

Region 1 – Vancouver Island rivers

Effective September 11, 2015: re-opening of Region 1 rivers to salmon fishing, except for Cowichan River, which remains closed.

FN1025 2015-09-11

Region 1 - Somass / Stamp Rivers - Coho and Chinook

Until further notice: in Region 1 Somass and Stamp Rivers:

  • Coho: daily limit of 2
  • Chinook: daily limit of 1, maximum size limit of 77cm

The following areas will remain closed to all fishing:  

  • That portion of the Stamp River from the Ash River Main Logging Road Bridge near the outlet of Great Central Lake, downstream to the Sumner Creek Stamp River confluence.  
  • That portion of the Stamp River from boundary signs 200 metres above the Stamp River Falls, downstream approximately 2.5 kilometres, to the Beaver Creek Stamp River confluence.  
  • That portion of the Somass River from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam, upstream approximately one kilometer to boundary signs near the south end of Collins Farm across to the gravel pit.

FN0965 2015-09-01

Region 1 - Qualicum River

Gear type restriction change: there will no longer be a fly-fishing only requirement in formerly designated fly-only areas the Qualicum River. This regulation is changed to a requirement that all gear used have a single-barbless hook, with a point to shank measurement of no greater than 15mm.

FN0955 2015-08-28

Region 2 - All salmon species

Fishing for salmon in all waters of Region 2 is permitted during daylight hours only.

FN0284 2016-04-04

Region 2 - Seymour River

Oct. 22, 2015 until further notice: No fishing for salmon.

FN1185 2015-10-22

Region 2 - Cheakamus River - Pink

Sept. 7, 2015 until further notice: no retention of pink salmon on Cheakamus River.

FN0978 2015-09-04

Region 2 - Harrison River - Chinook

Sept. 1, 2015 until further notice: no retention of chinook salmon on Harrison River.

FN0951 2015-08-28

Region 2 - Mamquam River - All salmon species

August 22, 2015 until further notice: no angling for salmon in Mamquam River.

FN0904 2015-08-20

Region 2 - All salmon species

July 22, 2015 until further notice: all non-tidal rivers, streams and sloughs in Region 2 are closed to fishing, except for the following:

  • Chilliwack/Vedder River
  • Harrison River
  • Lillooet River
  • non-tidal Pitt River
  • non-tidal Squamish River
  • Elaho River
  • Cheakamus River
  • Capilano River downstream of the Highway No. 1 Bridge.  

FN0715 2015-07-21

Region 2 - Squamish River - Pink

Sept. 7, 2015 until further notice: Squamish River downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing approximately 1.5 km upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River, including Powerhouse Channel: non-retention for pink salmon.

FN0956 2015-08-28

Region 2 - Lower Mainland

Effective immediately and until further notice: no fishing for salmon on the Seymour River from the slide area (approximately 400 metres downstream of the old "Twin Bridges" site) downstream to the top of "Pool 91", located immediately downstream of the Pipeline Bridge.

FN0307 2015-03-02

Region 6 - Whalen Creek - Coho

Whalen Creek:

  • April 1 - October 31, 2016: daily limit of 4 coho, only two over 50 cm.

FN0126 2016-03-01

All finfish, including salmon

Area 19 - Fuel Spill - Esquimalt Harbour fishing closure

May 10, 2016: As a precautionary measure Esquimalt Harbour (Subarea 19-2 ) closed to all fishing effective immediately.

FN0393 2016-05-10

Subarea 23-1 - Somass River

  • May 1, 2016 until further notice: Fishing for finfish is permitted during daylight hours only in that portion of Subarea 23-1 from the tidal boundary signs at Paper Mill Dam on the Somass River downstream to a line commencing at a boundary sign in upper Alberni Harbour situated at 49°14.19 north latitude and 124°50.23 west longitude thence through the southernmost point of Hoik Island thence to the flashing green light at the mouth of the Somass River thence due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
    Except for: the closed area known as Paper Mill Dam Pool which is closed to all angling. This area includes that portion of the Somass River from signs located near the bottom of the rapids immediately north of Papermill Dam Pool, then downstream to boundary signs located on both sides of the Somass River approximately 60 metres downstream from the northern tip of the unnamed island directly below Paper Mill Dam Pool.

FN0340 2016-04-21

Area 25 - West Coast Vancouver Island - Tlupana Inlet

Sept. 11, 2015: finfish closure lifted for: that portion of Subarea 25-5, northerly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.420 N and 126 degrees 28.625 W then drawn easterly to the opposite shore to a point located at 49 degrees 46.344 N and 126 degrees 27.631 W.

FN1022 2015-09-11

Area 29 - Tidal waters of the Fraser River

Fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only.

FN0285 2016-04-04

Finfish Other than Salmon

Lingcod and Rockfish: 2016 open times and limits

Effective May 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016 fishing will open for:

  • Lingcod in Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
    • Daily limit: 1
    • Possession limit: 2
    • Minimum size limit: 65cm
    • Annual limit: 10
    • Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.  
    • Areas 28 and 29 (except Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for lingcod, including catch and release.
  • Rockfish (Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish in the aggregate) in Areas: 12 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
    • Daily limit: 1
    • Possession limit: 2
    • No size limit or annual limit.
    • Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.  
    • Areas 28 and 29 (except Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for rockfish, including catch and release.

FN0298 2016-04-06

Yelloweye Rockfish

Areas 1 to 10 and 101 to 110, 130 and 142

  • April 1, 2016 until further notice: Aggregate daily limit for all rockfish is 5, no more than 2 may be yelloweye.

Areas 11, 20-1 to 20-4, 21 to 27, 121 and 123 to 127

  • April 1, 2016 until further notice: Aggregate daily limit for all rockfish is 3, no more than 1 may be yelloweye.

FN0205 2016-03-18

Eulachon Regions 1, 2, 5B and 6

Recreational fishing for Eulachon remains closed year round in the Freshwater Regions 1, 2, 5B and 6 of British Columbia.

FN0109 2016-02-24

Halibut

Halibut fishing is currently open. See the Halibut Limits page for more information on halibut.

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) to protect glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound:

  1. Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure Subarea 28-4
  2. Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Subareas 28-2 and 29-3
  3. Foreslope Hills Closure Subarea 29-3
  4. Outer Gulf Islands Closure Subareas 18-1 and 29-4
  5. Gabriola Island Closure Subarea 17-11
  6. Parksville Closure Subareas 14-2 and 14-3
  7. East of Hornby Island Closure Subarea 14-6
  8. Sechelt Closure Subarea 29-2
  9. Halibut Bank Closure Subarea 29-2

FN1036 2015-09-16
FN0415 2016-05-17 (Amendment)

Most recent fishery notices

Shellfish

All Areas, bivalve shellfish

Harvest Shellfish Safely - Reminder to Shellfish Harvesters - Risk of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) gastrointestinal sickness.

FN0852 2015-08-13

See also: Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Gastrointestinal Illness

Area 1 bivalve shellfish:

Effective May 5, 2016: Subarea 1-5 ("North Beach") is open to the harvest of razor clams, scallops and cockles. FN0376 2016-05-05

The recreational harvest limit for butter clams in all portions of Areas 1 through 10 is zero (0). FN0050 2016-01-29

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) to protect glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound:

  1. Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure Subarea 28-4
  2. Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Subareas 28-2 and 29-3
  3. Foreslope Hills Closure Subarea 29-3
  4. Outer Gulf Islands Closure Subareas 18-1 and 29-4
  5. Gabriola Island Closure Subarea 17-11
  6. Parksville Closure Subareas 14-2 and 14-3
  7. East of Hornby Island Closure Subarea 14-6
  8. Sechelt Closure Subarea 29-2
  9. Halibut Bank Closure Subarea 29-2

FN1036 2015-09-16
FN0415 2016-05-17 (Amendment)

Areas 17 (Stuart Channel), 19 (Saanich Inlet), 23 (Alberni Inlet), prawn and shrimp

May 12 - May 18, 2016: The following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving:

  • Stuart Channel (Subareas 17-5, 17-6, and 17-9)
  • Saanich Inlet (Subarea 19-7 to 19-12 inclusive)
  • Alberni Inlet (Subareas 23-1 to 23-3 inclusive)

FN0319 2016-04-14

See also: Prawn and shrimp closures page