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

Area 2 and 102 - Tlell River - Pink

Sept 2 - March 31, 2017: No retention of Pink salmon in the tidal waters of the Tlell River, sub-area 102-1.

FN0938 2016-08-31

Area 10 - Smith Inlet sockeye

July 18, 2016 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye in subareas 10-3 to 10-10 and 10-12 (Smith Inlet).

FN0682 2016-07-18

Area 19 - Fuel Spill - Esquimalt Harbour fishing closure

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

FN0393 2016-05-10

Area 23 - Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the tidal portion of the Somass River- Sockeye

May 1, 2016 until further notice: 4 sockeye per day in that portion of subareas 2 3-1 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.

FN0339 2016-04-21

Area 25 - Matchlee Bay coho

Until further notice: daily limit of 4 coho 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):
Steelhead, pink, chum, and sockeye may not be retained.

FN1021 2015-09-11

Area 25 - Matchlee Bay chinook

Aug. 11, 2015 until further notice: daily limit of 2 chinook 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).
Steelhead, pink, chum and sockeye may not be retained.

FN0823 2015-08-07

Area 29 - Fraser River mouth - Chinook

January 1, 2017 until further notice: Non retention of chinook in subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10

FN1390 2016-12-29

Salmon - Freshwater

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 - 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 1 - Somass / Stamp Rivers - Coho and Chinook

Aug 25 2016 until further notice: open to recreational Coho and Chinook fishing

  • Total daily limit of salmon: 4, of which:
    • Coho: daily limit of 2
    • Chinook: daily limit of 2, 1 of which can be over 77cm in length

FN0865 2016-08-17

Region 1 - Somass River - Sockeye

May 1, 2016 until further notice: 2 Sockeye per day in 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.

FN0348 2016-04-25

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 - Chapman Creek - Coho & Chinook

October 7 2016 until further notice:

  • Coho: Daily limit of 4, of which only 2 may be greater than 35 cm
  • Chinook: Daily limit of 4, of which only 2 may be greater than 50 cm

FN1082 2016-10-06

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. 23, 2016 until further notice: no retention of chinook salmon on Harrison River.

FN1029 2016-09-23

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 2 - Pitt River - All species of salmon

Pitt River and tributaries:

  • Oct 1 2016 until further notice: non-retention of salmon.
  • Note: No Fishing for Chinook in the upper and lower river, including tributaries.
  • Bait Ban in effect upstream of Pitt Lake

FN1064 2016-09-30

Region 2 - Squamish River - Pink

Sept. 7, 2015 until further notice: non-retention for pink salmon in the 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.

FN0956 2015-08-28

Region 3 - Fraser River main stem and Thompson River

August 17, 2016 until further notice: No fishing for salmon in the following areas:

  • The main stem Fraser River in Region 3; and
  • The Thompson River from the Kamloops lake outlet downstream to the confluence with Fraser River

FN0866 2016-08-17

Region 3 - Thompson-Nicola

June 17, 2016 until further notice: No fishing for salmon in the following areas

  • Bridge River
  • Clearwater River
  • North Thompson River

FN0538 2016-06-17

Region 5B - Cariboo, Coastal Watershed

August 26 - March 31, 2017: 1 pink salmon per day in Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers and its tributaries.

FN0903 2016-08-26

Region 6 - Meziadin Lake tributaries - Chinook

May 25, 2016 until further notice: closed to fishing for chinook in the tributaries of Meziadin Lake.

FN0439 2016-05-25

Region 6 - Tahltan River

July 15 - March 31, 2017: Tahltan River and its tributaries open to recreational salmon fishing.

FN0658 2016-07-14

Region 8 - Osoyoos Lake - Sockeye

Sept 5, 2016 until March 31 2017: closed to sockey salmon fishing in the portion of Osoyoos Lake north of the bridge at Highway No. 3 (North Basin)

FN0946 2016-09-02

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 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

Yelloweye Rockfish

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

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

Areas 11, 20-1 to 20-4, 21 to 27, 111, 121 and 123 to 127

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

FN0499 2016-06-08

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 closed. 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

FN0415 2016-05-17

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

Areas 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28, prawn and shrimp

Jan 1 - March 31, 2017: The following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving:

  • Subareas 13-1, 13-13, 13-16 (Quadra Island area);
  • Subareas 15-2, (Powell River, Lund);
  • Subareas 16-5, 16-9 (Sechelt Inlet), 16-10, 16-16, 16-17 (Malaspina Strait, Agamemnon Channel);
  • Subareas 17-5, 17-6, 17-9 (Stuart Channel);
  • Subareas 17-12, 17-13, 17-15, 17-16 (Nanaimo);
  • Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 (Saanich Inlet);
  • Subareas 23-1 to 23-4 (Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound);
  • Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet)
  • Subarea 28-5 (Howe Sound)

FN1330 2016-12-02

Area 1 bivalve shellfish:

Effective January 6, 2017 until further notice: Subarea 1-5 ("North Beach") is open to the harvest of razor clams, scallops and cockles.
FN0016 2017-01-06

Effective June 29, 2016 until further notice: Subarea 1-6 (Masset Inlet) is open for the retention of Humpback shrimp by trap gear.
FN0593 2016-06-29

Until further notice: 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

FN0415 2016-05-17

See also: Prawn and shrimp closures page