Finfish Species and Limits Table
(Other than salmon)

This table is a guideline only. Expect in-season changes.

During the year, a number of important regulation changes may happen in specific waters. Immediately prior to fishing, refer back to this table and check the fishing area you will be fishing in for closures and updates that affect limits.

For Fraser River salmon, go to the Fraser River Salmon Limits.

You may also check with your local DFO office for possible regulation changes or phone 604-666-2828.

Species Area Daily Limit Open Times Gear Management Measures
Codfish 1 to 29 8 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear Includes: Pacific Cod, Pacific Tomcod, Pollock and Hake. Does not include Lingcod.
Eulachon 1 to 29 0 Closed N/A Due to conservation concerns harvesting of eulachon is prohibited.
Greenling 1 to 29 3 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear  
Halibut 1 to 29 TBD See the Halibut Limits page Hook and line, spear  
Herring 1 to 29 20 kg Apr 1 - Mar 31 Dip net, herring jib, herring rake, cast net Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Lingcod 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130 & 142 3 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear  
12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 1 Please see in-season decisions page Hook and line, spear Annual limit of ten (10). Minimum length is 65 cm with head on and 53 cm for head off including the tail. Subarea 12-14 excluded. Area 20 east of a line from Sheringham Point to the International Boundary.
13 to 19, Subarea 29-5 1 Please see in-season decisions page Hook and line, spear Annual limit of ten (10). Minimum length is 65 cm with head on and 53 cm for head off including the tail. Record catch on your licence.
11, 12-14, 20* to 27 3 Apr 1 - Nov 15 Hook and line, spear Minimum length is 65 cm with head on and 53 cm for head off, including the tail.
* Area 20 west of a line from Sheringham Point to the International Boundary. Minimum length is 65 cm with head on and 53 cm for head off including the tail.
28, 29 (except for Subarea 29-5) 0 Closed N/A Due to conservation concerns there is no fishing for lingcod in these areas.
Mackerel 1 to 29 100 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, dip net, herring jig, cast net See gear in Points to Remember section for restrictions that pertain to dip nets
Northern Anchovy 1 to 29 20 kg Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, dip net, herring jig, cast net See gear in Points to Remember for restrictions that pertain to dip nets.
Pacific Sand Lance 1 to 29 5 kg Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, dip net, herring jig, cast net Also known as Needlefish. See gear in Points to Remember for restrictions that pertain to dip nets.
Pacific Sardine 1 to 29 100 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, dip net, herring jig, cast net Also known as Pilchard. See gear in Points to Remember for restrictions that pertain to dip nets.
Perch 1 to 29 8 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish 1 to 10 5 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear Aggregate daily limit for all rockfish is 5, no more than 3 may be yelloweye.
12 to 20* 1 Please see in-season decisions page Hook and line, spear *Special management zone in Area 20 that applies here is east of a line from Sheringham Point to the International boundary.
13 to 19, Subarea 29-5 1 Please see in-season decisions page Hook and line, spear  
11, 20* to 27 3 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear Aggregate daily limit for all rockfish is 3, no more than 2 may be yelloweye. *Special management zone in Area 20 that applies here is west of a line from Sheringham Point to the International boundary.
28, 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 0 Closed N/A Due to conservation concerns, there is no fishing for rockfish.
Rockfish: Bocaccio Management measures for bocaccio rockfish are being considered. Notice of future measures to protect bocaccio will be posted here. Details
Sablefish 1 to 29 4 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Also known as Blackcod.
Sculpin 1 to 29 8 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Includes Cabezon, Pacific Staghorn Sculpin and all other sculpin species.
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 1 to 29 0 Closed N/A There is no fishing for these species of shark.
Salmon Shark 1 to 29 1 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line,  spear fishing while diving.  
Spiny Dogfish 1 to 29 4 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line  
All other shark species 1 to 29 0 Closed N/A Other shark species incidentally encountered must be released.
Skate 1 to 29 1 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line  
Smelt 1 to 27 20 kg Apr 1 - Mar 31 Gill net, dip net See gear in Points to Remember for restrictions that pertain to dip nets and gill nets.
28 and 29 20 kg Aug 16 - Dec 31 Gill net, dip net Fishery is open only from 8 AM Thursday to 8 AM Monday. See gear in Points to Remember for restrictions that pertain to dip nets and gill nets.
Sole/Flounder 1 to 29 8 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line, spear fishing while diving Includes all species of flounder and sole but not halibut.
Sturgeon 1 to 29 0 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Catch and release only.
Trout 1 to 10 2 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Species includes hatchery steelhead only, and hatchery or wild cutthroat, brown and dolly varden. Only 1 fish per day may be greater than 50 cm. Daily limit is 0 in the tidal waters of the Tlell River in Area 2. Minimum length is 30 cm.
11 to 29 2 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line Retention of hatchery marked fish only. No retention of wild fish south of Cape Caution. Minimum length is 30 cm.
Tuna, Albacore 1 to 29 20 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line  
Tuna, All other species 1 to 29 20 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line  
Wolfeel 1 to 29 0 Apr 1 - Mar 31 N/A Catch and release only.
Other species 1 to 29 20 Apr 1 - Mar 31 Hook and line,  spear fishing while diving.  

Note:

The same management measures apply to offshore waters as the corresponding inshore waters (eg: limits in 23 apply to 123) unless otherwise stated. Special limits apply for groundfish in Pacific Rim National Park.