Area 12 (Port Hardy/Robson Bight)

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

  • Combined daily limit for all salmon species from all waters: 4
  • Coastwide daily limit for chinook: 2

Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures
Species Min Size Daily Limit Possession Limit Annual Limit Season Gear
Chinook
Additional info
62 cm 2 4 15 April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions
Chum 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions
Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm 2 4 N/A June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions
Wild Coho 30 cm See below for in-season decisions. June 1 - December 31  
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions
Sockeye
30 cm See below for in-season decisions. April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions

Gear Restrictions

  • August 1 to September 30: You may only use a single-pointed hook that measures no more than 15 mm between the point and shank in Subarea 12-16:
    • the waters of Hardy Bay shoreward of a line from a boundary sign on the Keltic Seafoods wharf to a boundary sign on the opposite shore (inner portion of Hardy Bay); and
    • the mouth of the Keogh River within a 400 m radius of the shore:
  • August 1 - September 30: Only a single-pointed hook that measures no more than 15 mm may be used in Sub-Area 12-17 near the mouth of the Cluxewe River.
    • Includes those waters inside a line starting at a boundary sign approx. 1.9 km northwest of the Cluxewe river mouth, then to 50°37.53’ N and 127°12.21’W, then to 50°36.98’N and 127°09.53’W, then 200° true to a boundary sign on the shore.
  • Anglers are reminded that only a single barbless hook may be used in the tidal portions of all streams.

Chinook

  • Map: 2013 and 2014 chinook and coho openings for Area 12, Queen Charlotte Sound area
  • Jan 1- Dec 31: Minimum size limit is 62 cm.
  • Aug 1-Oct 31: Subarea 12-19: Non-retention in the waters of Broughton Strait southerly of a line from Ledge Point to the light on the southern end of Haddington Island, then to the light on Yellow Bluff on Cormorant Island, then following the southerly shoreline to a marker on Gordon Bluff, then to Lewis Point on Vancouver Island.
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

Coho

Sockeye

  • Areas 11 to 21, 24 to 28, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-10: Effective 23:59 August 15, 2013 until further notice: no fishing for sockeye salmon. FN0741 2013-08-15

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Lingcod and Rockfish: Opening in Areas 13 to 19 and portions of Areas 12, 20 and 29

Fishing for lingcod and rockfish will open May 1 to Sept. 30, 2014:

  • Lingcod:
    • 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 with head on and 53cm for head off including the tail
    • 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):
    • 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.

FN0313 2014-04-16

Shellfish

Nimpkish Estuary Special Management Area June 15 to September 14

  • daily limit for all crab species (other than King or Box crab) is reduced to two in Subarea 12-19
  • includes those waters at the mouth of the Nimpkish River that lie inside a line that begins at a boundary sign approx. 1.5 km easterly of Broad Pt, then continues to navigation aid N17, then to a boundary sign located approximately easterly of Willow Creek then following the shoreline of Vancouver Island to the beginning point
  • only dip nets, ring nets or hand picking is permitted to harvest crab in this area at this time.

Due to sanitary contamination concerns, there is no harvesting of bivalve shellfish in:

  • Alert Bay
  • Clam Cove
  • Echo Bay
  • Double Bay
  • Hardy Bay
  • Beaver Harbour
  • Port Neville
  • Hopetown Passage
  • Macgowan Bay
  • bay west of Everard IsletsSoutheast Turnour Island
  • Sutherland Bay
  • north side of Cormorant Island
  • Shoal Harbour
  • Little Nimmo Bay
  • Laura Bay
  • Burly Bay
  • Dickson Island
  • Shushartie Bay
  • Helen Bay
  • Joe Cove Bay.
  • May 31 to September 30: Cutter Cove.

Crab Restriction
June 15 to September 14 in the
Nimpkish Estuary Special Management Area:

  • Daily limit for all crab species (other than King or Box crab) is two in Subarea 12-19.
  • Only dip nets, ring nets or hand picking permitted to harvest crab.
  • Includes those waters at the mouth of the Nimpkish River that lie inside a line that begins at a boundary sign approx. 1.5 km easterly of Broad Pt, then continues to navigation aid N17, then to a boundary sign located approximately easterly of Willow Creek then following the shoreline of Vancouver Island to the beginning point.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Closed to all finfish fishing, all year

  • The mouth of the Klinaklini River (Knight Inlet) shoreward of a line from a fishing boundary signs at the southern entrance to Wahshihlas Bay to a fishing boundary sign at Rubble Point
  • The mouth of the Kingcome River shoreward of a line from a fishing boundary sign on Petley Point to a fishing boundary sign on a point on the opposite shore of Kingcome Inlet.
  • The mouth of the Wakeman River north of a line connecting two fishing boundary signs on opposite shores approx. 6 km from the head of Wakeman Sound.

Closed to all finfish fishing, August 15 to December 30:

  • Those waters of Port McNeill Bay westerly of a line from a boundary sign at the north end of the Western Forest Products jetty, true north to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Ledge Point Peninsula.
  • The mouth of Scott Cove Creek and Viner Sound shoreward of a line between two fishing boundary signs located at King Point and the boundary sign located on the Gilford Island point approximately 1km South of Scott Cove Creek on the point 1 km south from the mouth of Scott Cove Creek.

Closed to all finfish fishing, June 1 to November 30:

  • The mouth of Nimpkish River inside a line from a fishing boundary sign at a point on the shore of Vancouver Island approximately 1.5 km east of Broad Point, then to a navigational aid in the middle of Haddington Passage, then to a fishing boundary sign at a point approximately 1 km east of Willow Creek, then to the tidal water boundary signs approximately 100 m upstream of the Highway 19 bridge is closed to fishing for all finfish June 1 to November 30.

Closed to all finfish fishing, June 15 to September 30:

  • Sub-area 12-20: Parson Bay bounded inside a line from Red Point on Harbledown Island to a marker on the most northwest point of Parson Island, from there following the northern shore to the most easterly point and from there true east to Harbledown Island.

Rockfish Conservation Areas:

RCAs are closed to all recreational fishing except:

  • invertebrates by hand picking or dive
  • crab by trap
  • shrimp/prawn by trap
  • smelt by gillnet