Area 121

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
45 cm 2 4 30 April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Chum 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm 2 4 N/A June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Wild Coho See below for in-season decisions. To be determined  
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Sockeye
30 cm See below for in-season decisions. To be determined Barbless Hook & Line

Chinook

  • Map: Area 21/22/121 Nitinat/Swiftsure Bank 2016 Coho & Chinook Openings and Other Closures
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • Areas 21 to 24 and 121 to 124 - Southwest Coast Vancouver Island chinook management measures

    Areas 21, 22, 121

    August 1 - December 31, 2016: Unless otherwise indicated below: daily limit of 2 chinook with a minimum size of 45 cm.

    • August 1 - October 31, 2016: you may not fish for finfish in that portion of Area 22 (Nitinat Lake) northeasterly of a line from a boundary sign at Windy Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
    • January 1 - December 31, 2016: you may not fish for finfish in those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00'N and 125 degrees 06.00'W, then to 48 degrees 34.00'N and 124 degrees 54.20'W, then to 48 degrees 29.62'N and 124 degrees 43.40'W, then following the International Boundary between Canada and the United States of America to 48 degrees 29.55'N and 124 degrees 56.20'W, then returning in a straight line to the point of commencement. (Swiftsure Bank)

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Coho

Sockeye

  • In-season sockeye management decisions will be posted here.

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Yelloweye Rockfish

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

Please note: Area 121: No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

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Map: Finfish closure Area 121

Shellfish

Area 121 is closed to the harvest of all bivalve molluscs.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve closed to scuba and skin diving for all species, all year. Includes all tidal waters within the park.

The waters of Swiftsure Bank are closed to all finfish, all year

  • inside a line from 48°34.00'N and 125°06.00'W, thence to 48°34.00'N and 124°54.20'W, thence to 48°29.62'N and 124°43.40'W, thence following the International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48°29.55'N and 124°56.20'W, thence in a straight line to the point of commencement.

Map: Swiftsure Bank Closure

Areas 21 to 24 and 121 to 124 - Southwest Coast Vancouver Island chinook management measures

Areas 21, 22, 121

  • August 1 - October 31, 2016: you may not fish for finfish in that portion of Area 22 (Nitinat Lake) northeasterly of a line from a boundary sign at Windy Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
  • January 1 - December 31, 2016: you may not fish for finfish in those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line from 48 degrees 34.00'N and 125 degrees 06.00'W, then to 48 degrees 34.00'N and 124 degrees 54.20'W, then to 48 degrees 29.62'N and 124 degrees 43.40'W, then following the International Boundary between Canada and the United States of America to 48 degrees 29.55'N and 124 degrees 56.20'W, then returning in a straight line to the point of commencement. (Swiftsure Bank)

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Rockfish Conservation Areas

Pachena Point
Carmanah
Dare Point

RCAs are closed to all recreational fishing except:
  • invertebrates by hand picking or dive
  • crab by trap
  • shrimp/prawn by trap
  • smelt by gillnet