Area 13 (Campbell River and Cortes/Sonora/Quadra Islands)

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 Barbless Hook & Line
Additional restrictions
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

  • July 15 to September 30
    • All Salmon
    • Subareas 13-3 and 13-5 - waters of Discovery Passage and the Campbell River between Orange Point, Hidden Harbour breakwater and Quadra Island.
    • No person shall angle with a fishing line or downrigger line which is attached to a weight that is greater than 168 grams (6 ounces) or an attracting device that is not affixed directly to a hook.
    • The use of natural bait is prohibited.

Map: Tyee PoolTyee Pool Motor Power Restriction

Between July 15 and September 15 vessels under motor power are prohibited in the Tyee Pool

  • Includes those waters bounded on the south by a line from a sign bearing the graphic of a crossed-out propeller on Tyee Spit 185 m east in line with Shag Rock on Quadra Island, on the north by a line from the tip of Tyee Spit 185 m east in line with April Point and on the west by a line from the low water mark between the north and south boundaries.
  • Ordered under regulations of the Canada Shipping Act.

Chinook

  • Map: 2015 coho and chinook openings for Area 13 and a portion of Area 15 (Subareas 15-3 to 15-6)
  • 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 2015. Subarea 13-22 will revert to the non-retention of chinook effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2015 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2015.
    FN0364 2015-04-27
  • June 1 to September 30: No retention of chinook in Subarea 13-22 waters in Bute Inlet from a fishing boundary sign at Alpha Bluff across to a fishing boundary sign on the opposite shore, north to the boundary of the Bute Inlet Rockfish Conservation Area at Littleton Point and across to a boundary sign at 50º49.9’ N, 124º51.63’ W.
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

Coho

  • Map: 2015 coho and chinook openings for Area 13 and a portion of Area 15 (Subareas 15-3 to 15-6)
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • Unless otherwise specified below, June 1 - Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked only.
    • Subareas 13-20, 13-21, a portion of 13-22 (East Side of Stuart Island and a portion of Bute Inlet): August 1 - September 15, 2015: in Subareas 13-20, 13-21 and that portion of Subarea 13-22 described as those waters in Bute Inlet from the RCA boundary sign at Littleton Point across to the opposite shore at 50°49.9’ N and 124°51.63’ W: daily limit of 2 coho, only 1 may be wild (unmarked). FN0485 2015-06-01

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.

Lingcod and Rockfish: 2015 open times and limits

Effective May 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015 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.

FN0337 2015-04-13

Shellfish

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

The waters within 0.5 nautical miles of Mitlenatch Island, are closed to harvesting clams and oysters, all year.

The waters of Discovery Passage and the Campbell River bounded by a line east of Orange Point to the middle of the channel then southeast to the intersection of a line east to a marker on Tyee Spit, are closed to crab harvesting all year.

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

  • Bessborough Bay
  • Big Bay
  • Campbell River
  • Coulter Bay
  • Forward Harbour
  • Granite Bay
  • Grassy Creek
  • Gray Creek
  • Heriot Bay
  • Whaletown Bay
  • Hjorth Bay
  • Jackson Bay
  • Kelsey Bay
  • Marina Reef
  • Salmon Bay
  • Phillips Arm
  • Topaze Harbour Head
  • Quathiaski Cove
  • and an unnamed cove in eastern Gorge Harbour.
  • May 31 to September 30
    • Drew Harbour
    • Mansons Landing
    • Von Donop Inlet

Dioxin contamination

Campbell River (Elk Falls)

  • consumption of crab hepatopancreas harvested from Discovery Passage should not exceed 100 g/week
  • this includes waters north of a line from the Cape Mudge Lighthouse on Quadra Island true west to the shore of Vancouver Island and south of a line from Separation Head (Quadra Island) true west to Vancouver Island
  • harvesters are reminded that the mouth of the Campbell River is closed to all crab fishing all year

Deepwater Bay

  • consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 100 g/week in the waters of Deepwater Bay
  • this includes waters southeast of a line from Separation Head on Quadra Island 50° true to the opposite shore.

Quadra Island

  • Crab hepatopancreas should not be consumed from the area bounded by the eastern shore of Quadra Island from Francisco Point, thence 5 km north along the shore, thence east from the shoreline to the 200 m contour.
  • Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 135 g/week in the waters east of a line on Quadra Island from Chonat Point south to the opposite bay (Chonat Bay) and from Kanish Bay, Quadra Island, east of a line from Granite Point to Bodega Point.

Sonora Island/Owen Bay

  • consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 13 g/week in the waters north of a line extending from Walters Point on Sonora Island true east to a point on the opposite shore (Owen Bay).

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

NOTICE TO DIVERS
The following waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat:

  • Discovery Passage, in the Campbell River Area, bounded by a straight line from North Bluff on Quadra Island, across Seymour Narrows and south by a line from the light on the end of the south government dock breakwater at Campbell River to Cape Mudge Lighthouse.

Gear restriction

Reminder: July 15, 2015 - September 30, 2015: in the waters of Discovery Passage and Campbell River bounded by a line true east of the fishing boundary sign at Orange Point at 50 degrees 04.391 minutes north by 125 degrees 16.611 minutes west, to the middle of the channel at 50 degrees 04.387 minutes north by 125 degrees 15.626 minutes west, then southeasterly down the middle of the channel to the intersection with at 50 degrees 00.507 minutes north by 125 degrees 12.859 minutes west, running true east from a fishing boundary sign on the southern end of the Hidden Harbour breakwater at 50 degrees 00.504 minutes north by 125 degrees 13.945 minutes west:

  • no person shall angle with a fishing line or downrigger line which is attached to a weight that is greater than 168 grams (6 ounces) or with an attracting device that is not affixed directly to a hook
  • the use of natural bait is prohibited.

FN0930 2015-08-26

Closed to all finfish fishing all year

  • The waters in Loughborough Inlet from Cosby Point to head of inlet.
  • Deepwater Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign at Separation Head to a fishing boundary sign at the northerly entrance of Deepwater Bay
  • Subarea 13-24 [The waters of Phillips Arm northerly of a line from Hewitt Point north easterly to Shirley Creek on the opposite shore]

Closed to all finfish fishing June 1 to December 31

  • The waters of Salmon Bay bounded on the north by a line from Graveyard Point to the ferry landing on the opposite shore, and on the south by the downstream side of the first bridge upstream on the Salmon River.

Closed to all finfish fishing June 30 to October 31

  • The waters of Village Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign at the north entrance of Village Bay, Quadra Island, to a boundary sign at the south entrance of Village Bay.

Closed to all finfish fishing from July 15 to August 31

  • Those waters inside a line from the float at Cape Mudge Indian Village on Quadra Island at 50 degrees 01.393'N and 125 degrees 11.805'W true west at 270 degrees for one nautical mile to a point at 50 degrees 01.391'N and 125 degrees 11.616'W, then southeast 160 degrees true to a point at 49 degrees 58.260'N and 125 degrees 13.360'W, the intersection with a line drawn from the fishing boundary sign on Willow Point on the Vancouver Island shore at 49 degrees 58.008'N and 125 degrees 12.489'W to the Red Can Buoy light off Wilby Shoals at 49 degrees 58.969'N and 125 degrees 09.156'W, then to the Cape Mudge light on Quadra Island at 49 degrees 59.913'N and 125 degrees 11.736'W. FN0626 2014-07-14

Closed to all finfish fishing October 1 to October 31

  • Discovery Passage and the Campbell River waters
  • includes from inside a line true east of the fishing boundary sign at Orange Point to the middle of the channel, then southeasterly down the middle of the channel to the intersection of a line running from a boundary sign on the southern end of Hidden Harbour breakwater, then true east to Quadra Island.
  • excludes the Campbell River Discovery Pier. The area around the Discovery Pier will remain open inside a line running true east 50 m into Discovery Passage at the north end of the pier, then southeasterly down the Discovery Passage to the intersection of a line running true east 50 m at the south end of the Discovery Pier.

RCAs are closed to all recreational fishing except:

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