Area 14 (Comox/Parksville/Denman and Hornby 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.    
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 Restriction

  • Aug 1-Oct 15: Only a single barbless hook may be used in the Courtenay River mouth and shoreline
  • 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 14, Courtenay, Comox and Qualicum
  • No retention of chinook:
    • April 1 to March 31: Subarea 14-14, Comox Harbour.
    • May 1 to August 31: Subarea 14-11: Baynes Sound, inside of a line commencing at Cape Lazo light, thence to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point at the extreme north end of Denman Island, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek on Vancouver Island.
    • June 1 to June 30: Those waters, inside a line near the boat launch at Kitty Coleman Provincial Park, thence north-east to 49 47.35’ N and 124 57.68’ W, then southerly to 49 45.14’ N and 124 54.32’ W, then south to the navigation light at the Little River Ferry Dock
    • June 1 to June 30: Those waters of Sentry Shoals within a 1.5 nautical mile radius of the Sentry Shoal Marker Buoy
    • June 15 to August 15: Those waters of Lambert Channel bounded from a marker off Nile Creek, north along Vancouver shoreline to Mapleguard Point, thence along the Harbour limit boundary to southern point of Chrome Island, then to southern tip of Denman Island, thence north along shore to Whalebone Point, thence to Shingle Spit on Hornby Island, thence along the shore to Norman Point, thence south from Norman Point 2.4Nm to a position (49 28.25’ N and 124 36.54’ W), and back to Nile Creek marker
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

Coho

Sockeye

  • In-season 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: 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: 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):
    • 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.

FN0306 2014-04-14

Reminder: Fishing for lingcod and rockfish will close October 1, 2013 until further notice:

  • Lingcod in Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
  • Rockfish (Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish in the aggregate) in Areas: 12 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.

FN0901 2013-09-17

Shellfish

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

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

  • Base Flats
  • Boat Cove
  • Campbell River
  • Comox Harbour
  • Craig Creek
  • Deep Bay
  • Elma Bay
  • False Bay
  • Kitty Coleman Beach to Little River
  • Kye Bay
  • Little Qualicum River
  • Mud Bay
  • Parksville Bay
  • Qualicum Beach
  • Union Bay
  • Wall Beach

Baynes Sound Management Plan Closures - this area closes when rainfall in the area exceeds 35 mm over a 24 hour period.

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:

  • the southeasterly shoreline of Hornby Island from Shingle Spit southerly through Norman Point, Downes Point, Tribune Bay and St. John Point to Cape Gurney
  • including Heron Rocks, Norris Rocks and Flora Islat

Closed to all fishing for finfish May 1 to August 31:

  • Comox Harbour inside a line from a fishing boundary sign near Trent River to a light at the tip of Goose Spit.
  • Excludes the shallow shoreline defined as the waters inside and shoreward of the 2 m depth contour which is open for fishing for all finfish except chinook.

 Closed to all fishing for finfish September 1 to November 30:

  • The tidal waters within a 75 m radius of the mouth of the Trent River, the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek and the mouth of Mallard Creek.

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