Area 17 (Nanaimo)

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
See below for in-season decisions
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

  • July 15 to August 15
    • A single barbless hook no greater than 15 mm (from point to shank) restriction applies in a portion of Departure Bay including the area west of a line near the Pacific Biological Station to the light on Brandon Island to the westernmost BC Ferry Dock.
    • Only artifical flies with one single barbless hook may be used in the portion of Nanaimo Harbour shoreward of a line from the end of the southernmost dock at the Nanaimo Yacht Club to the Pedestrian Fishing Pier located at Sway-a-lana Lagoon.
  • Only a single barbless hook may be used in the tidal portions of all streams.

Chinook

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Area 17, Nanoose, Nanaimo to Chemainus
  • August 1 to October 15: No retention of chinook in
    • Subarea 17-4 except for waters southeast of a line from Shingle Point to Pilkey Point.
    • Northumberland Channel, Pylades Channel and Stuart Channel (subareas 17-5 to 17-7, 17-9, 17-13 to 17-17)
    • A portion of subarea 17-12 inside a line from Tinson Point to Snake Island Light and the RCA boundary to the Five Finger Island Group and to the BCA boundary starting at the Horsewell Channel Buoy.
    • Subareas 17-18 to 17-20 and a portion of portion of Subarea 17-12 inside a line from Icarus Point on Vancouver Island, north 2 nautical miles, then northwesterly to the Navy Buoy in Ballenas Channel, then to Nankivell Point at the entrance to Schooner Cove.
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

Coho

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Area 17, Nanoose, Nanaimo to Chemainus
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
    • Areas 13 to 18 and Subareas 19-5 to 19-12, 29-1 to 29-5, except for the specific area measures noted below: June 27 - Dec. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.
    • Portion of Subarea 15-1 (Lang Creek): in that portion of Subarea 15-1 east of a line from Albion Point (locally known as Black Point) to Scotchfir Point: Aug. 15 - Oct. 15, 2014: 2 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Subarea 16-5 and Portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay): in Subarea 16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay), southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore: until Dec. 31, 2014: 4 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point): Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point: Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49°27.625’N and 123°45.903’W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49°25.875’N and 123°42.824’W): Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.

    FN0547 2014-06-26

Sockeye

  • October 6, 2014 until further notice: no retention of sockeye in:

    • Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage)
    • Areas 14 to 19 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait)
    • Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island)
    • Subarea 28-1, 28-2, and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet)
    • Area 29 (Strait of Georgia and Fraser River downstream of Mission BC).

    FN1098 2014-10-03

  • August 1st, 2014 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye per day in those waters open to salmon fishing in:

    • Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage)
    • Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait)
    • Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note: Area 23 is currently open to the retention of sockeye
    • Subarea 28-1 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet)
    • Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Sockeye retention is not permitted in:
      • Area 16
      • Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).

    FN0720 2014-07-30

Pink

Until September 30, 2014: 4 pink salmon per day with zero retention for other species of salmon in:

  • That portion of Departure Bay westerly of a line running from: 49 degrees 12.600 North 123 degrees 57.350 West near the Pacific Biological Station to the light on Brandon Island 49 degrees 12.427 North 123 degrees 57.571 West to the most westerly BC Ferry dock located at approximately 49 degrees 11.672 North 123 degrees 57.372 West. Note: The area open for Pink Salmon retention reverts to a no fin fishing area from October 1 to October 25.
  • That portion of Nanaimo Harbour shoreward of a line from the end of the most southerly dock located at the Nanaimo Yacht Club (49 degrees 10.614 North  123 degrees 56.336 West) to the Pedestrian Fishing Pier (Crab Dock) located at Swy-a-lana Lagoon (49 10.264 North 123 56.051 West). 

FN0837 2014-08-18

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

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

No anchorage and no trap or bottom contact fishing area: Anchoring and bottom contact fishing north of Winchelsea Islands, bounded by 49°18.76’N, 124° 06.260’ W and 49°17.213’ N, 124° 02.135’ W and 49° 17.457’ N, 124° 04.577’ W and 49° 17.730 N, 124° 05.217’ W, is prohibited. Fishing in this area is restricted to gear that does not contact the bottom and is extended to trap fishing and bottom jigging. Trolling in the area is permitted. For further information visit: http://www.vtos.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/notship/ntsactive.htm

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

  • Ada Islands
  • Booth Bay
  • Chemainus Bay to Shoal Islands
  • Clam Bay
  • Conover Cove
  • Degnen Bay
  • Descanso Bay
  • Departure Bay
  • Duck Bay
  • Hammond Bay
  • Ladysmith Harbour
  • Lantzville
  • Malaview Estates sewage outfall
  • Montague Harbour
  • Nanaimo Harbour
  • Nanoose Harbour
  • Porter Creek
  • Preedy Harbour
  • Shaw Road
  • Silva Bay
  • Stone Cutters Bay;
  • Stuart Channel
  • Taylor Bay
  • Telegraph Harbour
  • Vancouver Island between Icarus Point and Neck Point
  • Vesuvius Bay
  • Walker Hook
  • Winchelsea Islands
  • unnamed bay on east side of Vancouver Island in Stuart Channel
  • unnamed bay northwest of Saltspring Island
  • May 31 to September 30:
    • cove northwest of Conover Cove
    • Pirates Cove
    • Tent Island

Dioxin contamination

Crofton

  • Consumption of crab hepatopancreas in a portion of Stuart Channel should not exceed 40 g/week.
  • This area of Stuart Channel is bounded on the north by a line from Donckele Point on Kuper Island to the point at the southeastern entrance to Preedy Harbour on Thetis Island, thence to the most southern point of Dayman Island, thence to the most southern point of Scott Island, westerly to Sharpe Point on Vancouver Island, thence southwesterly across Ladysmith Harbour to a point on the shore 230° true from Sharpe Point; thence southerly along the shore of Vancouver Island to Grave Point; thence north of a line to Erskine Point on Saltspring Island; thence northerly along the shore to Parminter Point, thence west of a line to Josling Point on Kuper Island, thence northerly along the shore to the point of commencement at Donckele Point.

Nanaimo (Harmac)

  • Consumption of crab hepatopancreas harvested in the waters west of a line from Reynolds Point to Miami Islet to a point at the entrance to Kulleet Bay true south of Deer Point, should not exceed 105 g/week.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Closed to fishing for all finfish, July 15 to October 25:

  • Map: Nanaimo Harbour ClosureThe waters of Nanaimo Harbour from Duke Point to Gallows Point on Protection Island, then northwesterly along the shore to the most western point, then true north to Newcastle Island, northwesterly along the shore to Shaft Point, to Pimbury Point on Vancouver Island, southerly along the shore to the Cedar Bridge on the Nanaimo River, across the bridge and northerly along the shore to Jacks Point, following the Vancouver Island shore southerly to the point of commencement at Duke Point.
  • The tidal waters of the Chemainus River and off the Chemainus River mouth, commencing at Bare Point on Vancouver Island to the light on North Reef, to Sherard Point on Vancouver Island, thence following the shoreline northerly to a boundary sign on the Chemainus River near the Bald Eagle Campground, thence across the river to the opposite bank, thence following the Vancouver Island shoreline northerly to the point of commencement

Closed to fishing for all finfish from October 25 to November 30:

  • That portion of the Nanaimo River from the Cedar Bridge to the white square boundary signs located approx. 400 m downstream of the Cedar Bridge.

No anchorage and no trap or bottom contact fishing area: Anchoring and bottom contact fishing north of Winchelsea Islands, bounded by 49°18.76’N, 124° 06.260’ W and 49°17.213’ N, 124° 02.135’ W and 49° 17.457’ N, 124° 04.577’ W and 49° 17.730 N, 124° 05.217’ W, is prohibited. Fishing in this area is restricted to gear that does not contact the bottom and is extended to trap fishing and bottom jigging. Trolling in the area is permitted. For further information visit: http://www.vtos.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/notship/ntsactive.htm

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