Area 18 (Saltspring, Pender, Mayne and Saturna Islands, and Saanich Peninsula)

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

Gear Restrictions

  • October 10 - January 15 only a single-pointed hook may be used in the waters of Fulford Harbour inside or NW of a line between a fishing boundary sign located near the navigation light and Jackson Rock on the north shore of Fulford Harbour across the Harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.
  • Only a single barbless hook may be used in the tidal portions of all streams.

Chinook

  • Map: 2015 chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, 20, Subareas 29-4 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • June 13 - July 17, 2015: Strait of Georgia: Portions of Area 18 and 29: Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9, 18-11, 19-5, and a portion of 29-4, and 29-5 that lies south from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49.05.562’N and 123.39.989’W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49.08.316’N and 123.33.669’W: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, only 1 may be greater than 67 cm. FN0543 2015-06-12
  • There is no retention of chinook from August 1 to October 15 in:
    • Fulford Harbour, Satellite Channel, Shute Passage, Sansum Narrows (Subareas 18-6 to 18-8, 18-10); and
    • Subareas 18-7 and 18-8, that portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies north of a line from a fishing boundary sign on V ancouver Island near 48°46.179’ N, 123°34.654’ W to a fishing boundary sign on Saltspring Island southeast of Burial Islet near 48°45.992’ N, 123°33.777’ W and south of a line from a fishing boundary sign on Saltspring Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles east-southeast of Musgrave Pt. near 48°43.982’ N, 123°31.418’ W to a fishing boundary sign on V ancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles northwest of Cherry Pt. near 48°43.197’ N, 123°33.708’ W.
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

Coho

  • Map: 2015 coho openings for Areas 18, 19, 20, Subareas 29-4 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • 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.
    • Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point): November 1 - December 31, 2015: in that portion of Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry Point: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked.
      FN0486 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

October 10 - January 15 only a single-pointed hook may be used in the waters of Fulford Harbour inside or NW of a line between a fishing boundary sign located near the navigation light and Jackson Rock on the north shore of Fulford Harbour across the Harbour to a boundary sign on the opposite shore.

Shellfish

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn and crab closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn and crab to protect glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound:

  1. Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure Subarea 28-4
  2. Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Subareas 28-2 and 28-3
  3. Foreslope Hills Closure Subarea 29-3
  4. Outer Gulf Islands Closure Subareas 18-1 and 29-4
  5. Gabriola Island Closure Subarea 17-11
  6. Parksville Closure Subareas 14-2 and 14-3
  7. East of Hornby Island Closure Subarea 14-6
  8. Sechelt Closure Subarea 29-2
  9. Halibut Bank Closure Subarea 29-2

FN0571 2015-06-19

Crab

  • Subarea 18-10: The recreational crab fishery may use traps and handpicking by diving in addition to ring-neg and dip-net within the Fulford Harbour recreational access closure.

There is a restricted area in Ganges Harbour to provide a channel for navigation. Crab float (buoys) must remain outside of the restricted area at all times. The area is described as those waters of Subarea 18-3 inside a line that begins at 48°51.52’ N latitude and 123°29.36’ W longitude, then to 48°50.47’ N latitude and 123°27.30 W longitude then to 48°51.47’ N latitude and 123°29.47’ W longitude then to the beginning point

Map: Ganges Harbour nav closure

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

  • Annette Inlet
  • Bedwell Harbour
  • Boot Cove
  • Burgoyne Bay
  • Cowichan Bay
  • Cusheon Creek
  • Fulford Harbour
  • Ganges Harbour
  • Hope Bay
  • Horton Bay
  • James Bay
  • Long Harbour
  • Madrona Bay
  • Maple Bay
  • Moresby Island
  • Northeast Saanich Peninsula
  • Shark Cove
  • Thieves Bay to Oak Bluffs
  • Port Browning
  • Selby Cove
  • Village Bay
  • unnamed bays east of Fulford Harbour
  • 1.4km from Walker Spit
  • May 31 to September 30
    •  Princess Bay
    • Reef Harbour

Dioxin contamination

  • Burgoyne Bay and Maple Bay
    Consumption of crab hepatopancreas in Burgoyne Bay, Saltspring Island should not exceed 60 g/week; Maple Bay, 125 g/week.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Map: Cowichan Bay closureClosed to fishing for all finfish August 1 to October 31:

  • Those waters of Cowichan Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign near Separation Point on Vancouver Island to Wilcuma Wharf.

Closed to fishing for all finfish August 1 to October 15:

  • In Subareas 18-7 and 18-8
    • that portion of Subarea 18-8 that lies easterly of a line from a square white boundary sign at Separation Point to a square white boundary sign at Wilcuma Wharf in Cowichan Bay;
    • and that portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies southerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island, to a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island SE of Burial Islet, and northerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles ESE of Musgrave Point to a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles NW of Cherry Point.

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