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

  • August 1 to September 30 only a a single barbless hook no greater than 15 mm (point to shank) may be used in the Cowichan Bay and Satellite Channel.
  • 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

  • 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

  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • Coho in-season decisions will be posted here.

Sockeye

  • Areas 11 to 21, 24 to 28, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-10: Effective 23:59 August 15, 2013 until further notice: no fishing for sockeye salmon. FN0741 2013-08-15

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

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.

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

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

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