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

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-24 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • 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.
  • Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11, Subarea 19-5, and that portion of Subareas 29-4 and 29-5 that lies south of a line from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49.05.562N/123.39.989W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49.08.316N/123.33.669W: June 14 - July 18, 2014:

    • Amendment to FN0477: Daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, of which only 1 may be greater than 67 cm.
    • Minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 62 cm.

    FN0487 2014-06-13

  • 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 Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-24 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • 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

  • 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

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

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