Area 19 (Sidney/Victoria)

Salmon Limits, Openings and Closures

Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures
Species Min Size Daily Limit Possession Limit Annual Limit Season Gear
Chinook
Additional info
62 cm Subareas 19-5 to 19-12 (North of Cadboro Pt): 2 4 15 April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
45 cm Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 (South of Cadboro Pt): See below for in-season openings and limits
Chum
Additional info
30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm 2 4 N/A June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line

Wild Coho 30 cm See below for in-season decisions To be determined Barbless Hook & Line
Pink
Additional info
30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Sockeye 30 cm See below for in-season decisions To be determined Barbless Hook & Line

Area 19 - Fuel Spill - Esquimalt Harbour fishing closure

May 10, 2016: As a precautionary measure Esquimalt Harbour (Subarea 19-2 ) closed to all fishing effective immediately.

FN0393 2016-05-10

Chinook

  • Map: 2016 chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, and Subareas 20-5, 29-4 & 29-5 Cowichan to Victoria
  • The annual limit for chinook caught north of Cadboro Point is 15. The minimum size limit is 62 cm.
  • The annual limit for chinook caught south of Cadboro Point is 20. Opening dates for this area will be posted here.
  • June 18 - July 15, 2016: daily limit of of 2 chinook, between 62 and 85 cm in:
    • 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 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.

    FN0536 2016-06-17

  • Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subareas 20-4 and 20-5:
    • June 18 - July 15, 2016: daily limit of 2 chinook:
      • either wild or hatchery-marked if between 45 and 85 cm;
        or
      • hatchery marked if greater than 85 cm.

    FN0534 2016-06-17

  • May 9, 2016 - June 17, 2016: daily limit of 2 chinook, of which only 1 greater than 67 cm in:
    • Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11
    • Subarea 19-5
    • 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 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.
    FN0378 2016-05-05
  • Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.):
    • March 1, 2016 - June 17, 2016: Daily limit of 2 chinook:
      • Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or
      • Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.
      • Minimum size 45 cm in length.

    FN0110 2016-02-25

  • August 1 to October 15 there is no retention of chinook in the Saanich Inlet (19-7 to 19-10)
  • 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.
  • Areas 14 to 20, and Subarea 29-1 - Strait of Georgia, and Juan De Fuca coho
    Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for coho is 2 per day, hatchery-marked only from June 1 - December 31, 2016 in Areas 14 to 20 and Area 29.
    • Area 19: October 1 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho per day, one of which may be unmarked.
    FN0467 2016-06-01

Sockeye

  • In-season sockeye management decisions will be posted here.

Pink

Oct. 3, 2015 until further notice: retention of pink salmon permitted in all areas open to salmon fishing in Area 19.

FN1113 2015-10-02

Chum

Oct. 3, 2015 until further notice: retention of chum salmon permitted in all areas open to salmon fishing in Area 19.

FN1113 2015-10-02

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Lingcod and Rockfish: 2016 open times and limits

Effective May 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016 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.

FN0298 2016-04-06

Closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • September 15 to November 30 - Saanich Inlet inside a line from Whiskey Point to Verdier Point (19-8)
  • September 1 to November 30 - Waters of Finlayson Arm south of a line drawn east from Christmas Point to the opposite shore.

Non-retention of cutthroat trout all year in the waters of Haro Strait shoreward of a line from the Sidney-Anacortest ferry dock in Sidney to the most easter point of Cordova Spit.

Shellfish

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

The waters in this area are closed to the harvest of butter clams, all year.

Harvesting of shellfish is prohibited in these waters:

  • Ogden Point: Inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point Causeway then to Brotchie Ledge Light, then to Holland Point on Vancouver Island
  • Race Rocks: Within 0.5 nautical miles of Great Race Rock
  • Ten Mile Pt: Within 0.4 nautical miles of Cadboro Pt navigation light

Tsehum Harbour
There is a restricted fishing area in the Tsehum Harbour to provide a channel fro navigation. Crab floats (buoys) must remain outside of the restricted area at tall times.

Map: Tseuhum Harbour

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

  • Albert Head to Cordova Bay
  • Bazan Bay
  • Brentwood Bay
  • Coles Bay
  • Cordova Split to James Island to Island View Beach
  • Curteis Point to Cordova Bay
  • Dogwood Road access
  • Finlayson Arm
  • Hatch Point to Bamberton
  • Moses Point
  • North Yarrow Point
  • Quarantine Cove
  • Squally Reach
  • Thompson Cove

Dioxin contamination

  • Victoria Harbour
    Consumption of crab hepatopancreas harvested in those waters of Victoria Harbour north of a line from Macaulay Point to the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point breakwater to a line from Chapman Point southwesterly to the opposite shore should not exceed 135 g/week.

Shellfish Consumption Advisory: Esquimalt Harbour

In all waters north of a line connecting Fisgard Light House, Scroggs Rocks, and Duntze Head: Maximum weekly intakes for various seafoods recommended by Health Canada.

Seafood Toddlers (1 to 4 yrs old)
Recommended maximum consumption
Adults
Recommended maximum consumption
Grams per week Meals per week Grams per week Meals per week
Dungeness Crab hepatopancreas 24 g 1 109 g 5
Dungeness Crab muscle 200 g 3 905 g 8
Red Rock Crab hepatopancreas 22 g 1 102 g 4
Red Rock Crab muscle 416 g 6 1879 g 18
Sea Urchin roe 288 g 6 1302 g 28
Rockfish muscle 182 g 1.5 825 g 5

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

September 1 to November 30 closed to fishing for all finfish: Those waters of Finlayson Arm southerly of a line drawn true east from Christmas Point to the opposite shore.

September 15 to November 30 closed to fishing for all finfish: Saanich Inlet inside a line from Whiskey Point to Verdier Point.

No retention of cutthroat trout all year in the waters of Haro Strait shoreward of a line from the Sidney-Anacortes ferry dock in Sidney, to the most eastern point of Cordova Spit.

NOTICE TO DIVERS
The following waters are closed to the harvest of all marine life by divers for the preservation of unique underwater habitat:

  • inside a line from the navigation light at the western end of the Ogden Point Causeway thence to Brotchie Ledge Light, thence to Holland Point on Vancouver Island.

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