Area 19 (Sidney/Victoria)

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 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 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   Barbless Hook & Line
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Sockeye 30 cm See below for in-season decisions April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line

Chinook

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-24 and 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.
  • 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.
  • Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt. to Sheringham Pt.): March 1 to June 12, 2015: 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 limit is 45 cm in length. FN0140 2015-02-26

Coho

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

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

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