Area 20 (Sooke/Port Renfrew)

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
45 cm 2 4 See below for details April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
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. To be determined 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. To be determined Barbless Hook & Line

Chinook

Coho

  • Map: 2016 coho and chinook openings and other closures for Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-4 & 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • Map: 2016 coho and chinook openings for Area 20 Port San Juan and Juan de Fuca Strait
  • 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.
    • Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light): September 3 - December 31, 2016: in Subarea 20-2 and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point: daily limit of 4 coho, 2 of which may be unmarked.
    • Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7: October 1 - December 31, 2016: in that portion of Subarea 20-1 (seaward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point) and Subareas 20-3 to 20-7: daily limit of 4 coho, 1 of which may be unmarked.
    FN0467 2016-06-01

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: 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

Yelloweye Rockfish

Areas 11, 20-1 to 20-4, 21 to 27, 111, 121 and 123 to 127

  • April 1, 2016 until further notice: Aggregate daily limit for all rockfish is 3, no more than 1 may be yelloweye.

FN0499 2016-06-08

Shellfish

Ecological Reserve - harvesting of all shellfish is prohibited in Botanical Beach:

  • Those waters between the lowest tide level and the highest tide level between a fishing boundary sign 1,500 m northeast of San Juan Pt following the shoreline southeasterly to a fishing boundary sign 250 m west of the mouth of Tom Baird Creek.

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

  • Becher Bay
  • Pedder Bay
  • Sooke Harbour
  • Sooke Basin

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Gear Restriction:

  • In that portion of Subarea 20-2 at the mouth of the San Juan River north of the beach camp boundary marker at the large alder tree, located at 48º33.514’ N and 124º24.272’ W and south of the Pacheedaht Campground and a boundary marker located at 48º33.599’ N and 124º24.233’ W, at the well-established stump in the sand, shoreward in a easterly direction of this boundary and downstream of the San Juan Bridge.
    • Restricted to the use of a Single Barbless Hook that measures no more than 15mm from the point of the hook to the shank.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve closed to scuba and skin diving for all species, all year. Includes all tidal waters within the park.

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