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.   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

  • The annual limit for chinook caught south of Cadboro Point (including 20-5 to 20-7) is 20. The annual limit in the rest of Area 20 is 30.
  • March 1 - June 12, 2015: Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt. to Sheringham Pt.): 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
  • June 13 - July 17, 2015: Juan De Fuca – Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-5: June 13 - July 17, 2015: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, only one may be greater than 67 cm. FN0543 2015-06-12
  • July 15 to October 25: No retention of chinook in Subareas 20-1 and 20-2 inside or north of a line from Owen Point to the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy then to Woods Nose.
  • August 1 to October 15 there is no retention of chinook in the Sooke Inlet, Sook Harbour and Sooke Basin, north of a line from Muir Point to Possession Point.
  • 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.
  • Unless otherwise specified below, June 1 - Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 2
    coho, hatchery marked only.
    • Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light): September 5 - December 31, 2015: 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: daily limit of 4 coho, 2 of which may be wild (unmarked).
    • Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7: October 1 - December 31, 2015: 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 wild (unmarked).
      FN0486 2015-06-01

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: 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

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

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

September 1st to October 31, 2014 - Gear restriction for tidal portion of San Juan River:

  • The mouth of the San Juan River downstream of the San Juan River Bridge, bounded in the south by a white triangular fishing boundary sign located at 48 33.514*N and 124 24.272*W (at large alder tree – town side) and on the north [Pacheedaht Campground] by a white triangular fishing boundary sign located at 48 33.599*N and 124 24.233*W at a well-established stump in the sand; shorewards [easterly] of this boundary and downstream of the San Juan Bridge: single barbless hook that measures no more than 15mm from the point of the hook to the shank.

August 15 to Labour Day in September - Closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • Those waters that are inside a line that begins at a white square boundary sign located approximately 0.8 nautical miles west of Owen Point, then to 48°32.45’ north latitude and 124°32.05’ west longitude, then to the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, then to Woods Nose, then across Port San Juan to a white square boundary sign at 48°33.23’ north latitude and 124°28.55’ west longitude

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