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
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
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


  • 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.
  • 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, Sooke 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.


  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.


  • 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.

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


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