Areas 24 and 124 (Tofino and Meares/Vargas/Flores Islands)

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 30 April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Chum 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line

Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
30 cm 2 4 N/A June 1 - December 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Wild Coho 30 cm See below for in-season decisions. June 1 - December 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Pink 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line
Sockeye 30 cm See below for in-season decisions April 1 - March 31
Note area and date restrictions for all species
Barbless Hook & Line

Chinook

  • Map: 2015 chinook openings for Areas 24 and 124, Clayoquot Sound and offshore areas
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • Unless otherwise indicated below: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon with a minimum size of 45 cm.
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 15:  chinook non-retention in: Area 24, all Subareas (inshore of the surfline).
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 15: salmon non-retention in:
      • Subarea 24-1, Hesquiat Harbour
      • that portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Point continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet
      • that portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly of a line commencing at 49 degrees 24.640N and 126 degrees 08.646W on Vancouver Island to 49 degrees 24.562N and 126 degrees 07.480W on Obstruction Island
      • that portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49 degrees 18.005N and 126 degrees 04.141W then to 49 degrees 18.250N and 126 degrees 03.132W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49 degrees 18.404N and 126 degrees 01.939W then to 49 degrees 19.279N and 126 degrees 01.399W on Vancouver Island
      • Subarea 24-7, those waters inside a line from Robert Point to Kraan Head and bounded on the east by a line between boundary signs at the western entrance to Matlset Narrows and
      • that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to the Warn Bay and
      • that portion of Subarea 24-11 inside a line between white fishing boundary signs approximately half way inside Grice Bay to the head of Grice Bay
      • Subarea 24-12; Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet
      • Subarea 24-14, upper Miller Channel, Hayden Passage, Sulfur Passage.
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 15:
      • daily limit of 2 chinook, maximum length of 77 cm in: Area 124 Within one nautical mile seaward of a line from Cox Point to the Lennard Island Light, then to the southwest tip of Ahous Point, then from the northwest tip of Ahous Point on Vargas Island to the southwest tip of Blunden Island, then from the northwest tip of Blunden Island to Raphael Point on Flores Island, then to a point at 49 degrees 20.032N and 126 degrees 15.626W then following the surfline to where it intersects the Estevan Point Rockfish Conservation Area east of Matlahaw Point.
      • daily limit of 2 chinook, minimum size limit of 45 cm: Seaward of the line described above including all remaining portions of 124.

    FN0723 2015-07-22

Coho

  • Map: 2015 coho openings for Areas 24 and 124, Clayoquot Sound and offshore areas
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
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    • Area 24/124: the following waters are closed year round to coho retention: 
      • Subareas 24-1 (Hesquiat Harbour), 24-3, 24-4 (Millar Channel), 24-5, 24-7 (Bedwell Sound), 24-12, 24-13, 24-14 and
      • that portion of Subareas 24-2 northerly of a line from Starling Point true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet,
      • that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to Warn Bay, and
      • that portion of Subarea 24-11 southerly of a line between boundary signs on either side of Grice Bay approximately half way between the entrance and the head of the Bay.  
    • Area 24 - shoreward of the surfline: Until Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 4 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Area 124 – seaward of the surfline:
      • June 1 - Aug. 31, 2015: daily lmit of 2 hatchery marked coho.
      • Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015: daily limit of 4 hatchery marked coho.

    FN0635 2015-07-08

Sockeye

  • To be determined in season

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

For finfish limits, check the species and limits table

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates

Shellfish

Area 124 closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

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

  • Ahousaht Fuel Dock
  • Atleo River
  • Big Whitepine Cove
  • Duffin Passage
  • Hot Springs Cove
  • portion of Warn Bay
  • Van Nevel Channel

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.

Kennedy Cove is closed to fishing for all finfish, all year.

  • Includes inside a line between fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the Cove.

August 01 to October 31 the following locations are closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • That portion of Subarea 24-4 southerly of a line commencing on Flores Island at 49°18.005’ N, 126°04.141’ W then to 49°18.250’ N, 126°03.132’ W on McKay Island then following the McKay Island shoreline to 49°18.404’ N, 126°01.939’ W then to 49°19.279’ N, 126° 01.399’ W on Vancouver Island.
  • Subarea 24-5
  • That portion of Subarea 24-6 northerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point (49°14.961’ N, 126°04.817’ W) on Flores Island to 49°14.637’ N, 126°00.825’ W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe I.R
  • That portion of Subarea 24-9 easterly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point (49°08.069’ N, 125°51.169’ W) on Meares Island to 49°07.483’ N, 125°51.811’ W on Vancouver Island to the Subarea boundary at Auseth Point
  • Subarea 24-13 and that portion of Subarea 24-3 northerly of a line commencing at 49°24.640’ N, 126°08.646’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.562’ N, 126°07.480’ W on Obstruction Island then to the Subarea boundary (commencing at 49°25.419’ N, 126°07.347’ W on Vancouver Island to 49°24.990’ N, 126°06.655’ W on Obstruction 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