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

No retention of any salmon August 1 to December 31 and no retention of coho salmon all year:

  • Waters of Hesquiat Harbour from Hesquiat Point to Matlahaw Point (24-1)
  • Sydney Inlet: That portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Pt. continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet
  • the portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly 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
  • Miller Channel: That portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly 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
  • Bedwell Sound (24-7)
  • Subarea 24-10 northwest of boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Warn Bay
  • Subarea 24-11, southerly of a line between boundary signs approximately halfway to the head of Grice Bay
  • Subarea 24-12: Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet

Chinook

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 chinook openings for Areas 24 and 124, Clayoquot and offshore Areas
  • August 1 to December 31 there is no retention of chinook in all of Area 24.
  • 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, minimum size of 45 cm.

    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 31: non-retention of chinook in: Area 24, all Subareas (inshore of the surfline).
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 31: non-retention of salmon 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 and, 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;
      • that portion of Subarea 24-10 inside a line between boundary signs at the entrance to the Warn Bay;
      • 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;
      • and Subarea 24-14, upper Miller Channel, Hayden Passage, Sulfur Passage.
    • Apr. 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015: no fishing for all finfish in: that portion of Subarea 24-12 in those waters of Kennedy Cove inside or southeasterly of a line between two fishing boundary signs on the outer southwest corner and the outer northeast corner of the cove to the tidal boundary.
    • Aug. 1 - Oct. 31: no fishing for all finfish in:
      • that portion of Subarea 24-3 northerly of a line commencing at 49 degrees 24.640N, 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 southerly 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 24-5;
      • that portion of Subarea 24-6 northerly of a line commencing at Kutcous Point at 49 degrees 14.961N and 126 degrees 04.817W on Flores Island to 49 degrees 14.637N and 126 degrees 00.825W on Vancouver Island near the Chetarpe Indian Reserve;
      • that portion of Subarea 24-9 easterly of a line commencing at Ginnard Point at 49 degrees 08.069N and 125 degrees 51.169W on Meares Island to 49 degrees 07.483N and 125 degrees 51.811W on Vancouver Island and westerly of a line commencing at Auseth Point continuing true south to the Vancouver Island shoreline;
      • Subarea 24-13.
    • 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.

    FN0623 2014-07-14

Coho

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho openings for Areas 24 and 124, Clayoquot and offshore Areas
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • No retention of coho salmon all year:
    • Waters of Hesquiat Harbour from Hesquiat Point to Matlahaw Point (24-1)
    • Sydney Inlet: That portion of Subarea 24-2 northerly of a line commencing at Starling Pt. continuing true west to the opposite shore of Sydney Inlet
    • the portion of Subarea 24-3 southwesterly 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
    • Miller Channel: That portion of Subarea 24-4 northerly 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
    • Bedwell Sound (24-7)
    • Subarea 24-10 northwest of boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Warn Bay
    • Subarea 24-11, southerly of a line between boundary signs approximately halfway to the head of Grice Bay
    • Subarea 24-12: Tofino Inlet, Gunner Inlet, Tranquil Inlet
  • Subareas 24-3, 24-5, 24-13, 24-14: closed all year to coho retention. FN0443 2013-05-31
    • Areas 21 to 27 (inside the surfline) excluding Subarea 27-4: June 27 - December 31, 2014: 4 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Areas 121 to 127 (outside the surfline) and Subarea 27-4:
      • June 27 - Aug. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.
      • Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014: 4 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.

    FN0540 2014-06-26

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