Areas 25 and 125 (Nootka Sound/Esperanza Inlet)

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
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. June 1 - December 31 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

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 chinook openings for Areas 25 and 125, Esperanza Inlet
  • Map: 2014 and 2015 chinook openings for Areas 25 and 125, Nootka Sound
  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • In that portion of Subarea 25-1 in Matchlee Bay located southerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at (49 degrees 39.449 minutes N; 126 degrees 06.040 minutes W) to a point located north of Black Creek at (49 degrees 39.369 minutes N, 126 degrees 05.165 minutes W, and northerly of a line drawn from a point at (49 degrees 36.971 minutes N; 126 degrees 03.560 minutes W)to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at (49 degrees 37.129 minutes; 126 degrees 03.006 minutes W): Aug. 11 until further notice: 2 chinook salmon per day, minimum size 45 cm. Note: steelhead, pink, chum,sockeye and coho may not be retained.

    FN0777 2014-08-08

Coho

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 125 is closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

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

  • Bodega Island
  • Ceepeecee
  • Esperanza
  • Espinosa Inlet
  • Friendly Cove
  • unnamed creek mouth at Hanna Channel
  • Inner Basin
  • Kleeptee Creek
  • Mooyah Bay
  • Nesook Bay
  • Plumper Harbour
  • Port Eliza
  • Queen Cove
  • Three Cove Bay
  • Tlupana Inlet
  • May 31 to September 30: Santa Gertrudis Cove.

Dioxin contamination - Gold River

Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 70g/week in those waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of the Gold River Harbour limit, and in those waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of a line between Anderson Point and Atrevida Point.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

July 15 to October 15 closed to fishing for all finfish:

  • Subarea 25-1 (Waters of Muchalat Inlet lying east of the Gold River Harbour Limit)
  • Portion of Subarea 25-4 inside a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Hisnit Inlet
  • Portion of Subarea 25-4 east of a line from a boundary sign located on Bligh Island at Concepcion Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Hanna Channel to a boundary sign in Subarea 25-14 in Zuciarte Channel across to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Zuciarte Channel.
  • Portion of Subarea 25-5 inside a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on opposite sides of the entrance to Nesook Bay
  • Portion of Subarea 25-5 inside a line drawn between square white fishing boundary signs on the opposite sides of the entrance to Head Bay
  • Portion of Subarea 25-8 northwest of a line drawn between a boundary sign located on Nootka Island, northwest of Bodega Island to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Tahsis Inle
  • Portion of Subarea 25-9 in Zeballos Inlet northwest of a line drawn from a flashing green light on Vancouver Island to a boundary sign located on the opposite shore of Zeballos Inlet
  • All of Subarea 25-10
  • Portion of Subarea 25-11 [Espinosa Inlet] northwest of a line drawn from a point located on Vancouver Island to a boundary sign located on the opposite shore of Espinosa Inlet
  • All of Subarea 25-12
  • All of Subarea 25-16

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