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.
  • Unless otherwise indicated below, daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, minimum size of 45 cm.

    • July 15 - Oct. 15: non-retention of all salmon in:
      • Subarea 25-1
      • Subarea 25-2.
    • July 15 - Oct. 15: fishing closed for all finfish in:
      • Subarea 25-3
      • that portion of Subarea 25-4, southeast of a line beginning at a boundary sign on Bligh Island near  49 degrees 39.732N and 126 degrees 28.815W then drawn northeasterly across the channel to a boundary sign on the opposite shore near 49 degrees 40.181N and 126 degrees 28.166W.
      • that portion of 25-4 inside Hisnit Inlet northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903N and 126 degrees 29.639W then drawn southwesterly across the inlet to a point located at  49 degrees 43.680N and 126 degrees 30.322W.  Boundary signs near these locations may be erected.
      • that portion of 25-5 inside Nesook Bay easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205N and 126 degrees 24.997W then drawn southerly across the bay to a point located at  49 degrees 45.594N and 126 degrees 25.018W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected.
      • that 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,
      • that portion of subarea 25-8 north of a line beginning at the northeastern  tip of Strange Island at 49 degrees 43.314N and 126 degrees 37.486W then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315N and 126 degrees 36.817W.
      • that portion of 25-9 northwest of a line drawn from a flashing green light located on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 54.424N and 126 degrees 48.088W to a boundary sign  located on the opposite shore of Zeballos Inlet at 49 degrees 54.819N and 126 degrees 47.171W,
      • Subarea 25-10, Zeballos Inlet,
      • Subarea 25-11, Espinosa Inlet,
      • Subarea 25-12, Port Eliza,
      • Subarea 25-15, that portion of Subarea 25-15, northeasterly of a line beginning at a boundary sign located on Bligh Island at 49 degrees 38.623N and 126 degrees 29.926W then drawn southeasterly across the channel to a boundary sign on the opposite shore near 49 degrees 38.331N and 126 degrees 28.854W, Subarea 25-16, Tahsis Inlet.
    • July 15 - Oct. 15: the daily limit of 2 chinook, maximum size limit of 77cm. in:
      • a portion of Subarea 25-6 south of a line commencing at a point on the Nootka Island shoreline located north of Friendly Cove, at 49 degrees 35.946N and 126 degrees 36.848W to Discovery Point on the opposite shore of Nootka Sound to a line 1 nautical mile seaward of the surfline,
      • Subarea 25-7,
      • those waters of Area 125 that lie shoreward of a line drawn approximately one (1) nautical mile seaward of the surfline.  
    • July 15 - Oct. 15: the daily limit of 2 chinook, only 1 may be greater than 77 cm in:
      • that portion of Subarea 25-4 west of a line commencing at Hoiss Point to San Carlos Point on Bligh Island,
      • a portion of Subarea 25-6 north of a line commencing at a point on the Nootka Island shoreline located north of Friendly Cove, at 49 degrees 35.946N and 126 degrees 36.848W to Discovery Point on the opposite shore of Nootka Sound,
      • that portion of Subarea 25-8, Tahsis Inlet, south of a line from the northern most tip of Strange Island due east to a boundary sign on the opposite shore of Tahsis Inlet,
      • that portion of 25-9 southeast of a line drawn from a flashing green light located on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 54.424N and 126 degrees 48.088W to a boundary sign  located on the opposite shore of Zeballos Inlet at 49 degrees 54.819N and 126 degrees 47.171W ending at the subarea boundary located at Mozino Point.
      • Subarea 25-13

    FN0622 2014-07-14

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