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. 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

Chinook

Coho

  • Map: Area 25/125 Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet 2016 Coho Openings and Other Closures
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 - West Coast Vancouver Island Coho
    Please be aware that these limits do not apply to finfish closed areas.
    • Area 25 - Inshore Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet
      • July 18 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked, minimum size limit of 30 cm.
    • Area 125 - Offshore Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet
      • July 18 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked only, minimum size limit of 30 cm.
    FN0681 2016-07-18

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

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

Shellfish

Area 125 is closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

Subareas 25-1 to 25-5, 25-16 (Nootka Sound, Muchalaht Inlet, Tahsis Inlet) prawn and shrimp closure

Jan 1 - March 31, 2017: closed to the harvest of prawns and shrimp by trap, ring net, or spear while diving.

FN1330 2016-12-02

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 - October 15, 2016 closed to fishing for all finfish in the following areas:
    • That portion of Subarea 25-1 located northerly of a line drawn from Gauquina point at 49 degrees 39.449'N and 126 degrees 06.040'W to a point located north of Black Creek at 49 degrees 39.369'N and 126 degrees 05.165'W, and southerly of a line drawn from a point at 49 degrees 36.971'N and 126 degrees 03.560'W to a point located north of Matchlee Creek at 49 degrees 37.129'N and 126 degrees 03.006'W.
    • Subareas 25-2 and 25-3
    • That portion of Subarea 25-4 southeasterly of a line beginning at a boundary sign on Bligh Island near 49 degrees 39.732'N and 126 degrees 28.815'W, then drawn northeasterly across Hanna Channel to a boundary sign on the opposite shore near 49 degrees 40.181'N and 126 degrees 28.166'W.
    • That portion of Subarea 25-4 northwesterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 43.903'N and 126 degrees 29.639'W, then drawn southwesterly across Hisnit Inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.680'N and 126 degrees 30.322'W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected.
    • That portion of Subarea 25-5 easterly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.205'N and 126 degrees 24.997'W, then drawn southerly across Nesook Bay to a point located at 49 degrees 45.594'N and 126 degrees 25.018'W. Boundary signs near these locations may be erected.
    • That portion of Subarea 25-5 northwesterly of 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, Tahsis Inlet, north of a line beginning at the northeastern tip of Strange Island located at 49 degrees 43.314'N and 126 degrees 37.486'W, then drawn easterly across the inlet to a point located at 49 degrees 43.315'N and 126 degrees 36.817'W.
    • Subareas 25-9, 25-10, 25-11, and 25-12
    • Subareas 25-14 and 25-15 and 25-16.
    • That portion of Subareas 25-13, 125-1, 125-2 and 125-3 shoreward of a line drawn from Belmont Point located at 49 degrees 47.528'N and 126 degrees 55.605'W to a point located at 49 degrees 44.965'N and 127 degrees 01.823'W (located approximately 1.9 nautical miles west of Ferrer Point), then southeasterly approximately 13 nautical miles to a point located at 49 degrees 37.900'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then southwesterly to a point at 49 degrees 33.500'N and 126 degrees 52.600'W, then to the Red Can Buoy located at 49 degrees 33.806'N and 126 degrees 49.976'W then to a point located approximately 2 nautical miles east at 49 degrees 24.125'N and 126 degrees 46.942'W, then to the Nootka Island shoreline at a point located near Beano Creek at 49 degrees 36.341'N and 126 degrees 45.141'W. The Bajo Reef RCA is located adjacent to this closed area.
    • That portion of Subareas 25-7, 125-1 and 125-2 inside a line beginning at a point on Vancouver Island at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 33.845'W (north of Escalante Point), then westerly to a point approximately 1 nautical mile offshore located at 49 degrees 33.445'N and 126 degrees 35.967'W, then southerly approximately 8.8 nautical miles to a point intersecting the Estevan Point RCA boundary located at 49 degrees 24.688'N and 126 degrees 35.593'W, then to a point on Vancouver Island (on Hesquiat Peninsula) at 49 degrees 25.067'N and 126 degrees 34.598'W.
  • FN0663 2016-07-14

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