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

  • Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • Matchlee Bay

    Aug. 11, 2015 until further notice: 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): daily limit of 2 chinook. Steelhead, pink, chum, sockeye may not be retained.

    FN0823 2015-08-07

Coho

  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • Areas 25 to 27, and 125 to 127 - Northwest Coast Vancouver Island coho
    Unless otherwise specified below, June 1 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery-marked only.
    Please be aware that these limits do not apply to finfish closed areas.
    • Area 25 - Inshore Nootka and Esperanza Sound
      • That portion of Subarea 25-1 easterly of a line commencing on the south side of Muchalat Inlet at a point 49 degrees 39.49 minutes N and 126 degrees 08.56 minutes W to a point located at 49 degrees 40.63 minutes N and 126 degrees 08.52 minutes W on the north side of Muchalat Inlet, and Subareas 25-3 to 25-16: June 1 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked.
      • That portion of Subarea 25-1 westerly of a line commencing on the south side of Muchalat Inlet at a point 49 degrees 39.49 minutes N and 126 degrees 08.56 minutes W to a point located at 49 degrees 40.63 minutes N and 126 degrees 08.52 minutes W on the north side of Muchalat Inlet, and Subarea 25-2:
        • June 1 - July 14, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked.
        • July 15 - October 15, 2016: no retention of salmon.
        • October 16 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked.
    • Area 125 - Offshore Nootka and Esperanza Sound: June 1 - December 31, 2016: daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked only.
    FN0469 2016-06-01
  • Matchlee Bay: Until further notice: 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): daily limit of 4 coho. Steelhead, pink, chum, and sockeye may not be retained. FN1021 2015-09-11

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.

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

Tlupana Inlet: Sept. 11, 2015: finfish closure lifted for: that portion of Subarea 25-5, northerly of a line beginning at 49 degrees 46.420 N and 126 degrees 28.625 W then drawn easterly to the opposite shore to a point located at 49 degrees 46.344 N and 126 degrees 27.631 W. FN0957 2015-08-28

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