Area 28 (Lower Mainland/Sunshine Coast)

Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures

  • Combined daily limit for all salmon species from all waters: 4
  • Coastwide daily limit for chinook: 2
  • Gear: Barbless Hook & Line unless specified Note annual restriction
Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures
Species Subarea Season Min Size Daily Limit Possession Limit Annual Limit Management Actions
Chinook
Additional info
April 1 - March 31 62 cm. 2 4 15  
Chum April 1 - March 31 30 cm 4 8 N/A  
Hatchery Coho
(Marked)
28-1 to 28-7 and 28-9 Apr 1-Mar 31 30 cm 2 4 N/A  
28-8 and 28-10 June 1-Dec 31 30 cm 2 4 N/A Shore fishing only.
28-11 to 28-14 April 1 - Sept 30 30 cm 2 4 N/A  
Oct 1- Mar 31 No retention of hatchery coho in these Subareas at this time.
Wild Coho
June 1-Dec 31 No retention of wild coho in Area 28.
Pink 28-1 to 28-5, Howe Sound Apr 1-Mar 31 30 cm TBD TBD N/A  
28-6, 28-7, 28-9 and 28-11 to 28-14 Apr 1-Mar 31 30 cm 4 8 N/A  
28-8 and 28-10 Apr 1-Mar 31 30 cm 4 8 N/A  Shore fishing only.
Sockeye Apr 1-Mar 31 See below for in-season decisions

Chinook

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

Coho

  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • No retention of wild coho in Area 28.

Sockeye

  • August 1st, 2014 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye per day in those waters open to salmon fishing in:

    • Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage)
    • Areas 14 to 15, 17 to 19 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait)
    • Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island) Note: Area 23 is currently open to the retention of sockeye
    • Subarea 28-1 28-2 and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet)
    • Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Sockeye retention is not permitted in:
      • Area 16
      • Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).

    FN0720 2014-07-30

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates

Rockfish and Lingcod: Area 28 is closed to the fishing of rockfish and lingcod (including catch and release) FN0305 2013-04-19

Surf Smelt:

  • June 15 - August 15, 2014: No fishing for surf smelt
  • Fishing for surf smelt reopens August 16.

FN0410 2014-05-27

Shellfish

Prawn and shrimp: Closure and opening dates.

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

  • Burrard Inlet
  • Indian Arm
  • Vancouver Harbour
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Gower Point to Soames Point
  • Port Graves
  • Camp Fircom
  • Halkett Bay
  • McNab Creek
  • Potlatch Creek
  • Mannion Bay (Deep Bay)
  • and Grafton Bay.
  • From May 31 to September 30: Plumper Cove.

Subareas 28-1 to 28-14 (Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm) are closed to the harvest of bivalve molluscs all year.

Harvesting of crab, shrimp and prawnsis closed between Lions Gate Bridge and the Second Narrows Bridge, all year. This closure is to avoid conflicts with navigational activity in the harbour.

Harvesting of crab is closed in English Bay and False Creek in outer Burrard Inlet, inside a line from a fishing boundary sign on Jericho Beach to Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, all year.

Crab: It is illegal..... to fish for crabs from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise in

  • Subareas 28-6, 28-7, 28-9, 28-11 and that portion of Subarea 28-12 southerly of a straight line from a point on the eastern shore of Indian Arm at 49 degrees 19.072 minutes North and 122 degrees 55.918 minutes West, on Turtle Head, to the most northerly point of Hamber Island, thence to the most northerly point of Grey Rocks Island thence to a point on the western shore of Indian Arm at 49 degrees 19.024 minutes North and 122 degrees 56.650 minutes West.

Map of Area 28

Dioxin contamination - Howe Sound

Consumption of crab hepatopancreasshould not exceed 55g/week when harvested in the waters of Thornbrough Channel, bounded on the north by a line from McNab Point on the mainland southwest to Ekins Point on Gambier Island, and on the south by a line from a line from Gower Point to the southern tip of Home Island, thence north to Keats Island and along the western and northern shore to Cotton Point, thence west of a line to the government wharf at Gambier Harbour on Gambier Island.

Consumption of crab hepatopancreasshould not exceed 130g/week when harvested in the waters south of a line from Brunswick Point west to Irby Point on Anvil Island and along the shoreline to Domett Point on Anvil Island, west to McNab Point on the mainland, to Ekins Point on Gambier Island, to a line from Reception Point to a point 1.5 km true south of Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island, west to Point Atkinson. This advisory does not include the western portion of Howe Sound.

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

Vancouver Port - all year: For navigational safety, Port Metro Vancouver has prohibited fishing from vessels between a line drawn true south from Capilano Light to the shoreline and a line drawn true north from Brockton Point to the shoreline.

Aug 1 - Dec 31:

  • It is illegal to.... use more than one single-pointed hook that measures no greater than 15 mm between the point and the shank of the hook in the tidal waters of the Seymour River from the BC Railway bridge downstream to the fishing boundary signs located on the west and east shore of the Seymour River. If fishing for salmon, cutthroat trout or steelhead trout, hooks must be barbless
  • It is illegal to.... use more than two single barbless hooks in tandem, each measuring no greater than 15 mm between the point and the shank of the hook may be used in Burrard Inlet near the mouth of the Capilano River from the 14 St. Pier, to Prospect Light, to the north tower of Lions Gate Bridge

The following park areas are closed to the harvest of all marine life for the preservation of the unique underwater habitat. Closures apply to all fishing of all marine life, all year:

  • Map: Howe Sound ClosuresPorteau Cove - Those waters east of a line drawn from a fishing boundary sign at the south shore of Porteau Cove northerly in a straight line to the white fishing boundary sign on the north shore of Porteau Cove.
  • Point Atkinson bounded by a line commencing at the southwest entrance to Starboat Cove, thence seaward in a southwest direction for 85 m, thence westerly following the shoreline for 100 m, thence to the southernmost tip of Point Atkinson (125 m east of the lighthouse).
  • Whytecliff Park— Those waters inside a line that begins at the most southerly point of Whytecliff Park, then in a straight line to a point located 100 m east of the most southeasterly point of Whyte Islet, then following the southern shoreline of Whyte Islet at a distance of 100 m to a point lying 100 m from the most southwesterly point of Whyte Islet, then in a straight line to a point lying 100 m west of White Cliff Point, then following the shoreline at a distance of 100 m in a northerly direction to a point 100 m north of Lookout Point, then following the shoreline at a distance of 100 m in an easterly direction to a point 100 m perpendicular to the most northerly point of Whytecliff Park, then to the most northern point of Whytecliff Park on the mainland.

Those waters of Mannion Bay (Deep Bay) on Bowen Island lying westerly of a line between two boundary signs near the entrance to Mannion Bay, areclosed to fishing for all finfish, September 1 to December 31.

Those waters of Howe Sound easterly of a line between a boundary sign 300 m north of the mouth of Britannia Creek and the southern tip of Minaty Bay, areclosed to fishing for all finfish, May 30 to August 15.

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

Tidal boundaries on rivers in Areas 28 and 29

Brunette River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
Campbell River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
Capilano River: BCR Bridge
Chapman Creek: Highway 101 Bridge
Coquitlam River: Mary Hill Bypass Bridge
Fraser River: CPR Bridge at Mission
Kanaka Creek: CPR Bridge
Nathan Creek: CNR Bridge
Nicomekl River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
Pitt River: CPR Bridge
Serpentine River: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge
Seymour River: CNR Bridge
Squamish River: A line between signs on the rock bluff on the west side of the river mouth, on a piling in the river mouth, and at the site of the former FMC chemical plant on the east side of the river mouth.
Stave River: CPR Bridge
West Creek: CN Railway Bridge
Whonnock Creek: CP Rail line
York Creek: CP Rail line