Area 29 (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
Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures
Species Subarea Min Size Daily Limit Possession Limit Annual Limit Season Gear
Chinook
Additional info
  62 cm. 2 4 15 April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Chum   30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Hatchery Coho (Marked)
Additional info
29-3 and portions of 29-10 30 cm 2 4 N/A April 1 - March 31
Barbless Hook & Line
29-1, 29-2, 29-4 to 29-9 and portions of 29-10 See below for in-season decisions June 1 - December 31 Barbless Hook & Line
Wild Coho
  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   See below for in-season decisions TBD in season Barbless Hook & Line

Gear Restriction: Single and treble barbless hooks acceptable except in the tidal portion of the Fraser where gear is restricted to a single barbless hook.  A person may angle in the tidal portion of the Fraser River with a bar rig consisting of no more than two single barbless hooks attached to a fishing line each of which has a barbless point. See the lower and upper tidal fishing boundaries of the Fraser River.

Chinook

  • May 4 - June 12, 2015: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, only one greater than 67 cm in: that portion of Subareas 29-4 and 29-5 that lies south of a line from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49°05.562’ N and 123°39.989’ W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49°08.316’ N and 123°33.669’ W. FN0378 2015-05-01
  • June 13 - July 17, 2015: Strait of Georgia: Portions of Area 18 and 29: Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9, 18-11, 19-5, and a portion of 29-4, and 29-5 that lies south from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49.05.562’N and 123.39.989’W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49.08.316’N and 123.33.669’W: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, only 1 may be greater than 67 cm. FN0543 2015-06-12
  • Reminder: Until July 15, 2015: Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10: no chinook retention. FN0390 2015-05-05
  • Annual limit of 15 chinook from the waters of Areas 28 and 29. Also see the annual limit for the tidal waters of the Fraser River.
  • 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.
    • Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): September 15 - December 31, 2015: in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49°27.625’N and 123°45.903’W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49°25.875’N and 123°42.824’W): daily limit of 2 coho, hatchery marked or unmarked. FN0486 2015-06-01

Sockeye

  • In-season sockeye management decisions will be posted here.

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Lingcod and Rockfish: 2015 open times and limits

Effective May 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015 fishing will open for:  

  • Lingcod in Areas: 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 13 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
    • Daily limit: 1
    • Possession limit: 2
    • Minimum size limit: 65cm
    • Annual limit: 10
    • Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.  
    • Areas 28 and 29 (except Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for lingcod, including catch and release.
  • Rockfish (Rockfish and Yelloweye Rockfish in the aggregate) in Areas: 12 to 19, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
    • Daily limit: 1
    • Possession limit: 2
    • No size limit or annual limit.
    • Gear: angling (hook and line) and spear fishing while diving.  
    • Areas 28 and 29 (except Subarea 29-5) remain closed to fishing for rockfish, including catch and release.

FN0337 2015-04-13

Surf Smelt:

  • Jan 1-June 14: Open
  • June 15 –Aug 15: Closed
  • Aug 16-Dec 31: Open

FN0526 2015-06-09

Shellfish

Area 29 is closed to the harvest of all bivalve shellfish.

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn and crab closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn and crab to protect glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound:

  1. Howe Sound – Defence Islands Closure Subarea 28-4
  2. Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Subareas 28-2 and 28-3
  3. Foreslope Hills Closure Subarea 29-3
  4. Outer Gulf Islands Closure Subareas 18-1 and 29-4
  5. Gabriola Island Closure Subarea 17-11
  6. Parksville Closure Subareas 14-2 and 14-3
  7. East of Hornby Island Closure Subarea 14-6
  8. Sechelt Closure Subarea 29-2
  9. Halibut Bank Closure Subarea 29-2

FN0571 2015-06-19

Navigational Closure Tsawassen Ferry Terminal and Deltaport

  • Crab fishing is prohibited in the areas surrounding the Tsawwassen Fery Terminal and Deltaport.
  • Co-ordinates for closure
  • Click on below map illustrating closure to enlarge

Map: Crab fishing Closure Deltaport

Permanent shellfish closures due to sanitary contamination:

  • Boundary, Mud and Semiahmoo Bays
  • Chaster Creek to Gower Point
  • Sand Heads to U.S. Boundary by Tsawwassen
  • Sergeant Bay
  • Whaler Bay

All Species, Closures and Special Measures

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