Area 29 (Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast)

Salmon Limits, Openings & Closures

  • Fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only. FN0285 2016-04-04
  • 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 Current status
Chinook
Additional info
29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8 62 cm. 2 4 15 April 1 - March 31 Open
29-6 to 29-10 excluding 29-8 62 cm. 2 4 15 Until further notice No retention
Chum 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31
29-6 to 29-10 excluding 29-8 30 cm 2 4 N/A Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2016  
Hatchery Coho (Marked)
Additional info
29-3 and 29-10 easterly of a line from Gower Point to the Tango 10 Light Buoy, then to the northern tip of Lulu Island 30 cm 2 4 N/A April 1 - March 31
Open

29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 westerly of a line from Gower Point to the Tango 10 Light Buoy, then to the northern tip of Lulu Island 30 cm 2 4 N/A Sept. 5 - Oct. 7 Closed
29-1, 29-2, 29-4, 29-5 and 29-8   June 1-Dec. 31 Closed
Pink 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8 30 cm 4 8 N/A April 1 - March 31 Open
29-6 to 29-10 excluding 29-8 30 cm 2 4 N/A Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2016 Open
Sockeye   Until further notice No retention

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

  • Map: 2016 chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, and Subareas 20-5, 29-4 & 29-5 Cowichan to Victoria
  • 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.
  • Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 (Fraser River mouth):

    • March 1 - July 31, 2016: You may not retain chinook salmon in these waters.

    FN0624 2016-07-07

  • June 18 - July 15, 2016: daily limit of of 2 chinook, between 62 and 85 cm in:
    • Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11;
    • Subarea 19-5;
    • and 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 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.

    FN0536 2016-06-17

  • May 9, 2016 - June 17, 2016: daily limit of 2 chinook, of which only 1 greater than 67 cm in:
    • Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11
    • Subarea 19-5
    • 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 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.
    FN0378 2016-05-05

Coho

  • Unless specified below, coho is non-retention.
  • Areas 14 to 20, and Subarea 29-1 - Strait of Georgia, and Juan De Fuca coho
    Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for coho is 2 per day, hatchery-marked only from June 1 - December 31, 2016 in Areas 14 to 20 and Area 29.
    • Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): September 15 - December 31, 2016: 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.
    FN0467 2016-06-01

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Lingcod and Rockfish: 2016 open times and limits

Effective May 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016 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.

FN0298 2016-04-06

All Finfish

Fishing for all fin fish including salmon in the tidal waters of the Fraser River is permitted during daylight hours only.

FN0285 2016-04-04

Areas 14, 17, 18, 28 and 29, Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) 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 29-3
  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

FN0415 2016-05-17

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, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) closures

Until further notice, the following waters will be closed to the harvest of prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) 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 29-3
  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

FN0415 2016-05-17

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 bivalve 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

Dioxin contamination - Howe Sound and adjacent area

Consumption of crab hepatopancreas should not exceed 130g/week when harvested in the waters listed below:

  • Subarea 29-1: Those waters of the Strait of Georgia inside a line that begins on the mainland at Reception Point, then southeasterly following the shoreline to Gower Point, then to White Islets Light, then back to Reception Point; and
  • Those portions of subareas 29-2 and 29-3 north of a line that begins at Reception Point to a point 1.5 km true south of Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island then to Point Atkinson.

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