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 See below for in-season decisions Barbless Hook & Line

Gear Restriction: In Area 29 other than the tidal portion of the Fraser River angling gear permitted for salmon fishing shall include a lure or bait with only one 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. The lower and upper tidal fishing boundaries of the Fraser River are described on the back of the inside folder at the front of this guide.

Chinook

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-4 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria

  • Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10: Fraser River mouth (known as "the banana"):

    • Until July 15, 2014: non-retention of chinook salmon.
    • July 16 - July 27, 2014: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, wild or hatchery marked, length between 62 cm and 77 cm.
    • July 28 - Dec. 31, 2014: daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, wild or hatchery marked, minimum length of 62 cm.

    FN0599 2014-07-09

  • 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 49.05.562N/123.39.989W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49.08.316N/123.33.669W: June 14 - July 18, 2014:

    • Amendment to FN0477: Daily limit of 2 chinook salmon, of which only 1 may be greater than 67 cm.
    • Minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 62 cm.

    FN0487 2014-06-13

  • 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

  • Map: 2014 and 2015 coho and chinook openings for Areas 18, 19, 20 and Subareas 29-4 and 29-5, Cowichan to Victoria
  • Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
  • Subareas 29-6 to 29-10: 2 hatchery marked coho per day.
  • No retention of coho in the tidal waters of the Fraser River until mid-October.
    • Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 (except that portion of Subarea 29-1 described below): 2 coho per day, 1 may be unmarked.
    • Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek): 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): Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2014: 2 coho per day, hatchery marked or unmarked.

    FN0547 2014-06-26

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

  • August 3, 2014 until further notice: daily limit of 4 sockeye in those waters open to salmon fishing in:

    • Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9, 29-10 and 29-11 to 29-17 (Mouth of Fraser River upstream to Mission).
      Note: no sockeye retention in waters of the Fraser River in Region 2 (non-tidal Fraser River).
      Note: no sockeye retention in Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).

    FN0721 2014-07-30

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

Lingcod and Rockfish: Opening in Areas 13 to 19 and portions of Areas 12, 20 and 29

Fishing for lingcod and rockfish will open May 1 to Sept. 30, 2014:

  • Lingcod:
    • 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 with head on and 53cm for head off including the tail
    • 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):
    • 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.

FN0313 2014-04-16

Surf Smelt:

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

FN0410 2014-05-27

Shellfish

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

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