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: 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

Coho

Sockeye

  • October 6, 2014 until further notice: no retention of sockeye in:

    • Areas 11, 111, 12 and 13 (Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait, Johnstone Strait and Discovery Passage)
    • Areas 14 to 19 (Strait of Georgia)
    • Area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait)
    • Areas 121 and 123 to 127 (West Coast of Vancouver Island)
    • Subarea 28-1, 28-2, and 28-7 (portions of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet)
    • Area 29 (Strait of Georgia and Fraser River downstream of Mission BC).

    FN1098 2014-10-03

  • 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 Subarea 29-8 (Boundary Bay).

    FN0721 2014-07-30

Finfish (Other than Salmon)

Halibut: Coastwide limits plus closure and opening dates.

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