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 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 April 1-March 31 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

  • Area 29 Off Fraser River mouth: Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10:

    • January 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014: 2 Chinook salmon per day, minimum size of 62 cm.
    • May 1 - July 15, 2014: no retention for chinook salmon.

    FN1219  2013-12-23

  • 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.
  • Subarea 29-3 and that portion of Subarea 29-10 easterly of a line from the Tango 10 Light Buoy, then to the northern tip of Lulu Island: All year: two hatchery marked coho per day.
  • No retention of coho in the tidal waters of the Fraser River until mid-October.

Sockeye

  • Sockeye salmon in-season decisions will be posted here.

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 in Areas 28 and 29: Will close on Dec. 31, 2013 FN1162 2013-11-29

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