Notice to all recreational fishers

We are currently updating our online data for the 2017-2018 fishing season. While this work is underway, regulations on the BC Sport Fishing Guide website are frozen and may not apply beyond March 31, 2017. Bivalve contamination information is not included in this freeze and will continue to update.

If you are fishing after March 31, 2017 it is important that you check our Fishery Notice System for up to date information about fishing limits and management measures as decisions are made.

We appreciate your patience as we carry out these seasonal updates.

Areas 3 and 103 (Portland Inlet, Alaska Border)

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Salmon

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 3,103 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/30 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 3,103 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 3,103 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Pink Salmon 3,103 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open
Sockeye Salmon 3,103 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Salmon Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 4
Chinook Salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? You must record (in ink) all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 2
Tidal waters of the Gingolx (Kincolith) River Daily Limit Pieces 1
Coho Salmon (Hatchery) Coastwide Reminder Hatchery coho (marked): Coho salmon with a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Tidal waters of the Gingolx (Kincolith) River The tidal waters of Gingolx (Kincolith) River from the Gingolx Highway Bridge downstream to the white triangle boundary signs at the mouth (in Subarea 3-12).


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Other finfish

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 3,103 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Eulachon 3,103 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 3,103 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open
Northern Anchovy 3,103 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open
Other Finfish species 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open
Pacific Sand Lance 3,103 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open
Pacific Sardine 3,103 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open
Smelt 3,103 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open
Tuna, Albacore 3,103 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
Tuna, All other species 3,103 Hook and Line 20/40/- Open
All other shark species 3,103 0/0/0 Non Retention
Codfish 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Halibut 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/6 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear 3/6/- Open
Perch 3,103 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Rockfish, All Species Combined 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear 5/10/- Open
Rockfish, Yelloweye 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear 2/4/- Open
Sablefish 3,103 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Salmon Shark 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open
Sculpin 3,103 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 3,103 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 3,103 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open
Sole/Flounder 3,103 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open
Spiny Dogfish 3,103 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open
Sturgeon 3,103 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non Retention
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 3,103 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 3,103 Catch and Release only 0/0/0 Non Retention


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Herring 3,103 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Codfish 3,103 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut 3,103 Maximum Length Head On (cm) 133 cm
Reminder Only one (1) of the two (2) halibut in your possession may be greater than 83 cm in length. The licence holder shall record immediately in ink on their licence all retained halibut caught in any Management Area.
Perch 3,103 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, Bocaccio Coastwide Reminder Management measures to rebuild bocaccio rockfish are being considered. Notice of future measures to rebuild bocaccio will be posted here. Details
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 3,103 Oversize Daily Limit Pieces - Included in Daily Limit 1
Oversize Length 50 cm


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Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish (and snails)

Before harvesting bivalve shellfish from this area learn about when and where you can harvest. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Step 1: marine biotoxin and sanitary contamination closures

  • Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.

Bivalve shellfish have two hinged shells. Because they feed by filtering microscopic plankton from the water, changes in water quality can cause unsafe marine biotoxins, bacteria, or viruses to build up in their tissue. Snails can also accumulate toxins and pollutants.

Step 2: species regulations and restrictions

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area (sponge reef closure, MPA, RCA). The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Bivalve shellfish contamination

The contamination table displays current closures only. A full list of seasonal sanitary closures for this area is available.

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
3-4
3-12
3-14
103 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Abalone 3,103 0/0/0
Clams, All 3,103 0/0/0
Cockles 3,103 0/0/0
Geoduck 3,103 0/0/0
Mussel, Blue 3,103 0/0/0
Mussel, California 3 0/0/0
Oyster, Olympia 3,103 0/0/0
Oyster, Pacific 3,103 0/0/0
Scallop, Weathervane 3,103 0/0/0
Scallop, all species 3,103 0/0/0
Snail, Moon 3,103 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Snail, Other 3,103 Hand Picking 75/150/-


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Bivalve Species Coastwide Reminder Because of the risk of contamination, you are not allowed to harvest bivalve shellfish (for any purpose) within: (1) 300 metres around industrial, municipal and sewage treatment plant outfall discharges (2) 125 metres around a marina, ferry wharf, floating living accommodation, or any finfish net pen (exceptions described as follows) (3) 25 meters around any floating living accommodation facility located within a shellfish aquaculture tenure where a zero-discharge and appropriate waste management plan is a condition of the Aquaculture Licence and is approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee (4) 0 meters of any finfish net pen within an aquaculture tenure where an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Management Plan approved by the Regional Interdepartmental Committee is in operation.


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Crab

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Crab, Alaska King 3,103 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open
Crab, Box and Puget Sound King 3,103 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Crab, Dungeness 3,103 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Other 3,103 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open
Crab, Red Rock 3,103 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open
Crab, Shore 3,103 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab, All Species Combined Coastwide Gear Restriction You may use up to two rings, dip nets or traps in combination. Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two crab traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). Use of snares, rakes, spears or other pointed instruments to fish for crab is illegal.
Reminder Keep navigation channels clear of buoys and lines. Any fishing gear that interferes with safe navigation can be removed under the Navigation Protection Act.
Crab, All Species Combined Coastwide Gear Restriction All crab traps must have a section in the top or sidewall that has been secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 (approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter). This twine is often referred to as rot cord. On deterioration this must produce a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm x 20 cm, or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm x 11 cm. This regulation is intended to ensure that if the trap is lost, the section secured by the cord will rot, allowing captive crabs to escape, and preventing the trap from continuing to fish. On traps with a rigid frame and a freely opening hinged lid the trap lid must be secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than No. 120 so that the trap lid will open freely when the rot cord is broken. No other fastenings may impede the hinged lid of the trap from opening.
3,103 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Crab, Dungeness Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Dungeness crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Dungeness crabs
Crab, Red Rock Coastwide Packaging and Transporting In order to be accurately measured, the carapace of Red Rock crab that you catch must remain attached until the crab arrives at your residence or it is consumed.
Sex Restriction It is prohibited to possess female Red Rock crabs.


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Other invertebrates

Learn about when and where you can fish. You’re responsible for understanding the restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area, such as a:

  • sponge reef closure
  • marine protected area
  • rockfish conservation area

The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

Species regulations

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Barnacles, Giant 3,103 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Barnacles, Goose 3,103 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 3,103 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 3,103 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Other Shellfish species 3,103 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 3,103 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 3,103 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Star, Starfish 3,103 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Urchin 3,103 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp, Ghost 3,103 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 3,103 Ring Net, Spear, Traps (Crab) 200/400/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 3,103 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Squid, Opal 3,103 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open


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Restrictions

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Traps must be marked with floating tag or buoy that has your name on it. This includes traps tied to a boat or dock or fished from shore. Use highly visible buoys, large enough to stay afloat in tides and currents in your fishing area. Only one name can appear on the buoy attached to your trap(s). Names and phone numbers must be legible and visible (at least 7.5 cm high). DO NOT USE: Gear marked with another fisher"s name. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and Styrofoam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. Make sure your buoy line doesn"t float and become tangles in boaters" props. Either use sinking line or, if you use floating line, attach a weight to keep the extra line under the water at all tide levels (without sinking the buoy). All single traps must be marked with a buoy. If two prawn traps are attached to one ground line, you are allowed to mark the ground line with only one buoy. More than two traps on a ground line requires a buoy at each end. A maximum of 4 traps is allowed on a single ground line
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 200.


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Area closures

Area closures indicate regular restrictions or closures related to a protected area. The glossary explains all terms used to describe restrictions.

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Area closures

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