Recreational Fishery Regulations in the Yukon/Transboundary Area

It is unlawful to fish within 25 meters (80 ft.) downstream of the Whitehorse Rapids fish ladder.

In Canada, the overall management of salmon is the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). In the Yukon, DFO considers the recommendations of the Yukon Salmon Committee, a public advisory body set up under the Umbrella Final Agreement.

Enquiries about salmon fishing regulations should be directed to DFO's District Office in Whitehorse at: 867-393-6722.

Short notice closures

Short notice closures are sometimes required to protect lower-than-expected salmon runs. Closures are advertised locally, but it's a good idea to check with a DFO office before leaving on your fishing trip. For updates on run closures call the salmon information line: 1-877-725-6662 or 867-393-3133

Tatshenshini River System

Hook restrictions: It is unlawful to use any hook other than a single-pointed barbless hook, with a distance of 2 cm (3/4 in.) or less between the point and the shank, while angling in the following waters from June 1 to November 30:

When fishing in the Takhanne River downstream of Million Dollar Falls, you are permitted to use artificial flies only. This restriction is in effect all year.

British Columbia sections: It is unlawful to catch and retain salmon from the British Columbia sections of the Tatshenshini River, Blanchard River or their tributaries.

Tatshenshini/Dalton Post Fishing Area: Stream Sections

Image: Tatshenshini/Dalton Post closures
Image: Dalton Post closure

Close-up of Dalton Post Area

Yukon River System

Hook restrictions: It is unlawful to use any hook other than a single-pointed barbless hook, with a distance of 2 cm (3/4 in.) or less between the point and the shank, while angling in the following waters from June 1 to October 15:

Whitehorse dam area salmon closure: Salmon fishing is prohibited from the Whitehorse dam downstream to the Robert Campbell Bridge, from July 15 to September 30 inclusive. Anglers pursuing other fish during this time are permitted to use artificial flies only. ;

Takhini River salmon closure: Takhini River is closed to salmon fishing from August 20 to September 15, inclusive. Anglers pursuing other fish during this time are permitted to use artificial flies only. ;

Wolf Creek salmon closure: Wolf Creek is closed to salmon retention. All salmon caught in Wolf Creek must be released. ;

McIntyre Creek salmon closure: McIntyre Creek from the Alaska Highway down to the Yukon River is closed to salmon retention. All salmon caught in this section of McIntyre Creek must be released.

Tatchun Creek - fishing area 18 for catch cards.