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Region 1 - Vancouver Island: Recreational salmon fishing limits, openings and closures

Learn more about fishing for salmon in B.C.

Salmon limits, openings and closures

Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 1 is zero (0).

This table refers to fishing for salmon only. For information on other species please refer to the B.C. Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis.

Waters Specific area Species Dates Limits/Gear
Campbell River from a fishing boundary sign at the end of Maple Street downstream to the fishing boundary sign at the cement block. All Aug 1 to Oct 31 No fishing for salmon
downstream of the confluence with the Quinsam River Coho Oct 1 to Dec 31 4 hatchery-marked coho per day, only 2 of which may be greater than 40 cm
Pink Jul 15 to Sep 15 4 per day
downstream of the confluence with the Quinsam River to the fishing boundary sign at the end of Maple Street. Chinook To be determined To be determined
Cayeghle River including Colonial River. Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day
Chemainus River Coho Oct 15 to Mar 31 1 per day, maximum size 35 cm
Cluxewe River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked only
Colonial River - see Cayeghle River
Comox Lake All July 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Conuma River Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 77 cm
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, hatchery marked only
Courtenay River (the waters below the confluence of the Puntledge and Tsolum Rivers) Chinook Sept 1 to Dec 31 2 per day
Coho Oct 1 to Nov 30 1 per day, hatchery marked only
Chum Apr 1 to Mar 31 Non-retention
Cowichan River from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park Coho Nov 1 to Dec 31 1 per day
from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary. All Sep 1 to Nov 15 No fishing
Coho Nov 16 to Dec 31 1 per day
downstream of the weir on Cowichan Lake to 66 Mile Trestle. All Sep 1 to Nov 15 No fishing
from CNR Trestle at mile 70.2 to Skutz Falls All Dec 1 to Apr 30 No fishing
Goldstream River All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing
Koksilah River including tributaries. Chinook To be determined To be determined
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day, maximum size 35 cm
Little Qualicum River all open portions of the Little Qualicum River All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Hook restriction, single barbless hook less than 15mm from point to shank
all waters unless indicated below All Sept 1 to Nov 30 Fly-fishing only
Chinook Sept 1 to Nov 30 2 per day
Coho Oct 1 to Nov 30 1 per day, hatchery marked only
from the hatchery fence to signs located approximately 35 meters downstream All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing
from the falls in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park downstream to the hatchery fence All Dec 1 to May 31 No fishing
Nahwitti River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day
Nanaimo River including tributaries, except in the area described below. Coho Oct 15 to Mar 31 1 per day, maximum size 35 cm
from the power line crossing at "Bore Hole" upstream to the fishing boundary signs at the mouth of Boulder Creek All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No fishing
from the Cedar Road Bridge crossing upstream to the Highway 19 Bridge crossing All Sep 1 to Oct 15 No fishing
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from the upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the downstream side of the Highway 1 overpass. Coho Nov 1 to Dec 31 2 per day, hatchery marked only
Chum Nov 1 to Dec 31 2 per day
Nitinat River upstream of Parker Creek All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
downstream of Parker Creek, except in the areas and times described below. Chinook Aug 25 to Sep 30 2 per day, only 1 over 77 cm.
Coho Aug 25 to Sep 30 2 per day
Oct 16 to Dec 31 2 per day
Chum Aug 25 to Sep 30 2 per day
Oct 16 to Dec 31 2 per day
Nitinat River from 50m upstream to 50m downstream of the Nitinat River bridge. All Aug 25 to Oct 15 Finfish closure
from the powerline crossing upstream of the Nitinat River Hatchery water intake, downstream to the lowest point of confluence with the Little Nitinat River and then perpendicular to the flow of the Nitinat River, to the opposite shore All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Finfish closure
between fishing boundary signs located approximately 100m above and below Red Rock Pool. All Aug 25 to Dec 31 Finfish closure
Puntledge River from the weir at the lower hatchery to fishing boundary signs approximately 75m downstream of the weir. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
downstream from a fishing boundary sign located 75m downstream of the weir at the lower hatchery (excluding the Morrison Creek closure below). Chinook Sept 1 to Dec 31 2 per day
Coho Oct 1 to Nov 30 1 per day, hatchery marked only
Chum Apr 1 to Mar 31 Non-retention
Morrison Creek closure: between fishing boundary signs located 100m upstream and downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Finfish closure
Qualicum River All open portions of the Qualicum River All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Hook restriction, single barbless hook less than 15mm from point to shank
those waters upstream of the Big Qualicum Hatchery upper weir (located approximately 125 m downstream of the E&N railway bridge). Chinook Sep 1 to Dec 31 2 per day
Coho Sept 15 to Dec 31 4 per day, hatchery marked only
Pink Aug 15 to Oct 15 4 per day
downstream of the upper weir (located approximately 125 m downstream of the E&N railway bridge) to the QFN boundary fence located approximately 100 m downstream of the hatchery counting fence All Aug 15 to Oct 15 No fishing for salmon
waters below the QFN boundary fence, downstream to the Hwy 19A bridge All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Quatse River Coho Jun 15 to Mar 31 2 per day, hatchery marked fish only
100m upstream and downstream of the Quatse River Hatchery weir All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing
Quinsam River Coho Oct 1 to Dec 31 4 coho per day in the aggregate, must be hatchery marked, only 2 of which may be greater than 40 cm
Pink Jul 15 to Sep 15 4 per day
Reay Creek All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
San Juan River waters of the San Juan River and its tributaries downstream of the Fleet River that are open to fishing for salmon Coho To be determined To be determined
That portion of the San Juan River from the hatchery counting fence downstream approximately 150 meters to square white boundary signs on either side of the river, and that portion of the Fairy Lake tributary approximately 5 meters downstream of the hatchery holding pens, indicated by square white boundary signs. All To be determined To be determined
Seymour River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day
Shawnigan Creek All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Somass River All June 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Except in those areas and times listed below Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77cm in length.
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
from the tidal boundary signs at the top of the rapids at Paper Mill Dam upstream approximately 0.5km to the northeast corner of Collins Farm. Square boundary signs may be present to delineate the upstream boundary. All Aug 25 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
from the northern boundary of Somass Park (off Service Road) downstream to the southern boundary of Somass Park. Square boundary signs may be present to delineate these boundaries. Sockeye May 1 to July 23 1 per day
Sproat River All May 1 to Oct 31 Bait ban
All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No retention of salmon
from Sproat Lake to approximately 300m below the Highway 4 bridge, at the downstream end of the pool that is below the rapids at the Sproat River Fishway. Square boundary signs may be present to delineate the downstream boundary. All Jun 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
Stamp River Except in those areas and times listed below Chinook Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day, 1 of which may be more than 77 cm. in length
Coho Aug 25 to Dec 31 2 per day
From the confluence of the Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake Dam, including tributaries All Jan 1 to Apr 30 Finfish closure
From approximately 200 m upstream of the Stamp Falls fishway (50 downstream of site 17 in Stamp River Provincial Park) to 500 m downstream of the Stamp Falls fishway (225m downstream of the confluence of Deer Creek). Square boundary signs may be present to delineate these boundaries. All June 15 to Nov 15 Finfish closure
From the inlet upstream of Roberston Creek Hatchery Lagoon downstream to the outlet of the Hatchery lagoon. Square boundary signs may be present to delineate these boundaries. All Aug 25 to Oct 31 Finfish closure
From the powerline crossing downstream approximately 500m to the inlet of Roberston Creek Hatchery Lagoon. Square boundary signs may be present to delineate the downstream boundary. All Oct 1 to Oct 14 Finfish closure
Stamp River downstream of “Girl Guide Falls” (approximately 275 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek). Triangle sport fishing boundary signs may be present to delineate the upstream boundary. All Jun 1 to Aug 24 Bait ban
Tsitika River All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing
Washlawlis River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day
Waukwaas River Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 1 per day
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