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Region 6 - Skeena: Recreational salmon fishing limits, openings and closures

Unless otherwise stated in the table below, the daily limit for all waters in Region 6 is zero (0). In addition:

Salmon limits, openings and closures

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
A. All Region 6 waters All lakes or streams or parts thereof in the aggregate (combined total), in Region 6, unless otherwise stated below. Please review sections B, C, D, E and F carefully. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Sockeye, Pink & Chum Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye, pink or chum salmon, unless otherwise stated below.
B. Skeena River Watershed – Section "A" applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections.
B. Part (i): Skeena River Watershed-Waters upstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace.
All waters in section "B(i)" – Skeena River Watershed upstream of the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace, unless otherwise stated below All Jan 1 to Jun 15 No fishing for salmon.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Chum Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chum.
Babine Lake including tributaries Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Babine Lake excluding tributaries and those waters within a 400 m radius of the following tributary streams: Morrison Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pierre Creek, Pendleton Creek, Hazelwood Creek, Twain Creek, Tachek Creek, Five Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Sockeye Creek, Big Loon Creek and Tsezakwa Creek. Also closed east of a line from Gullwing Creek to south shore of Babine Lake. Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
within a 400 m radius of the mouth of Pinkut Creek. All Aug 15 to Sep 15 No angling
Babine River   Chinook Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. No fishing for chinook from a point 100 m above Fort Babine bridge to Nichyeskwa Creek.
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50cm
Bear River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho
Bulkley River downstream of the Morice River confluence excluding tributaries. Chinook Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
Pink Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day
Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm
all tributaries of the Bulkley River other than the Suskwa River. Chinook Jul 25 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
Bulkley River and Morice River waters within the four white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Bulkley River and Morice River (locally known as “the Forks”). The closure starts 100 meters upstream of the confluence and ends approximately 1 kilometre downstream All Jun 16 to Aug 15 No Fishing for salmon
Fulton River   Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Kispiox River (including tributaries)   Chinook Jun 16 to Jul 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly quota = 1 salmon over 65 cm.
Chinook Aug 1 to Aug 31 2 per day, none over 65 cm
Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50cm
downstream of fishing boundary signs near Kispiox River Resort. Pink Jun 16 to Aug 31 2 per day.
Kitseguecla River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kitwanga River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Morice Lake including tributaries. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Morice River (including tributaries) from fishing boundary signs posted near the outlet of Morice Lake to Gosnell Creek All Jan 1 to Sep 30 No fishing for salmon
from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek, All Jan 1 to Aug 31 No fishing for salmon
from fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 m downstream of Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek. This area is open for angling for chinook salmon only and is closed for angling for all other species. Chinook Jul 16 to Jul 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
below Lamprey Creek. Chinook Jun 16 to Aug 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
Sep 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm
from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek. Coho Sep 1 to Sep 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm. Fly-fishing only.
from the confluence of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers upstream to the Bymac Bridge on Walcott Road. Pink Jun 16 to Aug 31 2 per day.
upstream of the Bymac Bridge on Walcott Road. Pink Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for pink.
Morice River Bulkley River and Morice River waters within the four white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Bulkley River and Morice River (locally known as “the Forks”). The closure starts 100 meters upstream of the confluence and ends approximately 1 kilometre downstream All Jun 16 to Aug 15 No fishing for salmon
Nilkitkwa Lake   Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Pinkut Creek downstream of fishing boundary signs located approx. 25 m downstream of fish counting fence. All Aug 15 to Sep 15 No fishing for salmon.
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Shegunia River between fishing boundary signs located above and below logging road bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Skeena River mainstem waters only, between Cedarvale and the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Chinook Apr 1 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
mainstem waters only, upstream of Cedarvale. Chinook Jun 1 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
mainstem waters only, upstream of Cedarvale. All Jan 1 - May 31 No fishing for salmon
mainstem waters only. Pink Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day
from the confluence with the Babine River downstream to the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
mainstem waters within 3 white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Kispiox River with the Skeena River. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
upstream of the CNR Bridge located at Terrace. Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 2 per day, only 1 over 50cm
Suskwa (Bear) River   Chinook Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
Sustut River including tributaries. Chinook Jul 16 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
Telkwa River downstream of Howson Creek. Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50cm
Zymoetz (Copper) River Note: section of river from Hwy 16 bridge downstream to Zymotz- Skeena confluence is the Zymotz River. Those waters immediately downstream of the confluence are considered the Skeena River. Chinook Apr 1 to Dec 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
upstream of Highway #16 bridge. Chinook Jul 23 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
B(ii). Skeena River Watershed-Waters downstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace.
All waters in section "B(ii)" - Skeena River Watershed downstream of the CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace, unless otherwise stated below. Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Ecstall River (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Jul 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Chinook Aug 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, none over 65 cm
upstream of fishing boundary signs near confluence with Johnston Creek. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Exchamsiks River (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Highway #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Exstew River (including tributaries) Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Hwy #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Gitnadoix River (including tributaries) upstream of powerline crossing near river mouth. Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kasiks River (including tributaries) upstream of fishing boundary signs located below the Upper Pool. Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho
downstream of fishing boundary signs located below the Upper Pool. Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of Hwy #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Khyex River (including tributaries) upstream of Hwy #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 01 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kitsumkalum River (including tributaries) Note: The mouth of the Kitsumkalum River is designated by fishing boundary signs located approx. 1.25 km downstream of the CNR bridge and approx. 200 m east of the CNR bridge.   Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Jan 1 to May 24 2 per day, none over 65 cm
upstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook May 25 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
downstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Jan 1 to Jun 30 2 per day, none over 65 cm
downstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Jul 1 to Aug 6 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
downstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon. Chinook Aug 7 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
downstream of railway bridge. Pink Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day
Kitsumkalum Lake including tributaries. Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Lakelse River (including tributaries) downstream of the CNR bridge. Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
below logging road bridge near the mouth. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
above logging road bridge near the mouth. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Redsand Lake including tributaries. Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jan 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Scotia River including tributaries Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Skeena River mainstem waters downstream of CNR Railway Bridge at Terrace. Coho Jul 15 to Aug 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50cm.
Coho Sep 1 to Nov 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm.
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Pink Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day
Chum Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chum.
mainstem waters near the Kitsumkalum River mouth, from the confluence with the Zymagotitz River (also known as Zymachord River) upstream to the Classified Waters boundary at the top of Hell’s Gate. All Jul 1 to Aug 31 No fishing for salmon
Treston Lake   Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 2 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Zymagotitz River [also known as Zymachord River] (including tributaries)   Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 1 per day
upstream of Highway #16 bridge Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
C. Nass River Watershed – Section "A" applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section "C" - Nass River Watershed unless otherwise stated below Coho Jan 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Nov 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm
Cranberry River including tributaries NOTE: the section of river from Cranberry-Kiteen junction to Nass R. is part of the Cranberry R. Chinook Jul 16 to Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Iknouk River   Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kiteen River including tributaries Chinook Jun 16 to Jul 31 4 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Meziadin Lake including tributaries Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
excluding tributaries Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Meziadin River including tributaries All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
Nass River portions from the Canyon City Bridge located approximately 5.75 km downstream of the Tseax confluence to the water survey station line crossing approximately 5.78 km upstream of the Tseax confluence. Chinook Jan 1 to Dec 31 Chinook salmon over 65 cm caught and retained in this portion of the Nass River shall be recorded as being caught in the Tseax River and shall be included in the Tseax monthly quota of one.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
mainstem waters near the Meziadin River confluence, from white triangular fishing boundary signs located downstream of the Meziadin River confluence,and upstream to the Hwy 37 Bridge. All Apr 1 to Sep 15 No fishing for salmon
mainstem waters downstream of the fishing boundary signs near the confluence with the Meziadin River Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day
Oweegee Creek   All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Oweegee Lake   All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Tseax R. (including tributaries) Note: The mouth of the Tseax R. is designated by white triangular fishing boundary signs located where what was formerly known as the Nass Back Channel enters the Nass R. upstream of Nisga’a Hwy Bridge All Aug 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for salmon
downstream of Nisga’a Hwy Bridge Coho Jan 1 to Nov 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jul 1 to Sep 15 4 per day only 1 over 65 cm. Monthly Quota = 1 over 65 cm.
Chinook Sep 16 to Mar 31 4 per day, none over 65 cm
Ishkheenickh River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
D. Queen Charlotte Islands Watersheds- Section "A" applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section "D" - Queen Charlotte Islands Watersheds unless otherwise stated below. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
All Apr 1 to Mar 31 Single, barbless hook in tidal and non tidal portions of all streams.
Braverman River   Coho Apr 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Pallant Creek upstream of the bridge located near the mouth of Pallant Creek. Coho Apr 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Sheldens Creek upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the Spur 19 Bridge site. Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 0 per day
Tlell River Anglers should note that tidal water regulations apply to waters below tidal boundary sign located approx. 1.5km above Hwy. 16 Bridge. Refer to the BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Guide.
Yakoun River downstream of the 6 mile Bridge. Pink Aug 1 to Sep 30 2 per day
E. Other Mainland Watersheds, except for the Fraser River watershed – Section "A" applies if stream, specific area, time period, quotas or other species restrictions are not listed in the following sections:
All waters in section "E" - Other Mainland Watersheds unless otherwise stated below. Coho Nov 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
All streams flowing into tidal water Area 5. Coho Jan 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
All streams flowing into tidal water Area 6 unless stated below. Coho Jan 1 to Oct 31 No retention of coho
Bish Creek including tributaries. Coho Jan 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
Brim River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Dala River including tributaries. All Jan 1 to Aug 15 No fishing for salmon
Oct 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for salmon
Chinook, Sockeye, Pink, Chum Aug 16 to Sep 30 No fishing for chinook, sockeye, pink, chum.
Coho Aug 16 to Sep 30 4 per day only 1 over 50 cm.
Endako River   All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Giltoyees Creek   Coho Aug 1 to Sep 30 4 per day only 1 over 50 cm.
Illiance River (including tributaries) upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of river. Coho Sep 21 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
Kemano River   Coho Aug 1 to Sep 30 4 per day only 2 over 50 cm.
Khutze including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Khutzeymateen River including tributaries. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Kildala River   Coho Aug 1 to Sep 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 Daily limit of 4 of which 1 may be over 65 cm in length. Monthly quota = 1 over 65 cm
Kiltuish River including tributaries Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kincolith River upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the Kincolith River Bridge. Coho Aug 1 to Dec 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kitimat River (including tributaries) on west bank between signs at Kitimat hatchery outfall. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon.
downstream of Highway # 37 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Jul 31 1 per day, 80 cm or less.
Aug 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Nov 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Chum Apr 1 to Aug 31 2 per day.
Pink Apr 1 to Aug 31 2 per day.
upstream of Highway # 37 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho.
Kitlope River   Coho Aug 1 to Sep 30 4 per day only 2 over 50 cm.
Kitsault River (including tributaries)   Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of river Coho Oct 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho.
Kloiya River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Kwinimass River (including tributaries) upstream of lower bridge abutments. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
downstream of lower bridge abutments. Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Chinook Apr 1 to Jul 9 4 per day, none over 65 cm
Nakina River   Chinook Jul 20 to Aug 15 No fishing for chinook.
Coho Jul 20 to Aug 15 No fishing for coho.
Quaal River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Rainy Creek   Chinook Aug 15 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Aug 15 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho
Stikine River including tributaries (See the Tahltan River). Chinook Jul 15 to Nov 30 2 per day, none over 65 cm
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Swift River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day, only 1 over 65 cm. Anglers may now fish this river with either a Yukon or BC angling licence.
Tahltan River including tributaries. All Jun 1 to Aug 31 Finfish closure
Taku River including tributaries. (see the Nakina River and Tatsatua Creek) Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Tatsatua Creek including tributaries. All Aug 20 to Sep 15 No fishing for salmon
Tatshenshini River (downstream of the BC/Yukon border)   All Jul 24 to Aug 14 No fishing for salmon
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 2 per day
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Tatshenshini River (upstream of the BC/ Yukon border – along the Haines Hwy.) Blanchard River. All Jul 24 to Aug 14 No fishing for salmon
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Aug 15 to Jul 23 2 per day
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye
Kwatini Creek, Stanley Creek and Goat Creek. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for salmon
Tatshenshini mainstem and all other tributaries. All Jul 24 to Aug 14 No fishing for salmon
Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Aug 15 to Jul 23 2 per day.
Sockeye Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for sockeye.
Wahoo River including tributaries. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook.
Weeanie River   Coho Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for coho
Whalen Creek   Coho Apr 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Wilauks Creek (including tributaries) upstream of white triangular fishing boundary signs located near mouth of creek. Coho Sep 20 to Dec 31 No fishing for coho
F. Fraser River Watershed - There is no fishing for salmon in the portions of the Fraser River watershed in Region 6.
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