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Region 6 - Skeena: 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 6 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
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 and 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
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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
  • Tsezakwa Creek

Also closed east of a line from Gullwing Creek to south shore of Babine Lake.

Sockeye Apr 1 to Jul 31 No fishing for sockeye
Sockeye Aug 1 to Sept 15 1 per day
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Babine River All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Sockeye Apr 1 to Jul 31 No fishing for sockeye
Sockeye Aug 1 to Aug 31 1 per day
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Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
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 all tributaries of the Bulkley River other than Morice River and tributaries, Suskwa River and tributaries, and Two Mile Creek All Aug 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
downstream of the Morice River confluence excluding tributaries. Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Pink Jun 16 to Oct 15 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 Jul 31 No fishing for sockeye
Sockeye Aug 1 to Aug 14 1 per day
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Kispiox River (including tributaries) All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
downstream of fishing boundary signs near Kispiox River Resort. Pink Jun 16 to Aug 31 2 per day
Kitseguecla River All Sep 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
including tributaries Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kitwanga River including tributaries All Sep 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
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) All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
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
Coho Sep 1 to Sep 30 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm. Fly-fishing only.
from fishing boundary signs located approximately 100 m downstream of Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek. Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Sockeye Jul 16 to Jul 31 No fishing for sockeye
Coho Jul 16 to Jul 31 No fishing for coho
Pink Jul 16 to Jul 31 No fishing for pink
Chum Jul 16 to Jul 31 No fishing for chum
below Lamprey Creek Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Sep 1 to Dec 31 No fishing for chinook
Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
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 All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
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 Jul 31 No fishing for sockeye
Sockeye Aug 1 to Aug 14 1 per day
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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 Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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mainstem waters only, upstream of Cedarvale All Jan 1 to May 31 No fishing for salmon
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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mainstem waters only Pink Jun 16 to Dec 31 2 per day
upstream of the CNR Bridge located at Terrace Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace to a point above the confluence with the Babine River, excluding the areas below Sockeye Apr 1 to Jul 17 No fishing for sockeye
Sockeye Jul 18 to Sep 15 1 per day
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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
Suskwa (Bear) River Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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including tributaries All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Sustut River All Sep 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
including tributaries Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Telkwa River downstream of Howson Creek. Coho Jul 15 to Oct 15 4 per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Zymoetz (Copper) River
Note: The section of river from Hwy 16 bridge downstream to the Zymotz-Skeena confluence is the Zymotz River. Those waters immediately downstream of the confluence are considered the Skeena River.
All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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upstream of Highway #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 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 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 No fishing for coho
Pink Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for pink
Ecstall River (including tributaries) Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Khyex River (including tributaries) upstream of Hwy #16 bridge. Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kitsumkalum River (including tpinributaries) 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. All Jan 1 to June 15 No natural bait allowed
Coho Sep 1 to Oct 31 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
upstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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downstream of fishing boundary signs below lower canyon Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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) All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Pink Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for pink
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 Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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 50 cm.
Sep 1 to Nov 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Sockeye Apr 1 to Jul 17 No fishing for sockeye
Jul 18 to Sep 15 1 per day
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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 Jun 17 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Cranberry River All Aug 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
including tributaries
Note: the section of river from Cranberry-Kiteen junction to Nass R. is part of the Cranberry R.
Chinook Jun 17 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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Iknouk River Chinook Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
Kiteen River All Aug 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
including tributaries Chinook Jun 17 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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 All Aug 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
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 Jun 17 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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 Jul 1 to Sep 15 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 Jun 17 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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 and lakes flowing into tidal waters of Areas 3, 4, 5, and 6. Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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
All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
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
Jun 1 to Jun 14 No natural bait allowed
Aug 2 to Oct 15 No natural bait allowed
Sockeye, Pink, Chum Aug 16 to Sep 30 No fishing for 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 All Jun 1 to Oct 15 No natural bait allowed
Coho Aug 1 to Sep 30 4 per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
Chinook Jun 14 to Mar 31 No fishing for chinook
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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) All May 15 to Aug 31 No natural bait allowed
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. All Apr 1 to Mar 31 No fishing for Salmon.
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 All Jan 1 to Dec 31 No natural bait allowed
Aug 1 to Oct 31 No fishing for salmon
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 No fishing for chinook
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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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