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BC tidal areas 9 and 109 - Rivers Inlet: Recreational fishing limits, openings and closures

You’re responsible for understanding the regulations and restrictions that may affect an open fishery.

How to follow the rules:

  1. Check the Area map. You need to know the location (subarea) where you plan to fish.
  2. Check the species regulations tables for fishing opportunities and basic regulations.
  3. Check the restrictions tables for special exceptions and more detailed regulations. Make sure you know the:
    • (d) Daily limit: The maximum number of a given fish species that a person is allowed to keep in one day.
    • (p) Possession limit: The maximum number of fish you can have in your possession at any given time, except for what is at your ordinary residence.
    • (a) Annual limit: The total amount of fish of a certain species that may be caught and retained during the course of a fishing year which commences on April 1 and ends the following March 31.
  4. Get to know the locations of protected areas. Permanent fishing restrictions are in effect in these areas to protect fish and fish habitat.
  5. Unless otherwise specified, fishing opportunities end at 23:59 hrs on the close-date shown.

Helpful resources:

Area maps

Area maps

For a written description of Areas please see the Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations 2007.

Area 9: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

Area 109: Download a printable PDF version of this map.

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Salmon

Salmon

Learn more about fishing for salmon

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Chinook Salmon 9,109 45cm Barbless Hook & Line 2/4/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Chum Salmon 9,109 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Coho Salmon (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 9,109 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pink Salmon 9,109 30cm Barbless Hook & Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sockeye Salmon 9,109 Barbless Hook & Line 0/0/- Closed


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Johnston Bay Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 30. Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 30.
Wannock River Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15 Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15
Kilbella Bay Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15 Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15
Salmon Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 8 - The possession limit for all salmon from all waters is twice the daily limit. You cannot possess more than eight salmon in total, except for salmon that are at your ordinary residence.
Coastwide Combined Daily Limit Pieces 4 - The daily limit for all species of Pacific salmon from tidal and fresh waters combined is 4. Individual species limits also apply.
Chinook Salmon Coastwide Reminder Keeping your chinook salmon? - You must permanently record all retained catch on your Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. If mobile internet access is immediately available, the licence holder may alternatively record catch immediately in their National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS) account.
Coastwide Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The coastwide total annual limit for chinook salmon is 10 from all tidal waters that are open to chinook retention.
Rivers Inlet Special Management Zone Annual Limit Pieces 2
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Gear Restriction Size of Weight
Chinook Salmon Rivers Inlet Special Management Zone Annual Limit Pieces 2
Daily Limit Pieces 2
Gear Restriction Size of weight.
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
Johnston Bay In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line between two square white fishing boundary signs off the mouth of Johnston Bay.
Kilbella Bay In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line connecting two square boundary signs off the mouths of the Chuckwalla and Kilbella rivers.
Rivers Inlet Special Management Zone In those waters of Rivers Inlet inside a line between fishing boundary signs located at Rutherford Point and McAllister Point.
Wannock River In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line connecting two square white fishing boundary signs off the mouth of the Wannock River.


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Other finfish

Other finfish

Learn more about fishing for finfish

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Herring 9,109 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Albacore Tuna 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Eulachon 9,109 0/0/0 Closed
Mackerel 9,109 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Hook and Line 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Northern Anchovy 9,109 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Finfish species 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sand Lance 9,109 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 5kg/10kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Pacific Sardine 9,109 Cast Net, Dip Net, Herring Jig, Herring Rake 100/200/- Open (See Restrictions)
Surf Smelt 9,109 Dip Net, Gill Net 20kg/40kg/- Open (See Restrictions)
Tuna, All other species 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 20/40/- Open (See Restrictions)
All other shark species 9,109 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Bocaccio Rockfish 9,109 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Codfish 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Greenling 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open (See Restrictions)
Halibut 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 2/-/10 Open (See Restrictions)
Lingcod 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Perch 9,109 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Rockfish, All Species Combined 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 3/6/- Open until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)
Sablefish 9,109 Hook and Line 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Salmon Shark 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sculpin 9,109 Hook and Line 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shark including Basking, Tope, Bluntnose, Sixgill, Blue, Brown Cat and Great White 9,109 0/0/0 Closed
Skate 9,109 Hook and Line 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sole/Flounder 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 8/16/- Open (See Restrictions)
Spiny Dogfish 9,109 Hook and Line, Spear Fishing while diving 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Sturgeon 9,109 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) 9,109 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Hatchery) 9,109 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Trout (Wild) 9,109 30cm Hook and Line 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Wolf Eel 9,109 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention (See Restrictions)
Yelloweye Rockfish 9,109 Hook and Line 0/0/0 Non-retention until Nov 15 (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Finfish Johnston Bay Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 30. Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 30.
Wannock River Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15 Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15
Kilbella Bay Closed Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15 Closed to fishing for finfish from June 1 to September 15
Herring 9,109 Reminder Harvesting of herring roe from marine plants or plants placed in the water for the purpose of harvesting herring roe is prohibited.
Eulachon Coastwide Closed Due to conservation concerns the harvesting of eulachon is prohibited.
Codfish 9,109 Reminder Species includes: Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, pollock and hake but does not include lingcod.
Halibut Coastwide Possession Limit Pieces 2 No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. No person shall retain a halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length. If the Daily Limit is one (1) or two (2), the Possession Limit is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 133 cm head-on length - OR - two (2) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length. If the Daily Limit is three (3), the Possession Limit is EITHER of: one (1) halibut measuring from 90 cm to 133 cm head-on length – OR - three (3) halibut measuring under 90 cm head-on length. Notes: (1) The Daily Limit is published in the BC Sport Fishing Guide (link above); (2) Head-off measurement equivalent for 133 cm is 102 cm, for 90 cm is 69 cm; (3) Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.
Coastwide Season Planning Halibut: The recreational halibut fishery continued on April 1, 2021 under the 2021/22 Conditions of Licence, and is expected to close on December 31 2021. For more details please see fishery notice FN0296. Reminder: Until further notice, in order to be consistent with the current border closure in effect for COVID-19, the Department will not be issuing recreational licences to non-residents. Licence issuance to non-residents will resume when border closures are lifted. Subject to the border being open, non-residents of Canada wishing to fish and retain halibut in Areas 121, 23 and 123, must obtain their licence from a licence vendor in Canada - view: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/iap-fai-eng.html; that is, a licence purchased directly over the internet by a non-resident is not valid for halibut fishing in these areas.
Coastwide Annual Limit Pieces 10 - The annual limit is ten (10) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as set out on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence; if mobile internet access is immediately available, the licence holder may alternatively record catch immediately in their National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS) account.
Lingcod Coastwide Season Planning See Rockfish Season Planning
Perch 9,109 Reminder Includes kelp, shiner and pile perch, and all species of surf and sea perch
Rockfish, All Species Combined Coastwide Reminder Rockfish - Anglers in vessels shall immediately return all rockfish that are not being retained to the water and to a similar depth from which they were caught by use of an inverted weighted barbless hook or other purpose-built descender device
Coastwide Season Planning Note - For planning purposes only - for in-season requirements, please see current regulations/restrictions for specific areas, gear and individual species limits, and closures/exceptions. INSIDE WATERS - Generally open May 1 to September 30, for Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5. Closed year round - Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17. OUTSIDE WATERS - Generally Open April 1 to November 15, for Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142, 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (portion).
9,109 Daily Limit Pieces 3 Daily limit of 3 Rockfish per day, of which only 1 may be a China Rockfish or a Tiger Rockfish or a Quillback Rockfish
Sculpin Coastwide Reminder Cabezon is a species of sculpin; for daily and possession limits, please see the species regulations table above for sculpin
Trout (Hatchery & Wild Combined) Coastwide Reminder Note (1) Trout - means Brook trout, Brown trout, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Rainbow trout, Steelhead, and includes Bull trout. (2) Steelhead - in waters where anadromous Rainbow trout are found, Steelhead means a Rainbow trout that is greater than 50cm in overall length. (3) Anadromous means migrating from the sea up rivers or streams to spawn.
9,109 Combined Daily Limit Pieces 2 The aggregate recreational daily limit for wild and hatchery trout combined is two (2).
Trout (Hatchery) 9,109 Daily Limit Pieces 1 The recreational daily Limit for Hatchery Trout over 50cm is one(1) per day; the recreational daily Limit for Hatchery Trout under or equal to 50cm is two (2) per day.
Trout (Wild) 9,109 Maximum Size (cm) 50 cm The recreational daily limit for Wild Trout of 50 cm or less remains two (2) per day; The recreational daily limit for Wild Trout over 50 cm is zero (0)

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Johnston Bay In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line between two square white fishing boundary signs off the mouth of Johnston Bay.
Kilbella Bay In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line connecting two square boundary signs off the mouths of the Chuckwalla and Kilbella rivers.
Wannock River In Area 9, the waters shoreward of a line connecting two square white fishing boundary signs off the mouth of the Wannock River.


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Bivalve shellfish

Bivalve shellfish and snails

Eating contaminated shellfish can be life threatening. Closures change frequently throughout the year. It is illegal to harvest shellfish from closed or contaminated areas.

Bivalve shellfish have 2 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. Learn more about shellfish harvesting.

How to follow the rules

  1. Check for contamination in the subarea where you plan to harvest.
  2. If no contamination closures are in effect, check species regulations and additional harvest restrictions.
  3. Questions? Contact us at 250-756-7192 or DFO.PAC.CSSP-PCAM.PAC.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Bivalve shellfish contamination closures

Subarea Marine biotoxin update (open bivalve species) Sanitary contamination closures (closed to shellfish harvesting)
9-1 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-2 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-3 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-4 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-5 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-6 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-7 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-8 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-9 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-10 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-11 Closed to All Bivalve Species
9-12 Closed to All Bivalve Species
109 Closed to All Bivalve Species


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Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
All Species Scallop 9,109 0/0/0
Blue Mussel 9,109 0/0/0
California Mussel 9,109 0/0/0
Clams 9,109 0/0/0
Cockles 9,109 0/0/0
Geoduck 9,109 0/0/0
Moon Snail 9,109 Hand Picking 2/4/-
Olympia Oyster 9,109 0/0/0
Other Snail 9,109 Hand Picking 75/150/-
Pacific Oyster 9,109 0/0/0
Weathervane Scallop 9,109 0/0/0


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

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.
Coastwide Reminder Clams: No person shall retain a Manila Clam or Littleneck Clam smaller than 35 mm, nor a Butter Clam smaller than 55 mm.
Clams Coastwide Daily Limit Pieces 60 - When open, all species aggregate daily limit combined Areas 1 to 27 is 60, except Pacific Rim National Park where the all species aggregate limit is 24.
Pacific Oyster Coastwide Reminder To avoid inadvertently harvesting Olympia oysters while you are harvesting Pacific oysters, do not harvest any oyster less than 5 cm in diameter.


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Crab

Crab

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Min Size Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Box And Puget Sound King Crab 9,109 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open (See Restrictions)
Dungeness Crab 9,109 165mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
King Crab 9,109 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 2/4/- Open (See Restrictions)
Other Crab 9,109 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 4/8/- Open (See Restrictions)
Red Rock Crab 9,109 115mm Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 6/12/- Open (See Restrictions)
Shore Crab 9,109 Dip Net, Hand Picking, Ring Net, Traps (Crab) 75/150/- Open (See Restrictions)


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

Species Areas Measure Type Measure Value
Crab Coastwide Gear Restriction Rot Cord - 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.
Coastwide Gear Restriction Crab traps are required to have two unobstructed circular escape holes or rings, measuring a minimum of 105 mm in diameter
Coastwide Gear Restriction Gear Permitted Maximum of 2 ring nets, dip nets or traps or combination of these per fisher. Ensure gear is properly marked. Hand picking is permitted including by diving. No sharp-pointed instruments are permitted for harvesting crab. It is illegal to use snares in catching or attempting to catch crabs.
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 9,109 Reminder Combined daily limit for Dungeness crab, red rock crab, box crab, Puget Sound king crab and all other king crab is 6.
Johnston Bay Crab Closed
9-5 to 9-9 Closed
King Crab Coastwide Sex Restriction As per the Conditions of Licence, it is prohibited to possess female King crab
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.
Dungeness Crab 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 crab
Red Rock Crab 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 crab

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Johnston Bay Crab That portion of Subarea 9-3 (Johnston Bay): Those waters of Rivers Inlet inside a line that begins at 51°30.4'N 127°32.2'W, then to 51°30.5'N 127°31.5'W, following the southerly shoreline back to the beginning point.


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Other invertebrates

Other invertebrates

Species regulations

Always check for restrictions.

Species Areas Gear Limits
(d/p/a)
Status
Abalone 9,109 0/0/0 Closed
Ghost Shrimp 9,109 Hand Digging, Hand Pump 50/100/- Open
Giant Barnacles 9,109 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Goose Barnacles 9,109 Hand Picking 2kg/4kg/- Open
Limpet 9,109 Hand Picking 75/150/- Open
Octopus 9,109 Diving, Hand Picking, Hook and Line, Traps (Crab) 1/2/- Open
Opal Squid 9,109 Cast Net, Jigging 200/400/- Open
Other Shellfish species 9,109 20/40/- Open
Sand Dollar 9,109 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open
Sea Cucumber 9,109 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Sea Urchin 9,109 Diving, Hand Picking 12/24/- Open
Shrimp/Prawn 9,109 Ring Net, Spear, Trap (Other species of Shellfish) 125/250/- Open (See Restrictions)
Squid, All other species 9,109 Cast Net, Jigging 20/40/- Open
Starfish Sea Star 9,109 Hand Picking 6/12/- Open


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Restrictions

Always check for protected areas.

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. If two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator's name to one end of the ground-line.
Reminder Combined daily limit for all shrimp species, including prawn, is 125
Shrimp/Prawn Coastwide Gear Restriction Maximum 4 traps or ring nets or combination of these per fisher.
Coastwide Reminder Prawns with eggs: No person shall retain prawns carrying eggs, or remove eggs from the underside of prawns carrying eggs. All prawns carrying eggs externally on the underside of the tail shall be returned to the water immediately and in the manner that causes the least harm.


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Protected areas

Protected areas

Learn about permanent restrictions that are in effect:

Area Type Closure Name
9-12 Rockfish Conservation Area Fish Egg Inlet

Area Descriptions

Area Map Area Description
Fish Egg Inlet Fish_Egg_Inlet.png Those waters of Fish Egg Inlet in Subarea 9-12 that lie easterly of a line From 51°37.400'N 127°47.500'W To 51°36.625'N 127°46.950'W except that portion of Elizabeth Lagoon that lies westerly of the meridian passing through 127°48.500' west longitude.


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