Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending September 12, 2021

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook fishing was VERY SLOW. Feeder springs are now making up much of the catch as most of the migratory springs have moved on. Coho fishing was FAIR in Juan de Fuca Strait with most fish being caught in deeper water in Juan de Fuca Strait. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Lingcod anglers have had FAIR results. Crabbing was HIT OR MISS.

 

Effective September 11, 2021 until December 31, 2021: The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of:

---- One (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off), OR

---- Three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

 

 

For all your Port Renfrew and Victoria fishing charter inquiries please email us at charters@fishingvictoria.com

If you wish to book a Victoria Fishing Charter as soon as possible, please call Rob Rippen at 250.686.3151

For the latest details on recreational fishery openings and closures in your area:

       A) Call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line);

       B) Visit our web page http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfmto find applicable fishery notices; or

       C) Follow our sport fishing Twitter account https://twitter.com/sportfishingbc

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Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0910-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - In-season Update on Daily Limit

This Fishery Notice supersedes FN0296 to announce an increase to daily limit for halibut measuring under 90 cm in length. The updated Fishery Notice reads as follows:

For 2021, the recreational halibut fishery allocation is 914,750 pounds. The recreational halibut fishery is actively managed to stay within sector's allocation and fishers should watch for subsequent Fishery Notices to announce potential in-season changes. 

The following measures are in effect coast wide as noted below: 

Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 15, 2021, fishing for halibut was opened coast-wide until further notice (See Fishery Notice FN0133 and FN296).

Effective September 11, 2021 until December 31, 2021:

The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of:

---- One (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off),

OR

---- Three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

No person shall retain a halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off).

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.

Annual Limit:

No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Licensing:

The 2021/22 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence will be in effect from April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022. 

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Shellfish
Subject:
FN0559-RECREATIONAL - Shellfish - Crab - Coast-wide - Crab Trap rot Cord - Advisory

Anglers need to be aware that not all crab pots purchased conform to the BC Sport Fishing Regulations. Legal rot cord is made from untreated cotton twine, no greater than #120 (or approximately 5 mm or 3/16 inch diameter).

Fishers should check the crab gear they buy and if it doesn't come with untreated cotton twine (rot cord) as specified above, then the cord needs to be replaced to be in compliance with the BC Sport Fishing Regulations. Illegal rot cord melts, while legal cotton rot cord will burn clean!

The legal rot cord will allow crab to escape. This will stop the trap from catching and retaining crabs in a situation where it becomes lost on the sea floor (rope to float gets cut off by passing boat or trap drifts away to unknown spot and continues to fish).

If these pots don't have the legal escape cord, they keep killing crab for a long time.

More information is available on the BC Sport Fishing Guide at https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Mike Kattilakoski 250-756-7315  Mike.Kattilakoski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 
Karen Vaudry 778-834-8127 Karen.Vaudry@dfo-mpo.gc.ca 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0559
Sent June 10, 2021 at 1207

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0501-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho - Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 - Coho Management Measures - Effective June 1, 2021

Continuing conservation concerns for Interior Fraser Coho require that 2021 
Coho management measures remain precautionary.

Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for Coho is two (2) per day, hatchery marked only, effective 00:01 hours June 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, in Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5. These measures exclude finfish closed areas and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs). Please check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for more information.

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Area 111 and Subareas 11-1, 11-2, and 12-14 (Portion of Queen Charlotte Sound):

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2021 you may retain two 
(2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Subareas 11-3 to 11-10 (inside Nakwakto Rapids):
Effective 00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

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Subareas 12-3 to 12-13, 12-15, 12-16 (except for the Hardy Bay portion described separately below), 12-17 to 12-19, and 12-21 to 12-23:

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours July 31, 2021, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Portion of Area 12-16 (Hardy Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, in that portion of Subarea 12-16 (Hardy Bay, inside of line from Duval Point to Daphne 
Point) you may retain four (4) hatchery marked Coho per day.

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Subareas 12-26 to 12-48 (Portion of the Mainland Inlets):

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Subareas 13-20, 13-21, a portion of 13-22 (East Side of Stuart Island and a portion of Bute Inlet):

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours September 15, 2021, in Subareas 13-20, 13-21, and that portion of Subarea 13-22 (described as those waters in Bute Inlet from the RCA boundary sign at Littleton Point across to the opposite shore at 50 degrees 49.900' N and 124 degrees 51.6290' W), you may retain two 
(2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Portion of Subarea 14-11 (Baynes Sound):

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021 in that portion of Subarea 14-11 Baynes Sound inside a line from the Cape Lazo Light, then to the P-54 Bell Buoy on Comox Bar, then to Longbeak Point, then to the mouth of Hart (Washer) Creek, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Portion of Subarea 15-1 (Lang Creek):

Effective 00:01 hours August 15 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2021 in that portion of Subarea 15-1 east of a line from Albion Point (locally known as 
Black Point) to Scotchfir Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

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Subarea 16-5 and Portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours June 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, in Subarea 
16-5 and a portion of Subarea 16-6 (Sechelt Inlet and Porpoise Bay - southerly of a line from Nine Mile Point true west to a boundary sign on the opposite shore), you may retain four (4) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

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Portion of Subarea 18-8 (Separation Point):

Effective 00:01 hours November 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, in that portion of Subarea 18-8, inside of a line between Separation Point and Cherry 
Point, you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

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No salmon fishing - Portions of Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5, 18-9 - A separate Variation Order and Fishery Notice will be issued with detailed information regarding upcoming salmon fishing closures in these areas to protect SRKWs.

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Area 19:

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021, in Area 
19, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked.

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Subarea 20-2 and portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light):

Effective 00:01 hours September 5 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021 in 
Subarea 20-2, and a portion of Subarea 20-1 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only two (2) may be unmarked.

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Portion of Subarea 20-1 (Port San Juan Light), Subareas 20-3 to 20-7:

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021 in that portion of Subarea 20-1 (seaward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and San Juan Point) and Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, of which only one (1) may be unmarked, excluding the areas and timing closed to salmon fishing listed below:

Effective 00:01 hours October 1 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2021 - No salmon fishing in Subareas 20-3 and 20-4

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Portion of Subarea 29-1 (Chapman Creek):

Effective 00:01 hours September 15 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2021 in that portion of Subarea 29-1 in front of Chapman Creek of Davis Bay and Trail Bay, inside a half mile ribbon boundary (1/2 mile offshore), commencing from one half mile true South of the Western boundary of Snickett Park (49 degrees 
27.625'N and 123 degrees 45.903'W to one half mile true South of the marker at the entrance to the Port Stalashin Marina (49 degrees 25.875'N and 123 degrees 
42.824'W), you may retain two (2) Coho per day (hatchery marked or unmarked).

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Variation Orders: 2021-RFQ-0150; 2021-RCT-145

Fishers are reminded the minimum size for Coho is 30 cm.

Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.  

The term "hatchery marked" or "marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. This is also referred to as an adipose fin-clipped (AFC) fish. Unmarked fish still have an adipose fin present.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho Salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0467-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, 16, and Subarea 20-5 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective immediately

This Fishery Notice details Chinook recreational fishery opportunities that have been approved on a trial basis for 2021 in portions of Areas 12, 13, 15, 16, and Subarea 20-5 for the 2021 fishing season. These areas are located outside the primary migratory paths used by Fraser Chinook and are designed to limit impacts on wild Chinook stocks of concern. These opportunities are being implemented on a trial basis with enhanced creel survey monitoring.  Anglers are reminded about the importance of reporting catch information, submitting heads for adipose fin clipped Chinook and providing access to fish for sampling when requested. This information will be used to support post-season evaluation and future decision making.  

Conservation measures to address conservation concerns for at-risk Southern BC Chinook stocks remain in effect for many southern BC waters. Please check the DFO web-site for specific restrictions in your area.  
 

Area 12:

Subareas 12-27, 12-28, 12-35, 12-38, and 12-40; and

That portion of 12-26 north of line from Dinner Point on Village Island (50°37.628'N, 126°30.322'W) across to a point on the opposite shore on Turnour Island (50°37.536'N, 126°29.845' W); AND east of the Lower Clio RCA boundary line at 50°35.397'N, 126°31.982'W; 50°34.943'N, 126°32.080'W; and
That portion of 12-39 northeasterly of a line from Gordon Point on Broughton Island (50°45.885'N, 126°44.158'W) across to the RCA boundary on Eden Island (50°45.510'N, 126°42.831'W);  AND those portions of Subarea 12-39 east of the Eden-Bonwick-Midsummer-Swanson Islands RCA:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 13 (Portions of Bute Inlet and Ramsay Arm):

That portion of Subarea 13-19 northerly of a line that runs from 50°19.584'N, 125°00.292'W (on Raza Island) to 50°19.9463'N, 125°01.9274'W (southeast of Frances Bay); and

Subarea 13-21:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet):

That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.7312N 124°57.9802W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.2872N 124°55.1772W); AND northerly of a line from Dean Point on West Redonda Island (50°17.147'N, 124°47.172'W) across to a point on East Redonda Island (50°17.145'N, 124°46.989'W); AND north of a line from Price Point (50°09.399'N, 124°39.165'W) to East Redonda Island (50°10.075'N,124°41.763'W); and

That portion of Subarea 15-6 (in Toba Inlet) west of a line from a boundary sign at Snout Point to a boundary sign on the opposite shore:

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Area 16 (portions of Sechelt and Jervis Inlets):

Subareas 16-6, 16-9, 16-12; and

That portion of Subarea 16-7 westerly of the Salmon Inlet RCA boundary following a meridian passing through at 123°43.00'W (near Black Bear Bluff); and

That portion of Subarea 16-8 west of a line from a point on land at 49°41.5'N, 123°48.4'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°41.1'N, 123°47.7'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-10 north of a line from a point on land at 49°40.0'N, 124°04.3'W, across to a point on the other shore at 49°40.0'N, 124°05.1'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-11 north of a line from a point on land at 49°44.99'N, 124°15.57'W, across to Ball Point (corner of the Hardy Island RCA) at 49°45.100'N, 124°13.750'W; and

That portion of Subarea 16-13 south of a line from a point on land at 49°50.7'N, 123°55.2'W then across to a point on the opposite shore at 49°50.2'N, 123°52.9'W; and

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours July 14, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook.


Subarea 20-5 (portions of Beecher Bay):

That portion of Subarea 20-5 northerly of a line drawn from 48°19.554'N, 123°37.768'W to 48°19.589'N, 123°36.533'W, then following the shoreline of Frazer Island east to the RCA boundary at 48°19.700'N, 123°36.267'W, then to 48°19.633'N, 123°35.681'W; and

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours July 31, 2021, one (1) Chinook per day hatchery-marked only.

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-273


Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters.

Variation Order: 2021-RFQ-094

Fishers are reminded that minimum legal size limits apply and to check the species regulations for the areas being fished.


Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.  

The term "hatchery marked" or "marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. This is also referred to as an adipose fin-clipped (AFC) fish. Unmarked fish still have an adipose fin present.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho Salmon.  Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing.  Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0467
Sent May 14, 2021 at 1323

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0296-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - 2021 Conditions of Licence starting April 1, 2021 - Amendment to FN0294

This Fishery Notice supersedes FN0294 to provide clarity on the daily and possession limits effective April 1, 2021. The corrected Fishery Notice reads as follows:

For 2021, the recreational Halibut fishery allocation is 914,750 pounds. The recreational Halibut fishery is actively managed to stay within sector's allocation and fishers should watch for subsequent Fishery Notices to announce potential in-season changes. 

The following measures are in effect coast wide as noted below: 

Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 15, 2021, fishing for Halibut was opened coast-wide until further notice (See Fishery Notice FN0133).

Effective April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022:

The daily and possession limit for Halibut is EITHER of:

---- one (1) Halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off),
OR
---- two (2) Halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

No person shall retain a Halibut greater than 133 cm head-on length (102 cm head-off).

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.

Annual Limit:
No person shall catch and retain more than ten (10) Halibut in the aggregate from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Licensing:
The 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence are in effect from February 15 until March 31, 2021 (See Fishery Notice FN0133).

The 2021/22 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence and Conditions of Licence will be in effect from April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022. 

All Halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 shall be immediately recorded on the 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, or, if mobile access is immediately available, the licence holder may record catch in the National Recreational Licensing System. The area from which each Halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded.

The exceptions to these openings are:

Areas 121: No person shall fish for or retain Halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121 outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125 degrees 01.687 minutes W.

Areas 121: Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank. Those portions of Subareas 121-1 and 121-2 inside a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.000 minutes W, then true east to 48 degrees 34.000 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.200 minutes W, then southeasterly to the International Boundary, outer perimeter at 48 degrees 29.618 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.553 minutes W, then westerly following the International Boundary perimeter to 48 degrees 29.605 minutes N and 124 degrees 56.190 minutes W, then northwesterly to the beginning point.

Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) and Glass Sponge Reef (GSR) closures remain in effect - refer to the following web pages for descriptions:

1)RCAs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#rca

2)GSRs- http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/restricted-restreint-eng.html#sponge

Variation Orders 2021-RCT-140 (Close Time) and 2021-RFQ-141 (Quota) are in effect.

Anglers are reminded of the mandatory condition of licence for the release of rockfish; all 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.

Non-residents of Canada: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Canadian border is closed to non-essential travel and BC Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences are not available to non-residents of Canada at this time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0296
Sent March 22, 2021 at 0925

Subject:

FN0476-General Information: Information for BC Recreational Fishers on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

As Canadians continue to adjust with life under Covid-19 conditions, recreational fishers are reminded to follow the guidelines set out by Public Health Officials when 
taking part in recreational fishing activities in British Columbia waters to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The Public Health Officer of British Columbia has asked 
British Columbians to limit non-essential travel within the province, especially to smaller communities. Consistent with the Orders and Guidance for Fishing and 
Hunting from the Public Health Officer of British Columbia, fishers are expected to only fish in their local area. 

Fishers should also be aware that many coastal communities in BC have closed access and services to visitors to help protect their residents. Access to fuel, supplies 
and other services in these communities may not be available.

Recreational fishers should be vigilant to follow the general recommendations from the Government of Canada for the Canadian public, see official advice on the 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) page https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html or call the information line at 1-833-784-4397 

Updates and changes that were recently announced by the Province of British Columbia regarding recreational fishing in BC at the following webpage:  
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing-and-hunting-covid-19-updates .

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is keeping the health and well-being of all Canadians in mind as we work together in an effort to slow the spread of the new 
coronavirus (COVID-19). To slow the spread of COVID-19 we ask that recreational fishers keep a physical distance between each other. Physical (social) distancing is 
proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

DFO's Conservation and Protection Program continues to provide a critical function in the Federal Government's management of Canada's marine resources. Regular 
integrated patrols by fishery officers on land, sea and air are ongoing.  

Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to supporting our fisheries and aquaculture industry during these difficult times. The Government of Canada 
is taking the necessary steps to keep you informed of the latest developments.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Greg Hornby, A/Regional Recreational Fisheries Coordinator, Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN1360-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - South Coast - Management Measures January 1, 2021 - Reminder

The following is a reminder of the South Coast Area Chinook management measures currently in effect and continuing January 1, 2021 until further notice.

The daily limit for Chinook is two (2) per day in the following areas:

Areas 11 to 27, 28, 111, 121, 123 to 127 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 and 29-8. 

Variation Order: 2020-RFQ-413; 2020-RFQ-689


Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

For the recreational fishery, the annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) coast-wide in all tidal waters. The annual licence period is from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Fishers are advised that further restrictions (including minimum and maximum size limits) do occur in some Areas and fishers are required to check the DFO website for a full list of any additional regulations and restrictions in the Area being fished. Please refer to the DFO recreational fisheries website at the following web address for a full list of regulations and restrictions:
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html 

Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices at: http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm

Notes:

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.  

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labeling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and Coho Salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program toll free at 1-866-483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are currently in effect and are closed to all fin-fishing. Descriptions of RCAs, other closures such as finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-4336 or by email at DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 
1-866-431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
 
Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Sooke

Salmon fishing was SLOW this past week. The best locations to catch a spring were Possession Point, and Otter Point. Feeder springs (winter springs) are now numbering more than larger mature springs. A couple of springs into the 20’s were caught, but most were much smaller. Coho fishing has been FAIR, especially out in deeper water. The coho were fairly deep with best success coming from 80-150 feet on the downrigger. Some of the coho have been as large as 10 lbs. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for all salmon. Good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Coho Killers, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Herring Aid has been the hot colour pattern in spoons. Popular flashers have been the Betsey, the Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Gold Fever Hot Spot. Halibut and Lingcod fishing was SLOW. Crabbing has been SLOW in the basin. 

Becher Bay

Salmon fishing  was SLOW this past week. Very few chinooks were caught as most of the chinooks have moved on. The best spots for chinook salmon were Aldridge Point and Beechey Head. Coho fishing has SLOWED, but some were being caught out near the shipping lanes. The average size has been from 5-9 lbs in size.  Anchovies are now the most popular bait and good colours for teaser heads were Chartreuse, Mint Pearl and Bloody Nose. Good spoons for chinooks have been Skinny G’s, Coho Killers and Coyotes with green in the colour mix. The GIBBS Highliner Guide Series Outfitters, the Madi, and Gold Fever Hot Spot flashers had been working well. Halibut fishing has been SPOTTY in the area. Crabbing in the bay has been SLOW in the bay.

Pedder Bay

Chinook fishing was SLOW near Pedder Bay. Most of the springs were caught near the entrance to the bay and near Church Rock. Coho fishing has slowed down near the shipping lanes but some coho up to 10 lbs are still being caught. Anchovies and herring were the best baits for salmon this past week. Good choices for teaser head colors were Chartreuse, UV Green and Bloody Nose. Spoons have also been highly effective with Skinny G’s, Wee G’s and AP Tackleworks spoons catching fish. All glow and Green with glow have been the two best color combinations. Halibut fishing was SLOW. The areas near William Head, Albert Head, and the 27 Fathom Reef have produced the most halibut recently. A few lingcod and rockfish were reported. Crabbing has been FAIR.

Victoria

It was VERY SLOW salmon fishing this past week. First light and the tide changes have been the most productive times. Constance Bank did give up a few salmon when you could get out there. It was very slow from Saxe Point to the Breakwater. The best lures this past week were small anchovies in Bloody Nose teasers or Silver Chrome Bullet Roll teasers.  Spoons have worked at times with Skinny G’s and Coho Killers in Outfitters, Irish Cream and AP Tackleworks 3” Sandlance spoons effective choices. Lingcod and rockfish fishing was FAIR. Crabbing has been SPOTTY.

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Oak Bay

Fishing for salmon has been SLOW in Oak Bay this past week.  We haven’t heard of many mature springs caught in either the Gap or the Flats. Smaller winter springs are now the most common catch in Oak Bay. Small spoons and squirts have been the best lures in this area recently. Halibut fishing was SLOW in Oak Bay. Crabbing has been FAIR in Oak Bay.

Sidney

Fishing for chinooks was SLOW this past week. The Sidney Salmon Derby was held on the weekend. Over 100 tickets were sold and 14 chinooks were caught. The winning fish weighed 17½ pounds. Halibut and lingcod fishing was SLOW. Crabbing has been SLOW and there are lots of traps out by Sidney Spit.

Halibut

Effective September 11, 2021 until December 31, 2021: The daily and possession limit for halibut is EITHER of:

---- One (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 133 cm in length (69 cm to 102 cm head-off), OR

---- Three (3) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off).

Saltwater Notable Catches

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Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Not much has changed in freshwater angling. Fishing has been EXCELLENT for bass and SLOW for trout. Due to the extreme low water levels and elevated water temperatures, most anglers are not fishing any rivers so as to avoid stressing the fish. 

 

 

Cowichan River

The water level is very low and the water temperatures very warm, so most anglers are not fishing the river in order to not stress the fish

Trout

Trout fishing has been SLOW at local lakes. The water temperatures is fairly warm and the fish are deeper near the thermocline in the local lakes. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms fished just off the bottom. White, Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Chironomid hatches have been happening at most lakes. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding Bands fished behind Gang Trolls. Tomic Plugs in 2”-3” sizes have also been working well for trout at Cowichan Lake.

To find out about fish stockings all over the Island and the province, as well as the different strains being released, click on the link http://www.gofishbc.com/Stocked-Fish.aspx 

Bass

Bass fishing continues to be EXCELLENT. Big Largemouth and Smallmouth bass have been quite active and four pound plus fish are being caught regularly. Topwater fishing is good in the early mornings and evenings with anglers having good luck with wake baits, frogs and poppers, Subsurface soft plastics continue to trigger the most bites, with wacky and Texas rig worms at the top of the list. Try fishing close to the docks and near shallow structure. Deep water has been good during the day and jigs and drop shot fishing has been effective. Hot lakes continue to be Shawnigan, Quennell, Langford and Prospect Lakes.

The CBFL kayak championship was held this past weekend on Shawnigan lake The top ten anglers from the CBFL tournament series qualified to fish the event This two-day, winner takes all competition saw most anglers fishing offshore for suspending bass After day one, the Kayak Angler of the Year, Aaron Broadbent was in the lead with a 3 fish limit totaling 51" Sunday's weather was looking good when the anglers set out. Aaron went back to his spots and went to work amassing a 53.25", 3 fish limit, going wire to wire, winning the championship with a impressive 104.25 two day total Honorable mention to Jesse Mcmullan runner up coming in with a two day total of 97.75"

Freshwater Notable Catches

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Fish Tip of the Week

Cover water! Most of the time when you hit one Coho, you hit another Coho, and then another. This is because Coho usually travel in schools in search of baitfish. In order to locate some Coho, it is important to continue covering different water and depths until you have found a school. Try spreading your lines all at different depths and try not to get stuck sitting in one spot against the tide.

2020 Island Outfitters' Leader Boards

Island Outfitters starts and ends the year with our free, for fun and prizes, Salmon, Trout and Halibut Leader Boards. Simply weigh your catch in at Island Outfitters and the top five fish in each category on December 31st win a special prize.

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