Island Outfitters Fishing Report

Week Ending August 14, 2022

Saltwater Report

Saltwater Overview

Chinook fishing was SLOW overall. Anglers were catching some slot size chinooks in all areas, but they weren’t too plentiful. There were many oversize fish and lots off small ones caught and released. Anglers were also catching cohos, sockeye and pinks. Halibut fishing was FAIR on the weekend and anglers are reporting lots of dogfish. Lingcod and rockfish anglers reported GOOD success. Crabbing has been SLOWER. Prawning was GOOD in Saanich Inlet.

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Notices

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0692-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Southeast Vancouver Island - Areas 18, 19, 20, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 - Chinook Management Measures - effective August 1, 2022; and Subareas 20-1, 20-2, 29-1 and 29-2 - effective July 15, 2022.

This notice advises fishers of the recreational Chinook fishing opportunities and other local closures and non-retention areas for Areas 18, 19, 20, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 that are in effect August 1, 2022. This notice also includes measures in effect July 15 for Subareas 20-1, 20-2, 29-1 and 29-2.

For all areas, any in-season changes or terminal opportunities based on abundance will be announced by subsequent Fishery Notice(s). Fishers are reminded to check the DFO website before they go fishing for current regulations in effect that day.

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Area 18:

SALMON FISHING CLOSURE:

-Those waters around the Gulf Islands (Pender and Saturna Islands, Subarea 18-9, and those portions of 18-2, 18-4, and 18-5) previously announced are closed to salmon fishing until 23:59 hours October 31, 2022, to support Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery in Fishery Notice 0500.

FINFISH CLOSURES:

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2022 the following areas are closed to fishing for all finfish:

-That portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies southerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island, near 48°46.179'N and 123°34.654'W, to a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island SE of Burial Islet, near 48°45.992'N and 123°33.777'W, AND northerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles ESE of Musgrave Point, near 48°43.982'N and 123°31.418'W, to a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles NW of Cherry Point, near 48°43.197'N and 123°33.708'W.

-That portion of Subarea 18-8 that lies easterly of a line from a square white boundary sign at Separation Point to a square white boundary sign at Wilcuma Wharf in Cowichan Bay

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours October 31, 2022 the following areas are closed to fishing for all finfish:

-In Subarea 18-8, the waters of Cowichan Bay inside a line from a fishing boundary sign near Separation Point on Vancouver Island to Wilcuma Wharf.

CHINOOK NON-RETENTION AREAS:

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2022 the following areas are Chinook non-retention:

-Subareas 18-6

-That portion of Subarea 18-7 that lies northerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island, near 48°46.179'N and 123°34.654'W, to a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island SE of Burial Islet, near 48°45.992'N and 123°33.777'W, AND southerly of a line from a square white boundary sign on Saltspring Island approximately 1.5 nautical miles ESE of Musgrave Point, near 48°43.982'N and 123°31.418'W, to a square white boundary sign on Vancouver Island approximately 0.5 nautical miles NW of Cherry Point, near 48°43.197'N and 123°33.708'W

-That portion of Subarea 18-8 that lies easterly of a line from a square white boundary sign at Wilcuma Wharf in Cowichan Bay.

-Subarea 18-10

AREA 18 - daily quota and size restrictions (excluding those closed and non-retention areas/periods listed above):

-Effective 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2022: One (1) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

REMINDER: Chinook minimum size limit is 62 cm in Area 18.

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AREA 19:

Subarea 19-2 is closed to all fishing activity all year due to ongoing pollution.

FINFISH CLOSURES:

Effective 00:01 hours September 1 until 23:59 hours November 30, 2022 the following area is closed to fishing for all finfish:

-Subarea 19-12 [Saanich Inlet, south of Christmas Point]

Effective 00:01 hours September 15 until 23:59 hours November 30, 2022 the following area is closed to fishing for all finfish:

-Whiskey Point: The waters of Saanich Inlet in Subarea 19-8 inside a line from Whiskey Point to Verdier Point.

CHINOOK NON-RETENTION:

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2022 the following areas are Chinook non-retention areas:

-Subareas 19-7 to 19-12 [Saanich Inlet]

AREA 19 - daily quota and size restrictions (excluding those closed and non-retention areas/periods listed above):

-Effective 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2022: One (1) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

REMINDER: Chinook minimum size limit is 45 cm in Subareas 19-1, 19-3 and 19-4. The Chinook minimum size limit in Subareas 19-5 to 19-12 is 62 cm.

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AREA 20:

SALMON FISHING CLOSURES:

New for 2022: Fishers are advised that portions of Subarea 20-1 are closed to salmon fishing from 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours October 31, 2022. Portions of Subarea 20-5 are closed to salmon fishing from 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours October 31, 2022. These measures are in place to support Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery. More details will be announced in a subsequent Fishery Notice.

FINFISH CLOSURES:

Effective 00:01 hours August 15 until 23:59 hours September 4, 2022 the following areas are closed to fishing for all finfish:

-In Area 20, those waters that are inside a line that begins at a white square boundary sign located approximately .8 nautical miles west of Owen Point, then to 48°32.45' north latitude and 124°32.05' west longitude, then to the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, then to Woods Nose, then across Port San Juan to a white square boundary sign at 48°33.23' north latitude and 124°28.55' west longitude.

CHINOOK NON-RETENTION AREAS:

Effective 00:01 hours July 15 until 23:59 hours October 25, 2022 the following areas are Chinook non-retention areas:

- Those portions of Subareas 20-1 and 20-2 shoreward of a line between a square white boundary sign at Owen Point, the Port San Juan Light and Whistle Buoy, and to Woods Nose.

Effective 00:01 hours August 1 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2022 the following areas are Chinook non-retention areas:

-Subareas 20-6 and 20-7

AREA 20 - daily quota and size restrictions (excluding those closed and non-retention periods listed above):

Subareas 20-1 and 20-2 (excluding those portions listed above):

-Effective 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours July 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit

Subareas 20-3 to 20-7 (excluding those portions listed above): 

-Effective 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2022: One (1) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

REMINDER: Chinook minimum size limit is 45 cm in Area 20.

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SUBAREAS 29-1 to 29-5:

CHINOOK FISHING CLOSURE:

Effective 00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours August 31, 2022 the following areas are closed to fishing for Chinook:

-Those portions of Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 that lie east of a line from Gower Point (49°23.021'N, 123°32.166' W) near Gibsons to Shah Point on the southern tip of Valdes Island (49°01.695'N, 123°35.721'W).

SALMON FISHING CLOSURES:

New for 2022: Fishers are advised that portions of Subarea 29-3 are closed to salmon fishing from 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours September 30, 2022. These measures are in place to support Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery. More details will be announced in a subsequent Fishery Notice.

SUBAREAS 29-1 to 29-2 - daily quota and size restrictions:

-Effective 00:01 hours July 15 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2022: One (1) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

SUBAREAS 29-3 to 29-5 - daily quota and size restrictions (excluding those closed and non-retention areas/periods listed above):

-Effective 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31, 2022: One (1) Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm on marked and unmarked Chinook.

-Effective 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022: Two (2) Chinook per day, no maximum size limit.

REMINDER: Chinook minimum size limit is 62 cm in Subareas 29-1 to 29-5.

Variation Orders: 2022-RFQ-0281, 2022-RCT-282, 2022-RCT-231

Coast-wide Recreational Fisheries:

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

Variation Order: 2022-RFQ-009

Notes:

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

The term "marked", "hatchery marked", or "adipose fin clipped" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

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

The Government of Canada recognizes that Southern Resident Killer Whales face imminent threats to their survival and recovery. In the spring of 2022, the Government announced a suite of management measures to be implemented this summer that help address the key threats of reduced prey availability (primarily Chinook salmon), and acoustic and physical disturbance. These measures include salmon fishery closures, Interim Sanctuary Zones that restrict vessels from entering (including fishing), minimum vessel approach distances and a number of voluntary measures including to stop fishing (do not haul gear) within 1,000 metres of killer whales and let them pass. For more information about the 2022 management measures, please visit https://www.canada.ca/southern-resident-killer-whales or contact the Marine Mammal Team at DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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 your local DFO office
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/contact/regions/pacific-pacifique-eng.html

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0692
Sent July 8, 2022 at 1600

Fishery Notice

Category(s):

RECREATIONAL - Salmon

Subject:

FN0535-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho - Northwest Coast of Vancouver Island- Areas 25 to 27 and 125 to 127 - Coho Opening Times and Limits - Effective Immediately


Conservation concerns for Interior Fraser Coho persist and will require that 2022 Coho management measures remain precautionary in offshore areas. 
WCVI wild Coho returns in 2022 are expected to be "moderate".  This improvement in forecasted returns to the WCVI will provide for increased wild retention opportunities in the inshore areas in 2022. Unless otherwise specified below, the daily limit for Coho is two (2) per day, hatchery-marked only from 00:01 hours June 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2022 in Areas 25 to 27, 121, and 125 to 127. 

Please be aware that these limits do not apply to fin-fish closed areas, or Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs). Fin-fish closures for 2022 will be announced in a subsequent Fishery Notice. Please check the DFO website referenced at the bottom of this notice for further information. 


Area 25 - Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet
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Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2022 until 23:59 hours Dec 31, 2022, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, marked or unmarked except for the following;

Subareas 25-4 and 25-5 (Tlupana Inlet). 

Effective 00:01 hours July 15, 2022 until 23:59 hours Dec 31, 2022, you may retain four (4) Coho per day, two (2) of which may be unmarked;


Area 26 - Kyuquot Sound
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Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2022 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, marked or unmarked except for; 

Effective 00:01 hours July 15 until 23:59 hours October 15, 2022 the following is a  Salmon Non-retention Area; that portion of Subareas 26-11 and 126-4 shoreward of a line drawn from Clerke Point on Vancouver Island located at 50 degrees 04.870'N and 127 degrees 48.856'W, then to a point along the Checleset Bay RCA boundary approximately 1 nautical mile from shore located at 50 degrees 04.059'N and 127 degrees 49.949'W, then to a point approximately 5.4 nautical miles to the northwest located at 50 degrees 06.079'N and 127 degrees 57.696'W, then to Solander Island light at 50 degrees 06.662'N and 127 degrees 56.434'W, then north-easterly approximately 0.8 nautical miles to a point on Vancouver Island (Brooks Peninsula) located at 50 degrees 06.840'N and 127 degrees 54.980'W .


Area 27 - Quatsino Sound
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Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2022 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, marked or unmarked except for;

Subarea 27-4 (Brooks Bay). 

Effective 00:01 hours June 1, 2022 until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, you may retain two (2) Coho per day, hatchery-marked only.

Refer to the following website link for a description of the Area and Subarea maps and for information on salmon non-retention areas and fishing closures: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/areas-secteurs-eng.html

Variation Order No. 2022-RFQ-230.


Notes:

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

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.

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 (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 fin-fish 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.

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 - FN0535
Sent June 1, 2022 at 1022

Fishery Notice

Category(s):

RECREATIONAL - General Information

Subject:

FN0243-Important Information on the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence Conditions for licence year April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023


BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences for the upcoming licence year, starting on April 1, 2022, will be available towards the end of March; a subsequent Fishery Notice will be posted to advise the actual date of availability.

New and significant conditions of the BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence for April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 are as follows:

NEW FORMATTING:

--The licence is now a two page licence; you must print both pages and attach/keep them together - OR - have your licence immediately available to be viewed on an electronic device. Note that we were unable to keep the expanding number of conditions of licence on one page. Fishers are reminded that catch records must be immediately permanently recorded on the paper licence (on page 1), or in their NRLS account, for the following species and areas: Chinook and halibut retained in any Management Area, and lingcod retained in Areas 12 to 19 (excluding Subarea 12-14), and Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5.
  
CRAB & PRAWN/SHRIMP TRAP FLOATS:

--Floats must be made of a durable material and designed for operation in marine waters. Avoid plastic jugs, bottles and foam blocks that may deteriorate or sink, or are hard to see or mark. This change supports improved enforcement, the removal of junk from marine waters, and supports cleaner oceans.

SALMON HEAD RECOVERY PROGRAM:

--The conditions of licence detail the equivalent head-off lengths for Chinook and coho salmon that may be retained during openings as described in the BC Sport Fishing Guide http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html. The online BC Sport Fishing Guide also provides details on overall length restrictions, how to make length measurements, packaging instructions and the Salmon Head Recovery Program.

--Fishers are encouraged to return Chinook and coho salmon heads to Salmon Head Recovery Depots for analysis by the Department; the recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment. More information on this program can be found in the online BC Sport Fishing Guide or by contacting the toll free phone number at (866) 483-9994. 

SPECIAL NOTES:

1) Under recent regulatory changes, violations of conditions of licence may be subject to a ticket/fine of $750, plus a 15% processing surcharge.

2) EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2023 - Crab & Prawn/Shrimp traps. The Department would like to advise that changes to the conditions of licence to standardize crab and prawn/shrimp float requirements will be proceeding for the licence year beginning on April 1, 2023. This change is required to support improved enforcement and catch monitoring. This advance notice is intended to provide stakeholders and gear manufacturers/distributors adequate time to prepare for these planned changes. Some fishers may be required to purchase new fishing gear over the next year in order to be in compliance on April 1, 2023 with the following requirements. 

- Crab Traps - Floats attached to crab traps must be bullet shaped cylindrical floats a minimum of 27cm in length and 12cm in diameter. Typically these are foam floats which can be found at most tackle retailers. 

- Prawn and Shrimp Traps - Floats attached to prawn and shrimp traps must be round (spherical) in shape and a minimum of 27cm in diameter. Typically these are 'Scotchman' style floats which can be found at most tackle retailers.   

These changes have been reviewed and approved by the Sport Fishing Advisory Board. 

OTHER NOTES:

--Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at 
https://recfish-pechesportive.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm

--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 (800) 465-4336.

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


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Feliksas Markevicius, 
Recreational Fisheries Advisor (Pacific Region) Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Feliksas.Markevicius@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0243
Sent March 16, 2022 at 1152

 

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0311-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook - Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5 - Chinook Management Measures - Effective April 1, 2022 - Amendment to FN0288

This Fishery Notice is an amendment to FN0288 to include measures for Subareas 20-1 and 20-2. The complete notice is as follows:

To address conservation concerns for at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks, DFO is continuing precautionary reductions in recreational fisheries to support conservation of these stocks. This Fishery Notice provides the interim recreational fishery management measures to provide protection to at-risk Fraser River Chinook stocks in Areas 11 to 20, 111, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-5.  The interim measures to start the 2022 fishing season (beginning April 1, 2022) are the same measures that were in place at the beginning of last season. As these are interim measures, a further announcement on possible revised management actions will be announced in a subsequent Fishery Notice.

This notice also announces the mark-selective fisheries (MSFs) that were approved in the 2021/22 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) and that will be re-opening April 1, 2022.

Management measures to protect Fraser River Chinook stocks of concern:

Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait - Area 12 (excluding Subarea 12-14); and Northern Strait of Georgia - Areas 13 to 17, and Subareas 29-1 to 29-2:
00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 14: Chinook non-retention.
 
For clarity, in Areas 11 and 111, and Subarea 12-14, the daily limit of Chinook is two (2) per day, with a minimum size of 45 cm.

Southern Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait (west)- Area 18, Subareas 19-1, 19-3 to 19-12, 20-3 to 20-7, and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 (excluding those portions listed as closed below):

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 31: Chinook non-retention.

Reminder: Subarea 19-2 (Esquimalt Harbour) is closed to all fishing activity.

Those portions of Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 that lie east of a line from Gower Point (49 23.021'N, 123 32.166' W) near Gibsons to Shah Point on the southern tip of Valdes Island (49 01.695'N, 123 35.721'W):

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 31: No fishing for Chinook.

Juan de Fuca Strait (east) - Subareas 20-1 and 20-2:

00:01 hours April 1 until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022: Chinook non-retention

Mark-selective fisheries:

Area 12 (portions of Broughton Archipelago/Knight Inlet):

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; and

That portion of Subarea 12-41 north of a line from Popplewell Point (50º50.756'N, 126º57.317'W) to the RCA boundary at Bourmaster Point (50º50.700'N, 126º55.574'W):

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 12 (excluding Subarea 12-14).

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 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 13.

Area 15 (portions of Toba Inlet):

That portion of 15-5 north of a line from Tibbs Point on Raza Island (50°18.731?N 124°57.980?W) to Connis Point on West Redonda Island (50°18.287?N 124°55.177?W); 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 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit for Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook. The minimum size for all Chinook is 62 cm in Area 15.

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:

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 14, 2022, the daily limit on Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day marked or unmarked, with maximum 80 cm size limit on unmarked Chinook. For clarity, there is no maximum size limit on hatchery marked Chinook and the minimum size is 62 cm in Area 16.

Subarea 20-5 (portion of Beecher Bay):

Effective 00:01 hours April 1, 2022, until 23:59 hours July 31, 2022, the daily limit of Chinook is one (1) Chinook per day, hatchery-marked only, in the following waters:

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.

Reminder: The minimum size in Area 20 is 45 cm.

Variation Order: 2022-RFQ-064
	
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: 2022-RFQ-009

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 - FN0311
Sent March 25, 2022 at 1542


 

Sooke

Chinook fishing was SLOWER this past week. The most productive areas were Secretary Island and Otter Point. Coho fishing has been FAIR, with the fish a little further out than last week. The unclipped coho have been larger, weighing up to 10 lbs. Many boats are also catching sockeyes and pinks while fishing for springs. Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Crabbing has been FAIR in Sooke Basin. Anchovies have been the most popular bait and rood choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze, and Bloody Nose.  Spoons such as Krippled “KC”, Coho Killers, Skinny G’s, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey.

The Sooke Summer Chinook Special salmon derby was held this past weekend and was a success with 22 chinooks being weighed in. The winning fish was a 17.6 lb fish caught by Sean Hutchinson. Kelly Yates came in second with a 13.86 lb chinook. Colin Lamb won the hidden weight prize with a 6.6 lb fish.

Becher Bay

Chinook fishing was a REAL GRIND this past weekend after a pod of Killer Whales spent a couple of days in the area. The most productive areas were the Trap Shack and Beechey Head. On the windy days, most anglers were fishing Aldridge Point and inside the bay. Coho fishing has been FAIR. Many boats are still catching limits of fin clipped coho as well as releasing lots of unclipped fish. The coho are growing larger in size. Lingcod fishing was FAIR off Aldridge Point. Crabbing has been FAIR in the bay. Anchovies have been the most popular bait and good choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze, and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Krippled “KC”, Coyote, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey. 

The Mike Chips Doug Smithson Memorial Derby will be held August 20/21 at Cheanuh Marina. Tickets are available at the Marina.

Pedder Bay

The fishing for chinooks was SLOW inside the bay and FAIR outside the bay at Whirl Bay and Church Rock. Coho are more plentiful than the springs and wee making up most of the catch. Anchovies have been the most popular baits and rood choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze, and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Krippled “KC”, Coyote, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey. Halibut fishing was FAIR, better than last month. Lingcod and rockfish fishing was GOOD and crabbing has SLOWED DOWN.

Victoria

Chinook fishing was SLOW overall. The most productive fishing was during the week before the full moon and huge tides. There were some springs around on the weekend but very few. There is a ton of 3”-4” herring in the area and that size bait or lure has been effective. There have been some oversize springs and many undersized ones as well. Constance Bank has not been as good as Macaulay Point and the harbour area. Anchovies and small herring have been the most popular baits and rood choices for teaser head colors are Chartreuse, Purple Haze, and Bloody Nose. Spoons such as Skinny G’s, Wee G’s, Krippled “KC”, Coyote, and AP Tackleworks spoons have been good for springs. Popular flashers have been Jelly Fish Glow, The Bon Chovy, the Madi and the Super Betsey  Halibut fishing was SLOW, but we did hear of 3 halibut (60, 30 and 20 lbs) caught off West Constance. Lingcod fishing was FAIR. Crabbing has been SLOW

Oak Bay

Chinook fishing has been FAIR in the Gap and on the Flats. There were some keepers caught as well as both over and under sized springs. AP Tackleworks and GIBBS Needlefish spoons and squirts were the best lures to use. Lingcod, greenling, and rockfish fishing was GOOD. Halibut fishing was SLOW south of Discovery Island and near Zero Rock. Crabbing was SLOW near Willows Beach and in Cadboro Bay.

Sidney

Fishing for springs was FAIR near Sidney. The springs were spread out throughout the area with no concentrations in any location. Most of the salmon were either under or over the slot size, but there were keepers being caught. Some areas that produced were Hambley Point, Sidney Spit, the Powder Wharf, and the small open area off Moresby Island. Skinny G, Coho Killers and AP Tackleworks spoons have been very effective. Lingcod and rockfish fishing was SLOW. Prawning in Saanich Inlet and Coles Bay was GOOD for those soaking traps overnight. Halibut fishing has been SLOW in the Sidney area.

Halibut

Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon)
Subject:
FN0067-Recreational - Fin Fish (Other than Salmon) - Halibut - Fishery Opening February 1, 2022

Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2022 until further notice recreational fishing for halibut will open coast-wide with the following measures in effect as noted below: 

Licensing:

The 2021/2022 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence, are in effect until March 31, 2022. The 2022/2023 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence will be in effect from April 1, 2022 until March 31, 2023. 

A subsequent Fishery Notice will be released prior to the start of the 2022/2023 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence which will announce the recreational halibut fishing measures from April 1, 2022 onward

Limits and sizes:

Effective at 00:01 hours February 1, 2022 until March 31, 2022:

The daily limit is one (1) halibut per day.

The 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. 

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 2022-RCT-080 (Close Time) and 2022-RFQ-081 (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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Greg Hornby (Regional Recreational Coordinator) - Greg.Hornby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0067
Sent January 28, 2022 at 0949

Saltwater Notable Catches

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

Freshwater Report

Freshwater Overview

Trout fishing is FAIR and Bass fishing is GOOD! 

Summer closure: No Fishing in any stream in Management Units 1-1 to 1-6 from July 15- Aug 31 (see water specific regulations table for exceptions).:

Trout

Trout fishing has been GOOD at local lakes as the water warms up. Some lakes are having good chironomid hatches. Shore anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, and worms while fishing close to the bottom. Pink, Chartreuse and Fluorescent Yellow have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are mostly fishing Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Chironomid patterns. Trollers are catching the most trout with worms fished on Gibbs Wedding Bands behind Gang Trolls. 

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC ended the spring stocking of catchable triploid rainbow trout into Victoria area lakes. Following is a list of the local lakes receiving stocked catchable triploid rainbow trout and the total number released so far this year.

Elk Lake – 4,000

Shawnigan Lake – 2.397

Prospect Lake- 2,000

Durrance Lake – 2,000

Langford Lake – 2,500

Thetis Lake - 779

Spectacle Lake- 1,000

Kemp Lake - 750

Lookout Lake - 700

Matheson Lake – 1,000

Glen Lake - 500

Colwood Lake - 250

Poirier Lake – 250

Ida Anne Lake -350

Bass

Very little change from the past weeks. Fishing is GOOD in all lakes. Most of the bass have been fairly small, but some lunkers are still being caught. The smallmouth bass are holding near docks, overhanging bushes, and shallow structure. The largemouth bass have been holding in weeds and lilies and close to the shore. There has been a good topwater bite in the mornings and evenings. Anglers have been having good luck with top water lures throwing frogs, poppers and wake baits in the morning and evenings. During the day, soft plastics with wacky rigs have been the favorite for many anglers. Beaver, Quennell and Shawnigan Lakes have been very productive. 

Freshwater Notable Catches

Please send photos (in jpeg format) with name(s) and a description of your notable catch to our email fishingreports@fishingvictoria.com

 

Fish Tip of the Week

Be alert and courteous to the boats around you! When boats are fishing close together and one boat hooks into a big spring, well that fish is going to make a big run (usually straight back). You should always move away from the boat that is fighting a fish or get your gear up and away from the fish. You will appreciate it when you’ve hooked a big slab and other boats keep out of your way.

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