Freshwater Salmon Regulations
The management of salmon fisheries
in B.C., in both tidal and freshwater, is the responsibility
of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Unlike previous
years, DFO's regulations for salmon fishing in freshwater
are not included in this Synopsis.
Barbless hooks are required for salmon
fishing in all freshwater, as well as all tidal waters
Please note that when freshwaters are
closed to fishing or have gear restrictions outlined in
this Synopsis, these regulations apply to salmon as well
as to non-salmon species.
For information on all the salmon
please contact the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
Saltwater Sport Fishing Regulations
The tidal recreational fishery includes
harvest of a wide array of fish and shellfish species.
However, the bulk of the effort has traditionally focused
on salmonid species, particularly coho, chinook and steelhead,
as well as lesser numbers of cutthroat and Dolly Varden.
In addition, there is a growing interest in sport fisheries
targeting on sockeye, pink and chum salmon as well as
groundfish (halibut, ling cod, rockfish, flounder, sole
etc.) and shellfish (clams, crabs, mussels, oysters, octopuses,
scallops, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, shrimp and prawns)
Under the federal Fisheries
Act, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is
responsible for the day-to-day management of tidal recreational
fisheries and in-river salmon fisheries. In addition,
the department is responsible for the protection of fish