Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0809-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho and Pink - Region 6 - Open Effective immediately - Amendment to FN0796


This is an amendment to FN0796 to emphasize that anglers should refer to the BC 
Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, regarding open times, areas and 
limits before fishing as not all rivers and/or lakes in Region 6 are open to 
fishing for Coho and/or Pink salmon. 

Recreational fishing for Coho and Pink salmon is re-opened in sections of the 
Skeena River and in specific tributaries to the Skeena River. Recreational 
fishing for Chinook, Chum and Sockeye salmon will remain closed in the entire 
Skeena River watershed (includes tributaries and lakes). Please refer to the 
online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a complete list of the 
recreational salmon regulations for all lakes and rivers of Region 6.
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish 

Additional management measures will be in place for North Coast Chinook as 
follows:

1. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to fishing for Chinook to 
protect spawning Chinook stocks.
2. All rivers and lakes flowing into PFMAs 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be closed to 
fishing for Chinook, excluding the Kitimat River. Note: This does not include 
the Nass watershed.  

Additional management measures will be in place for North Coast Coho as follows:

1. Effective immediately, the daily quota for Skeena Coho will be two (2) per 
day, only one (1) of which can be over 50cm, in sections of the Skeena River 
watershed. 
2. Effective immediately, the daily quota for Coho in select rivers and lakes 
that flow into PFMAs 3, 4, 5 and 6, excluding the Kitimat River, will be two 
(2) per day, only one (1) of which can be over 50cm. 

Effective immediately, the daily quota for Pink salmon is two (2) per day in 
sections of the Skeena River watershed.

The Following Skeena River Tributaries and sections of the Skeena River 
mainstem will be closed to fishing for Salmon as follows:

1. Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitsumkalum River mouth, from the 
confluence with the Zymagotitz River (also known as Zymacord River) upstream to 
the Classified Waters boundary at the top of Hell's Gate.
Effective immediately to Aug 31, 2019.
2. Kitsumkalum River (including lakes and tributaries).
Effective immediately to Aug 31, 2019. 
3. Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek 
upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge.
Effective immediately until further notice. 
4. Skeena River mainstem waters within the three white triangular fishing 
boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena River and Kispiox River.
Effective immediately until further notice.

Please refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a 
complete list of the recreational salmon regulations for all lakes and rivers 
of Region 6.
http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Variation Order #: 2019-RCT-433, 2019-RFQ-339, 2019-RFQ-440


Notes:

Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

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

The term "marked" means a hatchery 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 labelling 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.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected 
to the internet at 
https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm 
or by using Google search key words "Recfish Licence".

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:

Contact the local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office

or

Darren Chow
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3441

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0809
Sent August 16, 2019 at 1527