Fishery Notice

FN1109-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho - Region 1 - Nanaimo River - Angling Opportunities - Effective October 15, 2020

Effective 00:01 hours October 15, 2020 until 23:59 hours March 31, 2021, the daily limit of Coho (hatchery marked or unmarked) is one (1) per day, maximum 35 cm, in the Nanaimo River and its tributaries, excluding those portions described below.

There is no fishing from the Cedar Road bridge upstream approximately 400 m to the fishing boundary signs located near the Highway 19 bridge from 00:01 hours September 15, 2020 to 23:59 hours October 30, 2020.

There is also a year-round fishing closure from the power line crossing at "Bore Hole" upstream to the fishing boundary signs at the mouth of Boulder Creek.

Effective 00:01 hours November 1, 2020, until 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is two (2) per day, hatchery marked only, in the following portion of the Nanaimo River:

Nanaimo River - from the upstream side of the Cedar Road Bridge, upstream to the downstream side of the Highway 1 overpass.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.
Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (wilfully) foul-hooking fish or attempting to foul hook fish is illegal and that non-compliance may result in closure (Foul hook is defined as: hooking a fish in any part of its body other than the mouth).

Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-536; 2020-RCT-469

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

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

Erika Watkins, ECVI Recreational Fisheries Manager,

Or contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office, or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1109
Sent October 15, 2020 at 1136