Fishery Notice

FN1131-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Non-retention Angling Opportunities - Effective immediately

Effective immediately, the no fishing order for the following portion of the Cowichan River is lifted, allowing for non-retention salmon fishing:

Cowichan River - from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park.

Variation Orders: 2020-RCT-599


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.
Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (willfully) 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).

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 - FN1131
Sent October 20, 2020 at 1107