Fishery Notice

FN1175-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Angling Opportunities - Effective November 1, 2020

Effective 00:01 hours November 1 to 23:59 hours December 31, 2020, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day (hatchery marked or unmarked) in the following portion of the Cowichan River:

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

Anglers are being requested to provide catch information from this fishery to DFO through the use of a catch card system. Anglers wishing to participate in this fishery can obtain catch cards at the following retailers:

	- Bucky's Sport Shop, Duncan
	- Gone Fishin', Duncan
	- Gord's Fly Box, Lake Cowichan

Anglers can also find cards/drop boxes at the Stoltz Pool Campground and Sandy Pool Park.

Anglers are further reminded of the following regulation that comes into effect 00:01 hours November 16, 2020:

-angling is permitted but there is no retention of salmon from the white triangle boundary sign located in Sandy Pool Regional Park, downstream to the tidal boundary.

Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-536; 2020-RCT-599


Please be reminded the minimum size for Coho is 25 cm in non-tidal waters.

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).

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.

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 - FN1175
Sent October 29, 2020 at 1416