Fishery Notice

FN0809-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 6 - Skeena River watershed - Open Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, the following waters of the Skeena River watershed are open for one (1) Sockeye per day as follows:

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours September 15, 2021 
The waters of the Babine Lake, not including tributaries and excluding those waters within a 400 m radius of the following tributary streams: Morrison Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pierre Creek, Pendleton Creek, Hazelwood Creek, Twain Creek, Tachek Creek, Five Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Sockeye Creek, Big Loon Creek, Tsezakwa Creek, and Pinkut Creek. Also closed east of a line from Gullwing Creek to the south shore of Babine Lake.
Note: Barbed hooks are authorized in Babine Lake. 

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours Aug 31, 2021
Babine River  

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours September 15, 2021
Skeena River mainstem waters only, upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace to a point above the confluence with the Babine River(Excluding Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 bridge. Also excluding Skeena River mainstem waters within three white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence with the Kispiox River).

Effective immediately to 23:59 hours September 15, 2021
Skeena River mainstem waters only, downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, B.C.(Excluding the Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitsumkalum River mouth, from the confluence with the Zymagotitz (also known as the Zymachord River) upstream to the Classified Waters boundary at the top of 'Hells Gate' until 23:59 hours Aug 31, 2021).

Variation Oder #: 2021-RCT-443, 2021-RFQ-442


Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

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.

Anglers are advised to check for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at 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).

Contact your local Area office


Darren Chow
North Coast Recreational Fisheries Coordinator
250 627-3441

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0809
Sent August 18, 2021 at 1552