Fishery Notice

FN0416-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 1 - Portion of the Somass River - Somass Park - Opening May 1, 2022

Effective daily from 05:00 hours to 22:00 hours May 1 to July 23, 2022 the daily limit of Sockeye Salmon is one (1) per day in that portion of the Somass River located approximately 200 meters above and 150 metres below the island near the boat launch at Somass Park near Service Road. Square white boundary signs are in place denoting this area.

Variation Orders: 2022-RCT-013, 2022-RCT-014, 2022-RFQ-015.

On April 13, 2022 DFO staff met with the Area 23 Harvest Committee to discuss fishery planning for Area 23 Somass Sockeye. The attendees at this meeting were representatives from the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, and stakeholders from the commercial gillnet and seine fishery, and the Alberni Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee. Based on science advice, a Somass Sockeye pre-season forecast of 400,000 was adopted, and at this run size fisheries are expected for all sectors this season.
The Somass Sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2022. This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on a weekly basis. This information is collected and reviewed weekly every Thursday for the duration of the season. This may lead to further recreational Sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant.


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.

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 the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at (250) 720-4440 or visit our website at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0416
Sent April 25, 2022 at 1606