Fishery Notice

FN0625-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 1 - No salmon fishing in Comox Lake (Region 1) - Effective July 1, 2022

This fisheries notice is to advise fishers of a new salmon fishing closure in  Comox Lake (Region 1). To address conservation concerns for at-risk Puntledge River Summer Chinook stocks, DFO is implementing a year-round salmon fishing closure in Comox Lake. Puntledge Summer Chinook are a stock of concern that migrate through the Puntledge River and into Comox Lake from March until August. The Chinook stage in Comox Lake until it is time to spawn in the fall.

Comox Lake (Region 1): Effective 00:01 hours July 1, 2022, until further notice, no salmon fishing.

Variation Order: 2022-RCT-268

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.

Information about finfish closed areas and salmon non-retention areas, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at:

The term "hatchery marked", "marked", or "adipose fin clipped" means a 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 labeling 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 1-866-483-9994 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).

Contact your local DFO office at

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0625
Sent June 20, 2022 at 1325