Fishery Notice

FN1197-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chum - Region 1 - Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers - Non-retention - Effective immediately

As of October 20, Chum returns to the Courtenay and Puntledge Rivers have been poor and it is likely that escapement goals will not be met.

In an effort to conserve Chum stocks returning to the Courtenay and Puntledge Rivers, a decision has been made to take a precautionary in-season approach to recreational fisheries.

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, the daily limit of Chum salmon is zero (0) in the following waters:

Puntledge and Courtenay Rivers.

Variation Order: 2022-RCT-497, 2022-RFQ-498


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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1197
Sent October 21, 2022 at 1604