Fishery Notice

FN1317-Recreational - Salmon - Coho - Region 1 - Cowichan River - Coho Management Measures - Effective immediately, 2022

As a result of the above-average returns of Cowichan Coho, below details the in-season changes to the management measures on the Cowichan River.

Effective immediately until 23:59 hours December 31, 2022, the daily limit for Coho Salmon is one (1) per day (hatchery marked or unmarked), in the following area:

Cowichan River - from 66 Mile Trestle downstream to the tidal water boundary.

Variation Orders: 2022-RFQ-523


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:

Recreational fishing limits, openings and closures in British Columbia | Fisheries and Oceans Canada (

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).


Or contact your local DFO office

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN1317
Sent November 18, 2022 at 1612