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Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0533-June 16-18, 2017 Family Fishing Weekend Recreational Fishery Licensing Information 

British Columbia's Family Fishing Weekend is a celebration of the great tradition of sport fishing.  On June 16, 17 and 18, 2017, the public can go fishing at no cost in many of BC’s lakes and rivers. The Government of Canada is also providing an opportunity to fish at no cost (these dates only) in all tidal waters; for these dates a Tidal Water Sports Fishing licence is not required to fish in BC tidal waters except for species and area restrictions as specified below. This is applicable to both adults and juveniles (children aged 15 and under), as well as to Canadian residents and non-residents.

HALIBUT AND LINGCOD REQUIREMENTS

If you are planning to retain halibut in any tidal waters, and/or lingcod in Areas 12 to 19 (excluding Subarea 12-14), and Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5:

- You must obtain a complimentary Tidal Water Sport Fishing licence online: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sportfish

- Check daily, possession and size limits and closures online: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

- All tidal area closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions still apply.

- Immediately record your catch in ink on your licence.

SALMON REQUIREMENTS

If you wish to retain salmon in any tidal waters:

- You must obtain a complimentary Tidal Water Sport Fishing licence AND purchase a salmon conservation stamp online: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sportfish

- Check daily, possession and size limits and closures online: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

- All tidal area closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions still apply.

- Record your catch in ink on your licence if you retain any Chinook salmon.

OTHER SPECIES

If you wish to fish for other species and in Areas not specified above:

- You do not require a licence to fish tidal waters during the Family Fishing Weekend.

- Check daily, possession and size limits and area closures online: 

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.html

- All tidal area closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions still apply.

JUVENILE LICENCES

Juvenile licences for children aged 15 and under are free all year round, and may be obtained as described below.

ALREADY HAVE A LICENCE?

If you already have a valid Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence, you must carry your licence with you and record your catch in ink on your licence for the species specified in your licence conditions (halibut, lingcod, chinook salmon).  

OBTAINING A LICENCE

If you wish to retain lingcod in the areas specified above, or halibut or salmon in any tidal waters during the Family Fishing Weekend, plan ahead! 

Licences are available online from June 12 2017 and can be obtained via any computer connected to the internet at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sportfish (or by using web search key words “Recfish Licence”). Once you register, you will also be able to replace a lost licence or renew future licences through the National 

NEW - FishingBC App

The FishingBC app, Apple version is available now with the Android version coming soon. It ’s free, and is already providing thousands of anglers with real-time access to regulations and other fishing-friendly features.  Anglers can find species and area specific regulations through map tools which identify their current location and species of interest. Because of how DFO has organized information to be delivered to the app, anglers now have access to virtually everything they need to know on their portable electronic devices. In addition to providing current regulatory information, the Fishing BC app has several other important features:

• It holds an electronic copy of your recreational licence and a permanent record of your catch log;

•It allows photos and entries to be shared by social media or e-mail directly from the app

IF you have an Apple iphone get the app today and in preperation for the coming season.  

 

A link to the app store here or on the icons below 

 

FN0410-RECREATIONAL - Chinook - Areas 18, 19 and 29 - Effective May 8, 2017

Consistent with the 2016/17 Southern BC Salmon Integrated Fisheries Management Plan, the Department is implementing management measures to protect Fraser River Spring 4(2) Chinook populations as they migrate to the Fraser River. 

Effective Dates:  00:01 hours May 8 until 23:59 hours June 16, 2017

Waters: Subareas 18-1 to 18-6, 18-9 and 18-11, 19-5, and that portion of 

Subareas 29-4 and 29-5 that lies south of a line from a point on the east side of Valdes Island located at 49 deg 05.562 min N, 123 deg 39.989 min W then extending 57 degrees True for 5 nautical miles to a point at 49 deg 08.316 min N, 123 deg 33.669 min W.  

The daily limit is two (2) chinook salmon per day of which only one (1) chinook may be greater than 67 cm.

The minimum size limit for chinook salmon in these waters is 62 cm.

 

Variation Order: 2017-253

Area 20 - Fishery Management Actions 

Effective March 29, 2017

Effective dates:00:01 hours Wed. March 29 to 23:59 hours Fri. June 16, 2017Waters:  Subareas 20-6 and 20-7 (Sooke Harbour) and in Sub areas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subareas 20-4 and 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sombrio Pt.).

Management measures:  You may retain two (2) chinook salmon per day.  These chinook may be either:Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.

Lincod regulations for north and south coast waters

Subject: FN0385- Fin Fish - Lingcod- Management Measures Currently in Effect.

North Coast waters

(Areas 1 st Watersto 10, 101 to 110, 130 and 142)

Currently in effect, the daily limit for lingcod is three (3) per day.

South Coast waters

(Areas 11, 21 to 27,111,121,123 to 127) and Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4.Currently in effect until November 15, 2017 the daily limit for lingcod is three (3) per day.

Variation Orders 2017-231 and 2017-232

Rock cod regulations to protect Yellow Eye Rockfish

North coast Waters

(Areas 1 to 10 and 101 to 110, 130 and 142)

Effective April 1, 2017 until further notice the daily limit for rockfish is five (5) per day in the aggregate of which only two (2) may be Yelloweye rockfish.

South Coast waters

(Areas 11, 20-1 to 20-4, 21 to 27, 111, 121 and 123 to 127)

Effective April 1, 2017 until further notice the daily limit for rockfish is three (3) per day in the aggregate of which only one (1) may be Yelloweye Rockfish.

Variation Order 2017-176.

 

To view the online Saltwater regulations please go

HERE

For info on Fraser River including graphs for Fraser RiverTemperature and Discharge go here ..

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/habitat/frw-rfo/index-eng.html

For department of fisheries information  for openings please go to

http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/xnet/content/fns/index.cfm?pg=search_options&lang=en&id=recreational

 

or to

www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 


For information on salmon fishing opportunities, please call the salmon information line at (604)666-8266.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada appreciates your assistance in reporting illegal fishing activity. Anyone with information can call the 24-hour, toll-free Observe, Record, Report line at 1-800-465-43361-800-465-4336

For Sockeye opening information try the DFO 24 hour recorded line at 604-666-2828604-666-2828 or outside the lower mainland

1- 866-431-FISH

or visit DFO on the Web at

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

For more information on openings and or closures

click here

For Freshwater regulations and changes please

click here