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FN0310-RECREATIONAL Halibut: Management Measures in Effect April 1, 2019

Coast-wide: Open time:

Effective at 00:01 hours April 1, 2019 fishing for halibut will be open

coast-wide until further notice.

Limits and sizes:

Effective April 1, 2019 until further notice:

The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (head-on).

The daily limit for halibut is one (1). 

The possession limit for halibut is either of

one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (head-on), OR

two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (head-on).

The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 

2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.

All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in 

ink on 

the 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each 

halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the 



FN0311-RECREATIONAL - Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures 

Daily Limits and Close Times - In effect starting April 1, 2019 (Outside Waters) 

and May 1, 2019 (Inside Waters)

Effective April 1, 2019 and May 1, 2019, the following recreational daily 

limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in North and South Coast 

waters as described. These management measures are required to reduce fishing 

impacts on rockfish in general and identified species of rockfish.

Possession Limits are twice the Daily Limits for Rockfish and Lingcod as 

described below.



North Coast - Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142 – AND - South Coast (Outside 

waters) - Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, 

and Area 121 (excluding that portion outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward 

of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.00' north latitude and 125 degrees 

17.386' west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116 degrees 

True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327' north latitude and 125 degrees 01.687' 

west longitude).

Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined  three (3), only one (1) of

which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish. 

Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish 

Daily limits: Lingcod two (2).

Open time: April 1 to November 15

Close time: November 16 to March 31



South Coast (Inside waters) - Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 

to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5

Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – one (1)

Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish 

Daily Limits: Lingcod – one (1)

Open time: May 1 to September 30

Close time: October 1 to April 30

Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 are 

closed for Rockfish and Lingcod April 1, 2019 to March 31, 

2020 (year round).



If you wish to retain salmon in any tidal waters:

- You must obtain a Tidal Water Sport Fishing licence AND purchase a salmon conservation stamp online:

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

- 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.


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:

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


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


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).


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 (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

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


To view the online Saltwater regulations please click here

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

For department of fisheries information for openings please click here or alternatively here

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 here

For more information on openings and or closures click here

For Freshwater regulations and changes please click here



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