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SALTWATER FISHING REPORT  (September 10th, 2020)

The Fraser river mouth is now open for full retention on Cinook. ( 2 over 62 cm) Fishing has been good off the North arm Jetty the t-10 south to the sanheads have all been producing. A good mix of both red and white chinook are out there and fair numbers of Coho. Productive depths have been between 30 and 80 feet with Anchovies being the hot ticket. 

other than hearing of a few Coho, the West van shoreline has slowed down a bit but this can change anytime as the fall Chinook are just starting to show up.  

Make sure to drop your traps as Prawning and crabbing has been excellent.

DFO Announcements 

FN0315-Commercial, Recreational and Aboriginal Salmon Chinook 
2020 Fraser River Chinook Conservation Measures Update

Here is the Fisheries Notice that impacts our local fisheries.

For Strait of Georgia – South and Juan de Fuca – Areas 18, Subareas 19-3 to 19-12, Subareas 20-3 to 20-7, Area 28 and Subareas 29-3 to 29-5 (with the exception of those portions of Areas 28 and 29 listed in the section below) and Subarea 29-8.

Immediately to 23:59 hours July 31:  Chinook non-retention; 00:01 hours August 1 to 23:59 hours August 31:  1 Chinook per day with a maximum size limit of 80 cm; 00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day (no maximum size limit, min size limit 62 cm).

For Portions of Southern Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet – Subareas 28-7 to 28-9; that portion of Subarea 28-2 that lies southerly of a line drawn due east from Halkett Point on Gambier Island (49 26.735’N, 123 19.302’W) to a point (49 26.550’N, 123 14.317’W) on the mainland corresponding with the southeast point of the Lions Bay RCA; and those portions of 29-3 to 29-5 that lie east of a line from Gower Point (49 23.021’N, 123 32.166′ W) near Gibsons to Shah Point on the southern tip of Valdes Island (49 01.695’N, 123 35.721’W)

Immediately to 23:59 hours August 31:  No fishing for Chinook

00:01 hours September 1 to 23:59 hours December 31: 2 Chinook per day. (no maximum size limit, min size limit 62 cm).

Approaches to Fraser River – Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 to 29-17 and the non-tidal waters of the Fraser River from Mission Bridge to the confluence with Sawmill Creek:  00:01 Hours January 1 to 23:59 Hours November 1: No fishing for salmon (Fishing opportunities for specific salmon stocks may be considered at a later date).

 

You can fish for coho in most of the areas on the above map and the Area 28 and Area 29 regs (our local waters) are currently 2 hatchery a day, over 30 cm.

In the non-cross hatched pink areas:

  • April 1 to July 31: No retention of chinook (C&R permitted).
  • Aug 1 to Aug 31: 1 chinook per day, max 80 cm.
  • Sept 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day (min size 62 cm, no max size limit).


You can fish for chinook in the Strait of Georgia – North (blue part of map) Areas 13 to 17, Subareas 29-1 and 29-2:

  • April 1 to July 14: No retention of chinook (C&R permitted).
  • July 15 to Aug 31: 1 chinook per day, max 80 cm.
  • Sept 1 to Dec 31: 2 chinook per day (min size 62 cm, no max size limit).

Further information on specific management actions will be communicated by
separate Fishery Notices. You can view or subscribe to fisheries notices
at:  http://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm

To purchase a saltwater licence please go to HERE

FN0156-RECREATIONAL - Fin Fish - Halibut - Fishery Opening March 1, 2020
For 2020, the recreational halibut fishery allocation is 877,750 pounds.
The following measures will be in effect coast-wide as noted below
 
Open time
Effective at 00:01 hours March 1, 2020 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-
wide until further notice.
 
Licensing
The 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licences and Conditions of Licence,
are in effect until March 31, 2020. The 2020/2021 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing
Licences and Conditions of Licence are in effect on April 1, 2020 until March
31, 2021.
 
Limits and sizes
Effective March 1, 2020 until further notice
The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (97 cm head-off)
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 (69 cm to 97 cm head-
off), OR
two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (69 cm head-off)
 
The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder per licence year, as
set out on the 2019/2020 & 2020/21 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
 
All halibut retained by the licence holder between March 1, 2020 and March
31, 2020 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 licence.
All halibut retained by the licence holder between April 1, 2020 and March
31, 2021 shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2020/2021 Tidal Waters
Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-
on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.
Head-off measurements are made from the base of the pectoral fin at its most
forward point to the extreme end of the middle of the tail.
The exceptions to these openings are
Areas 121
No person shall fish for or retain halibut, rockfish and lingcod in Area 121
outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees
34.000 minutes and 125 degrees 17.386 minutes W and continues south easterly at
a bearing of 116 degrees True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327 minutes and 125
degrees 01.687 minutes W.
Area 121
Closed to all finfish, year round in the waters of Swiftsure Bank, inside a
line from 48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 125 degrees 06.00 minutes W, thence to
48 degrees 34.00 minutes N and 124 degrees 54.20 minutes W, thence to 48
degrees 29.62 minutes N and 124 degrees 43.40 minutes W, thence following the
International Boundary between Canada and the U.S. to 48 degrees 29.55 minutes
N and 124 degrees 56.20 minutes W, thence in a straight line to the point of
commencement. 
Variation Orders 2020-RCT-062 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-63 (Quota)

FN2020-RECREATIONAL - Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures 

Effective April 1, 2020 and May 1, 2020, 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

OUTSIDE WATERS:

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 

INSIDE WATERS:

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, 2020 to March 31, 2021 (year round).

Variation Orders 2020-RCT-136 (Close Time) and 2020-RFQ-137 (Quota)
 

 

 

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