New 2019 / 2020 fishing regulations are in force for the BC coast tidal waters. Changes to the regulations which include closures, with salmon species and ground fish Cod species. There are 37 species of rockfish that are caught in fisheries off the coast of British Columbia. Inshore rockfish species (which include yelloweye, quillback, copper, china, and tiger) are usually caught with hook and line gear in rocky reef habitats. Monitoring and research programs in B.C. indicate that inshore rockfish, especially within the inland waters of Vancouver Island, are at low levels of abundance. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) needs your help to protect and conserve inshore rockfish. Since 2002, catch restrictions, fishery monitoring, stock assessment programs, and Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) have been established throughout the B.C. coast. DFO’s rockfish conservation strategy is designed to alleviate further rockfish population declines. Within RCAs, inshore rockfish are protected from all mortality associated with recreational and commercial fisheries.
Rockfish conservation areas
Source: NANAIMO “FISH-ON” CHARTERS | SALMON SPECIES IN NANAIMO WATERS
Salmon species in the Nanaimo area waters run from early spring to year end. The best months for catching them are April through September.
Identify your catch
Features of Pacific salmon
Report all captures of Atlantic salmon to: 1-800-811-6010 (toll-free).
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- Large mouth extends well past eye
- Teeth in throat, at back of tongue
- Many spots from front to back
Trout – Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- Slender lateral profile
- Small black spots on back, uniform spots on square tail
- No teeth in throat, at back of tongue
- Small head
- Oval, snakelike body
- White leading edges on low
In tidal waters
- Barbless hooks are required for all salmon and sea-run trout fishing. Treble barbless hooks are acceptable in most areas; however, single barbless hooks are required in many tidal areas of coastal rivers and in areas requiring special management measures.
- If you pinch a barbed hook, the barb must be crimped flat against the shaft. Partially crimped barbs are not allowed.
- In tidal waters, there’s no limit to the number of fishing rods you can use. In rivers and streams, including the tidal waters of the Fraser River, there’s a limit of one rod per angler.
- It is illegal to angle with a fishing line that has more than one hook, artificial lure or artificial fly attached except:
- in the tidal waters of the Fraser River, where you can attach two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies to a bar rig.
- in tidal waters, where you can attach any number of hooks to a fishing line if using the hooks in combination to hold a single piece of bait and if they’re not arranged so as to catch more than one fish. This does not apply in areas restricted to the use of only one single barbless hook.
- It is illegal to fish with a fixed weight (sinker) greater than 1 kg except on a downrigger line, in which case the fishing line must be attached to the downrigger by a release clip.
- It is illegal to sport fish with nets, including dip nets, minnow nets, gillnets or cast nets