Special Salmon Fishing Report June 2018
While the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) continues
addressing Chinook Conservation issues related Fraser, Skeena and Nass
rivers. DFO also has concerns for the southern killer whale population. DFO
is addressing these issues by implementing measures such as rolling closers,
completely closing areas to retention of Chinook Salmon, reduced limits
in many areas and maximum size restrictions.
These regulation restrictions are being imposed on ALL Fishers. Commercial,
Recreation and Native Fisheries.
We remain very fortunate.
THERE HAVE BEEN NO CHANGES IN OUR CHINOOK FISHING REGULATIONS.
WHY? Answer: You may or may not be aware but, Area 25/125
Esperanza/Nootka, it's inside and outside waters have been involved in
a Chinook Scientific (DNA, coded wire tagging recovery & otolith
identification) program for many years. The primary purpose of this
program was/is to identify the local and traveling stock which are caught
locally by the recreational fishers.
As it turns out one of the side benefits of the program clearly shows there
are no (or very few) Chinook of concern traveling through Area 25/125.
Present Salmon regulations for Area 25 inside waters/125 outside waters.
Chinook Area 25/125 – 2 per day, 4 possession
Must be 45cm long hatchery mark or wild
-Area 125 – 2 per day hatcher marked only. Possession 4
-Area 25-2 per day hatchery marked or wild except normal closed areas.
New for 2018
-Area 25 - Sub Areas 4 & 5 Coopte Pt north and all of Tlupana Inlet.
Four (4) Coho per day only 2 of which can be wild. Possession 8
So if you want to retain lots of Salmon Nootka/
Esperanza Area 25/125 are your BEST BET.