DFO Announces Recreational Fishing Closures, Reductions

John Crawford

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced widespread salmon closures and reductions across the North Coast Region -- but there are a few opportunities for sports anglers.

The DFO says recreational fishing daily limits for Chinook are being reduced to two -- only one of which can ben over 65 centimetres -- in the Skeena River mainstem, as well as sections of the Bulkley, Kitsumkalum, and Morice Rivers.

Chinook fishing is now closed for the entire Skeena River Watershed upstream of the Sustut River confluence.

The DFO is also reducing daily coho limits to two in the Skeena Watershed, which includes all rivers and lakes flowing into tidal areas 3 to 6.

The Fisheries Department says the entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to Chinook fishing on August 15th, to protect spawning chinook stocks.


Recreational fishing for Chum salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena watershed, including tributaries and lakes.

The full list of closures can be found on the DFO website:  https://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=222428&ID=all 

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