DFO Announces Limited Openings for Skeena Coho, Pink Salmon

John Crawford
08/16/2019

A bit of good news for recreational fishers in the northwest -- the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is once again allowing pink and coho fishing in most of the Skeena Watershed, although some areas will remain closed.

The DFO issued a notice on its website Thursday, allowing a daily limit of two coho -- only one of which can be over 50 centimetres in size -- for the Skeena River watershed -- and for all rivers and lakes flowing into Areas 3, 4, 5 and 6. 

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The limit for Pink salmon is two. 

However, the DFO says four areas will remain closed to all salmon fishing.

They include the Skeena mainstem waters near the mouth of the Kitsumkalum River, from the confluence with the Zymacord River upstream to the top of Hell's Gate --- as well as the Kitsumkalum itself and all its lakes and tributaries -- and the Skeena mainstem near the mouth of the Kitwanga River.

The other area is near the confluence of the Skeena and Kispiox Rivers.  

And recreational fishing for Chum, Sockeye and Chinook salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed, including tributaries and lakes.

Anglers are advised to check the DFO website for the complete list of closures --  SEE FULL NOTICE BELOW:


https://notices.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=view_notice&DOC_ID=224384&ID=all&fbclid=IwAR0fo36FSSHoZMFqKsS2V_e_48-RK08Y_RgawAzMvvJToQla7iLnOOQsO_Y

Fishery Notice  --- Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject: FN0796-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho and Pink - Region 6 - Skeena River - Open Effective Immediately

Recreational fishing for Coho and Pink salmon is re-opened in the Skeena River
watershed as outlined below. Recreational fishing for Chum and Sockeye and
Chinook salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed
(includes tributaries and lakes).

Additional management measures will be in place for North Coast Chinook as
follows:

1. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to fishing for Chinook to
protect spawning Chinook stocks.
2. All rivers and lakes flowing into PFMAs 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be closed to
fishing for Chinook, excluding the Kitimat River. Note: This does not include
the Nass watershed. 

Additional management measures will be in place for North Coast Coho as follows:

1. Effective immediately, the daily quota for Skeena Coho will be two (2)Coho
salmon, only one of which can be over 50cm, in the Skeena River watershed.
2. Effective immediately, the maximum daily quota for Coho in all rivers and
lakes that flow into PFMAs 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be two (2) per day, only one of
which can be over 50cm.

The Following Skeena River Tributaries and sections of the Skeena River
mainstem will be closed to fishing for Salmon as follows:

1. Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitsumkalum River mouth, from the
confluence with the Zymagotitz River (also known as Zymacord River) upstream to
the Classified Waters boundary at the top of Hell's Gate.
Effective immediately to Aug 31, 2019.

2. Kitsumkalum River (including lakes and tributaries).
Effective immediately to Aug 31, 2019.

3. Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek
upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge.
Effective immediately until further notice.

4. Skeena River mainstem waters within the three white triangular fishing
boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena River and Kispiox River.
Effective immediately until further notice.

Effective immediately, the daily quota for Pink salmon is two (2) in the Skeena
River watershed

Please refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a
complete list of the recreational salmon regulations for all lakes and rivers
of Region 6.

http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish

Variation Order #: 2019-RCT-433, 2019-RFQ-362


Notes:

Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in non-tidal waters of
British Columbia. 

The term "marked" means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery
program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped Chinook and
Coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for
coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program
toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected
to the internet at
https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm
or by using Google search key words "Recfish Licence".

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at
1-(866)431-FISH (3474).

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact the local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office

or

Darren Chow
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3441
Darren.Chow@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0796
Sent August 15, 2019 at 1318

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