Recreational sockeye opening on Skeena watershed

John Crawford

The federal fisheries department has announced an immediate opening of parts of the Skeena watershed to recreational Sockeye salmon fishing.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says recreational fishers will be allowed one sockeye per day in parts of the Skeena mainstem, excluding waters near the mouths of the Kitsumkalum and Kitwanga Rivers, as well as other areas of the Skeena.

The opening also includes waters of the Babine Lake -- with several exceptions.

People should consult the DFO website for complete details (see release below). 

The commercial fleet is also being given a brief opening.

According to the United Fishermen's Union Facebook page, there have been strong escapements estimated at the Tyee test site and that a commercial gillnet fishery is taking place today (Thursday).   



Fishery Notice

FN0778-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 6 - Skeena River Watershed - Opening - Effective Immediately


Effective immediately, the following waters of the Skeena River watershed are open for one (1) Sockeye per day as follows:

Effective immediately to September 15, 2020 
The waters of the Babine Lake, not including tributaries and excluding those waters within a 400 m radius of the following tributary streams: Morrison Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pierre Creek, Pendleton Creek, Hazelwood Creek, Twain Creek, Tachek Creek, Five Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek, Sockeye Creek, Big Loon Creek, Tsezakwa Creek. Also closed east of a line from Gullwing Creek to the south shore of Babine Lake.
Note: Barbed hooks are authorized in Babine Lake.   

Effective immediately to August 14, 2020
Fulton River. 

Effective immediately to August 14, 2020
Pinkut Creek, downstream of fishing boundary signs located approx. 25 m downstream of fish counting fence.

Effective immediately to August 31, 2020
Babine River. 

Effective immediately to September 15, 2020
Skeena River mainstem waters only, upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace to a point above the confluence with the Babine River (Excluding Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 bridge. Also excluding Skeena River mainstem waters within three white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence with the Kispiox River).

Effective immediately to September 15, 2020
Skeena River mainstem waters only, downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, BC (Excluding the Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitsumkalum River mouth, from the confluence with the Zymagotitz (also known as the Zymachord River) upstream to the Classified Waters boundary at the top of 'Hells Gate').

Variation Oder #: 2020-RCT-399, 2020-RFQ-400


Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

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.

Anglers are advised to check for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at 
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).

Contact your local Area office


Darren Chow
North Coast Recreational Fisheries Coordinator
250 627-3441


Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0778
Sent August 5, 2020 at 1515


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