FN0680-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Chinook – Region 6 – Skeena River – Opening July 15, 2020

Effective at 00:01 hours July 15, 2020 Recreational fishing for Chinook salmon will re-open in the Skeena River watershed as outlined below. Recreational fishing for Chum and Sockeye salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed (includes tributaries and lakes).

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

  1. The maximum daily quota for Skeena Chinook will be two (2) Chinook salmon, only one of which can be over 65 cm, in the Skeena River mainstem and sections of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers.
  2. The Skeena River mainstem, upstream of the Sustut River confluence, will remain closed to Chinook fishing.
  3. All tributaries and lakes of the Skeena River will remain closed to Chinook fishing, except for sections of the Bulkley and Morice Rivers.
  4. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to Chinook fishing on August 15, 2019, to protect spawning Chinook stocks.

The Following Skeena River Tributaries and sections of the Skeena River mainstem will remain 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 to Aug 31, 2020.

  1. Kitsumkalum River (including lakes and tributaries).

Effective to Aug 31, 2020.

  1. Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge.

Effective until further notice.

  1. Skeena River mainstem waters within the three white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena River and Kispiox River.

Effective until further notice.

  1. The Bulkley River and Morice River waters within the four white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Bulkley River and Morice River (locally known as “the Forks”). Effective June 16, 2020 to Aug 15, 2020.

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 #: 2020-RCT-370, 2020-RFQ-371

Notes:

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.

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”.