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Fishery Notice

Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0717-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Coho and Pink - Region 6 - Skeena River Watershed - Opening August 7, 2018 - Amendment to FN0703


This notice amends FN0703 to include Variation Order details for the fishery.  
The full notice text follows.

Effective August 7, 2018, recreational fishing opens for Skeena River Coho and 
Pink. Recreational fishing for Chinook and Chum salmon will remain closed in 
the entire Skeena River watershed (including tributaries and lakes)

Open dates and retention limits for Coho in the Skeena River mainstem are 
follows:

-Skeena River mainstem waters downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, BC
August 7, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 2 over 50 cm.  
September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 -  4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm. 

-Skeena River mainstem waters upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace, BC
August 7, 2018 to October 15, 2018 - 4 Coho day, only 2 over 50 cm. 

Open dates and retention limits for Pink salmon in the Skeena River mainstem 
are as follows:

-Skeena River mainstem waters downstream of CNR Railway bridge at Terrace, BC
August 7, 2018 to March 31, 2019 - 2 Pink per day.
 
-Skeena River mainstem waters upstream of CNR bridge at Terrace, BC
August 7, 2018 to December 31, 2018 - 2 Pink per day. 

The following Skeena River tributaries or sections of those tributaries will 
open for Coho and/or Pink salmon, but will remain subject to 'No fishing for 
Chinook salmon' regulations. 
Note: Skeena River tributaries or sections of those tributaries that are not 
mentioned below will remain 'No fishing for salmon'. 

-Bulkley River downstream of the Morice River confluence excluding tributaries.
Aug 15, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
Aug 15, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018 - 2 Pink per day.

-Ecstall River (including tributaries) downstream of boundary signs near 
confluence with Johnston Creek.
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.

-Exchamsiks River (including tributaries).
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.

-Exstew River (including tributaries).
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.

-Gitnadoix River (including tributaries) downstream of confluence with Magar 
Creek.
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.

-Kasiks River (including tributaries) downstream of fishing boundary signs 
located below the Upper Pool. 
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.
 
-Lakelse River (including tributaries) downstream of CNR Bridge.
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm.

-Morice River (including tributaries)from Lamprey Creek downstream to Bulkley 
River.
Aug 15, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 2 over 50 cm. 

-Morice River from Bymac Bridge downstream to Bulkley River.
Aug 15, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 - 2 Pink per day. 

-Scotia River (including tributaries).
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 1 over 50 cm. 

-Telkwa River downstream of Howson Creek.
Aug 15, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018 - 4 Coho per day, only 2 over 50 cm.
 
-Zymagotitz River [also known as Zymachord River] (including tributaries). 
Sep 1, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018 - 1 Coho per day.

The following Skeena River mainstem waters will remain 'no fishing for salmon' 
to protect Skeena Chinook:
-Skeena River mainstem waters near Kitsumkalum River mouth, from Zymachord 
River mouth upstream to the power line crossing below Ferry Island 

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

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

-Skeena River mainstem waters upstream of the Sustut River confluence. 

Refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a complete 
list of Skeena River recreational salmon regulations. 
http://bcsportfishguide.ca

Variation Oder #: 2018-RCT-0397 and 2018-RfQ-0399


Notes:

Possession limits are two times the daily limits.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in 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.

Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures 
and other recreational fishing 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:

Darren Chow
A/North Coast Recreational Fisheries Manager
250 627-3441

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0717
Sent August 3, 2018 at 1753