Fishery Notice

FN0901-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Sockeye - Region 8 - Osoyoos Lake - Closure September 7, 2020

Okanagan Sockeye will be entering the Okanagan River to spawn in mid-September. This notice announces the closure of the Osoyoos Lake Sockeye fishery.

Osoyoos Lake:

Effective one hour after sunset on September 7, 2020 Sockeye salmon fishing is closed in Osoyoos Lake. 

Daylight Hours only refers to (One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset). Reference to sunrise and sunset means the times for those events as calculated by the National Research Council of Canada and published daily in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

This reflects a change to the BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement. The on-line version of this guide will be updated within 24 hours of this notice, please browse

Variation order: 2020-RCT-447 & 2020-RFQ-448


No Fishing for anadromous Salmon in Skaha Lake. Kokanee and Sockeye are present in Skaha Lake, which vary in size. See your local provincial regulations to confirm kokanee size restrictions of under 35 cm, no fish over 35 cm may be retained.  

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

If you're going fishing for salmon in non-tidal (fresh) waters, you need a Non-Tidal Angling Licence, issued by the Province of British Columbia. Visit the provincial website to buy your licence. Licences are available to B.C. residents and non-residents. Fees may vary and are listed online (

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 or the British Columbia's toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0901
Sent August 28, 2020 at 1429