Fishery Notice

FN0933-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Region 2 - Coho - Squamish River and Tributaries - Angling Opportunities - Effective September 15, 2020

Fisheries and Oceans staff are conducting a review of all Region 2 salmon retention fisheries in 2020 to make sure the regulations align with stocks and species available for harvest.

Fisheries Management, Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP), Stock Assessment have completed the review for Squamish system and this has led to the following actions. Coho in the Squamish system are supported by the Tenderfoot Creek hatchery; expected harvest is targeted exclusively on hatchery surplus fish.

Waters: Squamish River (including Powerhouse Channel) downstream of the white triangular fishing boundary signs at the power line crossing, approximately 1.5 km upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River, Cheakamus River and Mamquam River.

Management measures:  
Effective September 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021:
- The daily limit for Coho salmon is one (1) hatchery marked fish per day.

The use of natural bait is not permitted year-round in the Squamish River and tributaries.

Variation Orders: 2020-RFQ-470


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

Anglers are further reminded that intentionally (willfully) foul-hooking fish or attempting to foul hook fish is illegal and that non-compliance may result in closure (Foul hook is defined as: Hooking a fish in any part of its body other than the mouth).

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

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).


Contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or visit our website at 

Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0933
Sent September 4, 2020 at 1507