British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 (SOR/96-137)

Regulations are current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2019-03-26. Previous Versions

PART IIIFishing for Crustaceans, Echinoderms, Molluscs and Shellfish in Tidal Waters (continued)

Gear Restrictions (continued)

  •  (1) No person shall fish for octopus with an octopus trap unless a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name is attached to the trap.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), if two traps are attached to one ground-line, it is sufficient to attach a tag, float or buoy that bears the operator’s name to one end of the ground-line.

  • (3) For greater certainty, if more than two traps are attached to one ground-line, paragraph 27(6)(b) of the Fishery (General) Regulations applies.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 5

 No person shall fish with a crab trap unless the trap has a section in the top or in a sidewall that has been laced, sewn or otherwise secured by a single length of untreated cotton twine no greater than grade No. 120, which, on deterioration or parting, produces a rectangular opening with a minimum size of 7 cm × 20 cm or a square opening with a minimum size of 11 cm × 11 cm.

 No person shall set, operate or leave unattended in the water any ring net or any crab, shrimp or octopus trap unless the tag, float or buoy attached to the ring net or trap bears the operator’s name.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 6

PART IVFishing for Salmon in Tidal and Non-Tidal Waters

Application

 This Part applies to fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters.

Close Times

 No person shall fish for salmon of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule VI, in any Subarea, lake or stream, during the close time set out in column V of that item.

Daily Quotas for Individual Species

 No person shall catch and retain in a day more salmon of a species set out in column I of an item of Schedule VI, of an overall length set out in column III of that item, in any Subarea, lake or stream, than the daily quota set out in column IV of that item.

Aggregate Daily Quotas

  •  (1) No person shall catch and retain in a day, in any Subarea, lake or stream, more than

    • (a) four hatchery chinook salmon and wild chinook salmon, in the aggregate, that measure 50 cm or less in overall length;

    • (b) two hatchery chinook salmon and wild chinook salmon, in the aggregate, that measure more than 50 cm in overall length;

    • (c) four hatchery chinook salmon and wild chinook salmon, in the aggregate;

    • (d) four hatchery coho salmon and wild coho salmon, in the aggregate, that measure 35 cm or less in overall length;

    • (e) two hatchery coho salmon and wild coho salmon, in the aggregate, that measure more than 35 cm in overall length; or

    • (f) four hatchery coho salmon and wild coho salmon, in the aggregate.

  • (2) No person shall catch and retain in a day more than four salmon, in the aggregate, from all waters.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 10(E)

Monthly Quota for Chinook Salmon

 No person shall catch and retain in a month in any lake or stream, more than 10 chinook salmon, in the aggregate, that measure more than 50 cm in overall length.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 7(E)

Aggregate Annual Quotas

 No person shall catch and retain in a year more than:

  • (a) 20 chinook salmon, in the aggregate, from the waters of Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and 20-5 to 20-7;

  • (b) 15 chinook salmon, in the aggregate, from the waters of Area 12 (not including Subarea 12-14), Areas 13 to 18, Area 19 (not including Subareas 19-1 to 19-4), Area 28 and Area 29 (not including the tidal portion of the Fraser River);

  • (c) 10 chinook salmon that measure more than 50 cm in overall length from the tidal portion of the Fraser River;

  • (d) 30 chinook salmon, in the aggregate, from all tidal waters, not including chinook salmon that measure 50 cm or less in overall length that are taken from the tidal portion of the Fraser River; or

  • (e) 10 chinook salmon that measure more than 50 cm in overall length from all non-tidal waters.

Size Limits

 No person shall catch and retain a salmon of a species set out in column I of Schedule VI, in any Subarea, lake or stream, the overall length of which is less than the minimum overall length set out in column II.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 11

Method, Gear and Bait Restrictions

 No person shall fish for salmon by a method or with a type of gear or bait set out in column I of an item of the table to this section in any Subarea, lake or stream during the close time set out in column II of that item.

TABLE

Close Times for Salmon Angling by Method, Gear and Bait

ItemColumn IColumn II
Method, Gear or BaitClose Time
METHOD
1Fly fishingFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
2Angling other than fly fishingFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
GEAR
3A hook having more than one pointFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
4Barbed hookFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
5A hook having a single point greater than 15 mm from point to shankFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
BAIT
6Natural baitFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
7Dead fin fish other than roeJan. 1 to Dec. 31
8Live fin fish other than roeJan. 1 to Dec. 31
9A hook or an artificial lureFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
  • SOR/2002-380, s. 8(E)

 No person shall fish for salmon other than by angling.

PART VFishing for Fin Fish Other than Salmon in Non-Tidal Waters

Application

 This Part applies to fishing for fin fish, other than salmon, in non-tidal waters.

Gear

 Subject to section 53, no person shall fish other than by angling or with a set line.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 12

Spears

 A person may fish with a spear for burbot or fish of any species not listed in the table to section 58 in Regions 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Set Lines

 A person who is fishing with a set line shall not

  • (a) use more than one set line;

  • (b) use a hook that is less than 3 cm measured from the point to the shank; or

  • (c) retain fish of any species listed in the table to section 58 other than burbot.

Close Times

  •  (1) No person shall fish for, or catch and retain, fish of any species, in a lake or stream, from 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on December 31.

  • (2) The close time established by subsection (1) is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of fish.

Daily Quotas

  •  (1) No person shall catch and retain in a day more fish of a species set out in column I of Schedule VII, of an overall length set out in column II, than

    • (a) the daily quota set out in column III or the daily catch limit under section 7 of the Yukon Territory Fishery Regulations, in respect of fish caught in Atlin Lake, Bennett Lake, Laidlaw Lake, Morley Lake, Tagish Lake, Teslin Lake, or in Rancheria River, Swift River or their tributaries; or

    • (b) the daily quota set out in column III, in any other case.

  • (2) A person who, in a day, has caught and retained the daily quota for steelhead in a lake or stream shall cease fishing in that lake or stream for the rest of the day.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 13
 
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