Licenses and Limits

Be sure to have your Tidal Water BC Fishing License with a Salmon Stamp for each person fishing – (you can buy them on-line). Be sure to have your license with you when fishing, or leave Canada, as you may be required to produce it by a Canadian Fisheries Officer, or by a Customs Officer at the border.

Children under 16 years of age require a Tidal Fishing License (which is free), however, a Salmon Stamp must be purchased if salmon are to be retained by the child.

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This publication by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is available for download on-line.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (for office locations and contact information).
Catch Limits for NanaimoDFO Statistical Area (#17)
Species
Daily Limit
Possession Limit
Min. Size
Chinook (King)
2
4
62cm (25 inches)
Coho (Silver) Hatchery
2**
4**
30cm (12 inches)
Chum Salmon
4
8
30cm (12 inches)
Pink Salmon
4
8
30cm (12 inches)
Sockeye Salmon
**
**
30cm (12 inches)
Lingcod
1
2
60cm (24 inches)
Halibut
1
2
None
Rock Fish                                1                           2                                      None
**To be determined by Department of Fisheres in-season
Note: Combined Daily Limit of all Salmon is 4 and Possession Limit is 8