This is a reminder that the daily limit for Chinook, pink and chum salmon is zero (0) per day
in the Squamish River and all tributaries including the Mamquam River and Cheakamus Rivers until further notice.
In consultation with the Squamish-Lillooet Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (SLSFAC) due to the low returns of Chinook, pink, and chum salmon to these systems the retention of these species is set to zero until further notice.
2009 Salmon Retention opportunities include:
From September 15 to December 31, 2009 you can retain one (1) hatchery marked coho in: the Cheakamus River, the Mamquam River andthe Squamish River downstream of boundary signs at the powerline crossing approximately 1.5 km upstream of the confluence with the Cheakamus River.
Please ensure that you have properly identified your catch as there will be two year old Chinook jacks returning to the Squamish system this fall along with coho. You may not retain the Chinook jacks. Chinook will have black gums at the base of their teeth, heavily spotted on the tail and may have a missing adipose fin. Chinook jacks should also be fairly small with most of the fish being under 4 lbs. Coho have a black mouth with white gums as well as light or no spotting on the top half of the tail. Hatchery mark coho will have a missing adipose fin.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call your local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office.
The aggregate daily limit for all species of Pacific Salmon (other than kokanee) from tidal and non-tidal waters combined is four (4).
Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia. This includes all species of fish in the Fraser River.
The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin.
Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary 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 at (866) 483-9994 for further 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.
For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at (866) 431-FISH. The telephone number of the Squamish DFO office is 604-892-3230.