The Latest Salmon Retention Regulations
On July 6, 2021, DFO released Fishery Notice FN0650 which takes effect July 15, 2021 and deals with fishing areas on the east coast of northern Vancouver Island.
For Areas 13 to 17 (which covers any areas we’d be fishing based out of Campbell River), the regulations allow for retention (per angler) of Chinook salmon as follows:
July 15 through August 31: One (1) Chinook salmon per day, minimum 62cm and maximum 80cm in length
September 1 through December 31: Two (2) Chinook per day.
This mirror’s last years regulations. In 2019, the 80cm maximum size restriction only ran for a two week period. In 2021, as in 2020, the 62-80cm “slot limit” runs until the end of August.
As was also the case in 2020, in 2021 there will be an area immediately outside Campbell River where no maximum size limit applies during the July 15 to August 31 period. However, other gear restrictions will apply in that prescribed area.
The annual aggregate limit for Chinook salmon is ten (10) in all waters coast-wide.