Chinook and Salmon Opening on the Skeena System

After early season closure of the entire Skeena River system to all Salmon fishing the majority of the river has reopened. Sockeye remains closed and is unlikely to open this season unless larger than estimated returns happen. Fishing for Chinook will close early this year on Aug 15th but Coho and other species will remain open. Spring Salmon limits have also been adjusted. See the full release from DFO below for all the details. Be sure to check the DFO website and provincial regs before heading out on the river. The McBike website is not an official source of DFO information and we suggest you double check any information.

Fishery Notice

Category(s): RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject: FN0659-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Chinook, Coho & Pink - Skeena River - Region 6 - Opening July 15, 2017
Effective 00:01 hours July 15, 2017, recreational fishing opens for Skeena River chinook, coho and pink salmon. Recreational fishing for sockeye and chum salmon will remain closed in the entire Skeena River watershed (includes tributaries and lakes).

Additional management measures are in place for Skeena chinook, as follows:

  1. The maximum daily quota for Skeena chinook will be reduced to two chinook salmon, only one of which can be over 65 cm, in the entire Skeena River watershed.
  2. The Skeena River mainstem, upstream of the Sustut River and at the Kitwanga and Kispiox River mouths, will be closed to chinook fishing.
  3.  All tributaries and lakes of the Skeena River will be closed to chinook fishing, except for sections of the Babine, Bulkley, Kitsumkalum, Morice and Sustut Rivers.
  4. The entire Skeena River watershed will be closed to chinook fishing on August 15, 2017, to protect spawning chinook stocks.

Refer to the online BC Sport Fishing Guide, Freshwater Region 6, for a complete list of Skeena River recreational salmon regulations.

John Webb
Recreational Fisheries Manager
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
417 - 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1G8
250 627-3409
Or the local Fisheries & Oceans Canada office
Fisheries & Oceans Operations Center - FN0659
Sent July 14, 2017 at 1314

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