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FRESHWATER 2013 - 2015

F I S HI N G

REGULATIONS

SY NOPSIS

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2013 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2015

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HOW TO USE THIS SYNOPSIS Remember When fishing in B.C., you must follow: 1. Provincial Regulations 2. Regional Regulations 3. Water-Specific Regulations, if applicable 4. Recent regulation changes, if applicable

Where to find the regulations which apply to you

1 PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS (and Licensing Requirements) Find these general regulations on pages 6-11. 2 REGIONAL REGULATIONS Find these regulations at the beginning of each Regional chapter. (The map on this page shows B.C.’s nine regions.) Region 1 Vancouver Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Region 2 Lower Mainland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Region 3 Thompson-Nicola . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Region 4 Kootenay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Region 5 Cariboo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Region 6 Skeena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Region 7A Omineca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Region 7B Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Region 8 Okanagan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

3 WATER-SPECIFIC regulations There may or may not be special regulations which apply to your lake or stream. Here’s how to find out:

look for the lake or stream you plan to fish in the WaterSpecific Tables following the Regional Regulations for your Region. A. IF YOUR LAKE OR STREAM DOES NOT APPEAR IN THE WATER-SPECIFIC TABLES, NO SPECIAL REGULATIONS ARE IN EFFECT. THEREFORE, YOU MUST ONLY FOLLOW: • The Provincial Regulations AND • The Regional Regulations for the Region. B. IF YOUR LAKE OR STREAM DOES APPEAR IN THE REGIONAL WATER-SPECIFIC TABLES, YOU MUST FOLLOW: • The Provincial Regulations, • The Regional Regulations for the Region, AND/OR • Any EXCEPTIONS or ADDITIONS listed for your water. REGULATIONS ON TRIBUTARIES. In addition, if an asterisk (∑) is listed next to a lake or stream listed in the Tables, then those regulations also apply to any tributary streams that flow into that lake or stream (see page 5).

4 IN-SEASON REGULATION CHANGES may have been adopted after this Synopsis was published. These will be:

• posted on the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations/Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch website, www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/ fish/regulations - Click on “In-Season Regulations Changes” and select the appropriate Region • listed in Fishing Notices posted in the field, and • Distributed via RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to subscribers.

Peace ZONE

B

Skeena Omineca ZONE

A

Fort St. John

Smithers Prince George

Cariboo Williams Lake

Thompson-Nicola Vancouver Island

Lower Mainland Surrey Nanaimo

Kamloops

Okanagan Penticton

Kootenay Cranbrook Nelson

British Columbia’s Fish and Wildlife Regions receive notification of regulation changes via RSS We have adopted a new system for notifying anglers of in-season or recent regulation changes. RSS is an internet-based technology that allows users to sign up for instant web updates. It is a convenient way to be notified of changes to regulations. To sign up for this new service, visit the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch website, click on the RSS icon, and subscribe to the In-Season Regulation Changes feed.

for more information please contact any: • Fish and Wildlife Regional Office • Conservation Officer Service Office • Provincial Hatchery • Fisheries and Oceans Office listed on the first page of each Regional chapter

LOOKING FOR A DEFINITION? See page 88.

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minister’s MESSAGE Welcome to the 2013-2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. British Columbia is home to some of the most rewarding freshwater recreational fishing opportunities in the world. From catch and release for wild steelhead in coastal rivers to cutting a hole in a frozen lake to harvest kokanee for dinner, B.C. has everything a novice or expert angler could hope for. Aquatic Invasive species continue to pose significant threats to native biodiversity values which support recreational angling in our lakes and streams. Of particular concern are a number of high-risk fish species like snakeheads and so-called ‘hitchhiker’ mussel species that attach to boating equipment. These invasive aquatic species are a serious threat, and once established are difficult to eradicate.

Late last year the Government of B.C. took strong action on this front by amending controlled alien species regulations, with tough fines for those who introduce invasive species into local ecosystems. As a result of the new regulations, no invasive zebra or quagga mussel, alive or dead, can be present on boats or related equipment destined for B.C.’s lakes and waterways. Failure to properly clean mussels off boats or equipment can result in a fine of up to $100,000. Regulatory changes also now prohibit the possession, breeding, release or transportation of high-risk aquatic species such as the snakehead. Releasing a live snakehead into local waters could result in a fine of up to $250,000. These measures reaffirm our commitment to protecting local aquatic ecosystems and resources for the enjoyment of the anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

On a lighter note, this year the cover photo for the synopsis was provided by the winner of a photo contest held last fall for this purpose. Congratulations to Rob deLange, whose photo depicts canoe angling on Cowichan Lake. Have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable two years of angling in beautiful British Columbia. Sincerely,

Steve Thomson Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Major Regulation Changes for 2013-2015 Region 1 • Year round closure on Goldstream and Little Qualicum Rivers, including tributaries • Removal of Englishman River fly-fishing only • Amendments to the no fishing areas and times for the Muchalat, Nimpkish, Nitinat, Big Qualicum and Puntledge Rivers • Trout Catch and release for Reginald Lake • Modified dates for bait bans on the lower Stamp and Somass Rivers Region 2 • Daily trout/char quota reduction on Como, Deer, Lafarge, Mill, and Rice Lakes • Regulation simplification on Showh Lake Region 3 • Regulation simplification on Scuitto, Heidi, Heather, Murtle, Clearwater Hourglass Lakes • No fishing area on the north tip of Stump Lake • Bait permitted while angling from the community pier in Salmon Arm • Check the in-season regulation change website for Thompson steelhead seasons Region 4 • Year round angling closures on Irishman Creek and the East Fork of White River • Burbot catch and release only on Dutch Creek and the Columbia River • Removal of the Bridge Creek closure • Moyie Lake Bull Trout catch and release only • Catch and release only for trout/char on the North Fork of the White River

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• Permitted retention of kokanee from the Lower West Arm of Kootenay Lake on Sundays • Lake Koocanusa: bait ban from Sept 15 to June 30, Bull Trout catch and release Nov 1 to March 31 and daily quota of 1 (must be over 75cm) April 1 to Oct 31 • Year round bait ban and Bull Trout daily quota of 1 (must be over 75cm) on the Kootenay River from the reservoir to White River and year round bait ban upstream of White River Region 5 • No Fishing for sturgeon and bait ban in the Fraser River Sept 15 - July 15 • Increase in regional daily quota for Lake Trout from 1 to 3 (only 1 over 50cm and catch and release only from Oct 1 to Nov 30) • Implementation of trophy regulations on Fire and French Lakes • Lake Trout quota of 1 on Sulphourous Lake • Removal of the single hook restriction on Quesnel Lake Region 6 • New regulations for select Skeena Region Classified Waters. Changes include time period extensions when a Classified Waters licence and steelhead stamp are required, shift from Class 2 to Class 1 designation on some rivers, new measures for the management of angling guides and new times and zones when only Canadian residents may angle

• New regulations for retention of trout and Bull Trout/Dolly Varden in streams in the Skeena Region (except for Haida Gwaii): »» Char (Bull Trout/Dolly Varden): catch and release only »» Trout (Cutthroat and Rainbow trout): Daily quota of 1 (none under 30cm) from July 1 to Oct 31 and catch and release only from Nov 1 to June 30 • No fishing Insect Creek from Jan 1 to June 15 Region 7A • Regulation simplification on Lavoie and Everett Lakes • Increased Brook Trout daily quota and removal of the winter closure on Tebbutt Lake • Increased Brook Trout quota on Bow, Camp Butterfly, Kathie, Kinglet and Redstart Lakes • Increased kokanee daily quota on Ness Lake Region 7B - No Changes Region 8 • Increase in regional bass quota from 4 to 8 • Increase in regional Brook Trout daily quota from streams from 5 to 20 • Changes to kokanee fishing regulations on Wood Lake • Kokanee daily quota of 5 on Okanagan Lake • Implementation of trophy regulations on Larry, Loon, and Vinson Lakes • Regulation simplification for Okanagan River • Bass quota amendments for Vaseux Lake


table of contents

FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS SYNOPSIS 2013-2015

How to Use This Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Message from the Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Major Regulation Changes for 2013-2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Salmon Management in Fresh Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program Atlantic Salmon Exotic Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 How to Read the Regional Water-Specific Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Licencing and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6, 7, 8 Family Fishing Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre Colour Section Conservation Surcharge Stamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Classified Waters Licences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dean River Draw (Region 5) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Angling Guiding in B.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Provincial Regulations Allowable Fishing Methods and Rules on Bait Usage . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Quotas and Size Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Protected Species and “No Fishing” Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fishing in Provincial Parks and Ecological Reserves . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fishing in National Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Handling Your Catch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Enforcement and Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Regional Regulations Each of the following Regional sections contains regional contact information, region-specific regulations, Management Unit boundary maps, tables detailing water-specific regulations, and suggested Family Fishing Waters. REGION 1 REGION 2 REGION 3 REGION 4 REGION 5 REGION 6 REGION 7a REGION 7b REGION 8

VANCOUVER ISLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LOWER MAINLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THOMPSON-NICOLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KOOTENAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CARIBOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SKEENA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OMINECA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PEACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OKANAGAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

13 22 29 37 45 54 65 70 74

Boating Information Fluctuating Lake and Reservoir Levels Does my boat need to be registered? Eurasian Watermilfoil Alert Boating Etiquette and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Feature Articles New Zero-Tolerance Approach to Illegal Fish Introductions . . . . . . 84 BC Gets Tough With Aquatic Hitchhikers and High-Risk Invasive Fish! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82, 83

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Fish Identification Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre Colour Section Fish Consumption Advisories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Free “Catch Fishing” Booklet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Fish Tagging in B.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Angling Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Rotational Angling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Freshwater Fisheries Related Websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Ruler for Measuring Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

We welcome your suggestions. Please send comments to: The Synopsis, Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, PO Box 9363 STN PROV GOVT, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M2

For an on-line copy of this Synopsis or to check for in-season regulation changes go to: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish The sale of advertising pays for a significant portion of this publication. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations neither endorses products or services offered in the advertising nor accepts any liability arising from the use of such products or services.

Front Cover: fishing Cowichan Lake Rob deLange,

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SALMON MANAGEMENT IN FRESH WATER

SALMON REGULATIONS IN FRESH WATER The management of salmon fisheries in B.C., in both tidal and fresh waters, is the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The regulations for salmon fishing in fresh water are not included in this Synopsis, but are available from any DFO Office or through the on-line Freshwater Salmon Supplement at DFO’s website (www.pac.dfo-mpo. gc.ca/recfish). To fish for salmon in fresh water, however, a provincial Non-Tidal Angling Licence is required (see page 6). To retain any salmon caught in fresh water, your provincial Non-Tidal Angling Licence must be validated with a Non-Tidal Salmon Conservation Stamp (see page 7 for details).

For information on salmon regulations, please contact your nearest DFO office (listed on the Regional maps page in this Synopsis). • •

Visit DFO’s website, www.pac. dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish, for updated salmon regulations. DFO’s website also has information on salmon identification, packaging salmon for transport, and obtaining a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence online.

Please note that when fresh waters are closed to fishing or have gear restrictions outlined in this Synopsis, the regulations apply to fishing for salmon as well as for non-salmon species.

Report Salmon Violations… Please call 1-800-465-4336

SALMON SPORT HEAD RECOVERY PROGRAM Is your chinook or coho salmon missing its adipose fin? Heads from chinook and coho salmon with a missing adipose fin should be submitted to the nearest Salmon Sport Head Recovery Depot. The heads may contain implanted coded-wire tags with information important for management and research.

1. Check any sport-caught chinook or coho salmon that you retain to see if the ADIPOSE fin is missing.

2. If so, please bring the head to a Salmon Sport Head Recovery Depot.

For more information on this program and the locations of the recovery depots, please refer to DFO’s website (see above) or call toll free: 1-866-483-9994. By participating in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program, you will be entered into an annual prize draw. You will also receive information on the origin of your fish.

EXOTIC ALERT: ATLANTIC SALMON IN B.C. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations encourages anglers to report the catch of Atlantic salmon in lakes and streams near the west coast of the province. Anglers are asked to pay special attention to salmon with unusual spotting and eroded fins. Atlantic salmon can be identified by: • 8-11 anal fin rays (Pacific salmon have 11-13 rays) • Very noticeable, large, black spots on the gill cover (not common on native salmon) • Large scales and black spots on the back • May have very noticeably eroded or worn fins from containment in net-pens

Large Scales

Large Black Dots on Back No Spots on Tail

2 - 3 Large Black Spots on Gill Cover

8-11 Anal Fin Rays

Report any captures or sightings of Atlantic salmon to the Atlantic Salmon Watch Program by calling toll free 1-800-811-6010. The entire fish (including entrails) should be saved, preferably frozen, for positive identification and biological sampling, with as much information as possible regarding date, location and method of capture.

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HOW TO READ THE REGIONAL WATER-SPECIFIC TABLES

The Regulations listed in the Water-Specific Tables are EXCEPTIONS or ADDITIONS to the Regional Regulations. What follows is an explanation of the information in each column of the tables: Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Adam River (EXCEPT Eve River)∑ Ahnuhati River∑ ∏ Alice Lake Amor Lake

1-10 1-15 1-13 1-10

1.

2.

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Artificial fly only above Eve River, to Highway 19 bridge Class II water Apr 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-June 30 No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/daily quota = 2

1. Waters with Special Restrictions This column lists waters with restrictions not covered by the Regional Regulations. An asterisk (∑) means the regulation applies to tributary streams as well. A fish symbol (π) means the lake is stocked. Not all stocked lakes are listed in the Tables. A (∏) symbol means that this is a Classified Water; see page 8.

2. Management Unit (M.U.) This column lists one or more Management Units only as a reference to help you locate your target lake or stream and to distinguish waters in a region with the same name. Not all applicable M.U.’s may be listed. Consult the B.C. Recreational Atlas or Regional maps for Management Unit boundaries. 3. Exceptions to the Regional Regulations "Catch & Release” You may fish for the named species, but you must release any that you catch. You must return your fish to the water as quickly and carefully as possible (see “Releasing Fish”, page 11). ∂ “Age restricted waters”... you may fish in these waters only if you are less than 16 years of age (residents under 16 do not need a licence to fish - see page 6), or are in possession of a valid Non-Tidal Angling Licence indicating either B.C. Senior or B.C. Disabled.

You and the law The British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis is intended for general information purposes only. Where there is a discrepancy between this Synopsis and the Regulations, the Regulations are the final authority. Regulations are subject to change from time to time and it is the responsibility of an individual to be informed of the current Regulations.

3. "No fishing for"... you may not deliberately fish for the species named even if your intention is to release any fish that you may catch. If you accidentally catch a fish of the species named, you must release it as quickly and carefully as possible (see “Releasing Fish”, page 11). “Bait Ban"... the use of natural bait (see definition of bait on page 9) is prohibited in waters with a bait ban. Bait may be banned year round or seasonally. During the period when bait is banned it is banned for all angling and for all species. “Single Hook”... it is prohibited to angle with a hook with more than one point on waters that are subject to a single hook restriction. Single hook restrictions may be in place year round or seasonally. Where single hook restrictions are in place on a water body it applies to angling for all species. Often single hook restrictions are combined with barbless hook restrictions and termed “single barbless hook”. “Barbless Hook”... it is prohibited to use a hook with a barb on waters subject to barbless hook restriction. Barbless hook restrictions may be in place year round or seasonally. Where barbless hook restrictions are in place on a water body it applies to angling for all species. Often barbless hook restrictions are combined with single hook restrictions and termed “single barbless hook”. Dates... restrictions may apply for all or part of the year. When no date is listed, the restriction applies all year. Start and end dates are inclusive. Tributaries... when all restrictions cited apply to both the named body of water and its tributaries, an asterisk (∑) is placed in the first column. When only some restrictions apply to the tributaries then an asterisk is placed after the relevant restriction cited in this column.

Boating Restrictions Boating restrictions are adopted for either fisheries management or public safety reasons. The various restrictions include: No angling from boats... you may use a boat or other floating device for transportation in these waters but you may not angle from that boat. No angling from powered boats... you are not allowed to angle from a boat equipped with a motor on these waters. No powered boats... boat motors of all types (internal combustion, steam and electric) are prohibited on these waters. Electric motors only... you may use only battery-powered electric motors. All other types of motors (internal combustion, steam) are prohibited on these waters. In addition, wind or human propelled craft may be used. Engine power restrictions... boat motors cannot exceed the engine power (given in kilowatts) listed in the “Exceptions” column. Speed Restriction... boats equipped with motors cannot exceed the speed limit listed in the “Exceptions” column. No towing... do not tow a person on water skis, a surf board or other water toy. No vessels... boats and rafts of all types are prohibited. Please note: most boating restrictions are the responsibility of Transport Canada Marine. They are published here as a courtesy to anglers but, due to space limitations, may not be complete. For more information write to:

Transport Canada Marine Office of Boating Safety, 700-800 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2J8

or call 604-666-2681.

All anglers of any age must comply with all regulations set out in this Synopsis as well as any in-season changes as made public by the Ministry. The regulations described in this Synopsis do not apply to tidal waters.

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LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Licence Type Resident : (B.C. Residents) Basic Licences Annual Angling Licence $ 36 One Day Angling Licence ] $ 10 Eight Day Angling Licence ] $ 20 Annual Licence for Disabled $ 1 Annual Licence for Age 65 Plus $ 5 Conservation Surcharges (see page 7) Steelhead $ 25 Non-Tidal Salmon $ 15 Kootenay Lake Rainbow Trout $ 10 Shuswap Lake Rainbow Trout $ 10 Shuswap Lake Char $ 10 White Sturgeon Conservation Licences (see page 7) Annual $ 25 One Day $ 8 Eight Day $ 15 Classified Waters Licences (see page 8) Classified Waters Licence (annual) $ 15 Class I Waters Licence u Class II Waters Licence u

All annual licences are valid for the current licence year, April 1st to March 31st, commencing on the date purchased. Licences are not transferrable and are not valid unless signed by the licence holder. Note: Taxes not included in fees listed below. : Non-Resident Non-Resident Alien :

(Residents of Another Province or Territory)

(Residents of Another Country)

$ 55 $ 20 $ 36 H H

$ 80 $ 20 $ 50 H H

$ 60 $ 30 $ 20 $ 20 $ 20

$ 60 $ 30 $ 20 $ 20 $ 20

$ 60 $ 15 $ 30

$ 60 $ 15 $ 30

u $ 40/day $ 20/day

u $ 40/day $ 20/day

] You may buy as many One Day and Eight Day Licences (covering 8 consecutive days) as you need, but only one Annual Licence.

See definitions of “resident”, “non-resident” and “non-resident alien” on page 88. Members of the Canadian armed services and students returning to B.C. may be eligible to purchase licences at the Resident rate. For more information, contact a Service BC Centre.£ H Fee reduction not available. Regular licence required. u Not available. See “Classified Waters Licences”, page 8. Note: Most licence fees include a conservation surcharge administered by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

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If you are 16 years of age or OLDER:

uuYou must have a valid basic licence to sport fish for any species of fish in non-tidal waters (including salmon) - see definition of “fish” on page 88. uuYou must purchase appropriate supplementary licences and stamps. uuYou must carry your licence while sport fishing and, if asked, produce it for inspection by a Conservation Officer, Fishery Officer, RCMP constable, Park Ranger in a park, or an Officer under the Wildlife Act. uuBasic and supplementary licences and stamps are not valid in National Parks, except for Pacific Rim National Park and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (see page 10).

If you are UNDER 16 and a resident of B.C.:: uuYou may sport fish without any licence or stamp (but must abide by the regulations). uuYou do not need to be accompanied by a licence holder. uuYou are entitled to your own quota of fish.

If you are UNDER 16 and not a resident of B.C.::

uuYou do not require any licence or stamp to sport fish, but you must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older who holds the appropriate licences and stamps. uuAny fish you keep must be counted as part of the catch and possession of your accompanying licence holder. uuIf you want to catch and keep your own quota of fish, you must buy a licence and any necessary supplementary licences and stamps.

If you are a resident of B.C.: and disabled: You may qualify for a fee reduction on your basic licence. ●● To get an application form contact any Service BC Centre£ or write to: Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch PO Box 9363 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M2 Note: Refunds will not be issued for licences already purchased at the full price.

If you are an Indian as defined in the Indian Act (Canada) AND a resident of B.C.:: uuYou are not required to obtain any type of fishing licence or stamp to sport fish in nontidal waters.

What to do if you lose your licence:

uuYou must be in possession of a valid licence prior to resuming fishing. uuDo not buy a new licence. You are only permitted one annual angling licence per year. uuIf you lose the licence that you purchased on-line, you can: ●● Reprint it from the Internet, ●● Get a Service BC Centre to reprint it for you, or ●● Get a licence vendor to reprint a copy (there may be a fee) uuYour retention record (see page 7) must be transferred to the new copy.

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See definition of “Resident”, page 88.

£ For a listing of Service BC Centres and

licence vendors, go to http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/lvs

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PURCHASING LICENCES E-Licensing

Where To Buy A Licence

Non-Tidal Angling Licences are available on-line. The Non-Tidal (Freshwater) Fishing ELicensing system allows anglers to register to obtain an Angler Number and purchase their basic Non-Tidal Angling Licence, Classified Waters Licences, White Sturgeon Conservation Licences and Conservation Surcharge Stamps, at any time.

To purchase your angling licence on-line or for further information, please go to www.fishing.gov.bc.ca. Anglers may also obtain electronic licences from their local Service BC Centre or any licence vendor who may offer this service. For a listing of Service BC Centres and licence vendors, go to http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/lvs.

CONSERVATION SURCHARGES Your basic angling licence can be validated with up to five annual Conservation Surcharge Stamps described in detail below, plus a White Sturgeon Conservation Licence. The stamps are valid for the licence year (April 1 to March 31). Note: If a copy of your basic licence is reprinted, all your retention records must be transferred to the new copy.

Steelhead

Non-Tidal Salmon

Shuswap Lake Rainbow Trout

Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you intend to fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. (whether you intend to keep or release your catch). In addition, a steelhead stamp is mandatory when fishing on most Classified Waters during certain specified periods, even when fishing for species other than steelhead. Refer to the regional tables for dates and exceptions.

Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp to keep a salmon of any legal size or species (other than kokanee) from non-tidal waters. A stamp is not required if you intend to release all salmon caught. You must immediately record your retention of adult chinook salmon on your basic angling licence.

Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp to keep rainbow trout over 50 cm from Shuswap Lake1. You must immediately record your retention on your basic angling licence.

This stamp is available with all annual and short-term basic licences, but you are limited to one stamp per year, regardless of how many short-term licences you buy. You must immediately record your retention of hatchery steelhead on your basic angling licence. Please retain your basic licence for the entire licence year as you may be requested to complete an annual steelhead survey. NOTE: The ANNUAL province-wide quota for hatchery steelhead is 10. All wild steelhead must be released

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Kootenay Lake Rainbow Trout Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp to keep rainbow trout over 50 cm from the main body of Kootenay Lake. You must immediately record your retention on your basic angling licence. No Conservation Surcharge Stamp is required if you release all Kootenay Lake rainbow trout over 50 cm.

Shuswap Lake Char Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp to keep char over 60 cm caught in Shuswap Lake1. You must immediately record your retention on your basic angling licence. No Conservation Surcharge Stamp is required if you release all Shuswap Lake char over 60 cm.

No Conservation Surcharge Stamp is required if you release all Shuswap Lake rainbow trout over 50 cm. Shuswap Lake includes the main body of Shuswap Lake, Little Shuswap Lake, South Thompson River between Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake, Seymour, Anstey and Salmon arms and Mara Lake.

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white sturgeon You must purchase a White Sturgeon Conservation Licence, in addition to your basic licence, if you intend to fish for white sturgeon on the lower and middle portions2 of the Fraser River watershed (which includes the Fraser’s tributaries). This is a catch-andrelease only fishery - all sturgeon must be released. See Guidelines for Angling White Sturgeon in BC at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/ docs/ws_guidelines.pdf. Please note that this is the only white sturgeon fishery in the province’s non-tidal waters. From the CPR Bridge at Mission to and including Williams Lake River in the Cariboo 2

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CLASSIFIED WATERS LICENCES The classified waters of B.C. are highly productive trout streams. These streams are classified as either Class I or Class II and are listed in the Water-Specific Tables for each Region. The Classified Waters Licensing System was created to protect the unique fishing opportunities provided by these waters, which contribute significantly to the province’s reputation as a worldclass fishing destination.

All anglers required to buy a basic angling licence must also purchase a Classified Waters Licence before fishing on a stream during the period when it is classified. This licence is required in addition to the basic angling licence and any other stamps required by regulation. Also note that a

Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp is required at all times when fishing for steelhead, or when fishing classified waters during the period when steelhead are known to be present. The specific times when a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory are listed in the Water-Specific Tables for each Region.

If you are a B.C. resident:

Your Classified Waters Licence is valid for the licencing year. This means you can fish on any Class I or Class II water in the province during the year. If you are a non-guided “Non-Resident” or non-guided “Non-Resident Alien”: Your Classified Waters Licence for Class I or Class II waters is sold on a per diem basis and is date and water-specific. Although anglers may purchase as many Classified Waters Licences as they wish, each licence may not exceed 8 consecutive days. If you are a GUIDED “Non-Resident” or a guided “Non-Resident Alien”: Your Classified Waters Licence for Class I or Class II waters is sold on a per diem basis and is date and water-specific. If guided confirm with your angling guide before purchasing your licence. Although anglers may purchase as many Classified Waters Licences as they wish, each licence may not exceed 8 consecutive days. EXCEPTION: Non-Resident Aliens (whether GUIDED or NON-GUIDED) may only purchase one Classified Waters Licence for the Dean River.

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Allowable Fishing Methods

It Is Unlawful To....

Although angling is the most popular form of sport fishing in British Columbia, there are other methods that you can use to take fish. Your basic fishing licence entitles you to: angle … fish (with or without a rod) with one fishing line to which only one hook, one artificial lure OR one artificial fly is attached. down-rig … angling with a downrigger is permitted, provided the fishing line is attached to the downrigger by a quickrelease mechanism. ice fish … with one line and one lure, artificial fly or other terminal attractor. It is your legal responsibility to warn other people of the existence of your ice hole and remove your ice hut before ice breakup. set line … you may only fish with a set line (an unattended line) in lakes of Region 6 & in lakes of Zone A of Region 7. You are allowed to use only one line with one hook (no smaller than 3 cm from point to shank - see below). Any game fish that you catch other than burbot must be released. Set lines must be marked with angler’s name, address and telephone number.

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spear fish … means to fish with a spear or an arrow that is propelled by a spring, an elastic band, compressed air, a bow or by hand. Only non-game fish (such as carp) may be speared, except burbot which may also be speared in Regions 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8. No spear fishing of any other game fish (as defined on page 88), pacific salmon or protected species (page 10) is permitted anywhere in B.C. No spear fishing of any kind is permitted in Region 1. trap crayfish … with any number or size of traps for personal consumption. You must release all fin fish caught in your trap. To help sustain crayfish populations, you should release any crayfish that are less than 9 cm in total length as well as those bearing eggs or young.

All other methods of taking fish are illegal.

than one point in any river, stream, creek or slough in B.C. (Note: the use of barbed hooks in lakes is permitted, unless noted in the Regional Water-Specific Tables)

PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

uuAngle with a fishing line to which more

than one artificial fly is attached (i.e., to use “dropper flies”). uuUse a light in any manner to attract fish, unless the light is submerged and attached to the fishing line within 1 m of the hook. uuFish with nets, including dip nets, minnow nets, gill nets or cast nets. uuSnag (foul hook) fish (see definition, page 88). Any fish willfully or accidently snagged must be released immediately.

uuUse more than one fishing line, EXCEPT

a person who is alone in a boat on a lake may angle with two lines.

uuPlace any fishing gear

in any water during a closed time (a “no fishing”

period).

uuAngle with a fishing line to which more than 1 kg of weight is attached

(this does not apply to downrigger weights).

uuWaste the fish you catch.

If your fish is not suitable for eating or if possession is illegal because of quotas, size limits or closed seasons, return the fish quickly and gently to the water. uuRelease fish in a harmful manner if you are not going to keep your catch. Follow the catch & release tips outlined on p. 11. uuBuy, sell or barter or attempt to buy, sell or barter any fish caught by sport fishing.

uuDamage or interfere with a trap set

for furbearers. If you believe the trap has been set illegally, report it to a Conservation Officer.

uuHave any live fish in your possession in the wild, or move any live fish or

live aquatic invertebrates around the province or transplant them into any waters of B.C. Do not keep angled fish alive in a “livewell” or other device, or on stringers, and never use live fish as bait or release your aquarium fish to the wild.

“High-grading” is illegal.

uuEnter or cross cultivated land, posted

land, private land or Indian Reserve land without proper permission. uu ...Please refer to additional restrictions and requirements on pages 10-12.

Rules on Bait Usage “Bait” is any foodstuff or natural substance

used to attract fish, other than wood, cotton, wool, hair, fur or feathers. It does not include fin fish, other than roe. It includes roe, worms and other edible substances, as well as scents and flavourings containing natural substances or nutrients. Roe… you must not have more than 1 kg of roe (fish eggs) in your possession for use as bait unless the roe was obtained from a commercial source that lawfully obtained that roe, or you have in your possession the freshly dressed fish from which the roe in excess of 1 kg was taken. Carry a receipt with you if you purchased roe from a commercial source. Aquatic invertebrates… you may use freshwater invertebrates (e.g. aquatic insects and crayfish) in streams as bait unless a bait ban applies. When fishing

at a lake, you may not possess or use for bait any freshwater invertebrates; this includes the aquatic stage of any insect, such as dragonfly nymphs or caddisfly larvae. Chumming… attempting to attract fish by

depositing any substance in the water, is prohibited.

Fin fish…means all fish other than crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs, shellfish and marine mammals. The use of fin fish (dead or alive) or parts of fin fish other than roe is prohibited throughout the province, with the following exception: You may use the

head of fin fish or the headless body of fin fish as bait, only: (a) when sport fishing for sturgeon in Fraser River (Region 2 only), or (b) when set lining in lakes of Region 6 or in lakes of Zone A of Region 7.

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PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS Quotas

Protected Species

Ecological Reserves

For all game fish, there is a quota or limit on the number of fish you may keep.

It is illegal to fish for, or catch and retain any of the fish listed below. If you accidentally catch one, you must release it right away where you captured it. The fish on this list are considered to be at risk in Canada and are legally protected by federal statutes.

Fishing is prohibited in Ecological Reserves in B.C. A complete list of ecological reserves is available from BC Parks headquarters at: PO Box 9398, STN PROV GOVT, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M9, or on the BC Parks website: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/eco_reserve/ ecoresrv/ecoresrv.html.

Refer to the Regional Chapters for Regional Daily Catch Quotas and to the Regional WaterSpecific Tables for special quotas on some individual waters. Daily catch quota … the maximum number of fish of a given species, group of species, or size class that you may keep in one calendar day. Possession quota … no more than twice the daily quota unless otherwise specified (see definition, page 88). Monthly catch quota … the maximum number of fish that you are allowed to keep in one calendar month. Annual catch quota … the maximum number of fish that you are allowed to keep in one licence year (April 1 to March 31). Quotas are not cumulative: you cannot take a quota from each region that you fish. A good rule of thumb is this: never have in your possession while at or near any lake or stream, more fish than the allowable quota for that lake or stream. Check the Regional Regulations and Tables for daily catch quotas for B.C. sport fish.

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Size Limits Size limits protect fish of certain sizes. Measure your fish from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail to determine its legal length. Size limits are listed with quotas in the Regional Fork Length Adipose Fin

Western Brook Lamprey (Morrison Creek population) White Sturgeon (Nechako, Upper Fraser, Kootenay and Columbia populations) For more information on protected species, please visit Environment Canada’s website at www.sararegistry.gc.ca.

“No Fishing” Areas Most waters in B.C. are open to fishing for some species 24 hours of the day, every day of the year. There are five basic exceptions:

Regulations and in the Regional WaterSpecific Tables. If you catch a fish protected by a min. or max. size limit, release it as quickly and carefully as possible (see “Releasing Fish,” page 11). Minimum size limits allow fish to spawn at least once before they can be caught and kept. There is no general minimum size limits for trout/char in B.C. waters, EXCEPT where specifically indicated in the Regional Daily Catch Quotas or for waters listed in the Regional Water-Specific Tables. Maximum size limits allow larger fish to be released to provide future fishing opportunities.

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u “No fishing” areas (see Regional Tables); u Within Ecological Reserves (this page); u Within 23 m below the lower entrance to any fishway, canal, obstacle or leap; u Within a 100 m radius of any government facility operated for counting, passing or rearing fish (e.g., fishway, fish hatchery) unless otherwise designated; and u Within National Parks unless a specific location is identified as being open (see “National Parks” on this page). Not all “no fishing” areas are posted with signs. Make sure you read the Regional Regulations for the area in which you will be fishing. If you have any questions, call or write the local Fish and Wildlife Regional Office.

Individuals visiting BC Parks, either a Park, Conservancy, Recreation Area or Protected Area should be aware that the Park Act and its regulations apply, as do the sport fishing regulations in this Synopsis. NOTE: the use of horses, motor vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, other selfpropelled vehicles or bicycles is generally prohibited in BC Parks except where specifically authorized by a sign or Park Officer. All motor vehicles on BC Park roads must be licensed. Use of aircraft to arrive at or depart from some parks is restricted.

National Parks The seven National Parks within British Columbia are: Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, Revelstoke, Pacific Rim, Gwaii Haanas and Gulf Islands. Freshwater fishing is prohibited in National Parks unless opened under the National Parks Fishing Regulations. Where open, anglers require a National Park Fishing Permit to fish in park waters. A provincial angling licence is not valid unless otherwise stated for any fresh water within National Parks or National Park Reserves. National Park Fishing Permits and Regulations are available at park visitor centres and at some local commercial outlets. The National Parks Fishing Regulations may also be viewed at www.pc.gc.ca by selecting a park and clicking on “Activities,” then “Fishing,” or by contacting Parks Canada at 1-888-773-8888. For the 2013-2015 fishing season only, the provincial freshwater regulations in this Synopsis will be in effect for the non-tidal waters in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and a provincial angling licence will be required. All fresh waters within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are closed to fishing throughout the 2013-2015 season. For information about the 2013-2015 season, contact Parks Canada.


handling your catch

wrap it right! Restriction on cleaning and canning your catch in non-tidal water (for all species except salmon) To comply with the law, follow these simple guidelines when you clean and transport your fish. uuDo not can, bottle or fillet fish caught by sport fishing in non-tidal waters except at your permanent residence (commercial canning of these fish is not permitted). uuLeave the head, tail and all fins on your catch until you get them to your permanent (ordinary) residence. We suggest you immediately remove the gills and internal organs of any fish you keep to reduce spoilage. uuDo not freeze fish together in an unrecognizable block. uuPlease refer to the fish cleaning guidelines in “Angling Safety in Bear Country” in the Centre Colour Section. uuThe management of salmon fisheries in B.C., in both tidal and freshwater, is the responsibility of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Information about packaging and transporting salmon is available at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ publications/docs/package-emballage-eng.htm (click on Packaging your Salmon).

releasing fish the gentle way

There is a growing trend among anglers to catch and release, unharmed, a part of their allowable catch. A fish that appears unharmed may not survive if carelessly handled, so please abide by the following:

• Play and release fish as rapidly as possible. A fish played for too long may not recover. • Keep the fish in the water as much as possible. A fish out of water is suffocating. Internal injuries and scale loss is much more likely to occur when out of water. • Roll fish onto their backs (while still in the water). This may reduce the amount they struggle, therefore minimizing stress, etc.

Transporting and Exporting Fish In order to enforce quotas and size limits, our officers must be able to count, measure and identify your catch. If you caught the fish yourself you must: uu Keep your angling licence handy while travelling. uu Transport no more than your legal limit. uu Ensure your fish can be identified, counted and measured if necessary (see “Wrap it Right”). If you are transporting fish for someone else: uu Obtain and carry a signed letter from that person with the following details: the angler’s name, address, telephone number and fishing licence number; when and where the fish were caught; the date and place at which you were given the fish; the

• Carry needle-nose pliers. Grab the bend or round portion of the hook with your pliers, twist pliers upside down, and the hook will dislodge. Be quick, but gentle. Single barbless hooks are recommended, if not already stipulated in the regulations. • Any legal fish that is deeply hooked, hooked around the gills or bleeding should be retained as part of your quota. If the fish cannot be retained legally, you can improve its chances for survival by cutting the leader and releasing it with the hook left in.

number, species and size of the fish that you have been given and the name and address of the person to whom the fish are to be delivered. uu If you will be exporting the fish from B.C., carry the letter and insure that it is available for inspection by fishery enforcement and/or customs officers if requested to do so.

PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

If someone else caught the fish and gave it to you for your personal consumption: uu Keep in your possession a signed letter from the angler until you have eaten the fish. uu The letter should list the name, address and telephone number of the angler who gave you the fish; the number, species and size of the fish; and when and where the fish were caught.

or damaged. It is best to leave fish in the water for photos. If you must lift a fish then provide support by cradling one hand behind the front fins and your other hand just forward of the tail fin. Minimize the time out of the water, then hold the fish in the water to recover. If fishing in a river, point the fish upstream while reviving it. When the fish begins to struggle and swim normally, let it go.

• Nets used for landing your catch, should have fine mesh and a knotless webbing to protect fish from abrasion and possible injury. • If you must handle the fish, do so with your bare, wet hands (not with gloves). Keep your fingers out of the gills, and don’t squeeze the fish or cause scales to be lost

Releasing a tagged bull trout.

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ANGLING GUIDES IN B.C.

In British Columbia a person commits an offence if he/she does not hold a valid angling guide or assistant angling guide licence and acts as a “guide for fish” or offers to do so. A person acts as a “guide for fish” when he/she does one or more of the following activities for compensation or reward (either received or promised): 1. Accompanies another person and assists that person to angle; OR 2. Attends another person at or near an angling site in a way that directly or indirectly assists that person to angle; OR 3. Transports another person to and from an angling site, or between angling sites, for the purpose of angling. It is also an offence for an angling guide to employ another person to “guide for fish” if that person does not hold an assistant angling guide licence.

free in B.C.: 1-866-433-7272), or visiting the PASB website www.env.gov.bc.ca/ pasb and clicking on the green button labelled “Angling & Assistant Angling Guide,” where all licenced guides are listed.

Note: There are exemptions from the angling guide licensing requirements for certain uses of aircraft and motor vehicles for commercial purposes. There are also exemptions for some fishing school operations. For more information about angling guide requirements and exemptions please contact a Fish & Wildlife Regional Office.

How to Become an Angling Guide Detailed information on basic eligibility, the Angling Guide Exam, and the subsequent steps to obtaining a new Angling Guide Licence is available on the PASB website (above).

Is Your Angling Guide Licenced? Anglers who use the services of an unlicenced angling guide risk being convicted of an offence. Anglers securing the services of an Angling Guide can be certain that person is licensed by: • Asking to see his/her current Angling Guide Licence (or Assistant Angling Guide Licence); OR • Confirming his/her status by calling the Permit and Authorization Service Bureau (PASB) in Victoria at 250-387-2928 (toll

Finding a Licenced Angling Guide For more complete contact information and areas of operation, you may refer to the list of licenced Angling Guides on the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’s website: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/guide

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Rock Snot Didymo (Rock Snot) can form large mats covering the bottom of rivers or streams, making it difficult for fish to find food.

Parrot Feather Parrot Feather forms a dense floating mat that can clog irrigation ducts and canals, and tangle in boat propellors. It shades out and kills native vegetation.

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REGION 1 - Vancouver Island The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Fish and Wildlife Regional Office (250) 751-3100 2080A Labieux Rd., Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 6J9

Conservation Officer Service Field Offices

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Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 1, all year.

Vancouver Island

General Restrictions

Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you intend to fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. In addition, a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory when fishing most Classified Waters regardless of the species being angled for. Please see page 7 for details. When you have caught and retained your daily quota of hatchery steelhead from any water, you must stop fishing that water for the remainder of that day.

Bait ban: applies to all streams of Region 1, all year, with some important exceptions. Check the Tables.

Table Legend

Regional Daily Catch Quotas (See tables for exceptions) Trout: 4, not more than • 1 over 50 cm (2 hatchery steelhead over 50 cm allowed) • 2 from streams (must be hatchery) And you must release: • All wild trout and wild steelhead from streams • All char (includes Dolly Varden; see centre page Freshwater Fish of B.C.)

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake or Stream (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∞ Wheelchair Accessible ∂ Age Restricted Waters

Note: There is no general minimum size limit for trout in lakes or hatchery origin trout in streams.

Possession Quotas

Kokanee: 5 (none from streams)

Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas

Bass: 4 (largemouth and smallmouth combined) none from Apr. 15 to June 15

Annual Catch Quotas

White Sturgeon: catch and release only Crayfish: 25 Yellow perch: 20

Annual catch quota for all B.C.: 10 steelhead per licence year (only hatchery steelhead may be retained in B.C.)

Daily & Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

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1-10 1-15 1-13 1-10 1-10

“Anderson” Lake (in the Walbran Creek watershed)

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Antler Lake Artlish River∑ Ash River

Benson River∑ “Big Qualicum” River BINGS CREEK Black Creek∑ Blackburn Lake Blackwater Lake Bonanza Lake Boot Lake Brannen Lake Browns River Buttle Lake’s tributaries (Lower) Campbell Lake’s tributaries Campbell River

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1-7 1-4 1-10 1-1

Artificial fly only above Eve River, to Highway 19 bridge Class II water Apr 1 - Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-June 30 No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year from upper falls downstream 1 km to (Bear River) logging road bridge 3 km from tidewater No Fishing from mouth to falls about 4 km upstream, Dec 1-May 31 Artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Trout and kokanee release∑ Unnamed lake approx. 7 km W/SW of Mt. Walbran No powered boats No fishing above the boundary signs at the bridge crossing approximately 10 km from the mouth, Nov 1-Apr 30 No fishing from Dickson Lake to signs 200 m below Lanternman Falls, Dec 1-Apr 30 Closed all year from Dickson Falls downstream 30 m to signs Closed all year from Elsie Lake to Dickson Lake No angling from boats; ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) See Cowichan Lake See Amor de Cosmos Creek Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp)

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Fly fishing only See Qualicum River ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No fishing Dec 1-May 31 No powered boats Trout daily quota = 2 No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Speed restriction on parts (60 km/h) See Puntledge River∑ Fly fishing only; Except Thellwood Creek is closed all year No fishing Feb 1-July 15 including Campbell River between Strathcona Dam and (Lower) Campbell Lake

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Adam River (EXCEPT Eve River)∑ Ahnuhati River∑ ∏ Alice Lake Amor Lake Amor De Cosmos Creek

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 14) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Cowichan River (see map below)

1-4

Craigflower Creek∑ Crane Lake Crescent Lake Cruickshank River∑ Cusheon Lake Davie River∑ Dickson Lake Dimple Lake Diver Lake Donner Lake Dougan Lake Durrance Lake Echo Lake Elk Lake

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing from weir (dam) at Cowichan Lake’s outlet to Greendale trestle, Nov 15-Apr 15 Tributaries above and including Holt Creek closed all year Fly fishing only above CNR trestle (Mile 66) Aug 1-Nov 15 No fishing downstream of the Mile 66 trestle between Aug 1-Nov 15 Fly fishing only from signs at Greendale trestle to CNR bridge (mile 70.2) Speed restriction (8 km/h) & engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) on parts Closed all year Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Electric motors only No fishing below Schoen Lake, Dec 1-May 31 No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only; ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform located in Diver Lake Park No powered boats Electric motors only Electric motors only Electric motors only Engine power restriction on parts - 7.5 Kw (10 hp); no vessels on parts, no powered boats on parts, no towing on parts ∞ A wheelchair accessible fishing pier is located on the lake’s NW shore via Brookleigh Road Fly fishing only Closed all year from lower falls in Englishman River Park to signs about 100 m downstream No fishing below the lower falls in Englishman River Falls Provincial Park to the Top Bridge crossing at the end of Allsbrook Road∑, Dec 1-May 31 Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing above the fishing boundary signs (near the South Main bridge crossing) located approx. 5.4 km downstream of the Hwy 19 bridge, Dec 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Dec 1 - May 31 Electric motors only; ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform is located in Fuller Lake Park Electric motors only; fishing platform is located in Glen Lake Park No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing from boundary signs about 300 m above the Lions Campground upstream to the confluence with Muchalat River∑, Apr 1 - May 31 Closed all year above but not including Muchalat River ∑ Closed all year between the cascade falls (located about 6.5 km above Muchalat Inlet) and fishing boundary signs about 30 m downstream No powered boats Closed all year

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 14) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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1-3 1-5 1-10 1-5 1-11 1-6 1-10 1-10 1-7 1-15 1-15 1-2 1-13

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1-14 1-11 1-4 1-1 1-2 1-13 1-15

No fishing above Bugaboo Creek, Dec 1 - Apr 30 Electric motors only Electric motors only No wild rainbow trout over 60 cm Electric motors only Closed all year Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only Closed all year above and including Hemmingsen Creek ∑ Trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year Closed all year Trout release; fly fishing only, bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Closed all year below top of the lower canyon, located approximately 1.3 km upstream of the Gold River confluence No fishing above top of the lower canyon, Dec 1 - Apr 30 Fly fishing only below Saunders Creek to the top of the lower canyon, May 1 - Nov 30 Closed all year Trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Apr 15-July 15 (includes channel below Ladore Dam) Trout daily quota = 2 Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Class II water Apr 1 - Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-June 30 No powered boats Closed all year below lower fish counting fence near tidewater Release all steelhead No fishing in all parts ∑, Dec 1-May 31 Class II water Apr 1 - Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-June 30 No fishing from signs in lower canyon to Ida Lake, Nov 1-Apr 30 No fishing Dec 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only; fishing platforms are available off Leigh Road and the Nixon Trail See Marble River Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 1-Apr 30 Electric motors only

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Little Qualicum River

1-6

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing from the falls in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park downstream to the hatchery fence, Dec 1-May 31 All tributaries closed all year The standard 100 m closure around a fish rearing facility has been reduced to a no fishing area from the hatchery fence to signs approx. 35 m downstream Fly fishing only, Sept 1-Nov 30 (where open, including tributaries) Electric motors only Trout daily quota = 1; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 1; release all brown trout Artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Speed restriction on parts (60 km/h); ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform is located in Loudon Park Electric motors only Closed all year No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 1-Apr 30 Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only Fly fishing only ∑ Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Electric motors only ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No powered boats Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats Closed all year ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) between Brannan Lake and Pearson Bridge Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Closed all year (located in an Ecological Reserve) No fishing Dec 1-May 31 Closed all year from Menzies Bay logging mainline bridge crossing to Morton Lake Electric motors only No fishing Dec 1 - May 15 Closed all year

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 14) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Nanaimo River

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing below Nahmint Lake, Dec 1 - Apr 30 Fly fishing only above Nahmint Lake Closed all year from power line crossing at “Bore Hole” upstream to fishing boundary signs at the mouth of Boulder Creek No fishing from the Cedar Road bridge upstream approx. 400 m to the white square boundary signs near the Hwy 19 bridge, Sept 15-Oct 30 No fishing upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge∑, Dec 1-May 31 Artificial fly only upstream of the westernmost of the two Nanaimo Lakes, known locally as “Second” Lake, including tributaries Engine power restriction on parts - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing above Davie River, Dec 1-May 15 Note: Nitinat Lake is tidal water; tidal regulations apply and a (federal) Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required Closed all year above Parker Creek No fishing between boundary signs approx. 100 m upstream of & downstream of “Red Rock Pool,”approx. 2 km (by road) south of the Nitinat R. bridge, Aug 25-Dec 31 No fishing between boundary signs approx. 50 m upstream of and downstream of the Nitinat River bridge, Aug 25-Oct 15 Closed all year No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing upstream of the confluence with Little Oyster River ∑, Dec 1-June 30 See Healy Lake Trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake at the head of San Juan River No powered boats Speed restriction on parts (8 & 60 km/h) No powered boats Closed all year downstream of the BC Hydro diversion dam (about 3.5 km downstream of Comox Lake) to the base of Stoltan Falls (about 450 m below the Duncan Bay Mainline logging road bridge) Closed all year between signs approx. 100 m upstream & downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek Closed all year from signs located 50 m upstream of the BC Hydro generating station tailrace to signs located 75 m downstream of the Puntledge River hatchery fence (total distance approx. 500 m) All tributaries closed all year Fly fishing only above the BC Hydro diversion dam (about 3.5 km downstream of Comox Lake), including tributaries No fishing downstream of boundary signs located 100 m downstream of the hatchery counting fence No fishing from E&N trestle to 100 m downstream of the hatchery counting fence, Aug 10-Oct 15 No fishing tributaries Artificial fly only from the Horne Lake dam to E&N Trestle, Oct 16-Aug 31 Fly fishing only ∑, Sept 1-Oct 15 ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform is located at the hatchery No fishing May 1-June 15 Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1 No fishing above the Quatse River fishway (1.4 km upstream of Dick Booth Creek), Dec 1-June 15 Bait may ONLY be used Dec 1-Apr 30, where open Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h) Closed all year from signs at power line crossing (about 25 m above Quinsam Hatchery weir) to boundary signs about 300 m below weir No fishing downstream of the falls below Middle Quinsam Lake to signs at power line crossing (about 25 m above Quinsam hatchery weir), Dec 1-June 30 ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform is located near the Hwy 28 bridge Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Brown trout daily quota = 1 Trout daily quota = 2 No powered boats

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1-10 1-5 1-1 1-15 1-9 1-4 1-7 1-9 1-1 1-10 1-09 1-8 1-8

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Closed all year above Kay Creek No powered boats upstream of confluence with White River; speed restriction (10 km/h) from estuary to confluence with White River Closed all year above Fleet River Class II water Aug 15-Oct 31∑; Steelhead Stamp not required unless fishing for steelhead Speed restrictions on parts (8 & 65 km/h) Engine power restriction 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Bait may ONLY be used Aug 25-May 30 Fly fishing only below Sooke River Falls, Sept 1-Nov 30 Closed all year from the base of the lower “potholes� falls to signs approx. 100m downstream No powered boats Cutthroat trout release, no wild rainbow trout over 60 cm No fishing from Sproat Lake to signs 300 m below Hwy #4, June 15-Nov 15 Bait may ONLY be used Nov 1-Apr 30 No fishing between signs 200m above & 500m below Stamp Falls, June 15-Nov15 No fishing from the confluence with Ash River upstream to the Great Central Lake dam ∑, Jan 1-Apr 30 Bait ban all year ABOVE signs at “Girl Guide Falls� (approx. 250 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek) ∑ Bait may ONLY be used Aug 25-May 30 BELOW signs at “Girl Guide Falls� (approx. 250 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek) Engine power restriction 7.5 Kw (10hp), on parts No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only No powered boats Electric motors only Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only No powered boats on any water within Strathcona Park except Gold, Upper Campbell and Buttle lakes Trout daily quota = 1; release all brown trout; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Fly fishing only Closed all year Electric motors only Electric motors only Closed all year No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing upstream of the Toquart mainline logging bridge Nov 1-May 31. Note: this includes the river above the lake

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 14) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Tsolum River∑ Unnamed Lake “A” - Map A, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “B” - Map A, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “C” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “D” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “E” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “F” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “G” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “H” - Map B, on p.20 Unnamed Lake “I” - Map B, on p.20 Village Bay Lake

1-6 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-10 1-15

Wahpeeto Creek Wakeman River∑ “Weston Lake” West Walbran River∑ Westwood Lake White River∑ Willemar Lake WILLOW CREEK Wowo Lake

1-14 1-14 1-1 1-3 1-5 1-10 1-6 1-6 1-6

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Dec 1-May 31 No fishing Dec 1-May 31 Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing above Catherine Creek, Nov 1-Apr 30 Fly fishing only below Catherine Creek Closed all year Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 1-Apr 30 Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Closed all year within 100 m below falls 4.5 km upstream of Wakeman River Class II water Apr 1 - Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-June 30 See Lake Weston Trout and kokanee release ∞ wheelchair accessible fishing platform is located in Westwood Lake Park Closed all year between signs at salmon viewing pool No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Trout daily quota = 2; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Closed all year No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30

Vancouver Island

1-7 1-6 1-6 1-6 1-10

REGION 1

Toy Lake Trent River∑ Tsable River∑ Tsable Lake Tsitika River

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Fish and Wildlife Regional Office

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery

Please call 1-800-731-6373 for recorded information or to make an appointment at any of the following Field Offices:

(604) 504-4709 34345 Vye Rd, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 4N2

Chilliwack, Maple Ridge, Powell River, Sechelt, Surrey and Squamish

Chilliwack: (604) 824-3300 Delta: (604) 666-8266 Langley: (604) 607-4150 Mission: (604) 814-1055 Pender Harbour (604) 883-3050 Powell River (604) 485-7963 Vancouver/Steveston/ Squamish (604) 664-9250 Shellfish Information line: (604) 666-2828

Exotic Alert: Atlantic Salmon

R.A.P.P.

Please refer to the salmon section, p. 4

Report All Poachers and Polluters R Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline R 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

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No fishing: in any lake in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest near Maple Ridge. Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 2, all year. See definition of “angle” and “streams” on page 88. Dead fin fish as bait: only permitted in Region 2 when sport fishing for sturgeon in the Fraser River. See page 9 for details.

When you have caught and retained your daily quota of hatchery steelhead from any water, you must stop fishing that water for the remainder of that day.

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Trout/char: 4, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm (2 hatchery steelhead over 50 cm allowed) • 2 from streams (must be hatchery) • 1 char (bull trout, Dolly Varden, or lake trout) And you must release: • Wild trout/char from streams • All wild steelhead • Trout/char under 30 cm from streams (must be hatchery) Note: There is no general minimum size limit for trout in lakes

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.

Kokanee: 5 (none from streams)

TIDAL BOUNDARIES ON RIVERS IN REGION 2

Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Crappie: 20

Protected Species: it is illegal to fish for or catch and then keep protected species. In Region 2, these include: • Nooksack dace • Salish sucker • Green sturgeon • Cultus Lake sculpin See page 10 for details.

Bass: 4 (largemouth and/or smallmouth combined) White Sturgeon: catch and release only

Crayfish: 25

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Lower Mainland

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REGION 2

Steelhead fishing in the Lower Mainland Region: Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you intend to fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. Please see page 7 for details.

Regional Daily Catch Quotas

Brunette R.: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge Campbell R.: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge Capilano R.: CN Railway Bridge Coquitlam R.: Mary Hill Bypass Bridge Fraser R.: CPR Bridge at Mission Kanaka Cr.: CPR Bridge Nathan Cr.: CN Railway Bridge Nicomekl R.: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge Pitt R.: CPR Bridge Serpentine R.: Burlington Northern Railway Bridge Seymour R.: CN Railway Bridge Squamish R.: a line running true west from the tip of the Squamish Dyke (“Windsurfer Spit”) Stave R.: CPR Bridge West Cr.: CN Railway Bridge Whonnock Cr.: CP rail line York Cr.: CP rail line

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS MANAGEMENT UNIT (NOT ALL SHOWN - SEE PAGE 5)

ALICE LAKE ALOUETTE LAKE (parts of)

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BRUNETTE RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES BURNABY LAKE BURNABY LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES CALVIN CREEK CAMPBELL RIVER∑

2-8 2-8 2-8 2-5 2-4

CAPILANO RIVER∑

2-8

CEDAR LAKE CHAPMAN CREEK CHEAKAMUS RIVER CHEAM LAKE CHEEKYE RIVER∑ CHEHALIS LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES CHEHALIS RIVER∑

2-2 2-5 2-7 2-3 2-7 2-19 2-19

CHILLIWACK / VEDDER RIVERS∑ (Does not include Sumas River) (See map page 26)

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CHILQUA SLOUGH COGBURN CREEK∑ COQUIHALLA RIVER∑

2-8 2-18 2-17

COQUITLAM RIVER

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COMO (Welcome) LAKE CORBOLD CREEK COUGAR CANYON CREEK

2-8 2-8 2-4

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No powered boats No vessels in swimming areas, as buoyed and signed Speed restriction (8 km/h) at S. end of lake, S. of a line drawn from the BC Parks boat ramp to signs on the E. side of the lake Closed all year above signs near Alouette River Corrections Branch No fishing above 216th St. (including North Alouette River), May 1-June 30 No powered boats on mainstem Electric motors only No fishing Dec 1-Mar 31 Release all fish; bait ban, single barbless hook; speed restriction (12 km/h) Closed all year Closed all year Bait ban; release all steelhead Closed all year above 152nd St. (Johnson Road) No powered boats No fishing May 1-June 30 Bull trout (char) release Bait ban Closed all year from upstream edge of falls (1.5 km from river mouth) to a point 100 m downstream Bait ban∑, May 1-Oct 31 Closed all year No powered boats Closed all year from Cariboo Dam to Cariboo Rd Release all steelhead Closed all year No powered boats Closed all year Closed all year Closed all year above 12th Ave; no fishing below 12th Ave., Apr 1-June 30 Below 12th Ave., no fishing only from 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours each day, Aug 1-Dec 31 Closed all year above signs at footbridge situated 100 m below fish fence Bait ban, Aug 1-Oct 31 Release all steelhead See Sumallo River Closed all year from the falls to 100 m downstream. The falls are located about 550 m upstream of the power line crossing. Bait ban; release all steelhead Closed all year Closed all year including Brohm Creek Closed all year Closed all year from signs at Chehalis Lake outlet to main logging road bridge 2.4 km downstream No fishing below main logging road bridge 2.4 km below lake, May 1-31 Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1 Closed all year above and including Slesse Creek Below Slesse Creek to Vedder Crossing bridge: (a) no fishing May 1-June 30; (b) hatchery rainbow trout of any length 50 cm or less: daily quota = 4, July 1 - Apr 30; (c) hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1, year round Below Vedder Crossing bridge: (a) fly fishing only, bait ban, hatchery rainbow trout release (50 cm or less), and hatchery cutthroat release, May 1-31; (b) no fishing June 1-30; (c) hatchery rainbow trout of any length 50 cm or less: daily quota = 4, July 1-Apr 30; (d) hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1, year round Speed restriction (8 km/h) No fishing May 1-June 30 Upstream of the lower entrance to the lower railway tunnel: (a) no fishing Nov 1 - June 30; (b) fly fishing only, single barless hook, and bait ban No fishing downstream of the lower entrance to the lower railway tunnel, Apr 1-Oct 31 Trout/char (including steelhead) release and bait ban, below the downstream entrance to the lower railway tunnel, Nov 1-Mar 31 (see map page 23) No fishing above Mary Hill Bypass bridge, May 1-June 30 Hatchery trout daily quota = 2 (20-30 cm only), from Lougheed Highway bridge to Mary Hill Bypass bridge, July 1-Oct 15 No powered boats on parts Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bait ban Closed all year

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 23) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

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2-3 2-5 2-12 2-19 2-9

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No vessels on parts; speed restriction (5km/h) at north end, as buoyed and signed No powered boats Trout/char daily quota = 2; no powered boats Electric motors only Bait ban; release all steelhead Closed all year Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp); official name: Lake Errock Closed all year Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No powered boats Dead fin fish may be used for bait only when fishing for sturgeon. See p. 9 in the Provincial Regulations No fishing in the area bounded by a line commencing at a fishing boundary sign located at the eastern end of Landstrom Bar (Scale Bar) to a fishing boundary sign on the opposite bank of the river, thence to a fishing boundary sign at the southern end of Croft Island, thence to a fishing boundary sign on the nearest bank of the river in a westerly direction, thence following the bank of the river in a westerly direction to the Point of Commencement, May 1-Oct 31 No fishing Oct 15-Apr 15 Electric motors only No fishing Nov 1-Mar 31 No powered boats No fishing Dec 1-Mar 31 Release all fish; bait ban, single barbless hook; speed restriction on parts (10 km/h) and no towing on parts Trout/char daily quota = 2 Speed restriction (10 km/h) at south end, as buoyed and signed Speed restriction or no powered boats in small bays along the river as signed Electric motors only Closed all year No fishing for Sturgeon Speed restriction on parts (8 & 50 km/h) Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only Electric motors only Closed all year Closed all year above 152nd Street (Johnson Road) Bait ban, Dec 1-Sept 30 No fishing Nov 1-Mar 31 ∑; single barbless hook, Apr 1-Oct 31 No cutthroat trout 40 cm or more; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Dec 1-Mar 31 Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook See Wahleach Lake No fishing May 1-June 30 Closed all year from Cliff Park Falls to 112th Ave No fishing Dec 1-Feb 28 Kokanee daily quota = 4 Wild Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none 40 cm or more)∑, hatchery rainbow trout (adipose fin removed with healed scar, see diagram on page 14) = 4, kokanee daily quota = 5; single barbless hook Electric motors only; ∞ Wheelchair accessible Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2 Electric motors only No powered boats Because regional quotas and gear restrictions are different in lakes and streams, please note: The channel between Lillooet Lake and Little Lillooet Lake is part of the Lillooet R. This channel starts at the southern end of Lillooet Lake where it is defined by the point of land on the west side and by a sign immediately across the channel and next to the main logging road on the east. Little Lillooet Lake’s lower boundary is approximately 1 km upstream of Billygoat Creek (see map on page 26 and Little Lillooet Lake’s entry, below) Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only

REGION 2

FROSST CREEK GARDEN BAY LAKE GOAT LAKE∑ GRACE LAKE GREEN LAKE

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Lower Mainland

REGION 2

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LITTLE CAMPBELL RIVER

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No Fishing between two white triangular fishing boundary signs downstream to the pedestrian bridge at the foot of Stayte Road, Aug 15-Sept 30 See Campbell River Trout/char release; single barbless hook Closed all year Closed all year Closed all year below the lower falls Wild Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none 40 cm or more)∑, hatchery rainbow trout (adipose fin removed with healed scar) = 4, kokanee daily quota = 5; single barbless hook No fishing Feb 1-June 15 Trout/char only 20-30 cm in length may be kept; ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Electric motors only Closed all year between signs 200 m above and 150 m below Twin Falls Bridge∑; bait ban (mainstem only) Closed all year Closed all year Closed all year Bait ban; release all steelhead See Lonzo Creek Closed all year Electric motors only No powered boats Trout/char daily quota = 2; ∞ Wheelchair accessible: paved path to dock with rails Electric motors only Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Wild trout/char release; hatchery trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm); electric motors only Electric motors only Closed all year Closed all year; unnamed pothole lakes all located east of the power line and approx. 2 km east of Hicks Lake, 3 km south of Deer Lake and 1 km SE of Moss Lake Closed all year above 272nd Street (Jackman Road) Closed all year Closed all year above 208th St. (Berry Road) ∑; below 208th St., no fishing Apr 1-June 30 ∑ Below 208th St., no fishing from 21:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs each day∑ Aug 1-Dec 31 No angling from powered boats above dyke gates, no towing on parts, speed restriction (15 km/h) Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h) Electric motors only Closed all year above railway bridge ∑ No fishing May 1-June 30 No fishing above 216th St. (Fifth Ave), May 1-June 30 ∑ No powered boats Electric motors only ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Closed all year See Lily Lake Closed all year North of boundary signs (on the E. and W. shores) near the head of the lake: wild trout/char release and single barbless hook

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 23) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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SALMON RIVER∑ SARDIS PARK POND SASAMAT LAKE π SAYRES (Cedar) LAKE SCHKAM (Lake Of The Woods) LAKEπ SCOTIA CREEK∑ SCOTT (Hoy) CREEK∑ SERPENTINE RIVER

2-4 2-4 2-8 2-8 2-18 2-11 2-8 2-4

SEYMOUR RIVER

2-8

SEYMOUR RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES SHOVELNOSE CREEK∑ SILVERHOPE (Silver) CREEK∑

2-8 2-6 2-2

SILVER (Silverhope) LAKE SKAGIT RIVER∑

2-2 2-2

SOUTH ALOUETTE RIVER SQUAMISH POWERHOUSE CHANNEL SQUAMISH RIVER SQUAMISH RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES STATLU CREEK∑ stave River STAWAMUS RIVER STRAWBERRY SLOUGH SUMALLO RIVER∑ (includes “Cedar” Lake, at Sunshine Valley)

2-8 2-6 2-6 2-6 2-19 2-8 2-9 2-8 2-2

SWELTZER CREEK∑

2-3

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REGION 2

RUBY CREEK∑ RUBY LAKE

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Closed all year within Garibaldi Park; speed restriction at Grant Narrows (10 km/h) Bait ban upstream of Pitt Lake No fishing Nov 1-Mar 31 No powered boats in One Mile Bay Trout/char daily quota = 2; ∞ Wheelchair accessible: excellent path system; see gate attendant for access Closed all year No powered boats No fishing Nov 1-June 30 Char release, trout daily quota = 3 (none under 33 cm), bait ban; single barbless hook Note: Boundary between Ross Lake and Skagit River is marked by signs Closed all year from Ruby Lake to signs 100 m downstream Closed all year in the outlet bay within 100 m of the head of Ruby Creek Wild cutthroat trout daily quota = 2 (none 40 cm or more) No fishing easterly of a line drawn from a boundary sign located at the north side of the Sakinaw Lake boat launch southwesterly to a boundary sign located at 49o 41.50’N and 123o 58.45’W, Nov 1-Dec 31 No fishing in “Bear Bay”, easterly of a line drawn from a boundary sign located at 49o 40.05’N and 124o 02.13’W due south to a boundary sign on the opposite shore, Nov 1-Dec 31 Kokanee release Closed all year above 232nd St. (Livingstone Road) ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No powered boats, May 1-Sept 30; electric motors only, Oct 1-Apr 30 Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only Closed all year Closed all year Closed all year above 168th St. at Bothwell Park ∑ No fishing below 168th St. at Bothwell Park, Apr 1-June 30 ∑ Below 168th St. at Bothwell Park: no fishing only from 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours each day,∑Aug 1-Dec 31 No angling from powered boats above dyke gates Closed all year above signs at Spur 7 (1.5 km below Seymour Dam) Closed all year between signs 200 m above and 130 m below pipeline bridge (near Greater Vancouver Water District gate) Trout/char release (including steelhead) Fly fishing only, and bait ban from Spur 4 bridge to signs at Spur 7 Closed all year Closed all year No fishing above Silver Lake, Oct 1-July 31 Closed all year from Silver Lake to the bailey bridge situated 8 km above Hwy #1 Above Silver Lake, fly fishing only and bait ban, Aug 1-Sept 30 Bait ban below bailey bridge situated 8km above Hwy #1 Release all fish; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-June 30 Release all fish; bait ban Note: boundary between Skagit River and Ross Lake is marked by signs See Alouette River Bait ban; Squamish River tributary located upstream of Ashlu Creek Bait ban; release all steelhead∑ All tributaries closed all year EXCEPT: Ashlu Creek, Cheakamus, Elaho and Mamquam Rivers, and the Squamish Powerhouse Channel Closed all year No fishing in the Ruskin spawning channel, from the inlet near the dam downstream to the boat ramp crossing Bait ban, Dec 1-Sept 30 Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h) No fishing Nov 1-June 30 Bait ban Closed all year

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Lower Mainland

REGION 2

TAILLEFER CREEK TAMIHI CREEK TROUT LAKE (Sasquatch Park) TROUT LAKE (Sechelt) TWIN LAKES∑ VEDDER RIVER WAGG CREEK WAHLEACH (“Jones�) LAKE WAHLEACH (“Jones�) LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES WAUGH (WORM) LAKE WEAVER LAKE AND CREEK∑ WEST LAKE WHONNOCK LAKE WIDGEON CREEK WIDGEON SLOUGH WOLF LAKE WOOD LAKE

2-11 2-3

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No fishing May 1-June 30 Closed all year below the falls 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River No fishing above the falls 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River, May 1-June 30 No powered boats Electric motors only Closed all year See Chilliwack River Closed all year Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm) Closed all year

2-18 2-5 2-8 2-4 2-8 2-3 2-3 2-5 2-19

Electric motors only Closed all year from signs at log booms on Weaver Lake to Sakwi Creek Engine power restriction on Weaver Lake - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Speed restriction (12 km/h) No powered boats No powered boats Speed restriction (5 km/h) No powered boats No powered boats

2-16 2-8 2-8 2-8 2-19 2-19

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 23) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Fish and Wildlife Regional Office (250) 371-6200 1259 Dalhousie Dr., Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5Z5

Conservation Officer Service Field Offices

R.A.P.P.

Please call one of the numbers below for recorded information or to make an appointment: Clearwater: Kamloops: Lillooet: Merritt:

Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

(250) 674-3722 (250) 371-6281 (250) 256-4636 (250) 378-8489

Clearwater Trout Hatchery

FOR SALMON INFORMATION Fisheries and Oceans Canada District Offices (DFO) Clearwater: Kamloops: 7-4 Lillooet: Salmon Arm:

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3-46 7-2 3-44

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola regional Regulations Table Legend General Restrictions Spring closure: No fishing in any stream in Region 3 from Jan. 1 to June 30 (see tables for exceptions). Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 3, all year.

Thompson-Nicola

REGION 3

Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you intend to fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. In addition, a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory when fishing most Classified Waters regardless of the species being angled for. Please see page 7 for details.

Report Tagged Fish Please report tagged fish to the Fish and Wildlife Regional Office in Kamloops at 1-800-388-1606. Information should include tag number and colour, fish length and weight, and location of capture. Please leave your name & phone number so we can provide you with details.

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Regional Daily Catch Quotas

(See tables for exceptions) Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 4 from streams • 1 over 50 cm • 1 bull trout (Dolly Varden) or lake trout, none under 60 cm And you must release: • ALL STEELHEAD • Bull trout (Dolly Varden) from streams, Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 • Lake trout from Oct. 15 to Jan. 31 Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Burbot: 2 White Sturgeon: catch and release only Crayfish: 25

Possession Quotas

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Thompson River: below signs at Kamloops Lake outlet to the confluence with Fraser River, October 1 to May 31 (see tables for exceptions);

Annual catch quota for Shuswap Lake (per licence year): Rainbow trout: 5 over 50 cm Char - lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden): 5 over 60 cm

Daily & Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon

Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

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Nahatlatch River below Nahatlatch Lake and Stein River: from January 1 to May 31

Seton River below Seton Lake: from April 1 to May 31 . Sport fishing openings will be announced inseason, if scientific information suggests that abundance is adequate to support a fishery.

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Fraser River: from Hwy 99 Bridge at Lillooet to BC Hydro tail race outflow channel, October 1 to May 31; and from the confluence with Thompson River to CNR bridge approx. 1 km downstream, October 1 to May 31;

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The following waters are closed to all fishing:

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π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∞ Wheelchair Accessible ∂ Age Restricted Waters

Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas (See tables for exceptions)

Hwy #1 bridge

Murdock Pt.

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.

See important information on page 84. Phillips, Fleming, Skimikin, Miller, Skmana, Little Skmana, Forest and Nellies Lakes are now re-opened following treatment to eradicate illegally introduced spiny-ray fish.


REGION 3

water-specific Regulations Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

ABBOTT LAKE ADAMS LAKE

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3-18 3-37

ADAMS RIVER (below Adams Lake) ALBREDA RIVER ALICE CREEK AMPHITHEATRE LAKE π ANDY LAKE π ANSTEY RIVER ANTLER LAKE π AYLMER (Star) LAKE AZURE LAKE BARE LAKE π BIG BAR CREEK BIG BAR LAKE π BIG O.K. (“Island”) LAKE π BIRCH LAKE π BLACKWATER CREEK BLEEKER LAKE π BLOWDOWN LAKE BLUE LAKE π BOB LAKE BONAPARTE RIVER BRIAN LAKE BRIDGE RIVER

3-37 3-43 3-46 3-27 3-27 3-36 3-18 3-27 3-46 3-29 3-31 3-31 3-18 3-30 3-33 3-20 3-39 3-20 3-19 3-30 3-39 3-33

BROKEN HOOK LAKE π BROOK LAKE BULMAN LAKE π CALLING LAKE π CAMPBELL CREEK CANIM RIVER (also in M.U. 5-15) CAYOOSH CREEK CELISTA CREEK CHASE CREEK CHATAWAY LAKE CLANWILLIAM LAKE CLEARWATER LAKE CLEARWATER RIVER

3-39 3-13 3-20 3-18 3-20 3-46 3-16 3-36 3-26 3-18 3-34 3-46 3-40 3-46

CLINTON CREEK COLBORNE LAKE (“Lake 1373”)

3-30 3-39

COLDWATER RIVER

3-13

COLDWATER RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES COMMUNITY LAKE π COPPER LAKE π π COURTNEY LAKE CRAZY CREEK

3-13 3-27 3-39 3-12 3-35

Thompson-Nicola

3-37

No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing north of a line drawn due west from mouth of Momich River, Mar 15-June 30 Daily quota = 1 bull trout or lake trout (no bull trout under 80 cm or lake trout under 60 cm) Lake trout release, Oct 15-Jan 31 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm); bait ban Bull trout (Dolly Varden) daily quota = 1 (none under 80 cm), July 1-30 & Nov 1-Dec 31 Bull trout (Dolly Varden) release, Aug 1-Oct 31 Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban; no powered boats Closed all year No fishing Jan 1-Sept 30 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year (Provincial broodstock lake) Trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure below Big Bar Lake Speed restriction (10 km/h) and no towing No ice fishing; rainbow trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp) Closed all year WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none uner 50 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year below falls at Bonaparte fishway; No trout under 25 cm below Bonaparte Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year from Terzaghi Dam to Yalakom River No fishing below Hwy 40 bridge (approx. 6 km north of Lillooet), Mar 31-June 20 No trout under 25 cm; bull trout release above Downton Lake (Reservoir) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Exempt from Spring Closure Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure; no trout under 25 cm below falls Rainbow trout and char release and bait ban below the falls Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Below old Clearwater Bridge, open July 1-Apr 30 Bait ban (a) from Falls Creek to Mahood River, all year, and (b) from Mahood River to N. Thompson River, Sept 1-July 31 No angling from powered boats below Falls Creek Trout/char release Exempt from Spring Closure No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Located 2 km south of Lolo Lake in the Mann Cr. drainage Open June 1-Dec 31 No trout under 25 cm; No fishing for bull trout all year (any caught must be released) See Juliet, July and Mine Creeks No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year below the falls, open all year above the falls

REGION 3

ADAMS RIVER (above Adams Lake)

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 30) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola water-specific Regulations Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

CUTOFF VALLEY CREEK DARDANELLES LAKE DEADMAN RIVER DEEP LAKE DOUGLAS LAKE DOWNTON LAKE (Reservoir) DUM LAKE DUTCH LAKE EAGAN LAKE

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Thompson-Nicola

REGION 3

EAGLE RIVER EDITH LAKE ELBOW LAKE ELEANOR LAKE ENGLISHMEN LAKE ERNEST LAKE ESTELLE LAKE FACE (Mile High) LAKE FATOX LAKE FIFTYNINE CREEK FIFTYSEVEN CREEK FILE CREEK FLAPJACK LAKE FLOAT LAKE FRANCES LAKE

3-30 3-20 3-29 3-28 3-12 3-33 3-28 3-40 3-30 3-34

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FRASER RIVER

3-19 3-29 3-40 3-13 3-20 3-30 3-19 3-29 3-30 3-30 3-45 3-39 3-39 3-15 3-14

FRED LAKE FRISKEN LAKE GAMMARUS LAKE GLIMPSE LAKE GRIFFIN LAKE GRIZZLY LAKE (in Lemieux Creek Drainage) GUICHON CREEK

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GUMP LAKE GUN LAKE GYPSUM LAKE HAMMER LAKE HANNAH LAKE

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3-18 3-32 3-18 3-30 3-15

HARPER LAKE HAT CREEK HATHEUME LAKE

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3-26 3-17 3-12

HEFFLEY LAKE (Parts of) HEMP CREEK HIHIUM LAKE HORSESHOE LAKE HOSLI LAKE HUDSON BAY LAKE “ISLAND” LAKE ISLAND LAKE ISOBEL LAKE JACKO LAKE JACKPINE LAKE JACKSON LAKE JIMMY LAKE JULIET CREEK JULY CREEK

3-19 3-20 3-39 3-20 3-34 3-39 3-18

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3-27 3-46 3-30 3-20 3-20 3-30 3-18 3-29 3-28 3-19 3-28 3-12 3-12 3-13 3-13

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Exempt from Spring Closure Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No trout under 25 cm below Mowich Lake Trout/char daily quota = 2 Burbot release Bull trout release No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Jan 1-Apr 30 Kokanee daily quota = 2; single barbless hook, May 1-Dec 31 Rainbow trout and char release; speed restriction (5 km/h) Bait ban below Griffin Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Electric motors only Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No fishing Jan 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings Single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure above Thompson River, except as noted below Closed all year from signs 6.5 km south of Boston Bar to signs 2.8 km south of Hells Gate No fishing from the lower entrance of the fish ladder at Bridge River rapids to the BC Railway bridge 2 km north of Lillooet, Mar 31-June 20 No fishing from the Hwy 99 bridge at Lillooet downstream approx. 1.2 km to BC Hydro’s tail race outflow channel, Oct 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings No fishing from the confluence with Thompson River to the CNR bridge approx. 1 km downstream, Oct 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden) release No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Located approx. 4 km SW of Taweel Lake Open June 1-Dec 31 No trout under 25 cm below Mamit Lake No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Electric motors only Electric motors only No fishing Jan 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings Single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No towing, speed restriction (15 km/h) Exempt from Spring Closure No ice fishing; bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp) Rainbow trout daily quota = 2; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 See Big O.K. Lake No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2; ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No ice fishing Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook; Electric motors only Closed all year Closed all year

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 30) apply.

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New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish


Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

KANE LAKES KNOUFF LAKE KWOTLENEMO (Fountain) LAKE LAC LE JEUNE LAJOIE (Little Gun) LAKE “LAKE 1372” “LAKE 1373” LANCE LAKE LEIGHTON LAKE

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3-13 3-27 3-17 3-19 3-32 3-39 3-39 3-39 3-18

LITTLE DUM LAKE π LITTLE HEFFLEY LAKE LITTLE LAC DES ROCHES (at west end of Lac Des Roches) “LITTLE PETER HOPE” LAKE

3-20

LLOYD LAKE LODGEPOLE LAKE LOGAN LAKE

3-30 3-19 3-19

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LOLO LAKE LOON LAKE

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3-39 3-30 3-39 3-39 3-13 3-12 3-28 3-30

See Lower Kane and Upper Kane lakes See Sullivan Lake Electric motors only Speed restriction (20 km/h); ∞= wheelchair accessible Electric motors only No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake 200 m south of Colborne Lake See Colborne lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No fishing within 100 m of the mouth of the inlet stream, May 1-Nov 30 No fishing within 100 m of the Tunkwa Creek outlet, May 1-Nov 30 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats Speed restriction (20 km/h) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 200 m SW of Peter Hope Lake No ice fishing; rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Electric motors only Closed all year NE of signs near the mouth of Thunder Creek and the public access site No ice fishing within 500 m of outlet stream at SW end of lake as marked by signs Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing No fishing Jan 1-Apr 30 Kokanee daily quota = 2; single barbless hook

REGION 3

LORENZO LAKE LOST LAKE (Near Taweel Lake) LOWER KANE LAKE LUNDBOM LAKE LYNN LAKE MACHETE LAKE (including that portion known as “Bear” Lake)

3-28 3-27 3-30

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

Thompson-Nicola

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Thompson-Nicola

REGION 3

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

MAHOOD LAKE (see map on page 30 for area closure)

3-46

MAHOOD RIVER

3-46

MAKA CREEK MAMIT LAKE MARA LAKE MARSHALL LAKE MCARTHUR ISLAND SLOUGH MCNOMEE CREEK MELLIN (Jerry) LAKE MENZIES LAKE MINE CREEK MONTE CREEK MOORE CREEK MOOSEHEAD LAKE “MORGAN” LAKE

3-13 3-18 3-26 3-32 3-28 3-36 3-12 3-13 3-13 3-20 3-19 3-39 3-19

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3-15

NICOLA RIVER

3-13

NICOLA LAKE NISKONLITH LAKE π NORA LAKE “NORMAN” LAKE NORTH THOMPSON RIVER NUGGET LAKE π PASKA LAKE π PASS LAKE pat lake π PAUL CREEK (Below Paul Lake) PENNASK CREEK PENNASK LAKE PERRY RIVER PETER HOPE LAKE π PILLAR LAKE π PINANTAN LAKE π PINNACLE LAKE π PIONEER (Cecilia) LAKE placid lake (in Wells Gray Park) π PLATEAU LAKE π PRESSY LAKE PRINGLE CREEK PROSPECT CREEK

3-19 3-27 3-39 3-19 3-27 3-12 3-19 3-29 3-19 3-27 3-12 3-12 3-35 3-20 3-26 3-27 3-12 3-39 3-46 3-20 3-30 3-20 3-13

RAINBOW LAKE RED LAKE RICHARD LAKE ROCHE LAKE

3-12 3-29 3-39 3-20

ROCK LAKE ROSE LAKE ROSS MOORE LAKE SALMON LAKE SALMON RIVER SCOTCH CREEK

3-45 3-15

π π π π π π

3-12 3-20 3-19 3-12 3-26 3-36

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing within boundary signs at the western tip of the lake, Jan 1-June 30 Trout/char release, bait ban and single barbless hook: within boundary signs at the western tip of the lake, July 1-Dec 31 No fishing within 200 m of the Mahood River outlet, Jan 1-June 30 Trout/char release, bait ban and single barbless hook: within 200 m of the Mahood River outlet, July 1-Dec 31 No fishing Jan 1-June 30 Trout/char release; bait ban No trout under 25 cm Burbot release See Shuswap Lake Speed restriction (15 km/h) No powered boats from 12th St. bridge to mainstem Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Closed all year Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 1.5 km NW of Pat (“Six Mile”) Lake adjacent to Six Mile Hill Rd; also called “Highway” Lake Exempt from Spring Closure Single barbless hook; see page 2 in this section for bull trout daily quota Closed all year from Frances Lake downstream 400 m to signs at logging road bridge Below Nahatlatch Lake (including Hannah and Frances lakes; except as noted above), open until Dec 31; no fishing Jan 1 to May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings Above Nahatlatch Lake, open all year Trout daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm) Open above Nicola Lake, July 1-Dec 31 and open below Nicola Lake, June 1-Feb 28 Trout/char release below Nicola Lake, Jan 1-Feb 28 No trout under 25 cm below Nicola Lake No fishing for bull trout, all year (any caught must be released) Burbot release Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2; unnamed lake approx. 600 m SE of Durand Lake Exempt from Spring Closure ; no trout under 30 cm; see page 31 for bull trout daily quota No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Open all year, ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Closed all year above Pennask Lake No ice fishing; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Exempt from Spring Closure No trout under 25 cm No fishing for bull trout, all year (any caught must be released) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2, bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; single barbless hook Electric motors only, on part of the lake No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout and char release & bait ban below Hwy #97 bridge at Falkland Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 30) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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MANAGEMENT UNIT

(NOT ALL SHOWN - SEE PAGE 5)

SETON RIVER (includes BC Hydro Power Canal above the dam up to signs located on Seton Lake) SEYMOUR RIVER

3-16

3-36

SHUMWAY LAKE π SHUSWAP LAKE (see maps on page 30) (includes Little Shuswap Lake, that part of South Thompson River between Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake, Seymour, Anstey and Salmon arms and Mara Lake unless stated otherwise)

3-20 3-26

SICAMOUS NARROWS “SIX MILE” LAKE “SMITH” LAKE (in Wells Gray Park) SOUTH THOMPSON RIVER

3-26 3-19 3-46

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3-20

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3-32 3-19 3-39 3-16 3-16

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3-20

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π π

3-27 3-39 3-28 3-16 3-28

Thompson-Nicola

STUMP LAKE

REGION 3

SPRUCE LAKE STAKE LAKE STAR LAKE STEIN LAKE STEIN RIVER

3-39 3-13

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Exempt from Spring Closure No trout under 25 cm below Seton Lake Below Seton Lake, no fishing Apr 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings Rainbow trout and char release below the falls Bait ban No fishing north of fishing boundary signs located at south end of lake, Apr 1-Oct 31 No ice fishing No fishing from line between signs on Murdock and Semaphore points, to Hwy#1 bridge, Mar 15-May 31 (see map C on page 30) No fishing in the entire area north of Albas, Mar 15-May 31 (see map B on pagge 30) No fishing Mar 15-May 31, and rainbow trout and char release, June 1-Mar 14, in the waters lying west of a line between signs at Henstridge Road and Wharf Road to a line between signs on the south and north shores of Little Shuswap Lake (see map A on page 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm), annual quota = 5 Char daily quota = 1 (none under 60 cm), annual quota = 5 Bait ban, single barbless hook (anglers fishing from the community pier in the City of Salmon Arm are exempt for the bait ban) Conservation Surcharge Stamp required to catch and keep rainbow trout over 50 cm or char over 60 cm Speed restriction (5 km/h) See Pat Lake No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 5.5 km NE of Placid Lake Exempt from Spring Closure See Shuswap Lake for part between Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No trout under 25 cm No fishing for bull trout, all year (any caught must be released) Trout/char daily quota = 2 (only 1 bull trout - none under 60 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No powered boats Exempt from Spring Closure; no trout under 25 cm Open until Dec. 31; No fishing Jan 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season openings No fishing Jan 1 - May 31 northeast of fishing boundary signs located on each shoreline in the vacinity of Stump Lake Creek Speed restriction (70 km/h) Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Thompson-Nicola

REGION 3

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

THOMPSON RIVER ∏ (below signs at Kamloops Lake outlet to the confluence with Fraser River)

3-13 3-14 3-18

THREE VALLEY LAKE TRANQUILLE LAKE TRANQUILLE RIVER TROUT CREEK (Wells Gray Park) TULIP LAKE TUNKWA LAKE TUMTUM LAKE TUPPER LAKE UPPER KANE LAKE VICTOR LAKE WALKER CREEK WALKER LAKE WALLOPER LAKE WARREN LAKE WASLEY LAKE WHITE LAKE

π π π

3-34 3-29 3-29 3-46 3-20 3-18 3-42 3-18 3-13 3-34 3-32 3-12 3-19 3-27 3-12 3-26

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3-39

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Only open June 1-Sept 30; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations for possible in-season opening that would include the Fraser River from the confluence with Thompson R. to the CNR bridge (approx. 1 km downstream) Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 35 cm) Special additional opening from the CNR bridge below Deadman River to CNR bridge above Bonaparte River, May 1-31; trout/char release and artificial fly only, May 1-31 Bait ban upstream of the boundary signs located near Martel ∑ No angling from boats Below signs at Kamloops Lake∑: Class II water Oct 1-Dec 31 and Steelhead stamp mandatory Oct 1-Dec 31 (when open) Lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Rainbow trout daily quota = 8; kokanee daily quota = 10 Exempt from Spring Closure Open Oct 1-June 30 WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Bull trout (Dolly Varden) daily quota = 1 (none under 80 cm); bait ban Electric motors only No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Closed all year No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing within 400m of the mouth of Cedar Creek as designated by signs, Dec 1-June 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 30) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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REGION 4 - Kootenay

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Fish and Wildlife Regional Offices (250) 489-8540 205 Industrial Rd. G, Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 7G5

R.A.P.P.

(250) 354-6333 401-333 Victoria St., Nelson, B.C. V1L 4K3

Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

Kootenay Trout Hatchery oe Can

(250) 429-3214 4522 Fenwick Rd., 7-2 Ft. Steele, B.C. V0B 1N0

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REGION 4 - Kootenay regional Regulations

Regional Daily Catch Quotas (See tables for exceptions) Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 rainbow trout or cutthroat trout over 50 cm • 2 from streams • 1 bull trout (Dolly Varden) of any size

Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 4, all year. NOTE: “streams” defined on page 88. Classified Waters: many East Kootenay Rivers and their tributaries are Classified Waters and require a supplemental Classified Waters Licence, see page 8, map of waters on page 37, and the waterspecific tables (pages 39-44).

Bass: Closed to fishing (See tables for exceptions) Burbot: 2 Crayfish: 25 Kokanee: 15 (none from streams) Northern pike: Closed to fishing (See tables for exceptions) Walleye: Closed to fishing (See tables for exceptions) White Sturgeon: Closed to fishing (No exceptions)

REGION 4

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KOOTENAY LAKE

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Trout/char release: in streams from Nov. 1 to March 31 (see tables for additional dates or exceptions).

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See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.

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General Restrictions

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It is illegal to fish for bass, perch, pike or walleye in the Kootenay Region, with the exception of certain waters, as listed in the Water-Specific Tables. This measure is part of B.C.’s management approach to illegal fish introductions. For details, see page 84.

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Permits are required for fishing on all waters within the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, including Six Mile, Leach, Kootenay River and Canal and Duck Lake. For details on acquiring a permit visit www.crestonwildlife.ca or call 250-402-6900.

FISH CONSUMPTION REMINDER For information on the proper preparation of fish for consumption, please read Preparing Fish for the Table on page 79. IMPORTANT: Check website for in-season changes or closure dates for the 2014/2015 season www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations


REGION 4

water-specific Regulations Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

ABRUZZI CREEK

4-23

AKOLKOLEX RIVER∑ “ALCES” LAKE π ALEXANDER CREEK∑ ∏ (above the Easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge)

4-33 4-24 4-23

ALEXANDER CREEK ∏ (below the Easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge) “alta” lake

4-23

ARROW LAKES ARROW LAKES’ TRIBUTARIES ARROW PARK (Mosquito) CREEK ASHER CREEK BAYNES LAKE BEAVER CREEK BEAVER LAKE bednorski lake BIG FISH (DUNBAR) LAKE BIGHORN (RAM) CREEK ∑ BOTTS LAKE BOX LAKE BRIDAL LAKE BULL RIVER∑

4-15 4-32

π ∏ π π ∏

BURTON CREEK

4-15 ∏

CAMERON SLOUGH CARIBOU CREEK

4-23 4-21 4-15

π π

4-32 4-34

CEDAR LAKE (NEAR GOLDEN) π CERULEAN LAKE CHAMPION LAKES NO. 1 AND 2 π CHAMPION LAKE NO. 3 π CHATTER CREEK CLELAND LAKE π COAL CREEK (below Old MF&M Railway Bridge 7 Km Above Elk River) COFFEE CREEK COLUMBIA LAKE COLUMBIA LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES COLUMBIA RIVER

4-34 4-25 4-8 4-8 4-36 4-34 4-23

CONNOR LAKE CONNOR LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES COTTONWOOD LAKE CRAWFORD CREEK CRAWFORD CREEK

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4-18 4-25 4-25 4-8 4-15 4-26 4-34 4-38

4-23 4-23 4-8 4-6 4-33

See Lower Arrow Lake’s tributaries and Upper Arrow Lake’s tributaries Closed all year No fishing below South Fork (5 km from Trout Lake), June 15-Oct 31 Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited; electric motors only Brook trout daily quota = 8 Electric motors only Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) A tributary of Wigwam River; see Wigwam River∑ No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only No powered boats Trout/char release from Galbraith Creek to Van Creek∑, Aberfeldie Dam to Tie Mill Dam∑, and Quinn Creek∑ Other parts: trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm), June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries No fishing from Woden Creek to Hwy #6 bridge, June 15-Oct 31, and from the Hwy #6 bridge downstream 300 m to a line between posted signs, all year No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Aug 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries See Lewis Slough No fishing from Rodd Creek to Hwy #6 bridge, June 15-Oct 31, and from the Hwy #6 bridge downstream 300 m to a line between posted signs, all year Electric motors only No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10hp) Electric motors only Trout/char release; bait ban No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats Open to fishing all year; no powered boats Closed all year Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10hp) ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Part described is NOT a Classified Water

Kootenay

CARIBOU LAKES CARTWRIGHT LAKE

4-32 4-30 4-22 4-8 4-17 4-3 4-34 4-2 4-34 4-15 4-7 4-22

No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Aug 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries Trout/char release; bait ban See Moose Lake No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Aug 31 Class II water when open See Elk River’s tributaries Class II water when open, including tributaries Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Unnamed lake 200 m downstream of Bednorski Lake See Lower Arrow Lake and Upper Arrow Lake

REGION 4

CADORNA CREEK

4-3

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

Closed all year below signs at falls 10 km from Kootenay Lake Burbot release; speed restriction (10 km/h) near eastern shore and at south end, as buoyed and signed Closed all year (except Dutch Creek) Closed all year from Revelstoke Dam to Hwy #1 bridge No fishing from a line between the old Robson Ferry landing and a sign on the south river bank, downstream approximately 950 m to the CPR bridge, Mar 1-June 30 All parts open are EXEMPT from the regional Nov 1-Mar 31 trout/char release and the regional Apr 1-June 14 closure Kokanee daily quota = 15 from Keenleyside Dam to a line between the old Robson Ferry landing and a sign on the south river bank Walleye daily quota = 8 from Keenleyside Dam to the Washington State border Northern pike daily quota = unlimited from Keenleyside Dam downstream to the Washington State border Burbot release Speed restriction (10 km/h) from Mud Lake to Columbia Lake, no power boats in wetlands and no towing, in main channel from Fairmont to Donald See Upper Arrow Lake for the portion of the Columbia River which may be found below the Hwy #1 bridge in Revelstoke (depending on reservoir level) No fishing May 1-June 30 No fishing Apr 1-June 30 Electric motors only Closed all year No fishing June 15-Oct 31

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 38) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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REGION 4 - Kootenay water-specific Regulations Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

creston valley wildlife management area (CVWMA) waters CUB LAKE π CULTUS CREEK∑ DEER CREEK DOROTHY LAKE π DUCK LAKE∑ (Permit required see Note on page 38)

REGION 4

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4-27 4-19

DUTCH CREEK∑

4-26

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4-6

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4-2

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4-2 4-23

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4-8 4-26 π

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π π

4-3 4-25 4-3 4-31 4-34 4-20 4-3 4-31 4-22 4-3

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Applies to all waters within the CVWMA, including Six Mile Lake, Leach Lake, Kootenay River and Canal, EXCEPT Duck Lake (see separate entry) Permit required see Note on page 38 Electric motors only Closed all year below Laib Creek Closed all year ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Bass daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 40 cm), June 16-May 14; bass release, May 15-June 15 Yellow perch daily quota = 20 No powered boats in Duck Lake Bull trout release (includes Upper Duncan River and tributaries) Closed all year below Duncan Dam, including sloughs and backwaters, EXCEPT Mar 1-Apr 15 when whitefish may be fished for and retained in mainstem below Lardeau River (release all other species) Trout/char release from Ben Able Creek to Columbia Lake and/or River Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Burbot release EXEMPT from Columbia Lake’s tributaries closure Closed all year No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 in the aggregate from both lakes (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Trout/char release June 15-Oct 31: from Lower Elk Lake to Forsyth Cr, from Line Creek bridge to CPR bridge at Sparwood, from Hwy #3 bridge at Hosmer to the northern Hwy #3 bridge at Fernie, and from the bridge at Morrissey to Elko Dam All other parts: trout/char daily quota =1 (none under 30 cm), June 15-Oct 31 No powered boats Class II water when open, including tributaries Trout/char daily quota = 1 (no cutthroat under 30 cm, no bull trout under 75 cm) and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 No powered boats Class II water when open, including tributaries No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) & bait ban, June 15 - Aug 31 EXCEPTIONS - SEE SEPARATE LISTINGS FOR: Abruzzi Cr., Alexander Cr.∑ above the easternmost Hwy #3 bridge, Bighorn (Ram) Cr., Cadorna Cr., Fording R., Forsyth Cr. from Connor Lk. downstream 3 km, Line Cr.∑, Lodgepole Cr. below the falls near km 26 post, Michel Cr.∑, Morrissey Cr.∑, Wigwam River ALL tributaries (EXCEPT Coal Creek below old MF&M Railway bridge 7 km above Elk River) are Class II waters when open Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Trout/char release (mainstem only) from Doctor Creek bridge to Lavington Creek bridge, June 15-Oct 31; other parts (including tributaries) trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm), June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Bull trout release Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Bull trout release Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) and bait ban, June 15-Aug 31 Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries Closed all year Closed all year from Connor Lake downstream 3 km For remainder, see Elk River’s tributaries Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited See Norbury Lake Trout/char release (mainstem only) from Leadville Creek to Cameron Creek Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 (EXCEPT Kitchener Creek) See Kitchener Creek, a tributary Trout/char release; bait ban Closed all year Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Closed all year below falls 11 km from Arrow Lake Electric motors only Closed all year below Angus Creek; Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Closed all year No powered boats No ice fishing ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations)

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9 through 11) and the Regional Regulations (page 38) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

ILLECILLEWAET RIVER IRISHMAN CREEK JADE LAKE JIM SMITH LAKE JORDAN RIVER∑

4-33 π

4-5 4-34 4-20 4-39

joseph creek KASLO RIVER

4-3 4-18

KEEN CREEK KIKOMUN CREEK PARK (all lakes in the park) KINBASKET (McNaughton) LAKE KINBASKET (McNaughton) LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES KITCHENER (Meadow) CREEK KOCH CREEK KOOCANUSA RESERVOIR

4-18 4-22 4-36 4-36 4-6 4-16 4-2 4-3 4-22 4-19

KOOTENAY LAKE, ALL PARTS (Main Body, Upper West Arm & Lower West Arm) KOOTENAY LAKE - MAIN BODY (for location see map on page 38)

4-19

KOOTENAY LAKE - LOWER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 38)

4-7

KOOTENAY LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES

4-7 4-19 4-2 4-7 4-8 4-21 4-22 4-24 4-25 4-35

KOOTENAY RIVER

KUSKANAX CREEK LAKE REVELSTOKE LAKE REVELSTOKE’S TRIBUTARIES LARCHWOOD LAKE π LARDEAU RIVER∑ LARIX LAKE LAZY LAKE π LEAD QUEEN LAKE LEMON CREEK LEWIS (“Cameron”) SLOUGH LILLIAN LAKE π LINE CREEK∑ “LITTLE MITTEN” LAKE π (approx 400 m west of Mitten Lake) LITTLE SLOCAN LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES

4-31 4-38 4-39 4-38 4-20 4-29 4-30 4-25 4-21 4-34 4-17 4-21 4-26 4-23 4-34 4-16

LITTLE SLOCAN RIVER LODGEPOLE CREEK ∏ (below falls near km 26 on Lodgepole Rd)

4-16 4-2

LODGEPOLE CREEK (Above falls) ∏

4-2

Burbot release Trout/char daily quota = 2; bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Closed all year north of a line between signs at Argenta and Mosquito Landing No fishing north of a line between signs at Lost Ledge Creek & Salisbury Creek, Feb 1-June 10 Conservation Surcharge Stamp required to keep rainbow trout over 50 cm, annual quota = 5 Barbless hook Rainbow trout release, Jan 1- May 31 Kokanee release all year, EXCEPT Apr 1-Apr 7, May 1-May 7, June 1-June 7, and July 1-July 7 only, when daily quota = 5; NOTE: the combined daily quota for kokanee from the Upper West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) and the Lower West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) cannot exceed 5 Bait ban, June 1-Aug 31 Kokanee daily quota = 5, but only on Saturday and Sunday of each week. Kokanee release Monday through Friday of each week. NOTE: the combined daily quota for kokanee from the Upper West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) and the Lower West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) cannot exceed 5 Bull trout release Does not include the Kootenay River upstream from Kootenay Lake to the U.S. border near Creston Closed all year from CPR bridge near Creston downstream 2 km to navigation dolphin Downstream from the Idaho border to CPR bridge near Creston and from Corra Linn Dam to the Columbia River: EXEMPT from Apr 1-June 14 closure AND from Nov 1-Mar 31 trout/char release Burbot release from Idaho border near Creston to Kootenay Lake, including tributaries to that part Upstream of the Montana border to White River: bait ban all year; EXEMPT from Apr 1-June 14 closure; trout/char daily quota = 1 (no trout under 30 cm and no bull trout under 75 cm), Apr 1-Oct 31; trout/char release, Nov 1-Mar 31 No fishing above White River, Apr 1-June 14; bait ban all year; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm), June 15-Oct 31; trout/char release, Nov 1-Mar 31 Upstream of White River, including tributaries: Class II water when open Walleye daily quota = 8 from the Brilliant Dam to the confluence with the Columbia River Northern pike daily quota = unlimited from the Brilliant Dam to the confluence with the Columbia River Closed all year below falls 1 km above Gardiner Creek Closed all year from Mica Dam to signs at the narrows immediately downstream of the mouth of Bigmouth Creek

Kootenay

4-7

Closed all year below Albert Canyon, EXCEPT Feb 1-Apr 15 when whitefish may be fished for & retained (release all other species) Closed all year Electric motors only Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited; no powered boats No fishing above Kirkup Creek, Nov 1-June 14 Above Kirkup Creek: both bait ban and trout/char release, June 15-Oct 31 Closed all year from Kirkup Creek downstream, including Kirkup Creek This tributary of St. Mary River is not a Classified Water Closed all year from below Keen Creek to boundary signs at river mouth at Kootenay Lake Above Keen Creek: trout/char release, and bait ban Closed all year below falls 6 km from Kaslo River Bass daily quota = 8 No powered boats Closed all year in Bush Arm within 200 m of bridge (Bush-Sullivan Road) Bull trout release Does not include Columbia River upstream of Kinbasket Reservoir EXEMPT from Apr 1-June 14 closure A tributary of Slocan River. See Slocan River∑ Bull trout release Nov 1-Mar 31; no bull trout under 75 cm when open; bait ban Sept 15-June 30; See page 80 - Fluctuating Reservoir Levels

REGION 4

KOOTENAY LAKE - UPPER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 38)

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

Bull trout release No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year below signs at Trout Lake outlet, including sloughs and backwaters, EXCEPT Poplar Creek above signs 5 km from Lardeau River and Healy Creek above Healy Creek Falls, and EXCEPT Mar 1-Apr 15 whitefish may be fished for and retained in mainstem below Howser bridge (release all other species) Closed all year Speed restriction (8 km/h) Electric motors only Closed all year Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited; no powered boats Electric motors only Closed all year No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook EXEMPT from Slocan River’s∑ closure and Slocan River’s∑ trout/char release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 A tributary of Slocan River. See Slocan River∑ No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release, June 15-Aug 31 Bait ban Class II water when open, including tributaries See Elk River’s tributaries

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REGION 4 - Kootenay water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Kootenay

REGION 4

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

lomond lake LOON LAKE

π

4-8 4-2

“lost” lake

π

4-23

LOWER ARROW LAKE

π

LOWER ARROW LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES LOWER ELK LAKE LOWER HALGRAVE LAKE lund lake LUSSIER RIVER

4-14 4-15 4-14 4-23 4-34 4-3 4-21

MACKENZIE CREEK MATHER (Cherry) CREEK “MCCLAIN” LAKE

4-21 4-20 4-34

π

MCNAUGHTON LAKE MICHEL CREEK∑ ∏ (above the easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge) MICHEL CREEK ∏ (below the easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge) MIDGE CREEK∑ MOOSE (“Alces”) LAKE π MORRISSEY CREEK∑ ∏

4-36 4-23

4-7 4-24 4-2

MOSES CREEK Moyie Lake MOYIE RIVER∑

4-39 4-5 4-5

MURPHY CREEK NAGLE CREEK NANCY GREENE (Sheep) LAKE π NINE BAY LAKE π NORBURY (Little Bull) CREEK NORBURY (Garbutt) LAKE π NORNS (Pass) CREEK North (Fork) White River ∏ PALMER BAR CREEK PECKHAMS LAKE π PEND D’OREILLE RIVER

4-9 4-39 4-9 4-34 4-22 4-22 4-15 4-24 4-5 4-22 4-8

PEND D’OREILLE RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES (Except Salmo River∑) PERRY CREEK

4-8

4-23

4-20

PHILLIPPS LAKE PRATTLE CREEK PREMIER LAKE

π

4-23 4-36 4-21

PREMIER LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES QUINN CREEK∑

4-21 4-22

REVELSTOKE LAKE REVELSTOKE LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES ROCK ISLAND LAKE ROSEBUD LAKE π rykerts (“Vic Mawson”) lake

4-38 4-38 4-25 4-8 4-6

ST. LEON CREEK ST. MARY LAKE ST. MARY RIVER

4-31 4-20 4-20

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Unnamed lake approx. 2 km E/SE of Elkford Kokanee daily quota = 5; NOTE: The combined daily quota for kokanee from Upper Arrow Lake (including “the drawdown area”; see Upper Arrow Lake) and Lower Arrow Lake cannot exceed 5 Bull trout release No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats Electric motors only Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Trout/char release downstream of Premier Lake bridge crossing, June 15- Oct 31 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm) between Premier Lake bridge crossing and Mutton Creek, June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban downstream of Mutton Creek, June 15-Oct 31 Closed all year EXEMPT from the Apr 1-June 14 closure No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approximately 750 m south of Mitten Lake See Kinbasket Lake Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries Trout/char daily quota =1 (none under 30 cm) and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries Closed all year No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release and bait ban, June 15-Aug 31 Class II water when open, including all tributaries Closed all year Burbot release Feb 7-Mar 31; bull trout release Irishman Creek (Moyie River tributary) closed all year; No powered boats from bridge at south end of Moyie Lake to U.S. border Bull trout and cutthroat trout release Closed all year Closed all year No powered boats No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No powered boats Closed all year below falls 2 km from Columbia River Trout/char release; bait ban; Class II water when open, including tributaries EXEMPT from the Apr 1-June 14 closure No powered boats INCLUDES the reservoirs behind Waneta Dam & Seven Mile Dam EXEMPT from single barbless hooks; bull trout release EXEMPT from the Apr 1-June 14 closure; bass daily quota = 8; northern pike daily quota = unlimited INCLUDES tributaries of the reservoirs behind Waneta Dam & Seven Mile Dam Bull trout release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Closed all year below Lisbon Creek Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year No fishing south of signs on lakeshore, May 15-June 20 No towing, speed restriction (15 km/h), south half only Closed all year Trout/char release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including all tributaries See Lake Revelstoke See Lake Revelstoke’s tributaries Closed all year Trout/char daily quota = 2; no powered boats Much of this Lake is Private Property, angling access requires permission of the Creston Valley Rod & Gun Club (see signs at Lake) Bass daily quota = 8 Closed all year below barrier 1 km above Hwy #23 Bridge Burbot release Trout/char release Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) on all tributaries, June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban∑ Class II water when open, including tributaries (except Joseph Creek)

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 38) apply.

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Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

SALMO RIVER SALMO RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES SAM’S FOLLY LAKE SAND CREEK (Below Hwy 3)

4-8

π

4-8 4-34 4-22

SANDOWN CREEK saugum lake SEVEN MILE RESERVOIR’S TRIBUTARIES SCHROEDER CREEK seven mile reservoir SILVERTON CREEK SKOOKUMCHUCK CREEK∑ ∏

4-20 4-21 4-8 4-18 4-8 4-17 4-20

SLEWISKIN (Macdonald) CREEK∑ SLOCAN LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES SLOCAN RIVER∑

4-15 4-17 4-17

SNOW CREEK SNOWSHOE LAKE SOWERBY (“Grundy”) LAKE “Spring” lake

4-15 4-32 4-21 4-22

π

π π π π π

4-34 4-40 4-22 4-7 4-17 4-23 4-25 4-22 4-22 4-32 4-34 4-30 4-30 4-34 4-31 4-32

REGION 4

STEAMBOAT LAKE SULLIVAN RIVER∑ SUMMER LAKE SUMMIT CREEK∑ SUMMIT LAKE SUMMIT LAKE SUNBURST LAKE suzanne lake tie lake TONKAWATLA (Tum Tum) CREEK TOPAZ LAKE TROUT LAKE TROUT LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES TWIN LAKES UPPER ARROW LAKE

π π

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

Kootenay

From Sheep Creek to South Salmo River: release all trout/char (including bull trout); remainder of mainstem: trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm), June 15-Oct 31, and release all bull trout year round Bait ban Regional quotas apply, EXCEPT release all bull trout; bait ban Electric motors only Trout/char release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Closed all year Bass daily quota = 8 See Pend d’Oreille River’s tributaries Closed all year See Pend d’Oreille River Closed all year No fishing from a point on the creek closest to km 38 on the Skookumchuck Forest Service Road to Buhl Creek, Sept 1-Oct 31 (mainstem only) Trout/char release; bait ban Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Closed all year Bull trout release No fishing July 15-Aug 31 (EXCEPT Koch Creek∑ above falls and Little Slocan Lake’s tributaries; see Lemon Creek) Bait ban (where open), June 15-Oct 31 Trout/char release (EXCEPT Koch Cr∑ above falls & Little Slocan Lake’s tributaries) Closed all year below Hail Creek Electric motors only Trout daily quota = 2 (none over 40 cm); single hook Bass daily quota = 8 Unnamed lake approx. 1.5 km W/NW of the west end of Tie Lake Electric motors only No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing, June 15-July 15; bull trout release Trout/char daily quota = 2 No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bass daily quota = 8 Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Closed all year Electric motors only No fishing northwest of a line between signs on opposite shores 1.5 km southeast of Trout Lake village, Feb 1-May 31 Bull trout release No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only “The drawdown area”, that water known as either Upper Arrow Lake or Columbia River (depending on the reservoir’s level), located between the Hwy #1 bridge in Revelstoke & the power line crossing at Akolkolex Narrows (see map on page 38): trout/char daily quota = 2; single barbless hook; EXEMPT from the regional Nov 1-Mar 31 trout/char release from streams; and EXEMPT from the regional Apr 1-June 14 stream closure Kokanee daily quota = 5; NOTE: The combined daily quota for kokanee from Upper Arrow Lake (including “the drawdown area”; see above) and Lower Arrow Lake cannot exceed 5

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Kootenay

REGION 4

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

UPPER ARROW LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES UPPER ELK LAKE

4-31 4-23

UPPER HALGRAVE LAKE π VALENCIENNES RIVER WANETA RESERVOIR WANETA RESERVOIR’S TRIBUTARIES wasa lake WHATSHAN RIVER∑ WHITE RIVER∑ ∏

4-34 4-36 4-8 4-8 4-21 4-32 4-24

WHITESWAN LAKE

4-24

WHITESWAN LAKE’S INLET & OUTLET STREAMS WHITETAIL LAKE π WHITETAIL LAKE’S INLET & OUTLET STREAMS WIGWAM RIVER ∏ (downstream of the access road adjacent to km 42 on the Bighorn (Ram) Forest Service Rd) WIGWAM RIVER ∏ (upstream of the access road adjacent to km 42 on the Bighorn (Ram) Forest Service Road)∑ WILBUR LAKE π WILKIE CREEK williamson lake π WILSON CREEK WINDERMERE LAKE WINLAW CREEK WOOD RIVER WOODBURY CREEK

4-24

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4-26 4-26

No ice fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook; no towing Closed all year

4-2

Trout/char release Bait ban Class II water when open, including tributaries

4-2

No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release Bait ban Class II water when open, including tributaries No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Closed all year below Burkitt Creek Burbot release; bass daily quota = 8 Closed all year No fishing within Hamber Provincial Park, Sept 1-Nov 30 Closed all year below falls at small hydro structure 800 m above Hwy #31 bridge

4-34 4-30 4-33 4-17 4-25 4-17 4-40 4-18

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FRESHWATER RAINBOW TROUT Radiating rows of spots on tail

Small black spots mostly restricted to above the lateral line

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BULL TROUT Large, broad, flattened head

No worm-like markings on dorsal fin

No teeth in throat at back of tongue

Upper jaw curves down

COASTAL CUTTHROAT TROUT

DOLLY VARDEN

Teeth in throat at back of tongue

Oval, snake-like body

Heavy spotting from front to rear

Large mouth (extends well past eye)

Red slash under lower jaw (may be faint)

Body flattened on underside

Whitish to pinkish spots, largest spots smaller than pupil

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LAKE TROUT

Teeth in throat at back of tongue

Worm-like markings on back and dorsal fin

Spots more numerous on posterior half of body

Large mouth (extends well past eye)

Tail deeply forked

Red slash under lower jaw

BROWN TROUT

BROOK TROUT

Black or brown spots, many with light halos

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Red spots with blue halos

Pinkish-orange paired fins edged in white

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STEELHEAD

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ARCTIC GRAYLING Fork length 50 cm or more

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Large scales

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COHO SALMON

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White corner on lower half of tail

YELLOW PERCH

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No spots

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Six to nine dark vertical bars

A fish identification key is posted at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/sport_fish

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The Government of Canada is committed to clean air, clean water and the conservation of wildlife species and their habitats. This is achieved through strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental and wildlife protection laws.

Le gouvernement du Canada s’est engagé à assainir l’eau et l’air et à conserver les espèces sauvages et leurs habitats. Ces objectifs sont atteints grâce à l’application rigoureuse et efficace des lois du Canada en matière de protection de l’environnement et de la faune.

Environment Canada’s Environmental Enforcement and Wildlife Officers work in the field with companies and individuals to ensure that they comply with the pollution prevention and conservation goals of environmental and wildlife protection acts and regulations.

Les agents d’Environnement Canada chargés de l’application de la loi en environnement et sur la faune travaillent sur le terrain pour vérifier que les entreprises et les particuliers respectent les objectifs de prévention de la pollution et de conservation établis par les lois et règlements sur l’environnement et sur la faune.

Environmental Enforcement Officers enforce federal laws and regulations to protect the environment, fish, wildlife and human health from the threat of activities such as: • the release to air, water or land of regulated toxic substances and pollutants; • the illicit import and export of hazardous wastes, hazardous recyclable material and toxic substances. Wildlife Officers enforce federal laws and regulations to protect plants, animals and their habitats from the threat of activities such as:

Les agents de l’autorité en environnement font appliquer les lois et règlements fédéraux en vue de protéger l’environnement, les poissons, la faune et la santé humaine contre la menace d’activités telles que : • les rejets dans l’air, l’eau ou le sol de substances toxiques réglementées et de polluants; • l’importation et l’exportation illégales de déchets dangereux, de matières recyclables dangereuses et de substances toxiques.

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Bears are found throughout B.C., frequently near streams. Black bears and grizzlies have a keen sense of smell, which may attract them to freshly-caught fish, fish guts, spawning grounds and bait such as fish eggs. Here are some simple precautions to help you avoid bear encounters and conflicts:

Resource roads are planned and constructed to develop and protect BC’s natural resources. They are used primarily by industrial vehicles engaged in forestry, mining, oil & gas and ranching, but they also provide access to prized recreational opportunities. If you are travelling on Resource Roads here are a few things you can do to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of other road users.

WHAT TO EXPECT Resource roads are gravel surfaced roads. Some are two lanes wide with horizontal and vertical alignment on par with public highways. Others are single-lane roads with numerous twists and sharp turns, soft shoulders, narrow bridges and grades much steeper than on highways. Encroaching roadside brush may limit visibility. There are fewer signs to warn you of hazards, and fewer protective barriers at dangerous or steep sections.

APPLY THE SAME RULES OF THE ROAD AS USED ON HIGHWAYS Take your licence and insurance. Drive on the right hand side. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t drink and drive. Obey the speed limit - unless posted otherwise, it’s up to 80 km/hr, but many roads are designed and built for 60 km/hr, or less.

DRIVE ACCORDING TO ROAD CONDITIONS Travel at a speed that allows you to stop within half of your line of sight (other vehicles need room to stop too). When it’s dusty or slippery, slow down so you can react to oncoming traffic, potholes, wildlife, changing road conditions and unexpected hazards.

FOCUS ON YOUR DRIVING; EXERCISE CAUTION, PATIENCE AND COURTESY

OBSERVE AND OBEY THE SIGNS Take time to read and understand signs at the start of a resource road, and along the way. They have important information about the road, traffic you can expect and active worksites or hazardous conditions. Remember that not all hazards are signed - be ready for the unexpected.

STOP IN THE RIGHT SPOT If you must stop along the road, find a straight section that provides good visibility from both directions and is wide enough for other traffic to pass. Pull over onto the shoulder, avoid stopping in a curve or on the crest of a hill.

BE PREPARED Plan your trip before you go; share it with a reliable contact, bring a map and GPS. Carry extra clothing, footwear, food, water and fuel. Have an emergency first aid kit. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip - good tires, a spare, chains in winter, tools including a shovel and a fire extinguisher.

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Keep your headlights and taillights on. Large industrial vehicles can’t manoeuvre as quickly as your SUV. But those drivers are familiar with the road. Give them room so they can do their job. Let them go ahead. It’s advantageous for you to follow industrial vehicles, watching for their brake lights as they slow down, or locate turn-outs to clear oncoming traffic.

Clean your fish a good distance away from camp. Dispose of fish guts at the same location the fish was caught by puncturing the bladder and dropping in deep or rushing water, well away from heavily used shoreline areas. Avoid disposal in shallow water or where likely to wash up on the beach, bank or boat launch. Burial or burning is not recommended, and please, do not place in garbage receptacles! Remember not to wipe your hands on your clothing after cleaning fish or handling fish or bait such as fish eggs. Bears can be drawn to many types of food - not only fish and bait, but also groceries or garbage. Take precautions both while fishing and at your camp. Keep fish eggs in well sealed and secure containers. Make your presence known by talking loudly or making noise, particularly along streams and in areas where there is bear sign such as droppings, tracks, or claw or bite marks on trees. While fishing, if a bear approaches within 50 metres (or 100 m for a female with cubs), reel in your line or cut the line and leave the area immediately.


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Angling, Hunting & Trapping Public Engagement:

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REGION 5 - Cariboo

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Fish and Wildlife Regional Office (250) 398-4530 400-640 Borland St., Williams Lake, B.C. V2G 4T1

Pelican Alert American White Pelicans are an endangered species and protected under the B.C. Wildlife Act.

Conservation Officer Service Field Offices Please call one of the numbers below for recorded information or to make an appointment: (250) 398-4569 (250) 395-5511 (250) 992-4212 (250) 398-4569

Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

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REGION 5 - Cariboo Regional Regulations

Table Legend

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General Restrictions

(See tables for exceptions) Spring closure: No fishing in any stream in Fraser River watershed of Region 5 (including the Thompson River watershed) from April 1 to June 30, EXCEPT the mainstem of the Fraser River & other streams listed in the tables. Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 5, all year.

Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 2 from streams • 1 Dolly Varden/bull trout • 3 lake trout And you must release: • ALL STEELHEAD • Lake trout, Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 Burbot: 5

Size limit: There is no minimum size in lakes (see tables for exceptions).

Kokanee: 5 (none from streams)

Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you intend to fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. In addition, a Steelhead Stamp is mandatory when fishing most Classified Waters regardless of the species being angled for. Please see page 7 for details.

White Sturgeon: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING in the Fraser River Watershed upstream of Williams Lake River. CATCH AND RELEASE in the Fraser River Watershed downstream of and including Williams Lake River Closed to all fishing in the Fraser River downstream of and including Williams Lake River Sept 15 to July 15

Whitefish: 15 (all species combined)

Bass: Closed to all fishing

Dean River Classified Waters

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CANIM LAKE NO FISHING ZONE

No Fishing Zone

Canim Lake

π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∂ Age Restricted Waters

Possession Quotas Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas (see tables for exceptions)

Daily & Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

Notice to Anglers STEELHEAD MANAGEMENT CHANGES

All anglers are required to buy a Classified Waters Licence to fish the classified portions of the Dean River (see Table for specific areas and dates). There are no limits on the number of days which a Canadian resident may fish the classified sections of the Dean River.

In response to declining abundance of Fraser Basin steelhead, steelhead fisheries within the Chilcotin River Watershed may be closed.

A Non-Resident Alien (see definition, page 88) is allowed only one Classified Waters Licence for the Dean River, and may only fish one classified section of the Dean River (see map page 48) for a maximum of 8 consecutive days per year regardless of whether guided or unguided. A non-guided Non-Resident Alien wishing to fish the Class I - Main Section of the Dean River, from Crag Creek to signs 500 m above the canyon, must enter an annual limited entry draw held in mid-March. For an application, please visit our website at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/licences/ #DeanRiverDraw or contact us at:

Chilcotin River downstream of Chilko River from October 1 through June 10. Sport fishing openings will be announced in-season, if scientific information suggests that abundance is adequate to support a fishery. This management approach is in response to depressed steelhead abundance. The short term strategy is to meet conservation objectives by minimizing the incidental mortalities associated with sports and commercial fisheries.

Dean River Draw Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch PO Box 9363 Stn Prov Govt Victoria B.C. V8W 9M2

Phone: 250-387-9589

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See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.

The following waters ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING:

IMPORTANT: Check website for in-season changes or closure dates for the 2014/2015 season www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations


MANAGEMENT UNIT

(NOT ALL SHOWN - SEE PAGE 5)

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

5-2 5-12 5-6 5-13 5-6 5-8 5-11

AVALANCHE LAKE BABY CHARLOTTE LAKE BAKER CREEK

5-6 5-6 5-13

BALLON LAKE π BANANA LAKE BASALT LAKE BEAVER CREEK chain of lakes∑

5-2 5-6 6-1 5-2

BEAVER LAKE BELLA COOLA RIVER∑ BIG LAKE (approx. 10 km west of 100 Mile House) BIG LAKE (approx. 30 km west of Likely) BISHOP (“Brown”) LAKE “BLACKWATER” RIVER BLUE LAKE (Soda Creek area) BLUE LEAD CREEK “BLUFF” LAKE

5-2 5-8 5-2

Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; unnamed lake approx. 1 km north of Miner Lake Electric motors only No fishing above Tweedsmuir Park plus Tenas Lake, Apr 1-June 30 Closed all year from Tenas Lake to signs near Atnarko Provincial campsite Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 25 cm and all cutthroat trout must be released) EXCEPT: on Bella Coola R. MAINSTEM ONLY, trout/char daily quota = 2, of which only one may be a trout (cutthroat or rainbow) and none may be under 25 cm, no cutthroat may be over 33 cm, and no rainbow may be over 50 cm), Apr 1-May 31 ONLY, EXCEPT: release all char (on TRIBUTARIES ONLY), Sept 1-May 31 Bait ban below eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Park, Sept 1- May 15 No angling from powered boats on mainstems of Atnarko River & Bella Coola River No powered boats on Atnarko River, from Goat Creek to the confluence with Talchako River. No fishing for steelhead Class II water below Young Creek, Mar 1-May 31. NOTE: Classified Waters Licence or steelhead Stamp not required until reopened to steelhead fishing Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Open July 1-Mar 31 above Pinnacle Provincial Park and June 1-Apr 30 below Park ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) below Pinnacle Provincial Park No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed to all bass fishing Includes: Beaver, Chambers, Joan, McCauley, Opheim, and Roberts lakes, Lake George, and the unnamed lake known locally as “Rye” lake Closed to all bass fishing See Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers∑ Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook

5-15

Lake trout daily quota = 1; lake trout release Oct 1-Nov 30

5-13 5-13 5-2 5-15 5-2

Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook See West Road River Electric motors only No fishing below falls 2 km from Quesnel Lake, Aug 15-Oct 31 No powered boats Unnamed lake approx. 2 km E/NE of Spout Lake No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 8 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 2 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 1 (none under 30 cm or over 50 cm) Bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats See Bishop Lake Engine power restriction - 3.75 Kw (5 hp) Bait ban; No fishing for steelhead Class II water Mar 1-May 31. NOTE: Classified Waters Licence or Steelhead Stamp not required until reopened to steelhead fishing Below Sitkatapa Creek: see Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers ∑

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BOAR LAKE (Dog Creek drainage) BOOTJACK LAKE BOWRON LAKE BOWRON LAKE Park waters other than Bowron Lake “BROWN” LAKE BUNTING LAKE BURNT BRIDGE CREEK ∏ (above Sitkatapa Creek) ∑

5-2 5-2 5-16 5-16 5-13 5-2 5-11

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 46) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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ABBOTT LAKE π ABUNTLET LAKE “AGNUS” LAKE ALEXIS LAKE ATNARKO/BELLA COOLA RIVERS∑∏ EXCEPT: Burnt Bridge Creek above Sitkatapa Creek, Hunlen Creek above Hunlen Falls, and Young Creek above Highway 20. (See separate entries for these three waters)

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REGION 5 - Cariboo water-specific Regulations Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Cameron Creek

5-15

Canim Lake (see map on page 46) Canim River (also in M.U. 3-46) Cariboo River chambers lake Chilcotin River ∏

5-1 5-15 5-15 5-2 5-12 5-13 5-14

Chilko Lake

5-4

Chilko Lake’s tributary streams

5-4

Chilko River

5-5

Chimney Creek Chipmunk Lake Christopher Lake (Canim L. area) Chuckwalla River ∏

5-2 6-1 5-15 5-7

Cohen Lake Cook Lake (Solomon Lake area) π Crag Creek Crazy Bear (Ginny) Lake “Cruise” Lake

5-6 5-2 5-9 5-6 5-6

Cutthroat Lake Davidson Lake Dean River

5-11 5-6 5-9

Cariboo

REGION 5

Deception Lake

5-15

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing Oct 1-June 30 Trout/char release; bait ban and artificial fly only No fishing within the waters of the small bay at the mouth of Eagle Creek northerly of a line drawn between two boundary signs located on opposites shores of the bay, Sept 1-Sept 30 Trout/char release; bait ban Bull trout release Closed to all bass fishing Above Chilko River, mainstem open July 1-Mar 31 Below Chilko River, mainstem open June 11-Sept 30 No trout/char under 30 cm below Chilko River No angling from powered boats Below Chilko River∑: Class II water Oct 1-May 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Oct 1-May 31 (if opened for fall or spring fishing; see Notice on page 2 of this section) Trout/char daily quota = 2 ( no rainbow trout over 70 cm; only 1 bull trout and it may not be under 60 cm) Bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats on Big Lagoon (west side of lake) No fishing Aug 1-June 30 Dolly Varden (bull trout) release Mainstem open June 11-Oct 31 Trout/char release; bait ban Flyfishing only above Brittany Creek No angling from powered boats above bridge at Henry’s Crossing, Sept 11-Sept 30; speed restriction (5 km/h) on part Class II water above Brittany Creek∑, June 11-Oct 31 (Steelhead Stamp not required) Open all year below Brunson Lake Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2 No fishing entire river, June 1-Aug 31; closed all year between signs at Ten Mile Pool Class II water∑ Apr 1-May 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban Closed all year Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 500 m south of Stewart Lake Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing above Iltasyuko River∑, Apr 1-June 14 Closed all year from Iltasyuko River to Crag Creek∑ No fishing from Crag Creek to signs 500 m above canyon∑, Oct 1-May 31 Closed all year from signs 500 m above canyon to signs 100 m below canyon No fishing from signs 100 m below canyon to tidal boundary, Oct 1 - May 31 Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 35 cm) Bait ban all parts∑ Fly fishing only from (a) Anahim Lake to Iltasyuko River, June 15- Mar 31, and (b) Crag Creek to signs 500 m above canyon, July 15-Sept 30 No powered boats between signs 0.5 km and 3.5 km above canyon, Aug 1-Aug 31 From Crag Creek to signs 500 m above the canyon∑: Class I water June 1-Sept 30 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory June 1-Sept 30; see map below (Non-residents see notice on page 46)) From signs 100 m below canyon to tidal boundary∑: Class I water June 1-Sept 30 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory June 1-Sept 30: see map below From Anahim Lake to Iltasyuko River∑: Class II water June 16-Oct 31 (see map below); Steelhead Stamp not required NOTE: ”canyon” means lower canyon 3-5 km from river’s mouth Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 46) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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MANAGEMENT UNIT

(NOT ALL SHOWN - SEE PAGE 5)

DEWAR LAKE “DOG” LAKE

π

5-2 5-2

DONNELY LAKE DRAGON LAKE

π π

5-1 5-2

EARLE LAKE EAST KING LAKE ELK LAKE FAWN LAKE

π

5-1 5-1 5-2 5-1

FIRE LAKE FISH LAKE (Taseko Lake area) “FISH” LAKE FLY LAKE FOREST LAKE

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5-2 5-4 5-6 5-2 5-2

FRASER RIVER

5-2

FRENCH LAKE π FROG LAKE GATCHO LAKE “GEESE” LAKE (2 km NE of Eliguk L) GOTCHEN LAKE “GRASSY” LAKE

5-1 5-6 6-1 5-12 5-15 5-1

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5-1 5-2 5-15

GREENLEE LAKE GREENY LAKE “GRIZZLY” LAKE HAWKINS LAKE HIDDEN LAKE HIGGINS LAKE “HIGH” LAKE

π

HOMATHKO RIVER∑ HORSEFLY RIVER ∏ (from Quesnel Lake to Horsefly River Falls)

5-1 5-6 5-1 5-1 5-5 5-2

5-1 5-11

HUSH LAKE ILTASYUKO RIVER

π

5-15 5-10

IRISH LAKE JACK OF CLUBS LAKE JACKSON LAKE JACOBIE LAKE

π

5-1 5-2 5-2 5-2

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Cariboo

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WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 6 km S/SW of the confluence of Dog and Pigeon creeks No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats No fishing southeast of a line between signs on opposite shores of the bay at the mouth of Hallis Creek, Apr 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 1 No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban; single barbless hook; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only Trout daily quota = 2 Electric motors only No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 8 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 2 km NW of McClinchy Lake No powered boats No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Mainstem open all year; bait ban Sept 15-July 15 No fishing for sturgeon Sept 15-July 15 No fishing for sturgeon in the Fraser River watershed upstream of Williams Lake River (any caught must be released) No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; no powered boats Unnamed lake approx. 1 km SW of West King Lake Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 4.5 km upstream of Maeford Lake Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 4 km north of Bridge Lake No fishing Apr 1-June 30 Mainstem open June 1-Oct 31 Trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban No angling from powered boats from Woodjam Bridge to Quesnel Lake Class II water∑ June 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp not required Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Apr 1-June 30 Bait ban Below Hunlen Falls: see Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers ∑ No powered boats No fishing Apr 1-June 15 Bait ban Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! WARNING: Lake trout over 45 cm may contain elevated mercury levels. Limit your consumption. Artificial fly only, bait ban; electric motors only Trout daily quota = 8

REGION 5

HOWARD LAKE HUNLEN CREEK (above Hunlen Falls)∑

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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REGION 5 - Cariboo water-specific Regulations Management Unit

Cariboo

REGION 5

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Joan Lake Junker Lake Katherine Lake Keno Lake “Kestrel” Lake

π

5-2 5-11 5-15 5-2 5-2

Kidney Lake Kilbella River

5-11 5-7

Klinaklini River∑ LAKE GEORGE Lemon Lake (in Gibbons Creek drainage) Little Alexis Lake “Little Bishop” Lake (approx. 1.7 km NE of Bishop Lake) Little Charlotte Lake Little Horsefly River “Little Jones” Lake π

5-6 5-2 5-2

Maud Lake Maydoe Lake mccauley lake McClinchy Lake McKinley Creek McNeil Lake Meridian Lake Middle Lake Mitchell Lake Mitchell River∑

5-2 5-6 5-2 5-6 5-2 5-15 5-1 5-5 5-15 5-15

Moffat Creek Morehead Lake Naglico Lake Nekite River∑ One Lake 108 Mile Lake opheim lake Owen Lake Paddy Lake Patenaude Lake Peach Lake Pettry Lake “Pigeon Lake #1”

π

5-6 5-2 5-2 5-13 5-13

π

5-2 5-2 6-1 5-7 5-13 5-2 5-2 5-14 5-1 5-2 5-2 6-1 5-2

Polley Lake Preacher Lake (East of Bowers Lk) Quesnel Lake

5-2 5-1 5-15

Quesnel River

5-2

Raven Lake Redfern Lake Robert lake “rye” lake

∏ π π π

π

5-14 5-15 5-2 5-2

“Sandy” Lake

5-2

Secret Lake

5-6

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Closed to all bass fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 8 No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 11 km northeast of McLeese Lake and 2 km south of Beaver Lake Road Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing June 1-Aug 31 Class II water∑, Apr 1-May 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 No fishing Apr 1-June 30 Closed to all bass fishing No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1 Bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char release; bait ban No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 13 km E/SE of 150 Mile House on the north side of Jones Creek Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed to all bass fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char release below McKinley Lake; bait ban Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2 Closed all year within 100 m radius of the weir at the lake’s outlet Closed all year within 100 m radius of the weir at the outlet of Michell Lake Closed all year from Michell Lake to Cameron Creek No fishing downstream of Cameron Creek (including Cameron Cr.), Oct 1-June 30 Trout/char release, bait ban and artificial fly only downstream of Cameron Creek (including Cameron Creek) Trout/char release and bait ban below falls 8 km from Horsefly River Trout daily quota = 8 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Class II water Apr 1-May 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 Electric motors only Electric motors only Closed to all bass fishing Do NOT approach or disturb White Pelicans, an endangered species protected by law. See note on page 1 in this section. Trout daily quota = 2 Closed all year Engine power restriction–7.5 Kw (10 hp) Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2 Unnamed lake adjacent to Dog Creek Road, approx. 9 km west of Gustafsen Lake and 19 km north of Meadow Lake Road Trout daily quota = 8 Trout daily quota = 2 No fishing southwest of a line between signs on opposite shores of Horsefly Bay, Mar 1-May 31 No fishing in North Arm, north of a line between Watt and Service creeks, March 1-May 31 No fishing in North Arm, within a trianglar area formed by signs posted‑approx. 1 km north and 1 km south of Isaiah Creek and 800 m south of Long Creek (opposite Deception Point), Sept 15-Nov 15. See map on page 48. Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm): only 1 lake trout, release all rainbow trout over 50 cm and release all bull trout Bait ban, barbless hook Closed all year from 50 m above Likely bridge to 50 m below Likely bridge Mainstem open above Cariboo River, June 16-Feb 28, other parts open July 1-Mar 31 Trout/char release from the boundary signs approx. 1.8 km east of the Likely bridge downstream to Morehead Creek Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 40 cm) downstream of Morehead Creek Bait ban Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed to all bass fishing Closed to all bass fishing Unnamed lake approx. 1.6 km downstream of Joan Lake No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 3.2 km south of Le Bourdais Lake No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 46) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

Sepa Lake Simon Lake “Sinkhole” Lake

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5-2 5-2 5-2

Skulow Lake “Slim” Lake

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5-2 5-4

“Snag” Lake

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5-1

Sneezie Lake (near Timothy Lake) Square Lake Squirrel Lake Stewart Lake Stum Lake Sulphurous Lake π Sunshine (“Ant”) Lake Takia River∑ Tanya Lake’s tributaries Tenas Lake Teepee Lake (adjacent to West Road River) Tilgatgo Lake Toms Lake TSUNIAH LAKE Turner Lake Two Lake π tyee lake Valentine Lake π Vista Lake Watch Lake π Wentworth Lakes West King Lake

5-2 5-6 6-1 5-6 5-13 5-1 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-13 5-12 6-1 5-4 5-11 5-13 5-2 5-2 5-11 5-1 5-13 5-1 5-12 5-13

Whale Lake (Canim Lake area) π “Whale” Lake π (Gustafsen Lake area) Whitestone Lake Widgeon Lake Williams Lake Williams Lake River wolf lake

5-15 5-2 5-2 5-11 5-2 5-2 5-1

Young Creek (above Highway 20)∑

5-11

Survey’s conducted in these rivers of the Cariboo have shown that juvenile fish are dying in large numbers from being washed-up and stranded in sandbars and mud flats. The source of the disturbance has been found to be the passage of large boats, including jet boats. These boat wakes and bottom pressure increase stream bank erosion, disrupt spawning adults, strand juvenile fish and increase the mortality of incubating eggs. Also, sediment resulting from a boat wake can smother incubating eggs and fish food sources, as well as harm fish by damaging their gills. In the Cariboo, the Horsefly, Mitchell, Chilco, Chilcotin

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Cariboo

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REGION 5

West Road (“Blackwater”) River ∏

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Electric motors only Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban; single barbless hook; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Trout daily quota = 2 Unnamed lake approx. 100 m East of Sneezie Lake Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake in Taseko River drainage approx. 4 km N of Cone Hill No ice fishing; Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban; single barbless hook; no powered boats Unnamed lake approx. 500 m S/SE of West King Lake Trout daily quota = 2 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Mar 1-Aug 31 Lake trout daily quota = 1; lake trout release Oct 1-Nov 30 Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Closed all year No fishing Apr 1-June 30 No fishing Nov 1-June 14 Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban, barbless hook No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Bait Ban, single barbless hook Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Kokanee daily quota = 10 No ice fishing; trout daily quota = 2; artificial fly only, bait ban; electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Speed restriction (8 km/h) Trout daily quota = 2 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction–7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing in mainstem (only) Nov 1-June 14; tributaries subject to spring closure Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm); artificial fly only, bait ban; electric motors only Mainstem only: Class II water June 15-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp not required Trout daily and possession quotas = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 4 km NE of Gustafsen Lake Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h) Open all year No ice fishing; trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Situated approx. 2.3 km NE of Lorin Lake Bait ban; no fishing for steelhead Below Highway 20: see Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers∑

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The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

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REGION 6 - Skeena

General Restrictions No fishing: in any stream in the watersheds of the Skeena River above Cedarvale or Nass River above Kitsault Bridge, Jan. 1 to June 15 (NOTE: Nass River mainstem is EXEMPT and Skeena River mainstem above Cedarvale is only closed Jan. 1 to May 31). See tables for other exceptions. No fishing: in any stream in the Iskut River watershed (upstream of Forest Kerr Canyon), April 1 to June 30; and in the Fraser River watershed in Region 6, April 1 to June 30. Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 6, all year. Set lining for burbot is permitted in the lakes of Region 6. Please refer to set lining and the use of fin fish for bait on page 9.

Notice to Anglers Fishing B.C.Yukon Transboundary Waters

Regional Daily Catch Quotas

(See tables for exceptions) Arctic grayling: 3 Burbot: 5 Inconnu: 1 Kokanee: 10 (none from streams) Northern pike: 5 Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) White sturgeon: catch and release only Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm (includes hatchery steelhead in the Kitimat watershed) • 3 Dolly Varden/bull trout and/or lake trout combined • 1 trout from streams July 1-Oct 31, not including Haida Gwaii (MUs 6-12 & 6-13) • 2 from streams on Haida Gwaii And you must release: • all Dolly Varden/bull trout from streams all year, not including Haida Gwaii • Trout under 30 cm from any stream • Trout of any size from streams Nov 1-June 30, not including Haida Gwaii • Trout/char under 30 cm from any stream on Haida Gwaii • Lake trout from Fraser and Skeena watersheds, Sept. 15 to Nov. 30 • all wild steelhead

Possession Quotas

Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas. (See tables for exceptions)

Daily and Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon

Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4

Annual Catch Quotas

Annual catch quota for all B.C.: 10 hatchery steelhead per licence year.

Steelhead Stamp Requirement

Table Legend See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries

FOR SALMON INFORMATION Fisheries and Oceans Canada District Offices (DFO) Terrace: (250) 615-5350 New Hazelton: (250) 842-6327 Smithers: (250) 847-2312 Nass Camp: (250) 633-2408 North Coast (Prince Rupert): (250) 627-3499 Central Coast (Bella Coola): (250) 799-5345 Queen Charlotte City: (250) 559-4413 Whitehorse (MU’s 6-19 to 6-29) (867) 393-6722

Exotic Alert: Atlantic Salmon Please refer to the salmon section, p. 4

REGION 6

Before fishing steelhead waters, please refer to “Classified Waters” and “Conservation Surcharges” (pages 7 & 8) for the requirements for a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp.

NOTICE TO ANGLERS

Trout/char quotas from Skeena streams have been revised. It is now prohibited to retain Dolly Varden or bull trout from any stream in the Skeena Region. One rainbow trout or cutthroat trout 30 cm or larger per day may be retained from Skeena Region streams from July 1-Oct 31, however from Nov 1-June 30 all trout from streams must be released to protect populations during particular vulnerable overwintering, spawning and post-spawning periods. The daily harvest quota remains unchanged at 2 trout/char 30 cm or larger from streams on Haida Gwaii.

Skeena

To simplify angling and licensing regulations, and to improve fisheries management, a transboundary management agreement is in place for five lakes and two river systems which straddle the B.C.-Yukon border. The lakes are Bennett, Laidlaw, Morley, Tagish, and Teslin (not including any of their inlet or outlet streams). The rivers are the Rancheria and Swift, plus their tributaries. (NOTE: Lakes in the Rancheria and Swift watersheds are NOT included in the agreement.) Anglers may fish any part of the affected waters with either a Yukon or British Columbia angling licence. (NOTE: A B.C. licence is required to fish the B.C. portion of Atlin Lake even though it is also a transboundary water.) The quotas and size limits for these waters are now similar on both sides of the border, but tackle restrictions have not been amended under the agreement. Please refer to the Water-Specific Tables in Region 6 for detailed information on the daily catch quotas and possession quotas, as well as gear, method, and bait restrictions applicable to the B.C. portions of these waters. Information on quotas and tackle restrictions for the Yukon portions of the transboundary waters may be found in the Yukon regulations. Anglers are reminded that they are entitled to only one daily quota for any given species in these waters, regardless of which side of the border the fish were taken and even if they possess both B.C. and Yukon angling licences. Please obtain a copy of the Yukon regulations before fishing Yukon waters.

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REGION 6 - Skeena water-specific Regulations Management Unit

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6-9 6-25 6-27

Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Lake trout daily quota = 3: EITHER none over 60 cm, OR only 1 over 60 cm and the other 2 must be 60 cm or less; Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); Northern pike daily quota = 5 (only 1 over 70 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Only one daily quota may be retained from Atlin Lake regardless of which side of the border the fish were taken

BABINE LAKE

6-6

Closed all year east of a line from Gullwing Creek to the south shore of Babine Lake No fishing within a 400 m radius of the mouth of Pinkut Creek, Aug 15-Sept 15 That section of flowing water between Babine and Nilkitkwa lakes is designated Babine River (see map 2 page 59); Regional stream regulations apply. Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays from the juvenile fish counting weir located at the outlet of Nilkitkwa Lake to the Nilkitkwa River confluence, Sept 1 - Oct 31 (See map 7 page 61) Closed all year between signs posted about 100 m above and 80 m below the adult fish counting fence, located approx. 1.8 km downstream of Nilkitkwa Lake Open all year in the stream channel known as “Rainbow Alley” located between Babine and Nilkitkwa lakes (see map 2 page 59) Fly fishing only (a) from the Fort Babine bridge downstream to signs posted 100 m above the adult fish counting fence (including Nilkitkwa Lake), during open times and (b) from signs about 80 m below the adult fish counting fence to Nichyeskwa Creek, June 16-Sept 30 Bait ban No angling from boats below adult fish counting fence; location of fence described above Class 1 water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 from the juvenile fish counting weir located at the outlet of Nilkitkwa Lake downstream to the Babine River’s confluence with the Skeena River (See map 7 page 61) No ice fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Trout release; bait ban No fishing within 100 m of outlet, May 15-July 31 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban No fishing Nov 1- Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 Canadian residents only on the Telkwa River Sept 1 - Oct 31 (see Telkwa River) Closed all year above Morice/Bulkley River confluence∑ Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31∑; bait ban all year for Morice R. and Suskwa R.; no bait ban for Two Mile Creek No angling from boats from Morice River to CNR bridge at Barrett, Aug 15-Dec 31, and in Moricetown Canyon or within 100 m downstream, all year Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31* (see Suskwa River, a Bulkley tributary) & Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31∑ Bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Lake trout release, Sept 15-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 3 (only 1 over 50 cm), Nov 1-Sept 14 Trout release; bait ban Closed all year. Please contact Parks Canada for details (see page 11 in the Provincial Regulations)

BABINE RIVER

REGION 6

6-8

BASALT LAKE BEAR RIVER∑ (Sustut Watershed) BELL-IRVING RIVER BENNETT LAKE

6-1 6-18 6-17 6-28

BISH CREEK∑ BUCKINGHORSE LAKE

6-11 6-20

BUCKLEY CREEK

6-21

BUCKLEY LAKE

6-21

BULKLEY RIVER

Skeena

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

AldriCH Lake ATLIN LAKE

6-9

CASEY LAKE CHESLATTA LAKE

6-4 6-4

CHESLATTA RIVER (below falls) CHILKOOT TRAIL NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK WATERS CHIPMUNK LAKE COPPER CREEK

6-4 6-28 ∏

6-1 6-12

COPPER RIVER CRANBERRY RIVER

6-9 6-15

DALA RIVER∑

6-3

DAMDOCHAX CREEK

6-17

DATLAMEN CREEK∑ DEENA CREEK∑

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6-15 6-9 6-14

DORIS LAKE DUNALTER LAKE (Irrigation Lake) π

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Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing from Skidegate Lake to signs at second bridge 6 km above tidal boundary, Feb 1-Apr 30 Cutthroat trout release Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30*; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30∑ See Zymoetz River Closed all year between signs above and below Cranberry River Canyon Note: The section of river from Cranberry-Kiteen junction to Nass River is the Cranberry River Bait ban, Aug 1 - Dec 31 Bait ban, June 1-June 14 and Aug 2-Oct 15 No fishing June 15-Aug 1 Bait ban Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31*; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31∑ Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 No fishing above signs at second bridge 5 km above tidal boundary, Feb 1-May 31 Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Closed all year Release rainbow trout over 50 cm No fishing Aug 1-Oct 31 Bait ban Unnamed stream between Diana and Prudhomme lakes Also see Prudhomme Lake (south of the Hwy 16 bridge) Lake trout fishing closed all year (any caught must be released) Electric motors only

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 55) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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“EAST GRIBBELL” CREEK

6-3

ECSTALL RIVER∑ ∏ ENDAKO RIVER FRANÇOIS LAKE (ONLY near the outlet at the François Lake bridge; see map 1 page 57) FULTON RIVER∑

6-11 6-4 6-4

6-8

GATCHO LAKE GITNADOIX RIVER∑ ∏ HAYS CREEK∑ (in Prince Rupert)

6-1 6-10 6-14

HELENE LAKE HEVENOR (“Mcqueen”) CREEK∑ HILL-TOUT LAKE HONNA RIVER∑ ∏ INSECT CREEK∑ ISHKHEENICKH RIVER ISKUT RIVER

6-6 6-30 6-9 6-13 6-15 6-14 6-21

JOHANSON LAKE KATHLYN LAKE KHUTZEYMATEEN RIVER∑ KILDALA RIVER∑ KISPIOX RIVER∑

6-18 6-9 6-14 6-3 6-30

KITEEN RIVER KITIMAT RIVER∑

KITSEGUECLA RIVER

6-15 6-3

6-9

KITSUMKALUM (Kalum) RIVER∑∏

6-15

KITWANGA RIVER∑

6-30

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Closed all year Unnamed stream on Gribbell Island across Ursula Chan. from Goat Harbour Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp not required unless angling for steelhead No fishing Nov 15-June 30 No fishing Nov 15-May 31 Trout/char daily quota = 2, only 1 over 50 cm; release all rainbow trout Bait ban, single barbless hook; no set lining Open June 16-Apr 30 each year Angling permitted in Fulton River opposite the spawning channels, as signed Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 Closed all year above signs located below lower culvert near fish cannery Includes “Oldfield” Creek No fishing northwest of a line between signs on opposite shores of the outlet bay, Apr 1-June 30 Open all year, bait may be used, trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) Closed all year Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 No fishing Jan 1-June 15 See Ksi Hlginx River No fishing downstream of Forest Kerr Canyon∑, Apr 1-Apr 30 No powered boats between Natadesleen Lake and Kinaskan Lake Closed all year No powered boats Closed all year Bait ban, June 1-Oct 15 Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 Bait ban (EXCEPT Hevenor Creek) No angling from boats, no powered boats Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 See Skeena River/Kispiox River confluence Bait ban, Aug 1 - Dec 31 West half of river between signs near Kitimat Hatchery outfall closed all year Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1; hatchery steelhead monthly quota = 10; Note: province-wide hatchery steelhead annual quota = 10 When you have caught & retained your daily steelhead quota from the Kitimat, you must stop fishing the Kitimat for the remainder of that day Bait ban, May 15-Aug 31 No powered boats Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year∑; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31∑ Canadian residents only on Saturdays from the outlet of Kitsumkalum Lake to Glacier Creek confluence all year (See map 3 page 61) Canadian residents only on Sundays for the entire river all year Class II water all year∑; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Aug 7 - May 31 Bait ban Jan 1-Mar 15 Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31

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KLAHOWYA LAKE

6-20

KLOIYA RIVER

6-14

KLUATANTAN RIVER∑

KOWATUA CREEK KSI HLGINX RIVER

6-26 6-14

KSI SGASGINIST CREEK

6-15

KSI SII AKS RIVER

6-14

KSI X’ANMAS RIVER∑

6-14

KWINAGEESE RIVER∑

6-30

KWINAMASS RIVER∑ LACHMACH RIVER

6-14 6-14

LAIDLAW LAKE lakelse Lake LAKELSE RIVER∑

6-25 6-27 6-11 6-10

LEAN-TO CREEK MAMIN RIVER∑

6-15 6-13

MAXAN LAKE Mcdonnel Lake MCQUEEN CREEK∑ MEZIADIN RIVER∑

MORLEY LAKE

6-9 6-9 6-30 6-16 ∏

6-9

6-25

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 55) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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MORICE RIVER∑

Skeena

6-18

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing within 100 m of outlet, May 15 - July 31 Trout/char daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook No fishing Aug 1-Oct 31 Bait ban Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 No fishing Dec 1-June 30 and Aug 20-Sept 15 No fishing June 15-Sept 1 Formerly Ishkheenickh River No fishing July 1-Sept 15 Formerly Seaskinnish Creek No fishing above Nass Road bridge, Aug 1-Dec 31 Formerly Tseax River No fishing upstream from the lower bridge abutments, July 1-Aug 20 Class II water Apr 1-Sept 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 Formerly Kwinamass River Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 See Ksi X’anmas River No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Bait ban Lake trout daily quota = 3: EITHER none over 60 cm, OR only 1 over 60 cm and the other 2 must be 60 cm or less; Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); Northern pike daily quota = 5 (only 1 over 70 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Canadian residents only from the outlet of Lakelse Lake to the power line crossing, located 3.5 km upstream of the Lakelse River mouth, all year (See map 4 page 61) Cutthroat trout release above CNR bridge, Mar 1-Apr 30 Fly fishing only between Lakelse Lake and CNR bridge, Mar 1-May 31 Bait ban; no powered boats Note: The mouth of the river is designated by signs 1.7 km below Lakelse River logging road bridge Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-May 31 Closed all year No fishing above signs at 3rd bridge 10 km above tidal boundary, Feb 1-Apr 30 Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Closed all year to fishing for lake trout Release rainbow trout over 50 cm See Hevenor Creek No fishing from signs at outlet of Meziadin Lake to Nass River, Jan 1-June 15 Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 No fishing from signs near outlet of Morice Lake to Gosnell Creek, Jan 1-Sept 30 No fishing for finfish other than salmon from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek, Jan 1-Aug 31; See British Columbia Freshwater Salmon Supplement Bait ban (all parts) Fly fishing only from Gosnell Creek to Lamprey Creek, Sept 1-Sept 30 No angling from boats, Aug 15-Dec 31 (all parts) Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5

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MURRAY LAKE

6-4

NAGLICO LAKE NAKINA RIVER NATADESLEEN LAKE NICHYESKWA CREEK NILKITKWA LAKE

6-1 6-26 6-21 6-8 6-8

NITHI RIVER OGSTON LAKE

6-4 6-6

“OLDFIELD” CREEK oweegee lake PALLANT CREEK∑ ∏ PETTRY LAKE PINKUT CREEK PRUDHOMME LAKE (South Of The Hwy 16 Bridge) RANCHERIA RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES ROSS LAKE π SEASKINNISH CREEK “SEELEY” CREEK (outlet of Seeley Lake) SEELEY LAKE SEYMOUR LAKE SIX MILE LAKE (Ross Lake Park) SILVERTHORNE (Erickson) LAKE SKEENA RIVER/KISPIOX RIVER CONFLUENCE SKEENA RIVER ∏ (Mainstem Only)

6-14 6-16 6-12 6-1 6-8 6-14 6-25 6-9 6-15 6-9 6-9 6-9 6-15 6-9 6-8 6-10

SQUIRREL LAKE STATION CREEK SUSKWA (Bear) RIVER∑

6-1 6-9 6-8

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Lake trout release, Sept 15-Oct 31 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 3 (only 1 over 50 cm), Nov 1-Sept 14 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing July 20-Aug 15 Single barbless hook; no powered boats Closed all year Fly fishing only, bait ban (EXCEPT dead fin fish may be used as bait when set lining; see page 9 in the Provincial Regulations) That section of flowing water between Babine and Nilkitkwa Lakes known as “Raibow Alley” is open for fishing all year (see also Babine River) (See map 2 page 57) No fishing Nov 15-June 30 No ice fishing Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing; see Hays Creek Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing downstream of the fish fence, Aug 15-Sept 15 No fishing Aug 1-Oct 31 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Electric motors only See Ksi Sgasginist Creek Open all year, no minimum size for trout Electric motors only No powered boats Electric motors only No fishing within 50 m of the outlet, May 1-June 30 Bait ban; no angling from boats Waters within 3 white fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena and Kispiox rivers There are two separate Class II waters on the Skeena River (non-residents require separate licences describing which section they are fishing): (a) from Exchamsiks River to 1.5 km above Kitsumkalum River (known as "Skeena River 2"), July 1-Sept 30; and (b) upstream of 1.5 km above Zymoetz River (known as "Skeena River Section 4"), July 1-Dec 31; Steelhead Stamp not mandatory for Skeena River 2 unless fishing for steelhead. Steelhead Stamp is mandatory in Skeena River Section 4 during the Classified Waters period from July 1-Dec 31 Canadian residents only in Skeena River Section 4 on Saturdays and Sundays in two zones: (a) Shegunia River confluence to Sedan Creek confluence July 1-Dec 31 (See map 5 page 61), and (b) Chimdemash Creek confluence to 1.5 km above Zymoetz River confluence, July 1 - Dec 31, (See map 6 page 61) Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Open all year; trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Closed all year Closed all year above BCR bridge at Bear River mouth Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class I water Sept 1-Oct 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 Arctic grayling daily quota = 3 (only 1 over 35 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5

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REGION 6 - Skeena water-specific Regulations Management Unit

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TAGISH LAKE

6-27

TAHLTAN RIVER∑ TAKYSIE LAKE TATSAMENIE LAKE’S OUTLET STREAMS TCHESINKUT LAKE

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TOMS LAKE TRIUMPH RIVER TSEAX RIVER TWO MILE CREEK UNNAMED LAKE (approx. 500 M south of Natalkuz Lake) WAHLA LAKE WEST ROAD (“Blackwater”) RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES YAKOUN RIVER∑ ∏

6-1 6-3 6-14 6-8 6-1

ZYMOETZ (Copper) RIVER∑

6-2 6-1 6-13 6-9

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (only 1 over 90 cm, none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 No fishing Dec 1-June 30 No fishing northwest of a line between signs on opposite shores just north of Takysie Lake Settlement, Mar 1-May 31 No fishing between Tatsamenie Lake and Tatsatua Creek, Dec 1-June 30 and Aug 20-Sept 15 Release lake trout all year EXCEPT during months of February and July (when regional quotas apply) Single barbless hook Canadian residents only on the Telkwa River Sept 1 - Oct 31 (see Bulkley River) Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none between 60 cm and 90 cm); Arctic grayling daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 44 cm, none between 36 cm and 44 cm); Northern pike daily and possession quotas = 4 (only 1 over 100 cm, none between 70 cm and 100 cm); whitefish daily quota = 5 Cutthroat trout release Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Tidal water regulations apply to waters below tidal boundary sign located 1.5 km above Hwy 16 bridge - check B.C. Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-May 31 See Ksi Sii Aks River Open all year; bait may be used; trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) No ice fishing; rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Located approx. 6.25 km S/SE of Yellow Moose Lake and approx. 6.25 km W/SW of Chedakuz Arm Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm) Trout daily quota = 1; artificial fly only For regulations on the mainstem of the West Road River, see Region 5 No fishing from Yakoun Lake downstream 13 km to signs, Oct 1-Apr 30 Cutthroat trout release; no powered boats Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Closed all year from McDonell Lake downstream 3 km to signs Closed all year between signs in Zymoetz Canyon No fishing above the sign at the transmission line crossing (below Zymoetz Canyon), Jan 1-June 15 Bait ban Above Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River A): Class I water Jul 24 - Dec 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - Dec 31; Canadian residents only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - Dec 31 Below Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River B): Class II water Jul 24 - May 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - May 31; Canadian residents only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - May 31

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 55) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

Skeena

REGION 6

skeena quality waters strategy

New steelhead regulations in effect as of April 1, 2012 On April 1, 2012, a number of angling regulation changes were implemented in the Skeena Region to address issues of overcrowding and conflict among users during the steelhead fishery. Changes were developed in consultation with resident anglers, guides, tourism and business representatives, non-Canadian anglers and First Nations (for more information, see www.env.gov.bc.ca/skeena/qws/). They apply to the Bulkley, Babine, Morice, Kispiox, Suskwa, Kitseguecla, Kitwanga, Skeena (section 4), Zymoetz Class I section, Zymoetz Class II section, Lakelse and Kitsumkalum rivers. Depending on the river, the new regulations include: • Extensions to the time period when a Classified Waters Licence and Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp are required

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• Changes from Class II to Class I designation • New times and zones where only Canadians are permitted to angle and non-Canadians are restricted • New measures for the management of angling guides For an explanation of all changes, visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/ fw/fish/regulations/ to read the Skeena Steelhead Regulations Brochure and Question and Answers that have been prepared. The ministry will be monitoring these new regulations to ensure they are working as intended. Information on angler effort and satisfaction will be gathered and used to inform management decisions in the future.


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REGION 7A - Omineca The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

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REGION 7A - Omineca regional Regulations

General ZONE A Restrictions Set lining is only permitted in the lakes of Zone A (see tables for exclusions). Set lines are restricted to one line with a single hook with a gap of not less than 3 cm (see pg 9). All set lines must be marked with the angler’s name, address and telephone number. See “Rules on Bait Usage” (pg 9). No fishing (spring closure): in any stream of Zone A, Apr. 1 to June 30. (See tables for exceptions). Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Zone A, all year. Bait ban: applies to all streams of Zone A, all year. See page 9 for details. (See tables for exceptions).

NOTICE TO ANGLERS The Ministry in partnership with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, is conducting studies on bull trout in the Upper Fraser/ Nechako watersheds. If you catch a bull trout with a coloured tag, please record and report the tag number, tag colour, date, time and location prior to releasing the fish unharmed. To report your catch of a tagged bull trout please contact the Fish and Wildlife Regional Office in Prince George at (250) 565-6135.

Table Legend

Zone A Daily Catch Quotas (See tables for exceptions) Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 2 from streams • 3 lake trout • 1 bull trout (Dolly Varden) NOTE: Bull trout (Dolly Varden) may only be retained Oct. 16 to Aug. 14. These fish may only be taken from lakes and only 30 - 50 cm in length. See below. And you must release: Bull trout (Dolly Varden): • from streams, all year • from lakes, Aug. 15 to Oct. 15 And you must release: Lake trout: • of any size, Sept. 15 to Oct. 31 • under 30 cm all year Arctic grayling: catch and release only Burbot: 5 Kokanee: 10 (none from streams) White Sturgeon: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING Whitefish: 15 (all species combined)

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∂ Age Restricted Waters

Daily and Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

Possession Quotas

Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas for most species. See tables for exceptions. Lake Trout: possession quota = 1 daily quota. Bull Trout (Dolly Varden): possession quota = 1 daily quota.

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REGION 7A

water-specific Regulations Management Unit

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AIRLINE LAKE

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AMANITA LAKE ARCTIC LAKE

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BEAR LAKE (Crooked River Park) BEAVERLEY CREEK

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BEDNESTI LAKE

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FERGUSON LAKE FINLAY RIVER FRASER LAKE FRASER RIVER FRIDAY LAKE

π

7-15 7-40 7-13 7-9 7-27

GAGNON CREEK GANTAHAZ LAKE π GOAT RIVER∑ HART LAKE (Crooked River Park) π

7-30 7-30 7-5 7-16

HART LAKE (Fort St. James)

7-25

HATDUDATEHL LAKE

7-26

HAUTETE LAKE

7-27

Omineca

π π π

REGION 7a

ECHO LAKE EENA LAKE EMERALD LAKE ENDAKO RIVER EYE LAKE

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Electric motors only No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Closed all year 500 m upstream & downstream of the Thorn Creek confluence Closed all year 500 m upstream & downstream of the Kemess Creek confluence No powered boats Exempt from Spring Closure and from bait ban ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines See West Road River Kokanee daily quota = 5 Brook trout daily quota = 10 Exempt from Spring Closure; no rainbow trout under 30 cm Brook trout daily quota = 10 Trout/char daily quota = 2 Brook trout daily quota = 10; Kokanee daily quota = 5 Exempt from Spring Closure; rainbow trout release Apr 1-June 30 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing from marker buoys to the mouth of the McLeod River, Apr 1-June 30 Exempt from Spring Closure; also EXEMPT from bait ban below signs near its mouth No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout daily quota = 2; no set lines Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing downstream (north) of the 200 Road bridge, Apr 1-June 30 Rainbow trout release and exempt from Spring Closure upstream (south) of the 200 Road bridge, Apr 1-June 30 Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout possession quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); no set lines No powered boats Closed all year within a 500 m radius of the Davis Forest Service Road bridge. See Davis River Closed all year No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Closed all year Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only Burbot daily quota = 1 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Brook trout daily quota = 2; no powered boats Electric motors only No powered boats No fishing Nov 15-June 30 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release No powered boats Exempt from Spring Closure Lake trout daily quota = 1 (none under 60 cm) Exempt from Spring Closure; also EXEMPT from bait ban above Cottonwood River No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release Exempt from Spring Closure below signs near its mouth Electric motors only No fishing upstream of the Macleod Creek confluence, including Macleod Cr∑, Sept 1-June 30 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 40 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 41) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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REGION 7A - Omineca water-specific Regulations Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

HEDRICK LAKE HOBSON LAKE

7-12 7-38

INDATA LAKE

7-28

ISPAH LAKE JOHN’S LAKE

7-7 7-38

kathie lake KEMESS CREEK klwali lake

7-15 7-39 7-28

KINBASKET LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES KWITZIL LAKE π LA SALLE LAKES π LITTLE LOST LAKE π

7-2 7-12 7-3 7-3

“LITTLE TOMAS” LAKE

7-25

“LOWER BEAVERPOND” LAKE

7-38

MACLEOD CREEK∑ MANSON RIVER MCGREGOR RIVER MCLENNAN RIVER MCLEOD RIVER MCMILLAN CREEK MIDDLE RIVER MORFEE LAKE (South) “MT. MILLIGAN” LAKE

REGION 7a

π

HUMPHREY LAKE

LYNX LAKE “MACKENZIE LAKE #2 EAST”

Omineca

7-18

π π

π

7-15 7-10 7-5 7-28 7-16 7-4 7-24 7-15 7-26 7-30 7-28

MUGAHA CREEK NAKINILERAK LAKE

7-30 7-27

naltesby lake (Bobtail Lake) NARROW LAKE

7-12 7-7

NATION ARM (Williston Lake)

7-30

NAUTLEY RIVER NATION RIVER NECHAKO RIVER

7-13 7-30 7-12

NESS LAKE NULKI LAKE OPATCHO LAKE

π π

7-15 7-12 7-9

PACIFIC LAKE

7-16

PARSNIP RIVER PINCHI LAKE PINKERTON LAKE

7-23 7-25 7-7

PORTAGE LAKE

7-16

PTARMIGAN CREEK

7-5

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30; Lake trout possession quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); no set lines No powered boats No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Bull trout release Brook trout daily quota = 10 Closed all year from Attichka Creek to a point 500 m upstream No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; not set lines See definition of “stream mouth”, page 88 in the Provincial Regulations No powered boats No powered boats No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines; unnamed lake approx. 300 m downstream of Tomas Lake No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Lowermost of the two Beaverpond Lakes Electric motors only Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Most southeasterly of two unamed lakes (“Mackenzie #1 West” and “Mackenzie #2 East”), located approx. 6 km SE of Erickson Lake No fishing Sept. 1-June 30 Rainbow trout release Exempt from Spring Closure No fishing Apr 1-Aug 31 Artificial fly only, from Carp Lake to War Falls (excluding War Lake) Exempt from Spring Closure and from bait ban; ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only No fishing Nov. 1-Apr. 30 Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; unamed lake located approx. 7.5 km S/SE of Mt. Milligan EXEMPT from bait ban; ∂ Age restriction (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No fishing Nov. 1-Apr. 30 Lake trout possession quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); no set lines Kokanee daily quota = 5 No fishing Nov. 1-Apr. 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing west of a line between two boundary signs approx. 500 m downstream (east) of the Nation River bridge on the Finlay Forest Service Road., Apr 1-June 30 Bull trout release west of a line between two boundary signs approx. 500 m downstream of the Nation River bridge on the Finlay Forest Service Road (when open) Exempt from Spring Closure See Nation Arm (Williston Lake) Exempt from Spring Closure Rainbow trout release from Cheslatta River to a boundary sign 5 km downstream and no rainbow trout under 35 cm from said sign downstream to Hwy #27 Bridge No fishing for white sturgeon Exempt from bait ban downstream of Foothills Boulevard bridge in Prince George Kokanee daily quota=10 No fishing west of a line between signs on lakeshore near mouth of Corkscrew Creek, Apr 1-May 31 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 40 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Exempt from Spring Closure NOTE: see mercury warning, page 1 in this section No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 3; bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Closed all year from falls to quarry bridge

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 41) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

PURVIS LAKE

7-28

SALMON RIVER SHANDY LAKE SHERE LAKE SLENDER LAKE SLIM LAKE SQUARE LAKE

7-15 7-5 7-4 7-6 7-5 7-16

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

7-9 7-28

TSITNIZ LAKE TUMUCH LAKE VIVIAN LAKE π unnamed lake (Kinglet Lake) located approximately 100 m west of Butterfly Lake unnamed lake (Redstart Lake) located approximately 200 m southwest of Butterfly Lake WAR LAKE WESTON CREEK WEST ROAD (“BLACKWATER”) RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES WHITEFISH LAKE

7-9 7-5 7-15 7-15 7-15

Brook trout daily quota = 10

7-24 7-30 7-10 7-25

WICHEEDA LAKE

7-16

WILLISTON LAKE (in Zone A) (includes waters 500 m east/upstream of the Causeway Road)

7-30 7-37 7-38

WILLOW RIVER WINDY POINT LAKE WITCH LAKE

7-9 7-24 7-28

Trout/char daily quota = 4 (not more than 3 char) Exempt from Spring Closure below signs near its mouth Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm); artificial fly only For regulations on the mainstem of the West Road River, see Region 5 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily quota = 3; bait ban, single barbless hook No rainbow trout under 30 cm; kokanee daily quota = 4 Bait ban 500 m upstream and downstream of Causeway Road July 1 - Oct. 30 See Nation Arm REMINDER: Arctic grayling release from tributaries See mercury warning on page 1 in this section, and definition of “stream mouth” on page 88 in the Provincial Regulations Exempt from Spring Closure; no rainbow trout under 30 cm Electric motors only No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines

π

“SQUAW” LAKE STALK LAKES STELLAKO RIVER

π ∏

7-16 7-39 7-12

STONY LAKE STUART RIVER SWIFT CREEK

7-6 7-15 7-2

Tacheeda Lakes (North and South)

7-16

TATLATUI LAKE TCHENTLO LAKE

7-39 7-28

TEBBUTT LAKE THORN CREEK TOMAS LAKE

π

TOMIAS LAKE

7-13 7-39 7-25 7-38

TRAPPING LAKE TSAYTA LAKE

yellow head lake

π

7-1

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π

No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Brook trout daily quota = 2 No set lines Electric motors only No powered boats In Crooked River Provincial Park (formerly “Squaw” Lake) See Square Lake Bait ban Open June 1-Nov 14; Class II water∑ when open (Steelhead Stamp not required) Rainbow trout release Fly fishing only between signs approx. 250 m and 4 km below the bridge near the François Lake outlet No powered boats from François Lake to the falls See Region 6 tables for restrictions applying to François Lake’s outlet area No set lines Exempt from Spring Closure; rainbow trout release, Apr 1-June 30 No fishing Apr 1-Aug 31 Closed all year from upstream side of weir to CNR bridge in Valemount No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; not set lines Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout possession quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); no set lines Brook trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year from Attichika Creek to a point 500 m upstream No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout possession quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); no set lines No powered boats Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Brook trout daily quota = 10

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REGION 7B - Peace

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

Conservation Officer Service Field Offices Please call one of the numbers below for recorded information or to make an appointment:

R.A.P.P.

Zone B (Peace) Fish and Wildlife Regional Office (250) 787-3411 Rm 400, 10003-110th Ave., Fort St. John, B.C. V1J 6M7

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Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

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REGION 7B - Peace regional Regulations

General ZONE B Restrictions Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Zone B, all year.

Possession Quotas

Bait ban: applies to all streams of Zone B, all year.

Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas for most species. See tables for exceptions.

Fin fish: (as defined on page 9 under “Rules on Bait Usage”) may not be used as bait in any waters of Zone B.

Exception: possession quota = 1 daily quota for Arctic grayling, 1 daily quota for bull trout, and 1 daily quota for lake trout.

Set lining: is not permitted in Zone B.

NOTE: Bull trout and Dolly Varden are two distinct species. Since only bull trout are found in the Peace Region, we have removed references to Dolly Varden here.

(See tables for exceptions)

Arctic grayling: 2 (none under 30 cm and only 1 over 45 cm) And you must release: • any size, May 1 to June 15 • all from Williston Lake and its tributaries Burbot: 5 Goldeye: 10 Kokanee: 4 (none from streams) Northern pike: 3 (only 1 over 90 cm) Walleye: 3 (only 1 over 70 cm) And you must release: • all from streams, April 1 to May 15 Yellow perch: 5

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Inconnu: 1

π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∑ Including tributaries

• RAPALA • PANTHER MARTIN • WORDEN’S • GIBBS • OKUMA • SHAKESPEARE •

Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 2 from streams • 2 lake trout • 1 bull trout NOTE: Bull trout may only be retained from Oct. 16 to Aug. 14. These fish may only be from the Liard River watershed (or other specified waters) and only 30-50 cm in length. See below. And you must release: • Rainbow trout of any size from streams, May 1 to June 15 • Lake trout under 30 cm • Lake trout of any size, Sept.15 to Oct. 31 • Bull trout from the Liard River watershed Aug. 15 to Oct. 15, and from the Peace River watershed all year (See tables for exceptions)

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters.

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• DRAGONFLY • WRIGHT & MCGILL • AIRFLO • SCIENTIFICANGLER • SIMMS •

Zone B Daily Catch Quotas

Table Legend

MITCHELL • ABU GARCIA • LEN THOMPSON • FISH POND • WILLIAM JOSEPH 71


REGION 7B - Peace water-specific Regulations Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

ANDY BAILEY (Jackfish) LAKE BEATTIE LAKE BELCOURT LAKE BOOT LAKE BOULDER LAKE BURNT RIVER∑ CAMERON LAKES CARBON LAKE

7-48 7-57 π π

CECIL LAKE CECILIA CREEK CECILIA LAKE

Peace

REGION 7b

CHARLIE LAKE “CHINAMAN” LAKE CHOWADE RIVER∑ CHUNAMUN LAKE

7-19 7-20 7-22 7-22 7-31 7-31 7-33 7-19 7-19

π π

7-33 7-35 7-43 7-35

CLEARWATER CREEK CLEARWATER LAKE

7-31 7-31

DENETIAH CREEK DENETIAH LAKE DIMSDALE CREEK DIMSDALE LAKE DINOSAUR LAKE (Reservoir Below W.A.C. Bennett Dam)

7-52 7-52 7-19 7-19 7-31

FERN LAKE

7-42

GETHING CREEK∑ GWILLIM LAKE HALFWAY RIVER HEART LAKE

π

7-31 7-21 7-34 7-22

INGA LAKE

π

7-34

JOHNSON CREEK∑ KAKWA LAKE

7-31 7-19

KAKWA RIVER LETAIN LAKE

7-19 7-52

LIARD RIVER WATERSHED (see map on page 70) LOWER BLUE LAKE

7-53

MOBERLY LAKE MONKMAN LAKE

7-31 7-21

MUNCHO LAKE MURRAY RIVER NORTH CAMERON LAKE ONE ISLAND LAKE PEACE RIVER

7-51 7-21 7-31 7-20 7-31

7-21

π

PINE RIVER∑ RADAR LAKE RAINBOW LAKES

7-32 7-20 7-52

ROBB LAKE

7-57

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No powered boats No fishing Nov 1- Apr 30 Trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No powered boats; situated at the head of Boulder Creek Release all fish; artificial fly only See North and South Cameron Lakes No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none under 30 cm) Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No powered boats Closed all year No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Walleye daily and possession quotas = 3; northern pike daily and possession quotas = 3 See Chunamun Lake No fishing upstream of the Horseshoe Road bridge, Aug 15-Oct 15 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Release all fish No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Release all fish, May 1-Oct 31 No fishing July 1-July 15 Bait ban Closed all year Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Closed all year from W.A.C. Bennett Dam to 100 m south of Gething Creek, and between the anti-vortex dyke and Peace Canyon Dam∑ No trout/char under 25 cm (release all bull trout); single barbless hook No fishing June 1-July 15 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban Closed all year Lake trout daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm or over 60 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing from confluence with Peace River to boundary sign approximately 5 km upstream, March 1-June 30 Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 35 cm) Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Closed all year No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm) Closed all year No fishing within 100 m of sign at outlet, May 15-July 31 Rainbow trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook Bull trout release from all lakes & streams, Aug 15-Oct 15 Bull trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none under 30 cm or over 50 cm) from all lakes & streams, Oct 16-Aug 14 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Bull trout daily & possession quotas = 1 (none under 40 cm or over 60 cm), May 1-Aug 14 Bait ban, single barbless hook No fishing Sept 15-Oct 31; lake trout release Nov 1-Sept 14 No fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Bull trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none under 40 cm or over 60 cm), May 1-Aug 14 Bait ban, single barbless hook Lake Trout daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm and only 1 over 60 cm); single barbless hook Arctic grayling release from Kinuseo Falls to signs about 2 km downstream No powered boats See ice hut warning, page 1 in this section Kokanee daily quota = 4 Arctic grayling EXEMPT from the May 1-June 30 release Closed all year between Peace Canyon Dam and Hwy #29 bridge; No fishing from mouth of Halfway River to boundary signs approx. 5 km upstream and 5 km downstream, March 1-June 30 Release all fish upstream of the Hasler Road bridge No powered boats No fishing within 100 m of sign at outlet, May 15-July 31 Rainbow trout daily & possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook Bull trout daily quota = 1 (any size)

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 41) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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Management Unit (Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

SIMPSON LAKE

7-31

SOUTH CAMERON LAKE STEWART LAKE STONY LAKE SUNDANCE LAKE SWAN LAKE TUPPER RIVER

π π

7-31 7-32 7-19 7-32 7-20 7-20

WAPITI LAKE WILLISTON LAKE (in Zone B)

7-19 7-31 7-36

WOLVERINE LAKE

7-52

Exceptions to the Regional Regulations No fishing in lake Nov 1- Apr 30; tributaries closed all year Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none over 40 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Walleye release No fishing within 100 m below outlet weir at Swan Lake Walleye release Bait ban, single barbless hook No rainbow trout under 30 cm See mercury warning page 1 in Region 7A, and definition of “stream mouth” on page 88 in the Provincial Regulations Arctic grayling release∑ Bull trout daily quota =1 (none under 30 cm or over 50 cm), Oct 16-Aug 14 No fishing within 100 m of sign at outlet, May 15-July 31 Rainbow trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook

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REGION 8 - Okanagan

The Management Unit boundaries indicated on the map below are shown only as a reference to help anglers locate waters in the region. For more precise Management Unit boundaries, please consult one of the commercial Recreational Atlases available for B.C.

FOR SALMON INFORMATION Fisheries and Oceans Canada District Offices (DFO)

Summerland Trout Hatchery

Fish and Wildlife Regional Office (250) 490-8200 102 Industrial Place, Penticton, B.C. V2A 7C8

Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) ADAMS 3-36 LAKE Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 85 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

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REGION 8 - Okanagan Regional Regulations

General Restrictions No fishing: (spring closure) in any stream in Region 8 from Apr. 1 to June 30 (see tables for exceptions). Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 8, all year.

Possession Quotas Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas (See tables for exceptions)

Daily & Annual Catch Quotas for Salmon Regional Daily Catch Quotas

Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

(See tables for exceptions) Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 4 from streams (only 2 over 30 cm)

And you must release: Bull trout (Dolly Varden) from streams Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Bass: 8 (largemouth & smallmouth combined)

Yellow perch: 20 Walleye: 8 Crappie: 20 Crayfish: 25

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 85) ∑ Including tributaries

And you may retain: 20 Brook trout from streams

Burbot: 2

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Family Fishing Waters Catch up with your kids!

Check out the Family Fishing Waters at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/family-fishing

OKANAGAN REGION KOKANEE FISHERY Okanagan Lake - Analysis of population data has confirmed that Okanagan Lake kokanee can sustain recreational fishery harvest, and the lake now follows regional regulations for kokanee harvest. Wood Lake - Kokanee numbers in Wood Lake have undergone significant decline due to poor water quality in 2011. Additional regulatory restrictions have been implemented for 2013/2015 to conserve stocks and speed up recovery (See water specific tables). In season changes to regulations could occur depending on population data. Check www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/ regulations for in season changes. For further detail contact Fish and Wildlife regional office at (250) 490-8200.

Okanagan REGION 8

IMPORTANT: Check website for in-season changes or closure dates for the 2014/2015 season www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations

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REGION 8 - Okanagan water-specific Regulations Management Unit

(Not all shown - SEE PAGE 5)

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No ice fishing Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Electric motors only

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Closed all year Includes all unnamed lakes within 2 km of Bluey Lake (except Bluey Lake itself and Kentucky Lake) See Round Lake No ice fishing Artificial fly only, bait ban See Leonard Lake No ice fishing Trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Rainbow trout daily quota = 2; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing No fishing north of a line between Bald and Knob Points, Mar 1-May 31 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm); barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only Unnamed lake located about 200 m west of Thalia Lake Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing No ice fishing No ice fishing Electric motors only No ice fishing Artificial fly only, bait ban Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Motorized vehicle closure. Walk-in access only. See sign at trailhead. Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Artificial fly only, bait ban No ice fishing Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2; engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Electric motors only From the confluence with Burrell Creek, upstream: exempt from Spring Closure; bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31; trout/char daily quota = 1 Downstream of Burrell Creek: bait ban July 1-Oct 31; trout/char release Bait ban No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp); this lake is part of McCulloch Reservoir No ice fishing Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp) No ice fishing No towing Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp); this lake is part of McCulloch Reservoir No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only No ice fishing Electric motors only No fishing from Jewel Lake downstream 1.5 km to signs

Chapman Lake Christina Lake

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations

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NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 41) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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No fishing south of line between signs on opposite shores about 50 m from outlet, Mar 15-June 30 Closed all year No ice fishing Electric motors only See Burnell Lake Closed all year from Mara Lake to signs near Mara Bridge Exempt from Spring Closure (a) above Sugar Lake, (b) between Sugar Lake and Mabel Lake, and (c) from Mabel Lake to Mara Lake Above Sugar Lake: No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 and bait ban, Nov 1-Aug 31 Rainbow trout release (a) from Sugar Lake to Mabel Lake and (b) from Mabel Lake to Mara Lake

REGION 8

Robertson Lake Rosemond Lake Rose Valley Reservoir (Lakeview Irrigation District) Round (Borgeson) Lake Sandner Creek Saturday Lake

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) & speed restriction (8 km/h) Electric motors only Kokanee daily quota = 2 Speed restrictions or “no vessels” (as buoyed and signed), various locations Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No ice fishing Rainbow trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake located about 50 m east of Kentucky Lake Exempt from Spring Closure Trout/char daily quota = 1, EXCEPT trout/char release from Lost Horse Bridge (alias “Thone Lake Bridge”, approx. 26 km north of Westbridge) to the confluence with West Kettle River, and EXCEPT trout/char release from the CPR bridge (approx. 2 km below the confluence with Granby River) to Cascade Falls (Hwy #395 bridge) Bait ban above Cascade Falls, Apr 1-Oct 31 Bait Ban No ice fishing Trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Unnamed lake located about 400 m west of Thalia Lake No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approx. 2 km north of Vinson Lake Electric motors only No ice fishing No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Trout daily quota=1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No fishing south of a line between signs on lakeshore 800 m north of Shuswap River inlet, Jan 1-May 31 Bull trout (Dolly Varden) daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); single barbless hook Follow angling regulations for Shuswap Lake, Region 3; see Rosemond Lake WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) No fishing below falls 4 km above Christina Lake No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure below Kelowna Airport Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp); this lake is part of McCulloch Reservoir No fishing from falls at Gallagher Canyon to Okanagan Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (only one over 50 cm) Speed restrictions or “no vessels” (as buoyed and signed), various locations, plus no powered boats at Killarney Beach Park Barbless hook No fishing from McIntyre Dam to Drop Structure No. 1 (located about 1 km above Osoyoos Lake), Oct 1-Nov 15 Exempt from Spring Closure from Okanagan Lake dam downstream to McIntyre Dam and below Drop Structure No. 1 (located about 1 km above Osoyoos Lake) No powered boats between Okanagan & Skaha lakes These isolated oxbows adjacent to Okanagan River below the McIntyre Dam and above Vaseux Lake are EXEMPT from the Spring Closure Speed restriction on parts, no vessels or no powered boats in 5 signed swimming areas Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp) Closed all year below Hwy #97 No ice fishing Artificial fly only, bait ban Electric motors only Unnamed lake located about 300 m south of Thalia Lake Electric motors only No powered boats south of the CPR bridge Electric motors only

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REGION 8 - Okanagan water-specific Regulations Management Unit

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Silver Lake Similkameen River

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Teepee Lakes Tommy Lee Lake Thirsk Lake Trout Creek Trout Lake Tugulnuit Lake Tulameen River Twin Lakes π Unnamed lakes located immediately north and south of Bluey Lake Vaseux lake (including two lagoons on the west side of Okanagan River above McIntyre Dam) Vinson Lake π

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Exceptions to the Regional Regulations Electric motors only Wild rainbow trout release between Hwy #3 bridge at Princeton and Hwy #3 bridge 31 km below Princeton Bait ban, Apr 1-Oct 31; exempt from Spring Closure No fishing Sept 1-Oct 15 Speed restrictions or “no vessels” (as buoyed and signed), various locations No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No ice fishing Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Rainbow trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook No ice fishing Electric motors only Bull trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); single barbless hook No ice fishing Electric motors only See Friday, Saturday and Sunday Lakes Electric motors only Electric motors only Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Electric motors only Bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31; exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Closed all year Known by Ministry of Forests designations as Lakes 711, 712, 713, 364 & 309 on Map 92H-088 No powered boats (Canadian Wildlife Service Regulation) Bass daily quota = 4 No Bass over 35 cm, Apr 15-June 15; only 1 Bass over 35 cm, June 16-Apr 14 No ice fishing Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook Road accessing the south end is closed. Alternative access available. No fishing below Frog Falls (excluding Wap Lake) Sept 1-June 30 Exempt from Spring Closure above Frog Falls Trout/char release below Beaverdell Station Road bridge to the confluence with Kettle River Trout/char daily quota = 1 above Beaverdell Station Road bridge Bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31; exempt from Spring Closure Bait Ban No ice fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Motorized vehicle closure. Walk-in access only. See sign at trailhead. No fishing for kokanee June 1-Apr 14; Kokanee daily quota = 2, Apr 15-May 31 Speed restriction (10 km/h) on parts Engine power restriction - 7.5 Kw (10 hp)

NOTE: If a lake or stream is NOT listed here, then only the Provincial Regulations (pages 9-11) and the Regional Regulations (page 41) apply.

REGION 8

Okanagan

New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish

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FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES

Preparing Fish for the Table Like any animal, many species of freshwater fish and salmon can be infected with parasites. Some of these parasites can infect people. To limit your risk of infection, kill the parasites by: • Freezing to a minimum of-20˚C for 7 days or -35˚C for 15 hours; or • Cooking to an internal temperature of 70˚C for 10 minutes for each inch of thickness. Infected raw fish is not safe for pets. Remember to wash your hands after handling fish..

Mercury in Fish Mercury levels in fish are not routinely monitored across B.C. lakes and streams as the risk of mercury contamination is generally low. Mercury can accumulate in the muscle of fish, with large predatory species such as lake trout, bass and walleye tending to accumulate the highest amounts. Currently, only three areas in B.C. have consumption advisories because of mercury. These advisories are for lake trout and/or bull trout in Jack of Clubs Lake (Region 5) and in Pinchi Lake (Region 7), and Williston Lakes (Region 7). For more information on healthy eating and fish consumption guidelines please visit www.healthlinkbc.ca

west nile virus West Nile virus has now been detected in BC. Lower your risk of infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Fite the bite! • Wear light coloured protective clothing • Use mosquito repellent • Avoid peak biting times (dusk to dawn)

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Boating Information

Fluctuating Lake & Reservoir Levels

Eurasian Watermilfoil Alert

Water levels in lakes and especially reservoirs can fluctuate over the year. These fluctuations result in a change in the location of stream mouths (please check the definitions of “streams” and “stream mouths” on page 88 in the Provincial Regulations). Note that a stream flowing through the drawdown portion of a reservoir basin is still considered to be a stream, not part of the reservoir. Anglers are reminded that lake and stream regulations may differ.

Eurasian Watermilfoil and other non-native aquatic plants can create environmental, recreational and economic problems in our waters.

Does my boat need to be registered?

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All recreational vessels under 15 gross tons and powered by an engine 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more must be licenced. The licencing process is free of charge through Transport Canada at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca or call Boating Safety InfoLine 1-800-267-6687.

Important: uuThoroughly inspect your boat and trailer and remove all aquatic plants before launching and after leaving the water. uuNew infestations can develop from even small plant fragments. An on-line brochure on Eurasian Watermilfoil is available at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/wat/wq/ brochures/milfoil.html. For further information on aquatic plants and weeds go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/wat/wq/ wq_aquatic.html.

boating safety For important information on regulations related to boating safety, including: • Operator competency requirements; • Horsepower restrictions related to the age of operators; • Universal Shoreline Speed Restrictions; and • Proper use of Personal Flotation Devices (including Inflatable PFDs), Please contact Transport Canada Marine’s Office of Boating Safety tollfree at 1-800-267-6687, or visit their website at www.tc.gc.ca/boatingsafety Many B.C. waters have boating restrictions in place. Please refer to the Regional Water-Specific Tables in this Synopsis for boating restrictions on individual waters and page 5 in the Provincial Regulations for an explanation of the various types of restrictions.

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For your safety and the enjoyment of everyone using the river, please: Keep boat launch areas clear so that all boaters have equal access. Don’t mix alcohol and boating. You will need your best reflexes to keep you, your boat and other stream users safe. It’s illegal to operate a boat while impaired. Limit your speed (particularly when entering corners) to avoid collisions with other boaters, anglers, swimmers and hidden obstacles. Respect the Universal Shoreline Speed Restriction (10 km/hr within 30m of the shore).

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fish tagging in british columbia

Provincial fisheries managers need your co-operation with fish tagging studies in British Columbia. Some fish are marked with a “spaghetti” tag in the back near the base of the dorsal fin. Study fish may also be radio tagged, with a small wire protruding from the mouth or from a healed scar on the stomach of the fish. If you encounter a tagged fish please record the following information: 1. 2. 3.

tag colour and number date and location where caught or found species

4. fish length (estimated length in centimeters or inches) 5. method of capture (e.g., angling, found, etc.)

Please return all tagged fish information to the Fish and Wildlife Office in the region where the fish was captured. Refer to the Regional Regulations page for addresses and phone numbers. If you are interested, the regional office is able to provide further information on the study. Kootenay Lake Large Rainbow and Bull Trout $100 Reward Tagging Program. Even if releasing the fish, anglers should clip off ALL tags (an exception to the preferred standard practice). Please return tags and information to the Region 4 Fish and Wildlife Regional Office in Nelson.

Live fish should be released unharmed to continue their journey and contribute additional information to the study. Do not remove the tag or transmitter. If you must kill the fish, and it is legal to do so, please return the tag and/or radio transmitter along with the above information. Angling Ethics Rotational Angling

Understand and abide by the fishing regulations Respect fish and treat them humanely. • Keep fish immersed in water until you identify the species and its size. • Limit your harvest to your needs and never exceeding the legal limit. • Limit catch & release angling and follow the proper techniques (see page 11).

Enjoy the Experience, Share the Opportunity. Rotational angling is a system which can work well regardless of gear type, so long as each angler respects the others’ methods.

Practise courtesy toward other anglers and respect their rights. • Share the water with other users. • Move around a water body in patterns appropriate to your gear and local conditions. • Leave adequate room between other anglers and yourself. Respect public and private property. • Always ask permission before entering private property, including Indian Reserve land. • Keep the environment and aquatic habitat clean and litter free. Leave the fishing location in better condition than you found it. • Please be aware of various access management plans restricting motorized vehicles to some fishing areas. The Vanderhoof Access Management Plan is one such example and it can be found at the following http://archive.ilmb. gov.bc.ca/slrp/lrmp/princegeore/vanderhf/plan/ project.html Don’t move fish, plants or wildlife from one lake to another • Clean and dry equipment and boats before moving to another body of water (see page 84 “Aquatic Hitchhikers”)

Rotational angling was designed to allow each angler an equal opportunity to fish in the prime pools and riffles of a river. Anglers start at the head of a pool or run and follow the immediate downstream angler at a courteous distance, with everyone progressing at a reasonable pace. While rotation angling is not applicable to all waters and conditions, it has become an accepted practice on many of B.C.’s Classified Waters.

THE BASIC RULES ARE: ✔ Avoid entering the water downstream of another angler who is already fishing, unless invited to do so. ✔ Leave adequate room between the downstream angler and yourself but do not remain stationary. ✔ After catching a fish, step out of the line and return to the head of the pool, or start of the line. ✔ If you are not sure about the local etiquette, avoid any problems by inquiring about the procedures from anglers already on the water.

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BC GETS TOUGH WITH AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS AND HIGH-RISK INVASIVE FISH The Government of British Columbia has amended the Controlled Alien Species Regulation under the Wildlife Act to protect our lakes and streams from high-risk aquatic invasive species including Zebra and Quagga mussels that ‘hitchhike’ on boating and fishing gear, and a variety of fish such as snakeheads and Asian carps found in the live food, aquarium and pond trades.

New regulatory measures for these species include: • Prohibition on the possession, breeding, release or transportation of listed aquatic species in BC • A requirement to clean all fishing and boating equipment that has been in contact with freshwaters infested by prohibited mussels or has evidence of live or dead mussels • Tough penalties for failure to comply with the regulation including up to: $250,000 for releasing a listed aquatic invasive species into BC waters; $100,000 for failing to comply with a decontamination order to clean gear of mussels; and $50,000 for breeding or transporting an aquatic invasive species, or failing to safely dispose of any waters used to clean or remove mussels.

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BC GETS TOUGH WITH AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS AND HIGH-RISK INVASIVE FISH

Why should anglers be concerned? Invasive species pose the second greatest threat to aquatic ecosystems after habitat destruction. Invasive fish like snakeheads are voracious predators of native fish that support sport, commercial and First Nation fisheries. The listed invasive species such as Asian carps and Zebra mussels can alter aquatic food webs and habitat, and seriously impact native fish production. Invasive mussels can also lead to major economic costs associated with defouling watercraft and infrastructure such as water intakes, irrigation systems and hydroelectric facilities. What can you do? Get informed Learn more about the regulations and the full list of species. See www.env.gov. bc.ca/fw/wildlifeactreview/cas/

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THE NEW ZERO-TOLERANCE APPROACH TO ILLEGAL FISH INTRODUCTIONS

British Columbia’s waters are being threatened by invasive fish species. Non-native species disrupt natural ecosystems and are one of the leading causes of native species becoming threatened or endangered. While species such as bass and perch provide great fisheries in their native provinces and states, the unauthorized spread of these fish in B.C. is at the expense of our native fisheries. Once established, invasive species are extremely expensive and difficult, if not impossible, to control or eradicate. The Ministry is getting tough with illegal fish introductions in order to protect our native resources. The Zero-Tolerance Approach includes: • removal or control of invasive species where they pose high risks. • fishing closures for the species or the entire water body when newly identified

illegal introductions of non-native species occur. The closures are imposed to provide a strong disincentive for future introductions and/ or to prevent additional spread. You Can Help! Report any suspicious activity related to the illegal transfer of live fish to the Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). The offence holds a penalty of up to $100,000 for first time offenders, and/or a prison term of up to 12 months for a second offence. In addition, a REWARD of up to $20,000 is available to anyone providing information leading to the successful prosecution of individuals responsible for the illegal transfer of fish species in B.C. waters. This reward is ongoing and is supplied by the B.C. Wildlife Federation, in co-operation with the Ministry.

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PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS

Co-Existing with Spawning Salmon

Angling opportunities provided for some species of fish (e.g., trout, char, whitefish) may have negative impacts on holding or spawning salmon in the same river system. In many cases, angling for salmon is prohibited during times when angling for other species remains open. Anglers can minimize disturbances or incidental hooking of salmon by adopting these simple voluntary measures:

Gear Selection Use fishing gear which will effectively avoid hooking salmon. For example, use fly fishing gear with a floating line and a dry fly. Sinking lines or spoons are not recommended as spawning salmon can be easily foul hooked. If the target species is smaller than the spawning salmon, use of a light tippet is a good added measure.

square meters in size and may be recognised by the appearance of clean looking gravel which is loose and soft underfoot, as opposed to firmer and darker gravel nearby. When newly formed, redds will appear to be a depression with a mound of gravel on the downstream side. Eggs will be buried in the mound of gravel and for several metres downstream. Walking on the redds may kill buried eggs, so please avoid them entirely. With the cooperation of knowledgeable anglers, it is often possible to maintain angling opportunities which might otherwise be eliminated to protect vulnerable fish. Please adjust your angling techniques accordingly.

Bait Selection If bait is allowed, avoid using bait types which aggressively attract salmon. Using bait such as worms, grasshoppers or other insects will effectively avoid salmon yet attract other species such as trout and whitefish. Wading the River Concentrate angling activity in areas of the river where salmon may be less prevalent. For example, avoid deep pools where salmon are holding prior to spawning. Also, avoid areas of shallow water where you observe concentrations of spawning salmon and their redds (gravel “nests”). Salmon redds are generally between 1-2

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The penalty for fishing offences against the Fisheries Act is a fine of up to $100,000, a prison term of up to 12 months, or both. If an enforcement officer finds any fish illegally caught or held, or any equipment, vehicle, vessel or other item used in the commission of an offence, the officer may seize them without a warrant. Depending on the severity of the offence, you may be issued a fine by ticket or required to attend court.

Did you know? Under Section 24 of the Wildlife Act, the Director of the Fish & Wildlife Branch, may prohibit you from holding a hunting and/or fishing licence for a specified period (up to a 30year prohibition). The period will depend on the severity of your offence and is independent of any fine or suspension which may be imposed by a court of law upon your conviction for fish or wildlife offences. It pays to become familiar with the fish and wildlife regulations and to abide by them.

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adipose fin … see diagram on page 10. adult chinook salmon … defined in the Freshwater Salmon Supplement (see page 4 in this Synopsis). anadromous… swimming up rivers from the ocean to spawn (for example, steelhead). above … when used in reference to a lake or stream means “upstream of”. angle … see page 9. angler … a person who angles. annual … the licence year, beginning April 1 and ending on March 31. artificial fly … a single-pointed hook that is dressed only with fur, feathers, hair, textiles, tinsel and/or wire, and to which no external weight or external attracting device is attached. Two or more hooks tied in tandem is not permitted. Where gear is restricted to artificial flies, floats and sinkers may be attached to the line. Where areas are restricted to “fly fish only” floats and sinkers may not be attached to the line or fly. bait … see page 9. barbless hook … a hook without a barb on any part of the hook, including both the point and shank. Existing tackle may be modified by completely removing the barb, or by crimping the barb down so that its point is flush against the shaft. below … when used in reference to a lake or stream means “downstream of”. chumming … see page 9. Classified Waters … see page 8. confluence …a place where two streams meet.. creek … see streams. daily quota … the maximum number of fish of a given species, group of species, or size class that you may keep in one calendar day. day … a legal fishing day runs from midnight on one night to midnight on the following night. down-rigging … see page 9. fish … means fin fish, shellfish and crustaceans (such as crayfish) in any life stage, including eggs. fly fishing … angling with a line to which only an artificial fly is attached (floats, sinkers, or attracting devices may not be attached to the line when fishing is restricted to "fly fishing only”). hatchery trout … in some waters, hatchery trout may be harvested but wild trout must be released. In these waters, hatchery trout are marked before stocking by removal of their adipose fin (see centre colour section). Therefore, these hatchery trout must have a healed scar in place of the missing fin. ice fishing … see page 9.

kokanee … a land-locked sockeye salmon. landed immigrant … a permanent resident of Canada (as defined in federal statute). Management Unit … a Management Unit is a subdivision of a region. For detailed maps of Management Units, the British Columbia Recreational Atlas is available at many bookstores. max … abbreviation for maximum. min … abbreviation for minimum. non-resident … means you are not a “resident”, but (a) you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, OR (b) your primary residence is in Canada, AND you have resided in Canada for the immediately preceding 12 months. non-resident alien… means you are neither a “resident” nor a “non-resident”. ordinary residence … a residential dwelling where a person normally lives, with all associated connotations including a permanent mailing address, telephone number, furnishings and storage of automobile; the address on one’s driver’s licence and automobile registration, where one is registered to vote. A motor home or vessel at a campsite or marina is not considered to be an ordinary residence. possession quota … the number of fish of any species that an angler may have in his/her possession at any given time, EXCEPT at place of ordinary residence (see above). In most instances, the possession quota is two times the daily quota. See Tables for exceptions. resident … means your primary residence is in British Columbia, AND (a) you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, AND have been physically present in B.C. for the greater portion of each of 6 calendar months out of the immediately preceding 12 calendar months, OR (b) you are NOT a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, but have been physically present in B.C. for the greater portion of each of the immediately preceding 12 calendar months. river … see streams. set line … see page 9. single hook … a hook having only one point. (In contrast, a treble hook is a hook having three points on a common shaft.) Note: use of a treble hook is permitted unless “single hook” is specified. slough … a stagnant channel or backwater. snagging (foul hooking)… hooking a fish in any other part of its body other than the mouth. Attempting to snag fish of any species is prohibited. Any fish willfully or accidently snagged must be released immediately.

spear fishing … see page 9. sport fishing … fishing for recreation and not for sale or barter. Sport fishing includes angling, spear fishing, set lining and crayfish trapping. steelhead … a rainbow trout longer than 50 cm in waters where anadromous rainbow trout are found. Both hatchery and wild steelhead may be found in B.C. waters. streams … flowing waters (rivers, sloughs and creeks). Note that standing water behind a beaver dam on a stream is considered part of the stream. stream mouth … the point at which the surface elevation of a stream and the water body into which it flows are the same, except as posted by signs or markers, or otherwise defined. tributaries … all streams that contribute to a larger stream or to a lake. trout/char … all regulations that apply to trout (as a group) also apply to char unless char are specifically excluded. watershed … all the streams and lakes that drain the land into a named waterbody, including the named waterbody itself. wild trout … in some waters, hatchery trout may be harvested but wild trout must be released. In these waters, wild trout will not be marked as hatchery fish and will have a normal adipose fin (see illustration on page 10), or will have an unhealed scar in place of that fin, if missing. year … the period beginning April 1 and ending March 31 (the licence period).

Freshwater game fish are defined as follows: Trout π rainbow trout π steelhead π cutthroat trout π brown trout Char π Dolly Varden π bull trout* π lake trout π brook trout Whitefish π lake whitefish π mountain whitefish

Other π kokanee π Arctic grayling π burbot (ling) π white sturgeon π black crappie π northern pike π yellow perch π walleye π goldeye π inconnu π crayfish

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