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FRESHWATER 2017-2019

F IS HIN G

REGULATIONS

SYNO PSIS

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2019

• 2 Year Synopsis, keep this guide until 2019 • Check online for in-season regulation changes


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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 4. In-Season Regulation Changes

Where to find the regulations which apply to you

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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. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Region 4 Kootenay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Region 5 Cariboo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Region 6 Skeena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Region 7A Omineca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Region 7B Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Region 8 Okanagan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

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 Water-Specific 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 • The Water Specific Regulations. REGULATIONS ON TRIBUTARIES. If an asterisk (∑) is listed next to a lake or stream listed in the Water Specific 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 and Wildlife 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.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA’S FISH AND WILDLIFE REGIONS RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF REGULATION CHANGES VIA RSS In-Season Changes - Notification Anglers can be notified of in-season or recent regulation changes through RSS. RSS is an internet-based technology that allows users to sign up for instant web updates and is a convenient way to be notified of changes to regulations. To sign up for this service, visit the Fish and Wildlife Branch website, click on the RSS icon, and subscribe to the In-Season Regulation Changes feed. Fish and Wildlife Branch Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Public Engagement Anglers, hunters, and trappers can review and provide feedback on proposed changes to fish or wildlife related policies or regulations through the provincial Angling, Hunting and Trapping Public Engagement Website, online at http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte. 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 96

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DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Welcome to another two years of freshwater fishing in British Columbia. This synopsis is a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies, and practices that support the sustainable use of the province’s non-tidal fish resources. Please remember that it is a two-year guide and please monitor the fish and wildlife branch website (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/ fish/regulations/) for in-season regulation changes. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 drought conditions necessitated in-season angling closures on streams in many areas of the province. Ministry staff will continue to monitor stream conditions, and, if conditions warrant, will close streams and rivers to fishing. Please keep up-to-date on in-season regulation changes and do your part to spread the word when in-season changes are enacted. Beyond regulations, the synopsis has important information on other freshwater fisheries topics that every angler should know. The information on aquatic invasive species on pages 82-84 highlights one of the largest threats to provincial fisheries; we

all have a role in stopping the introduction and spread of invasive species and keeping aquatic ecosystems natural, intact and healthy. Also, the “Releasing Fish the Gentle Way” article on page 11 provides guidance on the best methods for catch and release fishing to ensure they live on, spawn, and provide angling opportunities for future generations. The future does look bright for freshwater fisheries in B.C. Collectively, freshwater anglers in B.C. are on the water 3.8 million times per year and catch 7.5 million fish. The average angler is fishing 13 days per year and catches two fish per day. Freshwater fishing generates almost $1 billion towards the provincial economy annually. For an activity that is sustainable, healthy, and connects friends, family, and nature, the benefits of angling are considerable. As well, all $10 million collected in licence fees in 2015 were redirected to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to ensure the continuation of these benefits. Since 2015 the Society has stocked lakes with five million trout, char and kokanee and funded well over $1 million towards research and enhancement programs in small lakes,

MAJOR REGULATION CHANGES FOR 2017-2019 REGION 1 • Removal of April 15-June 15 prohibition on bass retention • Trophy angling regulations for Flora, Regan, and Lizard Lakes • No Fishing from Jan. 1 to Apr. 30 in a small area upstream of the dam on Great Central Lake • No Fishing from Dec. 1 to Apr. 30 on the Nahmint River upstream of Nahmint Lake • No Fishing from Aug. 25 to Nov. 15 on the lowest reaches of the Somass River REGION 2 • Fishing prohibition on MacLean Ponds, Marsh Pond, and Minnekhada Marsh • Lengthened angling season on Silverhope Creek • Increased daily bass quotas region wide REGION 3 • Harmonization of regulations on some major rivers and lakes in the Thompson River watershed • Extended No Fishing periods on the Nicola River and tributaries • Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 fishing closure in Salmon Arm Bay • Lengthened angling seasons on parts Shuswap Lake REGION 4 • Increased daily quotas for brook trout,

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bass and perch on select waterbodies • Liberalization of angling regulations on Cartwright Lake • Angling closures on Fussee and New Lakes • Eliminated burbot quota on Koocanusa Reservoir and Upper Kootenay River • Increased angling opportunities and catch and release requirements for Perry Creek • Decreased rainbow trout quota on Premier Lake, increased rainbow trout quotas on Sunburst Lake • Classification of Sowerby Lake as a trophy lake, with applicable regulations. • Changes to regulations on Kootenay Lake, Mark Creek, Upper Arrow Lakes, and the Columbia River in the vicinity of Revelstoke are being considered. Monitor in-season regulation changes for updates REGION 5 • Hook restrictions on the Chilcotin River • Increased rainbow trout quota on Nimpo Lake • Increased lake trout quota and angling opportunities on Quesnel Lake • Changes to regulations on the Beaver Creek chain of lakes are being considered. Monitor in-season regulation changes for updates

large lakes, and rivers annually. They’ve also upgraded hatchery infrastructure, installed new fishing docks on small lakes throughout the province, expanded the Learn to Fish program, and reached an agreement with the Conservation Officer Service to deliver enhanced fisheries compliance and enforcement. Your licence dollars are a direct investment in the future of angling in the province. I’d like to thank the staff, volunteers, partners, and stakeholders for their diligent efforts to preserve our favorite fishing holes for future generations and maintain the province’s status as a world class angling destination. Fish safe and make memories, Sincerely,

Jennifer Psyllakis Director, Fish and Wildlife Branch Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

REGION 6 • Removal of Sept. 1-Oct. 31 No Fishing regulations on the Lachmach River REGION 7A • No changes REGION 7B • No changes REGION 8 • Increased rainbow trout quota on Chain Lake • Catch and release of rainbow trout on Loon and Larry lakes • Trophy lake regulations implemented for Fly Fish Lake #2 (east) • Spring angling closure on Mill Creek downstream of the Kelowna airport • Liberalized angling opportunities on Round (Borgeson) Lake • No Fishing from June 15 to Nov 15 within 50 m of the Trinity Bridge, Shuswap River • Amended No Fishing periods for the West Kettle River • No Ice Fishing on Wood Lake • Removal of ice fishing prohibition on 10 lakes • Regulation simplification (removal of ice fishing prohibitions, single barbless hooks, and/or increased quotas) on 25 small regional lakes


FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS SYNOPSIS TABLE OF CONTENTS How to Use This Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Message from the Minister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Major Regulation Changes for 2017-2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Conservation Surcharge Stamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Classified Waters Licences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 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 Enforcement and Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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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/regulations/ 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.

BOATING INFORMATION Fluctuating Lake and Reservoir Levels Does my boat need to be registered? Boating Etiquette and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

FEATURE ARTICLES Help Protect B.C. Lakes and Rivers from Aquatic Invasive Species . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82, 83 B.C.’s Zero-Tolerance Approach to Illegal Fish Introduction. . . . . 83 Illegal Release of Aquarium Pets - Don’t Let it Loose. . . . . . . . . . . 84 Eurasian Watermilfoil Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Whirling Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Fish Identification Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre Colour Section Fish Consumption Advisories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Fish Tagging in B.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Angling Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Rotational Angling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Co-existing with Spawning Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Ruler for Measuring Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

WE WELCOME YOUR SUGGESTIONS. Please send comments to: The Synopsis, Fish and Wildlife Branch Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations PO Box 9363 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9M2

Front Cover: Ice fishing on Echo Lake Brooke Derksen

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SALMON MANAGEMENT IN FRESH WATER

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

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).

• 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 are improving data quality for the management of salmon populations and sustainable fisheries. 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 8-11 Anal Fin Rays on Gill Cover 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

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

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Artificial fly only upstream of 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

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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 Unit’s 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 and 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). 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.

YOU AND THE LAW The British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis is 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. ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Waters Authorized Angler... A person that is under 16 years of age or a disabled resident. Companion... A person who accompanies and attends an authorized angler. A person must not angle in a Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water unless the person is an authorized angler or a companion to an authorized angler. An authorized angler can be accompanied by up to two companion anglers.

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 BC V6Z 2J8 oranglers call 604-666-2681 All 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 REQUIREMENTS LICENSING All annual licences are valid for the current licence year, April 1st to March 31st, commencing on the date purchased. Licences are not transferrable. Note: Taxes not included in fees listed below.

(B.C. Residents)

Non-Resident ✚

(Residents of Another Province or Territory)

Non-Resident Alien ✚

$ 36 $ 10 $ 20 $ 1 $ 5

$ 55 $ 20 $ 36 $ 55 $ 55

$ 80 $ 20 $ 50 $ 80 $ 80

Conservation Surcharge Stamps (see page 7) Steelhead $ 25 Non-Tidal Salmon $ 15 Kootenay Lake Rainbow Trout $ 10 Shuswap Lake Rainbow Trout $ 10 Shuswap Lake Char $ 10

$ 60 $ 30 $ 20 $ 20 $ 20

$ 60 $ 30 $ 20 $ 20 $ 20

White Sturgeon Conservation Licences (see page 7) Annual $ 25 One Day $8 Eight Day $ 15

$ 60 $ 15 $ 30

$ 60 $ 15 $ 30

Classified Waters Licences (see page 8) Classified Waters Licence (annual) Class I Waters Licence Class II Waters Licence

◆ $ 40/day $ 20/day

◆ $ 40/day $ 20/day

Licence Type Basic Licences Annual Angling Licence One Day Angling Licence ✽ Eight Day Angling Licence ✽ Annual Licence for Disabled Annual Licence for Age 65 Plus

Resident ✚

$ 15 ◆ ◆

(Residents of Another Country)

✽ 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 96. 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.✪ ◆ Not available. See “Classified Waters Licences”, page 8. Note: Most licence fees include a conservation surcharge administered by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. ✚

IF YOU ARE 16 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER:

u You 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 96. u You must purchase appropriate supplementary licences and stamps. uYou 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. uBasic 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.✚: u You may sport fish without any licence or stamp (but must abide by the regulations). u You do not need to be accompanied by a licence holder. u You are entitled to your own quota of fish.

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See definition of “Resident”, page 96.

IF YOU ARE UNDER 16 AND NOT A RESIDENT OF B.C.✚:

uYou 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. uAny fish you keep must be counted as part of the catch and possession of your accompanying licence holder. uIf 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 and Wildlife Branch PO Box 9363 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC 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.✚: uYou are not required to obtain any type of fishing licence or stamp to sport fish in nontidal waters.

MÉTIS HUNTERS:

u A reminder that all Métis individuals intending to sport fish in non-tidal waters are required, under the Wildlife Act, to hold approriate angling licences and stamps, and comply with all angling regulations.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE YOUR LICENCE:

uYou must be in possession of a valid licence prior to resuming fishing. uDo not buy a new licence. You are only permitted one annual angling licence per year. uIf 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).

uYour retention record (see page 7) must be transferred to the new copy.


PURCHASING LICENCES E-LICENSING

WHERE TO BUY A LICENCE

Non-Tidal Angling Licences are available on-line. The Non-Tidal (Freshwater) Fishing E-Licensing 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 non-tidal 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

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Your basic licence must be validated with a Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you fish for steelhead anywhere in B.C. (whether you 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 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 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-and-release only fishery - all sturgeon must be released. See Guidelines for Angling White Sturgeon in B/C. 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. 2 From the CPR Bridge at Mission to and including Williams Lake River in the Cariboo

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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 world-class 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.

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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 96), pacific salmon or protected species (page 10) is permitted anywhere in B.C. No spear fishing of any kind is permitted in Region 1, 2 and 4. 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 fin fish and crayfish are illegal.

Use barbed hooks or a hook with more

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).

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Angle with a fishing line to which more than one artificial fly is attached (i.e., to

use “dropper flies”). Use 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. u Fish with nets, including dip nets, minnow nets, gill nets or cast nets. u Snag (foul hook) fish (see definition, page 96). Any fish willfully or accidently snagged must be released immediately. u

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Use more than one fishing line, EXCEPT

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

Place any fishing gear in any water during a No Fishing period. u Angle with a fishing line to which more than 1 kg of weight is attached u

(this does not apply to downrigger weights).

Waste 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. u Release fish in a harmful manner if you are not going to keep your catch. Follow the catch and release tips outlined on page 11. u Buy, sell or barter or attempt to buy, sell or barter any fish caught by sport fishing.

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

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Have 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. Enter or cross cultivated land, posted land, private land or Indian Reserve land without proper permission. u ...Please refer to additional restrictions u

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 Region 2 only on the Fraser River, Lower Pitt River (CPR bridge upstream to Pitt Lake), Lower Harrison River (Fraser River upstream to Harrison Lake), 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 retain.

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 BC V8W 9M9 or on the BC Parks website:

Refer to the Regional Chapters for Regional Daily Catch Quotas and to the Regional Water-Specific Tables for special quotas on some individual waters. Daily quota … the maximum number of fish of a given species, group of species, or size class that you may retain in one calendar day. Possession quota … no more than twice the daily quota unless otherwise specified (see definition, page 96). Monthly quota … the maximum number of fish that you are allowed to retain in one calendar month. Annual quota … the maximum number of fish that you are allowed to retain in one licence year (April 1 to March 31). Quotas are not cumulative: you cannot possess a quota from each region that you fish. As a general guideline, 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.

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 Regulations and in the Regional Water-Specific 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 Fork Length

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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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BC PARKS SHORTHEAD SCULPIN Cultus Lake Sculpin Enos Lake Stickleback Misty Lake Stickleback Nooksack Dace Paxton Lake Stickleback Rocky Mountain Sculpin Shorthead Sculpin Salish Sucker Vananda Creek Stickleback Vancouver Lamprey 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: u No fishing areas: See Regional Tables. No Fishing in the water specific tables apply to all species, are year round and apply to the entire water body (unless otherwise noted); u Within Ecological Reserves (this page); u Within 23 m downstream of 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 signed in the field. Make sure you read the Regional Regulations for the area in which you will be fishing. If you have any questions, contact the local Fish and Wildlife Regional Office.

Individuals visiting a Provincial 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 self-propelled vehicles or bicycles is generally prohibited in Provincial Parks, Conservancies and Recreation Areas except where specifically authorized. All motorized vehicles on park roads must be licensed. The use of aircraft to arrive or depart from some parks is restricted. Activities in parks may be regulated by signs posted on site. More information can be found at BC Parks website http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

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. All fresh waters within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve are closed to fishing throughout the 2017-2019 season. For information about the 2017-2019 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. u Do 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). u Leave 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. u Do not freeze fish together in an unrecognizable block. u Please refer to the fish cleaning guidelines in “Angling Safety in Bear Country” in the Centre Colour Section. u The 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/fm-gp/rec/ points/packaging-emballage-eng.html.

RELEASING FISH THE GENTLE WAY

There is a growing trend among anglers to release, unharmed, the fish they catch (catch and release). 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 fish immersed in water unless you have chosen to legally harvest the fish. A fish out of water is suffocating. Every second a fish is out of the water decreases it’s chance of survival by 1%. Also, internal injuries and scale loss are much more likely to occur when a fish is out of the water. • Keep the eyes of a fish covered, if possible, when unhooking it. Fish don’t have eyelids or pupils that constrict; therefore, their eyes cannot adjust to an increase in light intensity. Covering a fish’s eyes in shallow water (without touching the eyes or pushing down on the gills)

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: u Keep your angling licence handy while travelling. u Transport or possess no more than your legal limit. u Ensure your fish can be identified, counted and measured if necessary (see “Wrap it Right”). If you are transporting fish for someone else: u 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

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. u 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.

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If someone else caught the fish and gave it to you for your personal consumption: u Keep in your possession a signed letter from the angler until you have eaten the fish. u 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.

can reduce the amount they struggle and front fins and your other hand just forward minimize stress. of the tail fin. Minimize the time out of the water. If the fish cannot remain upright Carry needle-nose pliers. Grab the bend on it’s own, hold the fish in the water to or round portion of the hook with your recover. If fishing in a river, point the fish pliers, twist pliers upside down, and the upstream; when it begins to struggle and hook will dislodge. Be quick, but gentle. can remain upright let it go. Single barbless hooks are recommended, if not already stipulated in the regulations. • Fish out of water. Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on Any legal fish that is deeply hooked, releasing the fish you catch make every hooked around the gills or bleeding effort to keep it in the water. 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. 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). Gloves can remove the protective slime that aids in their survival. Keep your fingers out of the gills, and don’t squeeze the fish or cause scales to be lost or damaged. Leave fish in the water for photos. If you must lift a fish that will be subsequently released, then provide support Catch and release on the St Mary River Bruce Nielsen by cradling one hand behind the

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ANGLING GUIDES IN B.C.

In British Columbia a person commits an offence if a person 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 a person 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

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.

IS YOUR ANGLING GUIDE LICENCED? Anglers who use the services of an unlicenced angling guide risk being convicted of an offence.

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.

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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 FCBC website www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/info/.

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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) 751-7220 2080A Labieux Rd Nanaimo BC V9T 6J9

Please call 1-877-952-7277 for recorded information or to make an appointment: at any of the following Field Offices: Black Creek, Campbell River, Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Port McNeill, Queen Charlotte City, and Victoria:

R.A.P.P. Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 94 for more information www.rapp.bc.ca

FOR SALMON INFORMATION Fisheries and Oceans Canada District Offices (DFO) Central Coast (Bella Coola): (250) 799-5345 Campbell River: (250) 850-5701 Duncan: (250) 746-6221 Gold River: (250) 283-9075 Masset: (250) 626-3316 Nanaimo: (250) 754-0230 Port Alberni: (250) 720-4440 Port Hardy: (250) 949-6422 Tofino: (250) 725-3500 Victoria: (250) 363-3252 Queen Charlotte City (250) 559-4413

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

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

Drought Closures for Streams Check online for in-season stream closures

(250) 746-5180 1080 Wharncliffe Rd Duncan BC V9L 2K7

REGION 1

Conservation Officer Service

Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Freshwater angling regulations and fisheries management for Haida Gwaii (Management Units 6-12 and 6-13) are now within Region 1. Refer to the Region 1 section for angling regulations on Haida Gwaii and contact Region 1 for any Haida Gwaii freshwater angling enquiries. Note: There is no freshwater fishing permitted in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (on Haida Gwaii).

NATIONAL PARKS Within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, provincial freshwater fishing regulations are in effect for the 2017-2019 season. Contact Parks Canada (page 10) regarding the 2017-2019 season.

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REGION REGION 11- Vancouver Vancouver Island REGIONAL REGIONALREGULATIONS REGULATIONS

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Fishing Regulations Regulations Synopsis Synopsis 2017-2019 Freshwater

REGION 11 REGION

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 1, all year. Bait ban: excluding Haida Gwaii, applies to all streams of Region 1, all year, with some important exceptions. Check the tables. Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you 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. Comox Lake: $100 reward tags are being used to assess the cutthroat trout fishery. Refer to page 86 for instructions on what to do if you catch a fish with a reward tag. STREAMS include rivers, creeks and sloughs.

TABLE LEGEND

REGION 1 DAILY QUOTAS (EXCLUDING HAIDA GWAII) (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) Note: There is no general minimum size limit for trout in lakes or hatchery origin trout in streams. Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Bass: 4 (largemouth and smallmouth combined) White Sturgeon: CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY Crayfish: 25 Yellow perch: 20 Haida Gwaii Daily Quotas (See tables for exceptions): Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 3 Dolly Varden • 2 from streams And you must release: • Trout/char under 30cm from streams • All wild steelhead Kokanee: 10 (none from streams)

See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake or Stream (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∞ Wheelchair Accessible ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water

POSSESSION QUOTAS Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas

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

DAILY & ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

MERCURY ADVISORY

Mercury levels in larger Smallmouth Bass in lakes on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands may be above national guidelines. Mercury levels tend to increase with the size of the fish and larger Smallmouth Bass generally have higher levels of mercury. The general public, especially children and women of child bearing age, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, are recommended to limit their consumption of Smallmouth Bass. More information on mercury in fish and fish consumption can be found in the HealthLinkBC Food Safety: Mercury in Fish at https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/mercury-fish. It is advised to regularly check the online Freshwater Fishing Regulation Synopsis for more up to date information (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/)

WILD ORIGIN TROUT

Adipose present

WILD TROUT RELEASE ALL STREAMS REGULATION

HATCHERY ORIGIN TROUT

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Healed scar in place of adipose fin

Anglers note there is a region wide regulation (excluding Haida Gwaii) requiring the release of all wild origin trout in streams. This regulation allows only hatchery origin trout in streams to be harvested, except where prohibited by water specific regulation. In Region 1, stream hatchery origin trout can be distinguished from wild origin trout by the presence of a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Please note, this regulation does not apply to lakes. For more information please contact regional fisheries staff at (250) 751-7220.


REGION 11 -- Vancouver Vancouver Island Island REGION WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS REGULATIONS WATER-SPECIFIC

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ADAM RIVER (EXCEPT Eve River)∑ 1-10 AHNUHATI RIVER∑ ∏ 1-15 ALICE LAKE 1-13 1-10 1-10

“ANDERSON” LAKE

1-3

ANTLER LAKE ARTLISH RIVER∑ ASH RIVER

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1-9 1-12 1-7

1-7 1-4 1-10 1-1 1-13 1-6 1-6 1-1 1-10 1-11

BOOT LAKE

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BRANNEN LAKE BROWNS RIVER BUTTLE LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES (Lower) CAMPBELL LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES CAMPBELL RIVER

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1-5 1-6 1-9 1-6 1-10

CARNATION CREEK∑ CATHERINE CREEK CAYCUSE RIVER CHEMAINUS RIVER CHICADEE LAKE CLAUD ELLIOTT CREEK CLAUD ELLIOTT LAKE CLEAR LAKE (Quadra Island) CLUXEWE RIVER ∑ COLQUITZ RIVER∑ COMOX LAKE CONSORT CREEK∑ COPPER CREEK

COURTENAY RIVER COUS CREEK COWICHAN LAKE (including Bear Lake)

1-3 1-10 1-3 1-5 π

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1-6 1-10 1-10 1-15 1-13 1-1 1-6 1-10 6-12

1-6 1-7 1-4

No Fishing between Elk Falls and John Hart Dam Power Station No Fishing from Strathcona Dam downstream 100 m No Fishing from the boundary sign at the end of Maple Street downstream to the boundary sign at the cement block, Aug 1-Oct 31 No Fishing in any tributaries (except Quinsam River), Dec 1-May 31 From John Hart Dam Power Station to power line crossing approximately 200 m upstream of Quinsam River confluence: fly fishing only year-round Artificial fly only downstream of power line crossing located approximately 200 m upstream of Quinsam River confluence: both Dec 1-May 31 No boats between Elk Falls and John Hart Dam Power Station No Fishing No Fishing Fly fishing only upstream of and including Hatton Creek No Fishing from Copper Canyon Falls downstream 100 m to the fishing boundary signs No Fishing upstream of Bannon Creek∑, Dec 1-June 30 Electric motors only No Fishing No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No Fishing upstream of the West Main logging road bridge (approximately 7.5 km upstream of the Highway 19 bridge), Dec 1-May 31 No Fishing No cutthroat trout under 30 cm or over 50 cm Bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing No Fishing from Skidegate Lake to signs at second bridge 6km upstream of tidal boundary, Feb 1-Apr 30 Cutthroat trout release Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30*; Steelhead stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30∑ No Fishing Dec 1-Sept 30; Speed restriction on part (8 km/h) No Fishing Nov 1 - Apr 30 Cutthroat trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm) Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 15-Apr 15 Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h), plus overall 10 km/h speed restriction within 60 m of shore

2017-2019 Freshwater 2017-2019 FreshwaterFishing FishingRegulations RegulationsSynopsis Synopsis

BAINBRIDGE LAKE BEAR LAKE BEAR RIVER BEAVER LAKE BENSON RIVER∑ “BIG QUALICUM” RIVER BLACK CREEK∑ BLACKBURN LAKE BLACKWATER LAKE BONANZA LAKE

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AMOR LAKE AMOR DE COSMOS CREEK

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Artificial fly only upstream of 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 No Fishing 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 in the Walbran Creek Watershed approximately 7 km W/SW of Mt. Walbran No powered boats No Fishing upstream of the boundary signs at the bridge crossing approximately 10 km from the mouth, Nov 1-Apr 30 No Fishing from Elsie Lake to Dickson Lake No Fishing from Dickson Lake to signs 200 m downstream of Lanternman Falls, Dec 1-Apr 30 No Fishing from Dickson Falls downstream 30 m to signs No angling from boats; ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) See Cowichan Lake See Amor de Cosmos Creek Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) Fly fishing only See Qualicum River 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 Thelwood Creek is closed all year No Fishing Feb 1-July 15 including Campbell River between Strathcona Dam and (Lower) Campbell 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/regulations/.

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ELK RIVER (Also see Buttle Lake∑) ENGLISHMAN RIVER

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FAIRY LAKE FAREWELL LAKE FICKLE LAKE FLORA LAKE FORBUSH LAKE FRENCH CREEK ∑ FULLER LAKE GLEN LAKE GOLD LAKE GOLD RIVER

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CRAIGFLOWER CREEK∑ CRANE LAKE CRESCENT LAKE CRUICKSHANK RIVER∑ CUSHEON LAKE DATLAMEN CREEK∑ DAVIE RIVER∑ DEENA CREEK

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing from weir (dam) at Cowichan Lake’s outlet to Greendale trestle, Nov 15-Apr 15 Tributaries upstream of and including Holt Creek No Fishing Fly fishing only upstream of CNR trestle (Mile 66) Aug 1-Nov 15 No Fishing downstream of the CNR 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) and engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) on parts No Fishing Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Electric motors only Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 No Fishing downstream of Schoen Lake, Dec 1-May 31 No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs posted at second bridge approximately 5 km upstream of the tidal boundary∑, Feb 1-May 31; Cutthroat trout release Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 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 No Fishing from lower falls in Englishman River Park to signs approximately 100 m downstream No Fishing downstream of 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 upstream of the fishing boundary signs (near the South Main bridge crossing) located approximately 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 Trout release; 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 upstream of, but not including, the Muchalat River∑ No Fishing from boundary signs approximately 300 m upstream of the Lions Campground upstream to the confluence with Muchalat River∑, Apr 1 - May 31 No Fishing between the cascade falls (located approximately 6.5 km upstream of Muchalat Inlet, UTM 709137E, 5512420N) and fishing boundary signs approximately 80 m downstream No powered boats No Fishing

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IDA LAKE ILLUSION LAKES JASPER LAKE JOHN HART LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES JUNE LAKE KAKWEIKEN LAKE KAKWEIKEN RIVER∑ ∏ KEMP LAKE π KEOGH RIVER

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KINGCOME RIVER∑ KOKISH RIVER

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KOKSILAH RIVER∑ LAKE WESTON (“Weston Lake”) LANGFORD LAKE

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HEMMINGSEN CREEK∑ HENRY LAKE HIGGENS LAKE HOLLAND LAKE HONNA RIVER∑

No Fishing upstream of Bugaboo Creek, Dec 1 - Apr 30; artifical fly only upstream of Bugaboo Creek when open Electric motors only Electric motors only No Fishing Jan 1-Apr 30, from the dam to fishing boundary signs approximately 50m upstream (southwest) of the Ash Main bridge No wild rainbow trout over 50 cm Single barbless hook Electric motors only No Fishing Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only Electric motors only No Fishing upstream of and including Hemmingsen Creek∑ Trout daily quota = 2 No Fishing No Fishing Trout release; fly fishing only, bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing No Fishing downstream of top of the lower canyon, located approximately 1.3 km upstream of the Gold River confluence No Fishing upstream of top of the lower canyon, Dec 1 - Apr 30 Fly fishing only downstream of Saunders Creek to the top of the lower canyon, May 1 - Nov 30 No Fishing Trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No powered boats Cutthroat trout release Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 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 downstream of 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 No Fishing downstream of 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 boundary signs in Kokish canyon to Ida Lake, Nov 1-Apr 30; No Fishing from the log boom located approxinately 100 m upstream of the IPP intake to signs at the tail of the canyon pool located approximately 250 m downstream No Fishing between signs at the IPP tail race confluence downstream approximately 500 m to signs 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

REGION 1

GREEN LAKE GREENSTONE CREEK∑ GUNFLINT LAKE HAGUE LAKE HARRIS CREEK∑ HAREWOOD (Extension) LAKE HASLAM CREEK HAWARTH LAKE HEALY (Panther) LAKE HEALY LAKE’S OUTLET STREAM HEBER RIVER

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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REGION 1

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries “LINK” RIVER 1-13 LITTLE MAIN LAKE (Quadra Island) 1-15 LITTLE QUALICUM RIVER 1-6

LIZARD LAKE LIZARD POND LOIS LAKE LONG LAKE (Nanaimo) LOON LAKE MACKTUSH CREEK MAGGIE LAKE MAHATTA RIVER MAIN LAKE (Quadra Island) MAMIN RIVER∑

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1-3 1-7 1-4 1-5 1-7 1-7 1-8 1-13 1-15

6-13

MAPLE LAKE π MARBLE (“Link”) RIVER (only between Victoria and Alice lakes) MARTHA LAKE π MATHESON LAKE π “MAXWELL LAKE” (Lake Maxwell) MAYO LAKE π MCKENZIE LAKE MCNAIR LAKE MEGIN LAKE MICHAEL LAKE MILLER CREEK∑ MINE LAKE MISTY LAKE MOHUN CREEK∑

1-6 1-13 1-10 1-2 1-1 1-4 1-2 1-10 1-8 1-5 1-6 1-15 1-13 1-10

MORTE LAKE MUCHALAT RIVER∑ MYRA LAKE NAHMINT LAKE NAHMINT RIVER

1-15 1-12 1-10 1-7 1-7

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS See Marble River Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 1-Apr 30; electric motors only No Fishing from the falls in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park downstream to the hatchery fence, Dec 1-May 31 No Fishing - All tributaries The standard 100 m closure around a fish rearing facility has been reduced to a no fishing area from the hatchery fence to signs approximately 35 m downstream Fly fishing only, Sept 1-Nov 30 (where open) Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; 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 No Fishing No wild rainbow trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Bait ban and single barbless hook, Nov 1-Apr 30 Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs posted on third bridge approximately 10 km upstream of the tidal boundary, Feb 1-Apr 30 Electric motors only Fly fishing only∑ Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Electric motors only ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water (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 No Fishing Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) No Fishing (located in an Ecological Reserve) No Fishing Dec 1-May 31 No Fishing from Menzies Bay logging mainline bridge crossing to Morton Lake Electric motors only No Fishing Dec 1 - May 15 No Fishing No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook; engine power restriction 7.5 kW (10 hp) No Fishing Nahmint River (upstream and downstream of the lake), Dec 1-Apr 30; flyfishing only upstream of Nahmint Lake when open

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries NANAIMO RIVER 1-5

NOLA LAKE O’CONNELL LAKE OYSTER RIVER PALLANT CREEK∑ PANTHER LAKE PERRY LAKE “PETE’S POND”

1-9 1-13 1-6 6-12 1-5 1-12 1-3

PRIOR LAKE PROSPECT LAKE PROVOST DAM PUNTLEDGE RIVER

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REGAN LAKE REGINALD LAKE ROBERTS LAKE ROONEY LAKE∑ ROSELLE LAKE ROSEN LAKE (Read Island) ROWBOTHAM LAKE ST. MARY LAKE SALMON RIVER∑

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

1-11 1-3 1-4

No Fishing 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 approximately 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 upstream of 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 No Fishing upstream of Parker Creek No Fishing between fishing boundary signs approximately 100 m upstream of and downstream of “Red Rock Pool,”approximately 2 km (by road) south of the Nitinat River bridge, Aug 25-Dec 31 No Fishing between boundary signs approximately 50 m upstream of and downstream of the Nitinat River bridge, Aug 25-Oct 15 No Fishing No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing upstream of the confluence with Little Oyster River∑, Dec 1-June 30 Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 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 and 60 km/h) No powered boats No Fishing downstream of the BC Hydro diversion dam (approximately 3.5 km downstream of Comox Lake) to the base of Stoltan Falls (approximately 450 m downstream of the Duncan Bay Mainline logging road bridge) No Fishing between fishing boundary signs approximately 100 m upstream and downstream of the confluence with Morrison Creek No Fishing from fishing boundary 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 approximately 500 m) No Fishing tributaries Fly fishing only upstream of the BC Hydro diversion dam (approximately 3.5 km downstream of Comox Lake), including tributaries No Fishing downstream of boundary signs located approximately 100 m downstream of the hatchery counting fence No Fishing from E&N trestle to boundary signs located approximately 100 m downstream of the hatchery counting fence, Aug 10-Oct 15 No Fishing tributaries Artificial fly only from the Horne Lake dam downstream to the E&N Railway Bridge, 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 upstream of the Quatse River fishway (approximately 1.4 km upstream of Dick Booth Creek), Dec 1-June 15 Bait ban, May 1-Nov 30 Speed restriction on parts (8 km/h) No Fishing from the fishing boundary signs at power line crossing (approximately 25 m upstream of Quinsam Hatchery weir) to fishing boundary signs approximately 300 m downstream of weir No Fishing from the falls situated downstream of Middle Quinsam Lake to the fishing boundary signs at power line crossing (approximately 25 m upstream of the 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 Trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Brown trout daily quota = 1 Trout daily quota = 2 No powered boats Trout release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No Fishing upstream of Kay Creek No powered boats upstream of confluence with White River; speed restriction (10 km/h) from estuary to confluence with White River No Fishing upstream of Fleet River

REGION 1

NIMPKISH RIVER∑ NITINAT LAKE NITINAT RIVER∑

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

REGION 1

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries SEYMOUR RIVER âˆ? 1-14 SHAWNIGAN LAKE Ď€ 1-2 SOMASS RIVER Ď€ 1-7

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Class II water Aug 15-Oct 31∑; Steelhead Stamp not required unless fishing for steelhead Speed restrictions on parts (8 and 65 km/h) No Fishing between the tidal boundary at Papermill Dam to boundary signs approximately 1.0 km upstream (Falls Road Gravel Pit and the southern most end of Collins Farm/Arrow Vale Campground on Hector Road), Aug 25-Nov 15 Bait ban, June 1-Aug 24 Engine power restriction 7.5 kW (10 hp) Fly fishing only downstream of Sooke River Falls, Sept 1-Nov 30 No Fishing from the base of the lower “potholes� falls to signs approximately 100m downstream No powered boats Cutthroat trout release, no wild rainbow trout over 50 cm; single barbless hook No Fishing from Sproat Lake to fishing boundary signs approximately 300 m downstream of Hwy #4, June 15-Nov 15 Bait ban, May 1-Oct 31 No Fishing between fishing boundary signs 200m upstream of and 500m downstream of 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 upstream of signs at “Girl Guide Falls� (approximately 250 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek)∑ Bait ban downstream of signs at “Girl Guide Falls� (approximately 250 m upstream of the mouth of Beaver Creek), June 1-Aug 24 Engine power restriction 7.5 kW (10 hp), 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 No Fishing Electric motors only Cutthroat trout rlease Class II water Sept 1-Apr 30; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Dec 1-Apr 30 Tidal waters regulations apply to waters downstream of tidal boundary sign located 1.5 km upstream of Hwy 16 bridge Electric motors only No Fishing No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Flyfishing only upstream of the Toquart mainline logging bridge when open; No Fishing upstream of the boundary sign located near the falls approximately 800 m downstream of Toquart Lake (including the Upper Toquart River) between Nov 1-May 31. Note: this includes the river upstream of the lake 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

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

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No Fishing upstream of Catherine Creek, Nov 1-Apr 30 Fly fishing only downstream of Catherine Creek No Fishing 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) No Fishing within 100 m downstream of the falls situated approximately 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 No Fishing between fishing boundary signs at the salmon viewing pool No trout over 50 cm; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout daily quota = 2; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No Fishing from Yakoun Lake downstream approximately 13km to posted fishing boundary 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 No Fishing No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30

REGION 1

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

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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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.

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Chilliwack: (604) 824-3300 Delta: (604) 666-8266 Langley: (604) 607-4150 Mission: (604) 814-1055 Squamish (604) 892-3230 Steveston (604) 664-9250 Vancouver (604) 666-0384 Shellfish Information line: (604) 666-2828

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NO FISHING: in any lake in the UBC 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 96. Dead fin fish as bait: only permitted in Region 2 when sport fishing for sturgeon in the Fraser River, Lower Pitt River (CPR bridge upstream to Pitt Lake), Lower Harrison River (Fraser River upstream to Harrison Lake). See page 9 for details.

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 • Hatchery trout/char under 30 cm from streams Note: There is no general minimum size limit for trout in lakes Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Crappie: 20 White Sturgeon: CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY Crayfish: 25

POSSESSION QUOTAS Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas

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

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TIDAL BOUNDARIES ON RIVERS IN REGION 2

Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Bass: 20 (largemouth)

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.

TABLE LEGEND

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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.

(See tables for exceptions) STREAMS include rivers, creeks and sloughs.

REGION 2

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

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From one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise fishing is prohibited on portions of the Fraser, Harrison, and Pitt Rivers (see water specific tables for details) To find out the time of sunrise and sunset consult a local newspaper or the National Research Council of Canada website at http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/ for a sunrise-sunset calculator.

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ALICE LAKE π 2-7 ALOUETTE LAKE 2-8

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

REGION 2

ALOUETTE RIVER∑

ALPHA LAKE ALTA LAKE ANDERSON CREEK∑ ANGUS CREEK ASHLU CREEK BEAR (MAHOOD) CREEK∑ BEAR LAKE BIG SILVER CREEK BIRKENHEAD LAKE BIRKENHEAD RIVER∑ BREM RIVER

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BROTHERS CREEK∑ BROWNING LAKE π BRUNETTE RIVER BRUNETTE RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES BURNABY LAKE BURNABY LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES CALVIN CREEK CAMPBELL RIVER∑

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

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No powered boats Bull trout (char) release 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 No Fishing upstream of the fishing boundary signs near the Alouette River Unit of the Corrections Branch No Fishing upstream of 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) No Fishing No Fishing Bait ban; release all steelhead No Fishing upstream of 152nd St. (Johnson Road) No powered boats No Fishing May 1-June 30 Bull trout (char) release Bait ban No Fishing from the upstream edge of falls (situated approximately 1.5 km from the river’s mouth) to a point 100 m downstream Bait ban∑, May 1-Oct 31 No Fishing No powered boats No Fishing from Cariboo Dam to Cariboo Rd; release all steelhead No Fishing No powered boats No Fishing No Fishing No fishing upstream of 12th Ave No Fishing between two white triangular fishing boundary signs downstream to pedestrian bridge at the foot of Stayte Road, Aug 15-Sept 30 No Fishing downstream of 12th Ave. Apr 1-June 30, No Fishing from 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours each day, Aug 1-Dec 31 No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs at footbridge situated approximately 100 m downstream of the fish fence Bait ban, Aug 1-Oct 31; release all steelhead See Sumallo River No Fishing from the falls to 100 m downstream. The falls are located approximately 550 m upstream of the power line crossing. Bait ban; release all steelhead No Fishing No Fishing (including Brohm Creek) No wild trout/char over 50 cm No Fishing No Fishing from fishing boundary signs at the outlet of Chehalis Lake to the main logging road bridge situated approximately 2.4 km downstream of Chehalis Lake No Fishing downstream of the main logging road bridge situated approximately 2.4 km downstream of Chehalis Lake, May 1-31 Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1 No wild trout/char over 50 cm No Fishing upstream of and including Slesse Creek Downstream of 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 Downstream of 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 Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1 Speed restriction (8 km/h) No Fishing May 1-June 30 Upstream of the northern entrance to the upper most railway tunnel: (a) No Fishing Nov 1 - June 30; (b) Fly fishing only and bait ban No Fishing downstream of the southern entrance to the lower most railway tunnel, Apr 1-Oct 31 Trout/char (including steelhead) release and bait ban, downstream of the southern entrance to the lower most railway tunnel, Nov 1-Mar 31 (see map page 23) No Fishing at Othello Tunnels from the northern entrance to the upper most railway tunnel to the southern entrance of the lower most tunnel; approximately 700 m length No Fishing upstream of 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 No Fishing

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/regulations/.


WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries CRANBERRY LAKE 2-12 CULTUS LAKE 2-3 DAVIS LAKE 2-8 DEER LAKE (Burnaby) π 2-8 DEER LAKE (Sasquatch Park) π 2-18 ELAHO RIVER 2-6 ELGIN CREEK∑ 2-4 “ERROCK” (“Squakum”) LAKE 2-8 FERGUS CREEK∑ 2-4 FLORENCE LAKE 2-8 FOLEY LAKE 2-3 FRANCIS LAKE π 2-19 FRASER RIVER 2-4

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GREEN TIMBERS LAKE π HARRISON LAKE HARRISON RIVER (from the Fraser River upstream to Harrison Lake)

REGION 2

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

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No powered boats No wild trout/char over 50 cm; 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 No Fishing Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp); official name: Lake Errock No Fishing 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 in the non-tidal portion of the Fraser River in Region 2 (upstream of CPR bridge at Mission) from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise Boats less than 20m in length, under power or anchored, must not impede the passage of commercial vessels. 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 No wild trout/char over 50 cm; speed restriction (10 km/h) at south end, as buoyed and signed No Fishing from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, tributaries not included Dead fin fish may be used for bait only when fishing for sturgeon (see p. 9 in the Provincial Regulations) Speed restriction or no powered boats in small bays along the river as signed Electric motors only No Fishing No Fishing for Sturgeon in Hatzic Lake Speed restriction on parts (8 and 50 km/h) Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) Electric motors only Electric motors only No Fishing No Fishing upstream of 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 No Fishing 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

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

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2-19 2-19 2-8 2-18

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2-5 2-8 2-5 2-11 2-8

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2-12 2-8 2-8 2-8 2-2

SAKINAW LAKE

2-5

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

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

SEYMOUR RIVER ∑ SHOVELNOSE CREEK∑ SILVER (Silverhope) LAKE

2-8 2-6 2-2

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2-2 2-8 2-6 2-6 2-6

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REGION 2

RUBY CREEK∑ RUBY LAKE

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing upstream of 216th St. (Fifth Ave), May 1-June 30∑ No powered boats Electric motors only No Fishing See Lily Lake No Fishing No wild trout/char over 50 cm North of fishing boundary signs (on the E. and W. shores) near the head of the lake: wild trout/char release and single barbless hook No Fishing within Garibaldi Park; speed restriction at Grant Narrows (10 km/h) Bait ban upstream of Pitt Lake No Fishing in the Lower Pitt River (CPR bridge upstream to Pitt Lake) from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise (tributaries not included) 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 No Fishing No powered boats No Fishing Nov 1-June 30 Native char release (bull trout and Dolly Varden), trout daily quota = 1 (none under 40 cm), brook trout daily quota = 5; bait ban; single barbless hook. Note: Boundary between Ross Lake and Skagit River is marked by signs No Fishing from Ruby Lake to fishing boundary signs approximately 100 m downstream No Fishing 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 No Fishing upstream of 232nd St. (Livingstone Road) ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (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 No Fishing No Fishing No Fishing upstream of 168th St. at Bothwell Park∑ No Fishing downstream of 168th St. at Bothwell Park, Apr 1-June 30 ∑ Downstream of 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 upstream of dyke gates No Fishing downstream of Seymour Lake No Fishing No Fishing Dec 1-April 31; release all fish Bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing upstream of Silver Lake, Nov 1- June 30 Upstream of Silver Lake, fly fishing only and bait ban, Nov 1-June 30 No Fishing from Silver Lake to the bailey bridge situated approximately 8 km upstream of Hwy #1 Bait ban downstream of Bailey Bridge situated approximately 8km upstream of Hwy #1 No Fishing Nov 1-June 30 Release all fish; bait ban See Alouette River Bait ban; Squamish River tributary located upstream of Ashlu Creek Bait ban; release all steelhead∑ No Fishing tributaries EXCEPT: Ashlu Creek, Cheakamus, Elaho and Mamquam Rivers, and the Squamish Powerhouse Channel

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REGION 2 - Lower Mainland WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

REGION 2

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries STATLU CREEK∑ 2-19 STAVE RIVER 2-8 STAWAMUS RIVER 2-9 STRAWBERRY SLOUGH 2-8 SUMAS RIVER 2-4 SUMALLO RIVER∑ (includes “Cedar” 2-2 Lake, at Sunshine Valley) SWELTZER CREEK∑ TAILLEFER CREEK TAMIHI CREEK

2-3 2-11 2-3

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

2-18 2-5 2-8 2-4 2-8 2-3 2-3 2-5 2-19 2-16 2-8 2-8 2-8 2-19 2-19

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing 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) Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1 No Fishing Nov 1-June 30 Bait ban No Fishing No Fishing May 1-June 30 No Fishing downstream of the falls situated approximately 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River No Fishing upstream of the falls situated approximately 200 m upstream of Chilliwack River, May 1-June 30 No powered boats Electric motors only No Fishing See Chilliwack River No Fishing Trout daily quota = 4 (one over 40 cm) No Fishing Electric motors only No Fishing from fishing boundary signs at log booms on Weaver Lake downstream to where Sakwi Creek enters Weaver 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

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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.

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Please call 1-877-952-7277 for recorded information or to make an appointment: at any of the following Field Offices: Clearwater, Kamloops, Lillooet and Merritt

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

Clearwater Trout Hatchery (250) 674-2580 40 Old N. Thompson Hwy Rd East Clearwater BC V0E 1N0

(250) 851-4950 (250) 256-2650 7-1 (250) 804-7000

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola REGIONAL REGULATIONS TABLE LEGEND GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

REGION 3 DAILY QUOTAS

Spring closure: No fishing in any stream in Region 3 from Jan. 1 to June 30 (see tables for exceptions).

(See tables for exceptions) Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs

Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 3, all year.

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

REPORT TAGGED FISH

Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Burbot: 2 White Sturgeon: CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY Crayfish: 25

Please report tagged fish to the Fish and Wildlife Regional Office in Kamloops at 1-800-388-1606. Information should include POSSESSION QUOTAS tag number and colour, fish length and Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas weight, and location of capture. Please leave (See tables for exceptions) your name and phone number so we can ANNUAL QUOTAS provide you with details. Annual catch quota for Shuswap Lake (per licence year): SHUSWAP LAKE CLOSED AREAS Rainbow trout: 5 over 50 cm Wharf Ada ms Char - lake trout and bull trout Road Rive r (Dolly Varden): 5 over 60 cm Shusw a A p La ke

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No Fishing Jan 1-June 30

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REGION 3

Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you 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.

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

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CLINTON CREEK COLBORNE LAKE (“Lake 1373”)

3-30 3-39

COLDWATER RIVER COLDWATER RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES COMMUNITY LAKE COPPER LAKE COURTNEY LAKE CRAZY CREEK CUTOFF VALLEY CREEK DARDANELLES LAKE

3-13 3-13 3-27 3-39 3-12 3-35 3-30 3-20

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No Fishing 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 No Fishing (Provincial broodstock lake) Trout daily quota = 2 No Ice Fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure downstream of 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) No Fishing 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 No Fishing downstream of falls at Bonaparte fishway; No trout under 25 cm downstream of Bonaparte Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No Fishing from Terzaghi Dam to Yalakom River No fishing downstream of Hwy 40 bridge (approximately 6 km north of Lillooet), Mar 31-June 20 No trout under 25 cm; bull trout release upstream of 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 downstream of falls Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban downstream of the falls Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Lake trout and bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No Fishing downstream of the old Clearwater Bridge, May 1-June 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 downstream of 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 No Fishing Jan 1-Sept 30; No trout under 25 cm; bull trout release 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 No Fishing downstream of the falls, open all year upstream of the falls Exempt from Spring Closure Rainbow trout daily quota = 2

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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

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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 Lake trout release, Oct 15-Jan 31 Daily quota = 1 bull trout or lake trout (no bull trout under 80 cm or lake trout under 60 cm) Single barbless hook 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 and Nov 1-Dec 31 Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban; no powered boats

REGION 3

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

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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/regulations/.

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REGION 3 - Thompson-Nicola WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries DEADMAN RIVER 3-29 DEEP LAKE π 3-28 DOUGLAS LAKE 3-12 DOWNTON LAKE (Reservoir) 3-33 DUTCH LAKE 3-40 EAGAN LAKE 3-30 EAGLE RIVER

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

REGION 3

EDITH LAKE ELBOW LAKE ELEANOR LAKE ENGLISHMEN LAKE ERNEST LAKE ESTELLE LAKE FATOX LAKE FIFTYNINE CREEK FIFTYSEVEN CREEK FILE CREEK FLAPJACK LAKE FLOAT LAKE FRANCES LAKE

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GUMP LAKE GUN LAKE GYPSUM LAKE HAMILTON LAKE HAMMER LAKE HANNAH LAKE

π π π

HARPER LAKE HAT CREEK HATHEUME LAKE 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

3-19 3-29 3-40 3-13 3-20 3-30 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 (unnamed lake in Lemieux Creek Drainage) GUICHON CREEK

JULIET CREEK JULY CREEK KAMLOOPS LAKE KANE LAKES KNOUFF LAKE KWOTLENEMO (Fountain) LAKE

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3-34

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

π π π π

3-18 3-32 3-18 3-12 3-30 3-15 3-26 3-17 3-12

π π π π π π

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

π π π

3-13 3-13 3-19 3-13 3-27 3-17

π π π π

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No trout under 25 cm downstream of Mowich Lake Trout/char daily quota = 2 Burbot release Bull trout release 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 downstream of 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 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 season opening Single barbless hook Exempt from Spring Closure upstream of Thompson River, except as noted below No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 6.5 km downstream of Boston Bar to signs 2.8 km downstream of Hells Gate No fishing from the lower entrance of the fish ladder at Bridge River rapids to the BC Railway bridge approximately 2 km north of Lillooet, Mar 31-June 20 From Hwy 99 bridge at Lillooet downstream approximately 1.2 km to BC Hydro’s tail race outflow channel: No Fishing Nov 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ for possible season extensions From the confluence with Thompson River to the CNR bridge approximately 1 km downstream: No Fishing, Nov 1-May 31; bait ban and no hooks greater than 15mm from point to shank, Oct 1-Dec 31 check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ for possible season extensions 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 approximately 4 km SW of Taweel Lake No Fishing Jan 1-May 31 No trout under 25 cm downstream of Mamit Lake No Ice Fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Bull trout (Dolly Varden) release Electric motors only ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water April 1-Sept 30 (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Electric motors only No Fishing Jan 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ for possible season opening 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; ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water Apr 1-Sept 30 (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 No Fishing No Fishing Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm), Bull trout daily quota = 1 (none under 60 cm); single barbless hook See Lower Kane and Upper Kane lakes See Sullivan Lake Electric motors only


WATER BODY BODY -- MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT UNIT WATER ∑ Includes Tributaries Tributaries ∑Includes LAC LE LE JEUNE JEUNE π 3-19 LAC π 3-19 LAJOIE (Little (Little Gun) Gun) LAKE LAKE π 3-32 LAJOIE π 3-32 “LAKE 1372” 1372” (unnamed (unnamed lake lake 200 200 m m 3-39 “LAKE 3-39 south of of Colborne Colborne Lake) Lake) south “LAKE 1373” 1373” 3-39 “LAKE 3-39 LANCE LAKE LAKE 3-39 LANCE 3-39 LEIGHTON LAKE LAKE π 3-18 LEIGHTON π 3-18 3-28 3-28 3-27 3-27 3-30 3-30

3-12 3-12 3-30 3-30 3-19 3-19 3-19 3-19

LOLO LAKE LAKE LOLO LOON LAKE LAKE LOON

π π

3-39 3-39 3-30 3-30

LORENZO LAKE LAKE LORENZO LOST LAKE LAKE (Near (Near Taweel TaweelLake) Lake) LOST LOWER KANE KANE LAKE LAKE π LOWER π LUNDBOM LAKE LAKE π LUNDBOM π LYNN LAKE LAKE π LYNN π MACHETE LAKE LAKE π MACHETE π (including that that portion portion known known as as (including “Bear” Lake) Lake) “Bear” MAHOOD LAKE LAKE MAHOOD (see map map on on page page 32 32 for for area area closure) closure) (see

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

3-20 3-20

3-46 3-46

Speed restriction restriction (20 (20 km/h); km/h); ∞= ∞=wheelchair wheelchairaccessible accessible Speed Electric motors motors only only Electric No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 No Bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook Bait See Colborne Colborne lake lake See Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow No Fishing Fishing within within 100 100 m m of of the the mouth mouth of of the the inlet inlet stream, stream, May May 1-Nov 1-Nov 30 30 No No Fishing Fishing within within 100 100 m m of of the the Tunkwa TunkwaCreek Creekoutlet, outlet,May May1-Nov 1-Nov30 30 No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No powered powered boats boats No Speed restriction restriction (20 (20 km/h) km/h) Speed No Ice Ice Fishing Fishing No Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow Bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook Bait No Fishing Fishing - this lake has been closed to fishing due to illegal introduction of perch No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout release; release; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No Electric motors motors only; only; WARNING! WARNING! Dangerous Dangerous thin thin ice ice due due to to aeration! aeration! Electric Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow Electric motors motors only; only; WARNING! WARNING! Dangerous Dangerous thin thin ice ice due due to to aeration! aeration! Electric Electric motors motors only only Electric No Fishing Fishing NE NE of of fishing fishing boundary boundary signs signs near near the the mouth mouth of of Thunder Thunder Creek Creek and and the the public public access access site site No No ice ice fishing fishing within within 500 500 m m of of outlet outlet stream stream at at SW SW end end of of lake lake as as marked marked by by fishing fishing boundary boundary signs signs No Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 11 (none (none under under 50 50 cm); cm); bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No Ice Ice Fishing Fishing No No Fishing Fishing Jan Jan 1-Apr 1-Apr 30 30 No Kokanee daily daily quota quota == 22 Kokanee Single barbless barbless hook hook Single No Fishing Fishing within within the the fishing fishing boundary boundary signs signs at at the the western western tip tip of of the the lake lake near near the the mouth mouth of of Canim Canim River, River,Jan Jan1-June 1-June30 30 No Trout/charrelease, release,bait baitban banand andsingle singlebarbless barblesshook: hook:within withinfishing fishingboundary boundarysigns signsat atthe thewestern westerntip tipof ofthe thelake, lake,July July1-Dec 1-Dec31 31 Trout/char No Fishing Fishing within within 200 200 m m of of the the Mahood Mahood River River outlet, outlet, Jan Jan 1-June 1-June 30 30 No Trout/charrelease, release,bait baitban banand andsingle singlebarbless barblesshook: hook:within within200 200m mof ofthe themouth mouthof ofthe theMahood MahoodRiver Riveroutlet, outlet,July July1-Dec 1-Dec31 31 Trout/char

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REGION 33 REGION

LITTLE DUM DUM LAKE LAKE π LITTLE π LITTLE HEFFLEY HEFFLEY LAKE LAKE LITTLE LITTLE LAC LAC DES DES ROCHES ROCHES LITTLE (at west west end end of of Lac Lac Des Des Roches) Roches) (at “LITTLE PETER PETER HOPE” HOPE” LAKE LAKE (unnamed (unnamed “LITTLE lake approximately approximately 200 200 m m SW SW of of Peter Peter lake Hope Lake) Lake) Hope LITTLE WINDY WINDY LAKE LAKE LITTLE LLOYD LAKE LAKE LLOYD LODGEPOLE LAKE LAKE π LODGEPOLE π LOGAN LAKE LAKE π LOGAN π

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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REGION 3

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

π

π π

MURTLE RIVER NAHATLATCH LAKE (East and West) NAHATLATCH RIVER

3-45 3-15 3-15

NICOLA RIVER

3-13

NICOLA LAKE NISKONLITH LAKE π NORA LAKE “NORMAN” LAKE (unnamed lake approximately 600 m SE of Durand Lake) NORTH THOMPSON RIVER

3-19 3-27 3-39 3-19 3-27

NUGGET LAKE π PASKA LAKE PASS LAKE π PAT LAKE π PAUL CREEK (Downstream of 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

3-12 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

π π π

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

ROCK LAKE ROSE LAKE

π

3-12 3-20

ROSS MOORE LAKE π SALMON LAKE π SALMON RIVER SCOTCH CREEK SCUITTO LAKE SETON RIVER (includes BC Hydro Power Canal upstream of the dam up to signs located on Seton Lake)

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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

3-19 3-12 3-26 3-36 3-20 3-16

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS 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 Street bridge to mainstem Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban No Ice Fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing No Fishing 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 approximately 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 32 in this section for bull trout daily quota No Fishing from Frances Lake downstream approximately 400 m to fishing boundary signs at the logging bridge Downstream of Nahatlatch Lake (including Hannah and Frances lakes; except as noted upstream of), 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 No Fishing downstream of Nahatlatch Lake, Jan 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm) No Fishing upstream of Nicola Lake, Jan 1-June 30 No Fishing downstream of Nicola Lake, Mar 1-Sept 30 Trout release downstream of Nicola Lake, Jan 1-Feb 28 No trout under 25 cm downstream of Nicola Lake Bull trout release 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 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm) Bull trout daily quota = 1 (none under 60 cm) Exempt from Spring Closure 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 Exempt from Spring Closure, ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No Fishing upstream of 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 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 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 ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water April 1-Sept 30 (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) 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 and bait ban downstream of Hwy #97 bridge at Falkland Rainbow trout and char release; bait ban Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Exempt from Spring Closure No trout under 25 cm downstream of Seton Lake Downstream of Seton Lake, No Fishing Apr 1-May 31; check website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ for possible in-season openings


WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries SEYMOUR RIVER 3-36 SHUMWAY LAKE π 3-20 SHUSWAP LAKE 3-26 (see maps on page 32) (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)

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

π

3-20

SPIDER LAKE SPIUS CREEK

3-39 3-13 π π

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

π

3-20

SULLIVAN (Knouff) LAKE SUMMIT LAKE TEXAS CREEK THOMPSON RIVER (upstream of Kamloops Lake)

π π

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

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/regulations/.

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STUMP LAKE

REGION REGION 33

SPRUCE LAKE STAKE LAKE STAR LAKE STEIN LAKE STEIN RIVER

3-26 3-19 3-46

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Rainbow trout and char release downstream of 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 east of a line between fishing boundary signs on Murdock and Semaphore points, to Hwy#1 bridge, Mar 15-May 14 (see map C on page 32) No Fishing in the entire area north of Albas, Mar 15-May 14 (see map B on page 32) No Fishing Mar 15-May 14, and rainbow trout and char release, May 15-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 32 No fishing in Salmon Arm Bay, west of line between Engineer’s Point and Sunnybrae Point (see map on Page 32), for the conservation of chinook and Coho salmon stocks, Sept 1-Dec 31 (angler’s fishing from the community pier in the City of Salmon Arm are exempt from the closure). 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 from 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 approximately 5.5 km NE of Placid Lake Exempt from Spring Closure; Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 (none over 50 cm), Bull trout daily quota = 1 (none under 60 cm) See Shuswap Lake for part between Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 No fishing Jan 1-Sept 30 No trout under 25 cm; bull trout release 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 Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure

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REGION REGION 33

WATER BODY BODY -- MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT UNIT WATER ∑∑Includes Includes Tributaries Tributaries THOMPSON RIVER RIVER ∏ 3-13 THOMPSON ∏ 3-13 (downstream of of signs signs at at Kamloops Kamloops Lake Lake 3-14 (downstream 3-14 outlet to to the the confluence confluence with with Fraser Fraser River) River) 3-18 3-18 outlet

THREE VALLEY VALLEY LAKE LAKE π THREE π TRANQUILLE LAKE LAKE TRANQUILLE TRANQUILLE RIVER TRANQUILLE RIVER TROUT CREEK CREEK (Wells (Wells Gray Gray Park) Park) TROUT TULIP LAKE LAKE π TULIP π

3-34 3-34 3-29 3-29 3-29 3-29 3-46 3-46 3-20 3-20

TUNKWA LAKE LAKE TUNKWA TUMTUM LAKE LAKE TUMTUM TUPPER LAKE LAKE TUPPER UPPER KANE KANE LAKE LAKE UPPER VICTOR LAKE LAKE VICTOR WALKER CREEK CREEK WALKER WALKER LAKE LAKE WALKER WALLOPER LAKE LAKE WALLOPER WARREN LAKE LAKE WARREN WASLEY LAKE LAKE WASLEY WHITE LAKE LAKE WHITE

π π π π π π

3-18 3-18 3-42 3-42 3-18 3-18 3-13 3-13 3-34 3-34 3-32 3-32 3-12 3-12 3-19 3-19 3-27 3-27 3-12 3-12 3-26 3-26

WINDY LAKE LAKE WINDY WINEHOLT LAKE LAKE WINEHOLT

π π

3-12 3-12 3-39 3-39

π π π π π π π π

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing Fishing Nov Nov 1-May 1-May 31 31 check check website website www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ for for possible possible season season extension extension No No hooks hooks greater greater than than 15mm 15mm from from point point to to shank, shank, Oct Oct 1-Dec 1-Dec 31 31 No Trout/char daily daily quota quota == 22 (none (none under under 35 35 cm) cm) Trout/char Special additional additional opening opening from from the the CNR CNR bridge bridge downstream downstream of of Deadman Deadman River River to to CNR CNR bridge bridge upstream upstream of of Bonaparte Bonaparte River, River, Special May 1-31; 1-31; trout/char trout/char release release and and artificial artificial fly fly only, only, May May 1-31 1-31 May From boundary boundary signs signs 11 km km downstream downstream of of Martel Martel to to the the confluence confluence with with the the Fraser Fraser River; River; bait bait ban ban Oct Oct 1-Dec 1-Dec 31 31 From Upstream of of boundary boundary signs signs 11 km km downstream downstream of of Martel: Martel: Bait Bait Ban Ban Upstream No angling angling from from boats boats No Downstream of of signs signs at at Kamloops Kamloops Lake: Lake: Class Class IIII water water Oct Oct 1-Dec 1-Dec 31 31 and and Steelhead Steelhead stamp stamp mandatory mandatory Oct Oct 1-Dec 1-Dec 31 31 (when (when open) open) Downstream Lake trout trout and and bull bull trout trout (Dolly (Dolly Varden) Varden) release release Lake Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 8; 8; kokanee kokanee daily daily quota quota == 10 10 Rainbow Exempt from from Spring Spring Closure Closure Exempt No Fishing Fishing July July 1-Sept 1-Sept 30 30 No Youth/DisabledAccompanied AccompaniedWater WaterApril April1-Sept 1-Sept3030(see (seepage page5 5ininthe theProvincial ProvincialRegulations) Regulations)WARNING! WARNING!Dangerous Dangerousthin thinice ∂∂Youth/Disabled ice due to aeration! due to aeration! Engine power power restriction restriction -- 7.5 7.5 kW kW (10 (10 hp) hp) Engine Bull trout trout (Dolly (Dolly Varden) Varden) daily daily quota quota == 11 (none (none under under 80 80 cm); cm); bait bait ban ban Bull Electric motors motors only only Electric No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No Lake trout trout and and bull bull trout trout (Dolly (Dolly Varden) Varden) release release Lake No Fishing Fishing No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No WARNING! Dangerous Dangerous thin thin ice ice due due to to aeration! aeration! WARNING! No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; artificial artificial fly fly only, only, bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; rainbow rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 11 (none (none under under 50 50 cm); cm); bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook No No Fishing Fishing within within 400m 400m of of the the mouth mouth of of Cedar Cedar Creek Creek as as designated designated by by signs, signs, Dec Dec 1-June 1-June 30 30 No Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow No Fishing Fishing - this lake has been closed to fishing due to illegal introduction of perch No Rainbow trout trout daily daily quota quota == 22 Rainbow

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REGION 4 - Kootenay REGIONAL REGULATIONS

REGION 4 DAILY QUOTAS (See tables for exceptions)

Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 4, all year. NOTE: “streams” defined on page 96. 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 39, and the water-specific tables (pages 41-46).

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 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)

REGION 4

White Sturgeon: CLOSED TO FISHING (No exceptions) The Upper Arrow Lake Akolkolex Narrows “Drawdown Area” has been revised. The new boundary is described in the Water Specific Tables, under Upper Arrow Lake on page 45.

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TRIBUTARIES OF LAKES

44

When fishing the tributaries of the following lakes, check for special regulations in the tables under both the name of the tributary and the name of the lake (such as “Columbia Lake’s tributaries”): Columbia Connor Duncan Kinbasket Kootenay Lake Revelstoke Little Slocan

Lower Arrow Premier Slocan Trout Upper Arrow Waneta Reservoir Whiteswan

FISH CONSUMPTION REMINDER For information on the proper preparation of fish for consumption, please read Preparing Fish for the Table on page 81.

π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) ∏ Classified Waters Licence required to fish Class I or Class II waters, see p. 8 ∑ Including tributaries ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water

Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Yellow perch: CLOSED TO FISHING (See tables for exceptions)

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

ANNUAL QUOTAS Rainbow trout over 50 cm from the main body of Kootenay Lake: 5 per licence year.

NOTICE TO ANGLERS 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 83.

CRESTON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA A permit is 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.

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Creston CANADA The Main Body of Kootenay Lake is the USA area east of a line between boundary signs on opposite shores near Balfour Point and Procter Lighthouse. The Upper West Arm of Kootenay Lake is the area west of a line between boundary signs on opposite shores near Balfour Point and Procter Lighthouse to McDonalds Landing (Six Mile). The Lower West Arm of Kootenay Lake is the area between McDonalds Landing (Six Mile) and Corra Linn dam.

IMPORTANT: Kootenay Lake recovery may require in-season regulation changes. Check website for in-season changes or closure dates for the 2017-2019 season at www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ and information about recovery actions and update bulletins at www.env.gov.bc.ca/ kootenay/fsh/main/mainfish.htm


REGION 4

WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ABRUZZI CREEK ∏ 4-23 AKOLKOLEX RIVER∑ “ALCES” LAKE π ALEXANDER CREEK∑ ∏ (upstream of the Easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge) ALEXANDER CREEK ∏ (downstream of the Easternmost Hwy 3 Bridge) “ALTA” LAKE 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∑

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

4-23 4-21 4-15

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4-23 4-23 4-8 4-6 4-33 4-6 4-34 4-7

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 See Lower Arrow Lake’s tributaries and Upper Arrow Lake’s tributaries No Fishing No Fishing downstream of South Fork (approximately 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 Brook trout daily quota = 20; engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) A tributary of Wigwam River; see Wigwam River∑ Brook trout daily quota = 20; electric motors only Brook trout daily quota = 20; 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 east of a line between fishing boundary signs situated approximately 300 m downstream of the Hwy #6 bridge, 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 east of a line between fishing boundary signs situated approximately 300 m downstream of the Hwy #6 bridge, all year Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) 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 No Fishing Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Part described is NOT a Classified Water No Fishing downstream of fishing boundary signs at falls approximately 10 km from Kootenay Lake Burbot release; speed restriction (10 km/h) near eastern shore and at south end, as buoyed and signed No Fishing (except Dutch Creek) No Fishing from Revelstoke Dam downstream to the power line crossing approximately 300 m upstream of the Illecillewaet River confluence No Fishing from a line between the old Robson Ferry landing and a sign on the south river bank, downstream approximately 950m to the CPR bridge, Mar 1-June 30 Where angling is permitted: 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 = 16 from Keenleyside Dam to the Washington State border From Keenleyside Dam downstream to the Washington State border and connected reaches: the Kootenay River (Columbia River confluence to Brilliant Dam) and the Pend d’Oreille River (Columbia River confluence to Waneta Dam): Northern pike daily quota = unlimited and Bass daily quota = unlimited Burbot release Speed restriction (10 km/h) from Mud Lake to Columbia Lake, no power boats in wetlands and no towing and engine power restriction - 15 kW (20 hp), in main channel from Fairmont to Donald See Upper Arrow Lake for the portion of the Columbia River which may be found downstream of 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 No Fishing No Fishing June 15-Oct 31 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 40 Electric motors only No Fishing downstream of Laib Creek

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CONNOR LAKE CONNOR LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES COTTONWOOD LAKE CRAWFORD CREEK CRAWFORD CREEK CRESTON VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (CVWMA) WATERS CUB LAKE CULTUS CREEK∑

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4-23

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

REGION 4

CADORNA CREEK

4-33 4-24 4-23

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REGION 4 - Kootenay WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT Includes Tributaries Tributaries ∑∑Includes DEER CREEK 4-15 DOROTHY LAKE ππ 4-26 LAKE∑ DUCK LAKE∑ 4-6 (Permit required see Note on page 40) DUNCAN LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES DUNCAN RIVER∑ RIVER∑

4-27 4-19

CREEK∑ DUTCH CREEK∑

4-26

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REGION 4

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4-8 4-26

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4-26 4-1

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4-7 4-22 4-22 4-6

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing ∂ Youth/Disabled ∂ Youth/DisabledAccompanied AccompaniedWater Wateryear yearround round(see (seepage page5 5ininthe theProvincial ProvincialRegulations) 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) No Fishing downstream of Duncan Dam to the confluence of the Duncan River and Lardeau River No Fishing downstream of the confluence with the Lardeau River, Nov 1 - Feb 28 and Apr 1-Oct 14. Trout/char Trout/char release, release, bait bait ban ban No Fishing on Duncan River Tributaries downstream of Duncan Dam 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 No Fishing 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, Cr, from from Line Line Creek Creek bridge bridge to to CPR CPR bridge bridge at at Sparwood, Sparwood, from from Hwy 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) and bait ban, June 15 - Aug 31 Cr.∑ upstream EXCEPTIONS - SEE SEPARATE LISTINGS FOR: Abruzzi Cr., Alexander Cr.∑ upstreamofofthe theeasternmost easternmostHwy Hwy#3#3bridge, bridge,Bighorn Bighorn Cr.∑, (Ram) Cr., Cadorna Cr., Fording R. downstream of Josephine Falls, Forsyth Cr. from Connor Lk. downstream 3 km, Line Cr.∑, Cr.∑, Morrissey Wigwam River Lodgepole Cr. downstream of the falls near km 26 post, Michel Cr.∑, MorrisseyCr.∑, Cr.∑, Wigwam River ALL tributaries (EXCEPT Coal Creek downstream of old MF&M Railway bridge 7 km upstream of 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, except Lavington Creek) trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm and only one bull trout), June 15-Oct 31; bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 ∂ Youth/Disabled ∂ Youth/DisabledAccompanied AccompaniedWater Wateryear yearround round(see (seepage page5 5ininthe theProvincial ProvincialRegulations) 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, June 15-Mar 31 and bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries No Fishing No Fishing from Connor Lake downstream 3 km For remainder, see Elk River’s River’s tributaries tributaries Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No Fishing - this lake has been closed to fishing due to illegal introduction of bass 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 No Fishing Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No Fishing downstream of falls approximately 11 km from Arrow Lake Electric motors only No Fishing downstream of Angus Creek; Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No Fishing No powered boats No Ice Fishing ∂ Youth/Disabled ∂ Youth/DisabledAccompanied AccompaniedWater Wateryear yearround round(see (seepage page5 5ininthe theProvincial ProvincialRegulations) Regulations) No Fishing downstream of Albert Canyon No Fishing Electric motors only Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited; no powered boats

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water. water.

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries JORDAN RIVER∑ 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 and Lower West Arm) KOOTENAY LAKE - MAIN BODY (for location see map on page 40)

4-19

KOOTENAY LAKE - UPPER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 40)

4-7

KOOTENAY LAKE - LOWER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 40)

4-7

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4-7 4-19 4-7 4-8

KOOTENAY RIVER (downstream of Idaho border)

KUSKANAX CREEK LAKE REVELSTOKE

4-31 4-38 4-39 4-38 4-20 4-29 4-30

LAKE REVELSTOKE’S TRIBUTARIES LARCHWOOD LAKE π LARDEAU RIVER∑ LARIX LAKE LAVINGTON CREEK∑ 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 LITTLE SLOCAN RIVER LODGEPOLE CREEK ∏ (downstream of falls near the km 26 post on Lodgepole Rd)

4-25 4-26 4-21 4-34 4-17 4-21 4-26 4-23 4-34 4-16 4-16 4-2

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Trout/char daily quota = 4 (only one bull trout); Kokanee daily quota = 0 No Fishing north of a line between fishing boundary signs posted at Argenta and Mosquito Landing No Fishing north of a line between fishing boundary signs posted at Lost Ledge Creek and 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; trout/char daily quota = 2 (only one bull trout) 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 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (only one bull trout); 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 No Fishing 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 Walleye daily quota = 16 from the Brilliant Dam to the confluence with the Columbia River From the Brilliant Dam to the confluence with the Columbia River: Northern pike and bass daily quota = unlimited Bait ban all year Trout/char release, Nov 1-Mar 31 Burbot release upstream of the Montana border Upstream of Koocanusa Reservoir to White River: 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 Upstream of White River: Trout/char daily quota = 1 (no trout under 30 cm and no bull trout under 75 cm), Jun 15-Oct 31 Upstream of White River, including tributaries: Class II water when open No Fishing downstream of falls 1 km upstream of Gardiner Creek No Fishing from Mica Dam to fishing boundary signs at the narrows immediately downstream of the mouth of Bigmouth Creek Bull trout release No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing downstream of fishing boundary signs posted at Trout Lake outlet, including sloughs and backwaters, EXCEPT that part of Poplar Creek upstream of fishing boundary signs posted approximately 5 km from Lardeau River and that part of Healy Creek upstream of Healy Creek Falls No Fishing Brook trout daily quota = 20; cutthroat and bull trout release; bait ban Jun 15-Oct 31 Speed restriction (8 km/h) Electric motors only No Fishing Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited; no powered boats Electric motors only No Fishing 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 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 approximately 2 km E/SE of Elkford

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

4-2 4-21 4-22 4-24 4-25 4-35

Burbot release Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited

REGION 4

KOOTENAY RIVER ∏ (upstream of Koocanusa Reservoir)

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing upstream of Kirkup Creek, Nov 1-June 14 Upstream of Kirkup Creek: both bait ban and trout/char release, June 15-Oct 31 No Fishing from Kirkup Creek downstream, including Kirkup Creek This tributary of St. Mary River is not a Classified Water No Fishing from downstream of Keen Creek to boundary signs at river mouth at Kootenay Lake Upstream of Keen Creek: trout/char release, and bait ban No Fishing downstream of falls approximately 6 km from Kaslo River Bass daily quota = 8 No powered boats No Fishing within 200 m of Bush-Sullivan Road bridge in Bush Arm 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; Burbot release See page 85 - Fluctuating Reservoir Levels

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REGION 4 - Kootenay WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS REGULATIONS WATER-SPECIFIC WATER WATER BODY BODY -- MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ∑Includes Tributaries LOWER ππ 4-14 LOWER ARROW ARROW LAKE LAKE 4-14 4-15 4-15 LOWER ARROW LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES 4-14 LOWER ARROW LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES 4-14 LOWER ELK LAKE 4-23 LOWER ELK LAKE 4-23 LOWER 4-34 LOWER HALGRAVE HALGRAVE LAKE LAKE 4-34 LUND 4-3 LUND LAKE LAKE 4-3 LUSSIER 4-21 LUSSIER RIVER RIVER 4-21

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REGION REGION 44

MACKENZIE MACKENZIE CREEK CREEK “MCCLAIN” “MCCLAIN” LAKE LAKE

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4-21 4-21 4-34 4-34

MCNAUGHTON MCNAUGHTON LAKE LAKE MICHEL ∏ MICHEL CREEK∑ CREEK∑ ∏ (upstream (upstream of of the the easternmost easternmost Hwy Hwy 33 Bridge) Bridge) MICHEL ∏ MICHEL CREEK CREEK ∏ (downstream (downstream of of the the easternmost easternmost Hwy Hwy 33 Bridge) Bridge) MIDGE MIDGE CREEK∑ CREEK∑ MONROE MONROE LAKE LAKE MOOSE ππ MOOSE (“Alces”) (“Alces”) LAKE LAKE MORRISSEY ∏ MORRISSEY CREEK∑ CREEK∑ ∏

4-23 4-23

Trout/char daily quota quota =1 =1 (none (none under under 30 30 cm) cm) and and bait bait ban, ban, June June 15-Oct 15-Oct 31 31 Trout/char daily Class Class II II water water when when open, open, including including tributaries tributaries

4-7 4-7 4-5 4-5 4-24 4-24 4-2 4-2

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4-39 4-39 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5

No No Fishing Fishing Yellow perch daily daily quota quota == unlimited unlimited Yellow perch Trout/char daily quota quota == 2; 2; electric electric motors motors only only Trout/char daily No No Fishing Fishing Sept Sept 1-Oct 1-Oct 31 31 Trout/char release and and bait bait ban, ban, June June 15-Aug 15-Aug 31 31 Trout/char release Class Class IIII water water when when open, open, including including all all tributaries tributaries No No Fishing Fishing Burbot Burbot release release Feb Feb 7-Mar 7-Mar 31; 31; bull bull trout trout release release Irishman Irishman Creek Creek (Moyie (Moyie River River tributary) tributary) closed closed all all year; year; No No powered powered boats boats from from bridge bridge at at south south end end of of Moyie Moyie Lake Lake to to U.S. U.S. border border Bull trout and cutthroat trout release Bull trout and cutthroat trout release No No Fishing Fishing No No Fishing Fishing No No powered powered boats boats No No Fishing Fishing - this lake has been closed to fishing due to illegal introduction of perch No Ice Fishing; No Ice Fishing; trout/char trout/char daily daily quota quota == 11 (none (none under under 50 50 cm); cm); bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook ∂ Youth/DisabledAccompanied AccompaniedWater Wateryear yearround round(see (seepage page5 5ininthe theProvincial ProvincialRegulations) Regulations) ∂ Youth/Disabled No powered boats No powered boats No Fishing downstream of falls approximately 2 km from Columbia River No Fishing downstream of falls approximately 2 km from Columbia River Brook trout daily quota = 20 Brook trout daily quota = 20 Trout/char release; bait ban; Class II water when open, including tributaries Trout/char release; bait ban; Class II water when open, including tributaries No powered boats No powered boats EXEMPT from single barbless hooks EXEMPT from single barbless hooks EXEMPT from the Apr 1-June 14 closure EXEMPT from the Apr 1-June 14 closure Bull trout release Bull trout release Northern pike daily quota = unlimited, yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Northern pike daily quota = unlimited, yellow perch daily quota = unlimited Upstream of Waneta Dam, bass daily quota = 8 Upstream of Waneta Dam, bass daily quota = 8 Downstream of Waneta Dam, bass daily quota = unlimited Downstream of Waneta Dam, bass daily quota = unlimited INCLUDES tributaries of the reservoirs behind Waneta Dam and Seven Mile Dam INCLUDES tributaries of the reservoirs behind Waneta Dam and Seven Mile Dam Bull trout release Bull trout release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Cutthroat trout and bull trout release; brook trout daily quota = 20 Cutthroat trout and bull trout release; brook trout daily quota = 20 Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Class II water when/where open, including tributaries Trout daily quota = 2 Trout daily quota = 2 No Fishing No Fishing No Fishing south of fishing boundary signs posted on the lakeshore, May 15-June 20 No Fishing south of fishing boundary signs posted on the lakeshore, May 15-June 20 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2, brook trout daily quota = 20 Rainbow trout daily quota = 2, brook trout daily quota = 20 No towing, speed restriction (15 km/h), south half only No towing, speed restriction (15 km/h), south half only No Fishing No Fishing Trout/char release Trout/char release Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including all tributaries Class II water when open, including all tributaries See Lake Revelstoke See Lake Revelstoke See Lake Revelstoke’s tributaries See Lake Revelstoke’s tributaries No Fishing No Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; no powered boats 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) 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 Bass daily quota = 8 No Fishing downstream of barrier approximately 1 km upstream of the Hwy #23 Bridge No Fishing downstream of barrier approximately 1 km upstream of the Hwy #23 Bridge Burbot release Burbot release Trout/char release Trout/char release Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) on all tributaries, June 15-Oct 31, see tables for exceptions Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) on all tributaries, June 15-Oct 31, see tables for exceptions Bait ban∑ Bait ban∑ Class II water when open, including tributaries (except Joseph Creek) Class II water when open, including tributaries (except Joseph Creek)

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EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTIONS TO TO THE THE REGIONAL REGIONAL REGULATIONS REGULATIONS Kokanee Kokanee daily daily quota quota == 5; 5; NOTE: NOTE: The The combined combined daily daily quota quota for for kokanee kokanee from from Upper Upper Arrow Arrow Lake Lake (including (including “the “the drawdown drawdown area”; area”; see see Upper Upper Arrow Arrow Lake) Lake) and and Lower Lower Arrow Arrow Lake Lake cannot cannot exceed exceed 55 Bull trout release Bull trout release No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; trout/char trout/char daily daily quota quota == 2; 2; bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook; hook; no no powered powered boats boats Electric motors only Electric motors only Bass Bass daily daily quota quota == 8; 8; yellow yellow perch perch daily daily quota quota == unlimited unlimited Trout/char release downstream downstream of of Premier Premier Lake Lake bridge bridge crossing, crossing, June June 1515- Oct Oct 31 31 Trout/char release Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm) between Premier Lake Lake bridge bridge crossing crossing and and Mutton Mutton Creek, Creek, June June 15-Oct 15-Oct 31 31 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 30 cm) between Premier Bait Bait ban ban downstream downstream of of Mutton Mutton Creek, Creek, June June 15-Mar 15-Mar 31 31 No No Fishing Fishing No No Ice Ice Fishing; Fishing; trout/char trout/char daily daily quota quota == 11 (none (none under under 50 50 cm); cm); bait bait ban, ban, single single barbless barbless hook hook Unnamed Unnamed lake lake approximately approximately 750 750 m m south south of of Mitten Mitten Lake Lake See See Kinbasket Kinbasket Lake Lake Trout/char release, June June 15-Mar 15-Mar 31 31 and and bait bait ban, ban, June June 15-Oct 15-Oct 31 31 Trout/char release, Class Class II II water water when when open, open, including including tributaries tributaries

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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 SLOCAN LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES SLOCAN RIVER∑

4-15 4-17 4-17 4-17

SNOW CREEK SNOWSHOE LAKE SOWERBY (“Grundy”) LAKE “SPRING” LAKE

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

STEAMBOAT LAKE SULLIVAN RIVER∑ SUMMER LAKE

SUZANNE LAKE TIE LAKE TONKAWATLA (Tum Tum) CREEK TOPAZ LAKE TROUT LAKE

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REGION 4 - Kootenay WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS

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REGION 4

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries UPPER ARROW LAKE 4-31 4-32

UPPER ARROW LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES UPPER ELK LAKE UPPER HALGRAVE LAKE π VALENCIENNES RIVER WANETA RESERVOIR WANETA RESERVOIR’S TRIBUTARIES WASA LAKE WHATSHAN RIVER∑ WHITE RIVER∑ ∏ See also East White and North White Rivers

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS “The drawdown area”, that water known as either Upper Arrow Lake or Columbia River (depending on the reservoir’s level), located between the power line crossing approximately 300 m upstream of the Illecillewaet River confluence and the power line crossing at Akolkolex Narrows (approximately 1.5 km downstream of the Akolkolex River confluence): trout/char daily quota = 2 (no bull trout under 60 cm and only 1 bull trout over 60 cm) 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 Bull trout release No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats Trout/char daily quota = 2; electric motors only No Fishing See Pend d’Oreille River See Pend d’Oreille River’s tributaries Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No Fishing upstream of Whatshan Lake Upstream of and including North White River; trout/char release Bull trout release on all parts, Sept 1-Oct 31 Trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 30 cm) downstream of North White River, June 15-Oct 31 Bait ban on all parts, June 15-Oct 31 Class II water when open, including tributaries No Fishing Dec 1- Dec 26 Trout daily quota = 2; single hook; no towing No Fishing EXCEPT the outlet stream downstream of the falls 2.4 km downstream of Whiteswan Lake, no fishing Aug 1-Mar 31, rainbow trout daily quota = 5 (release all other species) when open No Ice Fishing; rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); brook trout daily quota = 20 Bait ban, single barbless hook No towing No Fishing

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

No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Yellow perch daily quota = unlimited No Fishing downstream of Burkitt Creek Burbot release; bass daily quota = 8 No Fishing No Fishing within Hamber Provincial Park, Sept 1-Nov 30 No Fishing downstream of falls at small hydro structure approximately 800 m upstream of Hwy #31 bridge

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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 BC V2G 4T1

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

Conservation Officer Service Please call 1-877-952-7277 for recorded information or to make an appointment: at any of the following Field Offices: Bella Coola, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Williams Lake

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REGION 5 - Cariboo REGIONAL REGULATIONS

TABLE LEGEND REGION 5 DAILY QUOTAS

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 and other streams listed in the tables. Single barbless hook: must be used in all streams of Region 5, all year.

Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs 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

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

Burbot: 5

Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you 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.

Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) 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

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Kokanee: 5 (none from streams)

Bass: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING

CANIM LAKE NO FISHING ZONE

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

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. A Non-Resident Alien (see definition, page 96) 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 50) 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 upstream 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: DEAN RIVER DRAW Fish and Wildlife Branch PO Box 9363 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9M2 Phone: 250-387-9589

POSSESSION QUOTAS Possession quotas = 2 daily quotas (see tables for exceptions)

DAILY & ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations.

NOTICE TO ANGLERS STEELHEAD MANAGEMENT CHANGES In response to declining abundance of Fraser Basin steelhead, steelhead fisheries within the Chilcotin River Watershed may be closed.

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Protégeons ensemble l’environnement 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. Les agents Environnement et changement climatique 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. 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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FRESHWATER RAINBOW TROUT

Radiating rows of spots on tail

Small black spots mostly restricted to above the lateral line

(Char)

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

White leading edges on lower fins

(Char)

No worm-like markings on dorsal fin

Head does not dominate body

Whitish to pinkish spots, largest spots smaller than pupil

White leading edges on lower fins 1

(Char)

WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT TROUT

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

Adipose fin with spots

(Char)

Red spots with blue halos

Pinkish-orange paired fins edged in white

Tail with few or no spots

STEELHEAD

Worm-like markings on back and dorsal fin

ARCTIC GRAYLING Fork length 50 cm or more

Long dorsal fin (more than 17 rays)

No teeth in throat at back of tongue 1

1

KOKANEE

WHITEFISH Large scales

No distinct black spots on sides

Long anal fin (13 or more rays)

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Adipose fin

Teeth weakly developed or absent

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2

BURBOT

CHINOOK SALMON Black mouth, black gums

Two dorsal fins

Round spots on both lobes of tail

Single barbel 2

COHO SALMON

Single anal fin

White mouth (possible black edge), white gums, black tongue

A few round spots on upper lobe only

Dorsal fin set far back

Long flattened snout 2

PINK SALMON

WALLEYE

White mouth, black gums

Large oval spots

Tiny scales

Dirty white belly in fresh water 2

CHUM SALMON

Spiny anterior dorsal fin

Sharp, fang-like teeth

White corner on lower half of tail

YELLOW PERCH

Purple streaks or bars in fresh water

No spots

Spiny anterior dorsal fin

Six to nine dark vertical bars

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

NORTHERN PIKE

No fang-like teeth Paired fins amber to bright orange 2

SOCKEYE SALMON

No spots

1

WHITE STURGEON

Mouth extends to front edge of pupil

2. © F. Tony Pletcher, courtesy of Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Small black speckles

SMALLMOUTH BASS

11 to 14 dorsal spines

Barbels

Sides usually with small white spots

Jaw extends to about middle of eye

ANY SPECIES INTO B.C.'S LAKES OR STREAMS SEE PAGE 84

Three short spines on anal fin

1© Tony Pletcher

Large scales

BLACK CRAPPIE

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ABBOTT LAKE π 5-2 ABUNTLET LAKE 5-12 “AGNUS” LAKE 5-6 ALEXIS LAKE 5-13 ATNARKO/BELLA COOLA RIVERS∑∏ 5-6 EXCEPT: Burnt Bridge Creek 5-8 upstream of Sitkatapa Creek, Hunlen 5-11 Creek upstream of Hunlen Falls, and Young Creek upstream of Highway 20. (See separate entries for these three waters)

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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 approximately 1 km north of Miner Lake Electric motors only No Fishing upstream of Tweedsmuir Park plus Tenas Lake, Apr 1-June 30 No Fishing from Tenas Lake to fishing boundary signs near Atnarko Provincial Park 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 downstream of eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Park, Sept 1- May 15 No angling from powered boats on mainstems of Atnarko River and 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 downstream of 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 No Fishing upstream of Pinnacle Provincial Park, Apr 1-June 30 and downstream of Park, May 1-May 31 ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) downstream of 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 No Fishing for bass Includes: Beaver, Chambers, Joan, McCauley, Opheim, and Roberts lakes, Lake George, and the unnamed lake known locally as “Rye” lake No Fishing for bass See Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers∑ Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook

5-15 5-13 5-13 5-2 5-15 5-2 5-2 5-2 5-16 5-16

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QUESNEL LAKE COUNTRY

REGION 5

BEAVER LAKE BELLA COOLA RIVER∑ BIG LAKE (approx. 10 km west of π 100 Mile House) BIG LAKE (approx. 30 km west of Likely) BISHOP (“Brown”) LAKE “BLACKWATER” RIVER BLUE LAKE (Soda Creek area) π BLUE LEAD CREEK “BLUFF” LAKE BOAR LAKE (Dog Creek drainage) π BOOTJACK LAKE BOWRON LAKE BOWRON LAKE Park waters other than Bowron Lake “BROWN” LAKE BUNTING LAKE BURNT BRIDGE CREEK ∏ (upstream of Sitkatapa Creek)∑

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Trout/char release; bait ban Bull trout release No Fishing for bass No Fishing upstream of Chilko River, Apr 1-June 30 No Fishing downstream of Chilko River, Oct 1-June 10 No trout/char under 30 cm downstream of Chilko River No hooks greater than 15mm from point to shank, Oct 1-May 31; bait ban No angling from powered boats Downstream of 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) CHILKO LAKE 5-4 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) CHILKO LAKE’S tributary streams 5-4 No Fishing Aug 1-June 30 Dolly Varden (bull trout) release CHILKO RIVER ∏ 5-5 No Fishing Nov 1-June 10 Trout/char release; bait ban Flyfishing only upstream of Brittany Creek No angling from powered boats upstream of bridge at Henry’s Crossing, Sept 11-Sept 30; speed restriction (5 km/h) on part Class II water upstream of Brittany Creek∑, June 11-Oct 31 (Steelhead Stamp not required) CHIMNEY CREEK 5-2 Open all year downstream of Brunson Lake CHIPMUNK LAKE 6-1 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook CHRISTOPHER LAKE (Canim L. area) 5-15 Trout daily quota = 2 CHUCKWALLA RIVER ∏ 5-7 No Fishing entire river, June 1-Aug 31; No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted at Ten Mile Pool Class II water∑ Apr 1-May 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Apr 1-May 31 COHEN LAKE 5-6 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook COOK LAKE (Solomon Lake area) π 5-2 No Ice Fishing; trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban CRAG CREEK 5-9 No Fishing CRAZY BEAR (Ginny) LAKE 5-6 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook “CRUISE” LAKE 5-6 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approximately 500 m south of Stewart Lake CUTTHROAT LAKE 5-11 Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook DAVIDSON LAKE 5-6 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook DEAN RIVER ∏ 5-9 No Fishing upstream of Iltasyuko River*, including upstream of Anahim Lake*, Apr 1-June 14 No Fishing from Iltasyuko River to Crag Creek∑ No Fishing from Crag Creek to fishing boundary signs approximately 500 m upstream of canyon∑, Oct 1-May 31 No Fishing from fishing boundary signs approximately 500 m upstream of canyon to signs 100 m downstream of canyon No Fishing from fisihing boundary signs approximately 100 m downstream of 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 fishing boundary signs approximately 500 m upstream of canyon, July 15-Sept 30 No powered boats between signs 0.5 km and 3.5 km upstream of canyon, Aug 1-Aug 31 From Crag Creek to signs 500 m upstream of the canyon∑: Class I water June 1-Sept 30 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory June 1-Sept 30; see map downstream of (Non-residents see notice on page 48)) From signs 100 m downstream of 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 downstream of); Steelhead Stamp not required NOTE: ”canyon” means lower canyon 3-5 km from river’s mouth DECEPTION LAKE 5-15 Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook DEWAR LAKE π 5-2 WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! “DOG” LAKE π 5-2 No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approximately 6 km S/SW of the confluence of Dog and Pigeon creeks DONNELY LAKE π 5-1 No Ice Fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook; no powered boats DRAGON LAKE π 5-2 No Fishing southeast of a line between fishing boundary signs posted on opposite shores of the bay at the mouth of Hallis Creek, Apr 1-May 31 Trout daily quota = 1 FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.

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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 Electric motors only Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) No Ice Fishing Trout/char 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 Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Trout daily quota = 2 Bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing Apr 1-June 30 No Fishing Nov 1-May 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 Downstream of 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 No Fishing for bass 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 (none under 50 cm); bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approximately 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

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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

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HOWARD LAKE HUNLEN CREEK (upstream of Hunlen Falls)∑

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REGION 5 - Cariboo WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries LAKE GEORGE 5-2 LEMON LAKE (in Gibbons Creek 5-2 drainage) LITTLE ALEXIS LAKE 5-13 “LITTLE BISHOP” LAKE (approximately 5-13 1.7 km NE of Bishop Lake) LITTLE CHARLOTTE LAKE 5-6 LITTLE HORSEFLY RIVER 5-2 “LITTLE JONES” LAKE π 5-2 MAUD LAKE MAYDOE LAKE MCCAULEY LAKE MCCLINCHY LAKE MCKINLEY CREEK MCNEIL LAKE MERIDIAN LAKE MIDDLE LAKE MITCHELL LAKE MITCHELL RIVER∑

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MOFFAT CREEK MOREHEAD LAKE NAGLICO LAKE NEKITE RIVER∑ NIMPO LAKE ONE LAKE 108 MILE LAKE OPHEIM LAKE OWEN LAKE PADDY LAKE PATENAUDE LAKE PEACH LAKE PETTRY LAKE “PIGEON LAKE #1”

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing for bass 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 approximately 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 No Fishing for bass Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Trout/char release downstream of McKinley Lake; bait ban Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2 No Fishing within 100 m radius of the weir at the lake’s outlet No Fishing within 100 m radius of the weir at the outlet of Michell Lake No Fishing 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 downstream of 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 Trout daily quota = 8 Electric motors only Electric motors only No Fishing for bass Do NOT approach or disturb White Pelicans, an endangered species protected by law. See note on page 47 in this section. Trout daily quota = 2 No Ice Fishing; trout/char release; bait ban; single barbless hook 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, approximately 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 fishing boundary signs posted 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 Lake trout daily quota = 5 (any size); Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm); release all bull trout Bait ban, barbless hook No Fishing from 50 m upstream of Likely bridge to 50 m downstream of Likely bridge No Fishing upstream of Cariboo River, Mar 1-June 15 Trout/char release from the boundary signs approximately 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 No Fishing for bass No Fishing for bass Unnamed lake approximately 1.6 km downstream of Joan Lake No Ice Fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook Unnamed lake approximately 3.2 km south of Le Bourdais Lake No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 1 (none under 50cm); single barbless hook No Ice Fishing; trout daily quota = 1; bait ban, single barbless hook 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 approximately 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 approximately 4 km N of Cone Hill No Ice Fishing; Trout daily quota = 1; bait ban; single barbless hook; no powered boats Unnamed lake approximately 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

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.


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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS 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 No Fishing No Fishing 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 approximatelyimately 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 No Fishing for steelhead Bait ban Downstream of Highway 20: see Atnarko/Bella Coola Rivers∑

habitat for many important freshwater and saltwater salmon species including Kokanee, Sockeye, Chinook and Coho, as well as large sized Rainbow and Bull Trout. The damage of one large wake in these rivers can kill extensive numbers of fry and/or eggs in just one pass, resulting in extremely reduced future runs. Please help assure we have great fishing for future generations and avoid sensitive rivers with jet boats. A Message from

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Wake ALERT!- Boating through or near sensitive shallow stream habitats can cause large wakes and bottom pressure. Surveys conducted in these rivers of the Cariboo have shown that juvenile fish are dying in large numbers from being washed up and stranded on sandbars and mud flats. The source of the disturbance is 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 smother incubating eggs and fish food sources with sediment, increasing the mortality of incubating eggs. The Horsefly, Mitchell, Chilco, Chilcotin and Quesnel Rivers, and their tributaries, provide critical spawning, rearing and foraging

REGION 5

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/regulations/.

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REGION 6 - Skeena 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 REGION66- -Skeena Skeena REGIONAL REGULATIONS REGIONAL REGULATIONS

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS NO FISHING: in any stream in the watersheds of the Skeena River upstream of Cedarvale or Nass River upstream of Kitsault Bridge, Jan. 1 to June 15 (NOTE: Nass River mainstem is EXEMPT and Skeena River mainstem upstream of 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.

REGION 6 DAILY QUOTAS

(See tables for exceptions) Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs Arctic grayling: 3 Burbot: 5 Inconnu: 1 Kokanee: 10 (none from streams) Northern pike: 5 Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) White sturgeon: CLOSED TO ALL FISHING Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm (quota includes hatchery steelhead) • 3 Dolly Varden/bull trout and/or lake trout combined • 1 trout from streams July 1-Oct 31

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

DAILY AND ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON

Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4

ANNUAL QUOTAS

Annual quota for all B.C.: 10 hatchery steelhead per licence year. Steelhead fishing: Your basic licence must be validated with a Steelhead Conservation Surcharge Stamp if you 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. Meziadin Lake Bull Trout $100 Reward Tagging Program Even if releasing the fish, anglers should clip off ALL tags (contrary to the preferred practice on other waters) and return them with capture information to the Region 6 Fish & Wildlife Office in Smithers.

π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) ∏ 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 Smithers: (250) 847-2312 New Aiyansh: (250) 633-2408 North Coast (Prince Rupert): (250) 627-3499 Whitehorse (MU’s 6-19 to 6-29) (867) 393-6722

REGION REGION 66

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

REPORT TAGGED FISH Please report all tagged fish captured in the Skeena Region (except salmon) to the Regional Fish and Wildlife office in Smithers at 1-800-663-7867. Report information should include fish species, tag color and number, date and location of capture. Please leave name and contact information for a possible reward and to receive fish details.

And you must release: • all Dolly Varden/bull trout from streams all year • Trout under 30 cm from any stream • Trout of any size from streams Nov 1-June 30 • Lake trout from Fraser and Skeena watersheds, Sept. 15 to Nov. 30 • all wild steelhead

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REGION 6 - Skeena WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ALDRICH LAKE 6-9 ATLIN LAKE 6-25 6-27

CASEY LAKE CHESLATTA LAKE

6-4 6-4

CHESLATTA RIVER (downstream of falls) CHILKOOT TRAIL NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK WATERS CHIPMUNK LAKE COPPER RIVER CRANBERRY RIVER

6-4 6-28

No Fishing. Please contact Parks Canada for details (see page 11 in the Provincial Regulations)

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6-3

Trout daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook See Zymoetz River No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted upstream of and downstream of 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∑ No Fishing 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 release Electric motors only No Fishing 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 For the area at the outlet of François Lake described on map 1, page 59: No Fishing Nov 15-May 31; char daily quota = 2, no more than 1 over 50 cm; rainbow trout release; Bait ban; single barbless hook; no set lining

BABINE LAKE

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

(When angling within Babine River Corridor Park anglers must abide by posted Park specific rules)

REGION 6

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS 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 No Fishing 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 61); Regional stream regulations apply. Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens 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 63) No Fishing between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 100 m upstream of and 80 m downstream of the adult fish counting fence, located approximately 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 61) Fly fishing only (a) from the Fort Babine bridge downstream to signs posted 100 m upstream of the adult fish counting fence (including Nilkitkwa Lake), during open times and (b) from signs about 80 m downstream of the adult fish counting fence to Nichyeskwa Creek, June 16-Sept 30 Bait ban No angling from boats downstream of adult fish counting fence; location of fence as 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 63) No Ice Fishing; trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing 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. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Bennett Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling. 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 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 See Suskwa River and Telkwa River No Fishing upstream of 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 and 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

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

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No Fishing May 1-June 15 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 No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary signs posted downstream of lower culvert near fish cannery in Prince Rupert Includes “Oldfield” Creek No Fishing northwest of a line between fishing boundary signs posted 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) No Fishing 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 No Fishing No powered boats No Fishing Bait ban, June 1-Oct 15 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens 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 No Fishing on the West half of river between fishing boundary signs near Kitimat Hatchery outfall Hatchery steelhead daily quota = 1; hatchery steelhead monthly quota = 10; Note: province-wide hatchery steelhead annual quota = 10 When you have caught and 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 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year∑; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31∑ Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays from the outlet of Kitsumkalum Lake to Glacier Creek confluence all year (See map 3 page 63) Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Sundays for the entire river all year Class II water all year∑; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Aug 7 - May 31 Bait ban Jan 1-June 15 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban, Sept 1-Dec 31 Class II water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 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

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REGION 6 - Skeena WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries KSI SGASGINIST CREEK (formerly 6-15 Seaskinnish Creek) KSI SII AKS RIVER (formerly Tseax River) 6-14 KSI X’ANMAS RIVER∑ (formerly ∏ 6-14 Kwinamass River) KWINAGEESE RIVER∑ ∏ 6-30 KWINAMASS RIVER∑ LACHMACH RIVER LAIDLAW LAKE

REGION 6

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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LEAN-TO CREEK MAXAN LAKE MCDONNEL LAKE MCQUEEN CREEK∑ MEZIADIN RIVER∑ MORICE RIVER∑

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EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS No Fishing July 1-Sept 15 No Fishing upstream of Nass Road bridge, Aug 1-Dec 31 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 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 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. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Laidlaw Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling Release rainbow trout over 50 cm Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens 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 63) 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 downstream of Lakelse River logging road bridge Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-May 31 No Fishing Lake trout release Release rainbow trout over 50 cm See Hevenor Creek Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 1 - Oct 31 No Fishing from fishing boundary signs posted 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. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Morley Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling 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 No Fishing 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 “Rainbow Alley” is open for fishing all year (see also Babine River) (See map 2 page 61) No Fishing Nov 15-June 30

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries OGSTON LAKE 6-6 “OLDFIELD” CREEK OWEEGEE LAKE PETTRY LAKE PINKUT CREEK PRUDHOMME LAKE (South of the Hwy 16 Bridge) RANCHERIA RIVER’S TRIBUTARIES

6-14 6-16 6-1 6-6 6-14 6-25

SQUIRREL LAKE

6-9 6-15 6-9 6-9 6-9 6-15 6-9 6-8 6-10

6-1

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6-9 6-4 7-12

SUSKWA (Bear) RIVER∑

6-8

SUSTUT LAKES SUSTUT RIVER∑

6-18 6-18

SWIFT RIVER∑

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No Ice Fishing Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing; see Hays Creek Release rainbow trout over 50 cm 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. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of the Rancheria River including tributary streams but not lakes, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling. 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 Waters within 3 white fishing boundary signs located at the confluence of the Skeena and Kispiox rivers Bait ban; no angling from boats There are two separate Class II waters on the Skeena River (non-residents and non-resident aliens require separate licences describing which section they are fishing): (a) from Exchamsiks River to 1.5 km upstream of Kitsumkalum River (known as "Skeena River 2"), July 1-Sept 30; and (b) upstream of 1.5 km upstream of 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 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens 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 63), and (b) Chimdemash Creek confluence to 1.5 km upstream of Zymoetz River confluence, July 1 - Dec 31, (See map 6 page 63) Trout daily quota = 2 Bait ban, single barbless hook Open all year; trout daily quota = 1 (no minimum size) No Fishing Nov 15-May 31; Class II water∑ when open (Steelhead Stamp not required) Rainbow trout release Fly fishing only between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 250 m and 4 km downstream of the bridge near the François Lake outlet No powered boats from François Lake to the falls See restrictions for François Lake’s outlet area Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Saturdays and Sundays, all year Bait ban Class I water all year; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 No Fishing No Fishing upstream of 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. B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of the Swift River including tributary streams but not lakes, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling.

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REGION 6 - Skeena WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries TAGISH LAKE 6-27

TAHLTAN RIVER∑ TAKYSIE LAKE

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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6-2 6-1 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 B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Tagish Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling No Fishing Dec 1-June 30 No Fishing northwest of a line between fishing boundary signs posted on opposite shores immediately north of Takysie Lake Settlement, Mar 1-May 31 No Fishing between Tatsamenie Lake and Tatsatua Creek, including tributaries, 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 Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens Sept 1 - Oct 31 Bait ban, Aug 1-Dec 31 Class II water Sept 1-Oct 31 and Steelhead Stamp mandatory Sept 1-Oct 31 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 B.C. and Yukon angling licences are valid on all parts of Teslin Lake, but only one daily quota may be retained regardless of which side of the border the fish were angled, and anglers must follow tackle restrictions and other regulations for the jurisdiction where angling 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 approximately 6.25 km S/SE of Yellow Moose Lake and approximately 6.25 km W/SW of Chedakuz Arm Rainbow trout daily quota = 1 (none over 50 cm) Trout daily quota = 1; artificial fly only, bait ban For regulations on the mainstem of the West Road River, see Region 5 No Fishing from McDonell Lake downstream approximately 3 km to posted fishing boundary signs No Fishing between posted fishing boundary signs in Zymoetz Canyon No Fishing upstream of fishing boundary sign at the transmission line crossing (located downstream of Zymoetz Canyon), Jan 1-June 15 Bait ban Upstream of Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River A): Class I water Jul 24 - Dec 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - Dec 31; Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - Dec 31 Downstream of Limonite Creek (Zymoetz River B): Class II water Jul 24 - May 31; Steelhead Stamp mandatory Jul 24 - May 31; Angling prohibited for non-guided non-resident aliens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Jul 24 - May 31

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.

SKEENA QUALITY WATERS STRATEGY Steelhead Regulations

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 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 • Times and zones where only Canadians are permitted to angle and non-guided non-resident aliens are restricted • 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 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).

REGION 7A

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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.

OMINECA WHITE STURGEON

TABLE LEGEND

REGION ZONE A DAILY QUOTAS (See tables for exceptions) Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs 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)

White sturgeon from the Nechako, Stuart and the Upper Fraser watersheds have been listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). It is illegal to fish for, kill, harm, or harass white sturgeon in the Omineca Region. Recovery actions have been underway since 2006; more than 15,000 juvenile sturgeon have now been released into the Nechako River to help rebuild this critically endangered population. Habitat research is progressing with the release of more the 250,000 larval sturgeon in 2008 to help understand habitat needs and how to restore rearing areas for this critical life stage. Help from the public will also be necessary for recovery and the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative requests that you report date and location of all sightings or incidental captures, particularly in the Upper Nechako, Fraser Lake and Stuart/Takla Watersheds. If you observe or accidentally catch a sturgeon please call the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations at 250-565-6135, or go to either of these web sites: www.nechakowhitesturgeon.org or www.env.gov.bc.ca/omineca/esd/faw/sturgeon

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DAILY AND ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON

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

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REGION 7A

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

CLUCULZ LAKE CROOKED RIVER

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 No Fishing 500 m upstream and downstream of the Thorn Creek confluence No Fishing 500 m upstream and downstream of the Kemess Creek confluence No powered boats Exempt from Spring Closure and from bait ban ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (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 downstream of fishing boundary 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 No Fishing within a 500 m radius of the Davis Forest Service Road bridge. See Davis River No Fishing No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines No Fishing 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 upstream of Cottonwood River No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release Exempt from Spring Closure downstream of fishing boundary signs near its mouth Electric motors only No Fishing upstream of the Macleod Creek confluence, including Macleod Creek∑, 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 14) apply. New restrictions are highlighted in blue. Check for any in-season changes at: www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/.

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REGION 7A - Omineca WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries HEDRICK LAKE 7-18 HOBSON LAKE

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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HUMPHREY LAKE

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

KWITZIL LAKE LA SALLE LAKES LITTLE LOST LAKE

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7-5 7-28 7-16 7-4 7-24 7-15

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7-30 7-27

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7-12 7-7

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7-30

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7-13 7-30 7-12

NESS LAKE NULKI LAKE OPATCHO LAKE

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7-16

PARSNIP RIVER PINCHI LAKE PINKERTON LAKE

7-23 7-25 7-7

PORTAGE LAKE

7-16

PTARMIGAN CREEK PURVIS LAKE

7-5 7-28

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 No Fishing from Attichka Creek to a point 500 m upstream No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; not set lines 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 approximately 300 m downstream of Tomas Lake No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines Electric motors only Rainbow trout daily quota = 2 Most southeasterly of two unamed lakes (“Mackenzie #1 West” and “Mackenzie #2 East”), located approximately 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) ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Exempt from Spring Closure and from bait ban Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Rainbow trout release; bait ban, single barbless hook; unamed lake located approximately 7.5 km S/SE of Mt. Milligan EXEMPT from bait ban; ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water year round (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 fishing boundary signs approximately 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 fishing boundary signs approximately 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 fishing boundary 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 67 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 No Fishing from falls to quarry bridge No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no set lines

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries SALMON RIVER 7-15 SHANDY LAKE 7-5 SHERE LAKE 7-4 SLENDER LAKE 7-6 SLIM LAKE 7-5 SQUARE LAKE π 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

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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 downstream of 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 67 in this section, and definition of “stream mouth” on page 96 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

“SQUAW” LAKE STALK LAKES STELLAKO RIVER

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7-16 7-39 7-12

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7-6 7-15 7-2

TACHEEDA LAKES (North and South)

7-16

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7-39 7-28

TEBBUTT LAKE THORN CREEK TOMAS LAKE

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YELLOWHEAD LAKE

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

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REGION 7A

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/regulations/.

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

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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 No Fishing Nov 15-May 31; Class II water∑ when open (Steelhead Stamp not required) Rainbow trout release Fly fishing only between fishing boundary signs posted approximately 250 m and 4 km downstream of 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 No Fishing from upstream side of weir to CNR bridge in Valemount No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Lake trout release; no 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 No Fishing 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.

Report All Poachers and Polluters Conservation Officer 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) Cellular Dial #7277 Please refer to page 94 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.

REGION ZONE B DAILY QUOTAS

TABLE LEGEND See the following tables for exceptions and additional regulations on specific waters. π Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) ∑ Including tributaries

(See tables for exceptions) Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs

Inconnu: 1 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 Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Yellow perch: 5

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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

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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)

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REGION 7B - Peace WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ANDY BAILEY (Jackfish) LAKE 7-48 BEATTIE LAKE 7-57 BELCOURT LAKE BOOT LAKE BOULDER LAKE BURNT RIVER∑ CAMERON LAKES CARBON LAKE

π π

CECIL LAKE CECILIA CREEK CECILIA LAKE

REGION 7B

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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 Downstream of W.A.C. Bennett Dam) FERN LAKE

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

GETHING CREEK∑ GWILLIM LAKE HALFWAY RIVER HEART LAKE

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

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7-34

7-42

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7-31 7-19

KAKWA RIVER LETAIN LAKE

7-19 7-52

LIARD RIVER WATERSHED (see map on page 72) 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

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7-32 7-20 7-52

ROBB LAKE SIMPSON LAKE

7-57 7-31

SOUTH CAMERON LAKE

7-31

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 No Fishing 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 No Fishing Trout/char release; bait ban, single barbless hook No Fishing 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 No Fishing 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 fishing boundary signs 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! No Fishing No Fishing Nov 1-Apr 30 Trout/char daily quota = 2 (none under 40 cm) No Fishing No Fishing within 100 m of fishing boundary 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 and streams, Aug 15-Oct 15 Bull trout daily and possession quotas = 1 (none under 30 cm or over 50 cm) from all lakes and streams, Oct 16-Aug 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 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 72 in this section Kokanee daily quota = 4 Arctic grayling EXEMPT from the May 1-June 30 release No Fishing between Peace Canyon Dam and Hwy #29 bridge No Fishing from mouth of Halfway River to fishing 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 fishing boundary sign at outlet, May 15-July 31 Rainbow trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook Bull trout daily quota = 1 (any size) 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

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.

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WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries STEWART LAKE π 7-32 STONY LAKE 7-19 SUNDANCE LAKE π 7-32 SWAN LAKE 7-20 TUPPER RIVER 7-20 WAPITI LAKE WILLISTON LAKE (in Zone B)

7-19 7-31 7-36

WOLVERINE LAKE

7-52

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Walleye daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm) No Fishing within 100 m downstream of outlet weir at Swan Lake Walleye release Bait ban, single barbless hook No rainbow trout under 30 cm See mercury warning page 67 in Region 7A, and definition of “stream mouth” on page 96 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 fishing boundary sign at outlet, May 15-July 31 Rainbow trout daily and possession quotas = 2 (none over 50 cm); bait ban, single hook

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/regulations/.

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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)

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REGION 8 - Okanagan REGIONAL REGULATIONS

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

Youth Ice Fishing Events Over the last several years, the Okanagan Fisheries Management team has worked collaboratively with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, and a number of local fish and game clubs, to deliver ice fishing events for youth. These events are designed to teach youth in our communities about the techniques, ethical practices, and conservation principles of angling. They are also a promotion of healthy outdoor recreation, in a community and family oriented setting. Over the past three years these events have been a huge success with more than 400 youth from the Okanagan region participating each year. Early engagement of youth is crucial in establishing the next generation of anglers that will champion and protect the freshwater fisheries resources of British Columbia.

Streams include rivers, creeks and sloughs

TABLE LEGEND

Trout/char: 5, but not more than • 1 over 50 cm • 4 from streams (only 2 over 30 cm) And you may retain: 20 Brook trout from streams And you must release: Bull trout (Dolly Varden) from streams

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

Kokanee: 5 (none from streams) Whitefish: 15 (all species combined) Bass: 8 (largemouth & smallmouth combined) Burbot: 2 Yellow perch: 20 Walleye: 8 Crappie: 20 Crayfish: 25

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

Stocked Lake (not all stocked lakes listed, see p. 87) Including tributaries Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water

DAILY AND ANNUAL QUOTAS FOR SALMON Please refer to the NOTICE on page 4 for Salmon Regulations (including Osoyoos Lake sockeye fishery enquiries)

Okanagan Lake Rainbow Trout Reward Tag Program

CONSERVATION OFFICER 24 HOUR HOTLINE 1-877-952-7277

Invasive Yellow Perch

REGION 8

Invasive Fish Species in the Okanagan One of the greatest threats to fisheries resources in British Columbia is the impact of invasive fish species. The most common of these species in the Okanagan valley are: π Yellow Perch π Small Mouth Bass π Large Mouth Bass π Carp These fish can have devastating effects on both the wild and hatchery origin fish that support recreational angling opportunities, and pose serious conservation concerns for our native fish species. Although it is strictly prohibited to transport or release live fish in provincial waters, illegal introductions are the primary cause of invasive fish species continuing to expand their range in British Columbia. Every angler, resident, and visitor to our province is asked to do their part by reporting the presence of invasive fish in Okanagan waters and any activities associated with illegal transport or release of these fish.

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

The Okanagan Fisheries Management Section has initiated a project to assess the current stock status of rainbow trout in Okanagan Lake. Anecdotal reports indicate that this fishery is experiencing declines in angler catch rate and fish size. A complete understanding of the current stock is critical in implementing management strategies to improve and protect the future of the Okanagan Lake fishery. Anglers are being asked to assist in this project by reporting the catch of any tagged rainbow trout and may be eligible for a cash reward. For both harvested and released fish, the reward tag must be cut free and returned to fisheries management in order to claim your reward.

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REGION 8 - Okanagan WATER-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries ALARIC LAKE 8-7 ALLEYNE LAKE π 8-6 ASHNOLA RIVER 8-3 ASP (China) CREEK 8-5 BAIRD LAKE π 8-25 BIGHORN RESERVOIR (Lakeview 8-11 Irrigation District) “BLUEY LAKE POTHOLES” 8-6 BUCK LAKE BURNELL (Sawmill) LAKE

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8-6 8-1

BUTLER LAKE (east of Allison Lake)

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8-6

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8-6

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2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

CHAPMAN LAKE CHRISTINA LAKE

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8-8 8-15

CHUTE LAKE CLIFFORD (Cliff) LAKE

π

8-9 8-5

CONKLE LAKE CROOKED LAKES DEE LAKE DEER LAKE DOBBIN LAKE DRY LAKE EASTMERE LAKE

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8-12 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-11 8-5 8-8

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8-14 8-8 8-14

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8-10

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π π

8-10 8-6 8-26

GARNET LAKE GARRISON LAKES

π π

8-8 8-5

GOOSE LAKE GRANBY RIVER

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8-5 8-15

EHOLT CREEK ENEAS CREEK FIVE O’CLOCK LAKE (approximately 800 m SE of Cup Lake)

GRANBY RIVER’S tributaries HAGGKVIST LAKE HALL ROAD (MISSION) POND HAYNES LAKE HEADWATER LAKE #1 HIDDEN LAKE HYDRAULIC LAKE IDLEBACK LAKE ISLAHT (Horseshoe) LAKE ISLAND LAKE JACKPINE LAKE JEWEL CREEK JEWEL LAKE JOHNNY LAKE

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8-15 8-24

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8-10 8-10 8-8 8-25 8-10 8-12

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8-11 8-10 8-11 8-14 8-14 8-5

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS 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 No Fishing Includes all unnamed lakes within 2 km of Bluey Lake (except Bluey Lake itself and Kentucky Lake) 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 = 2 Bait ban No Ice Fishing 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 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 Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) No Ice Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bait ban Motorized vehicle closure. Walk-in access only. See sign at trailhead. Exempt from Spring Closure Exempt from Spring Closure No Ice Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bait ban No Ice Fishing Artificial fly only, bait ban No Ice Fishing; trout/char release; artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only Trout/char daily quota = 2 Engine power restriction - electric motors only WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! Electric motors only; WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration! No Ice Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban Electric motors only Upstream of Burrell Creek: 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; rainbow trout release Bait ban No Ice Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban Trout daily quota = 1; ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water May 1-Jun 15 (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp); this lake is part of McCulloch Reservoir Engine power restriction - 7.5 kw (10 hp) 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 approximately 1.5 km to posted fishing boundary signs Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) and speed restriction (8 km/h) Electric motors only

FISH OUT OF WATER! Taking a fish out of water can harm fish. If you plan on releasing the fish you catch make every effort to keep it in the water.


WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries KALAMALKA LAKE 8-22

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS

OKANAGAN RIVER OXBOWS

8-1

OSOYOOS LAKE

8-1

OSPREY LAKE π PEACHLAND CREEK POWERS CREEK RICKEY LAKE (unnamed lake located about 300 m south of Thalia Lake) ROBERTSON LAKE π ROSEMOND LAKE ROSE VALLEY RESERVOIR π (Lakeview Irrigation District) SANDNER CREEK SATURDAY LAKE SAWMILL LAKE π SHANNON LAKE (netted off portion on the south end of the lake) SHORTS CREEK SHUSWAP RIVER

8-6 8-8 8-11 8-5 8-5 8-26 8-11

Electric motors only No powered boats south of the CPR bridge Electric motors only

8-15 8-6 8-1 8-11

SILVER LAKE SIMILKAMEEN RIVER

8-8 8-2

No Fishing Electric motors only See Burnell Lake Trout daily quota = 1; ∂ Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water May 1-Jun 15 (see page 5 in the Provincial Regulations) No Fishing from Westside Road Bridge to Okanagan Lake No Fishing from Mara Lake upstream to Mara Bridge No Fishing 50 m upstream and 50 m downstream of Trinity Bridge, Jun 15-Nov 15 Rainbow trout/char release; exempt from spring closure from Mara Bridge upstream to Sugar Lake Upstream of Sugar Lake: Bait ban; No fishing Sept 1-Oct 31 Electric motors only Rainbow trout release between Hwy #3 bridge at Princeton and Hwy #3 bridge 31 km downstream of Princeton Bait ban, Apr 1-Oct 31; exempt from Spring Closure

8-6 8-6

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π

8-14 8-6

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8-5

8-14 8-15

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8-11 8-5

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8-6

8-6 8-11 8-10

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8-10 8-24

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8-26 8-6 8-10 8-15 8-10 8-10 8-10 8-10

8-11 8-26

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8-1

KENTUCKY LAKE π KENTUCKY SE POTHOLE π (unnamed lake located about 50 m east of Kentucky Lake) KETTLE RIVER

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

OKANAGAN RIVER

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 Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bait ban Exempt from Spring Closure No Fishing July 25-Aug 25; bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31 Rainbow trout release year round 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 = 2; bait ban Electric motors only No Ice Fishing Trout/char release Artifical fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook, Electric motors only No Ice Fishing Trout/char daily quota = 2 Bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No Ice Fishing; trout daily quota = 2; bait ban No Ice Fishing Trout/char release Artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook Electric motors only No Fishing south of a line between fishing boundary signs posted on the lakeshore approximately 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 downstream of falls situated approximately 4 km upstream of Christina Lake No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban 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 Oct 1-Nov 15; Exempt from Spring Closure from Okanagan Lake dam downstream to McIntyre Dam and downstream of Drop Structure No. 1 (located about 1 km upstream of Osoyoos Lake) Rainbow trout release; No powered boats These isolated oxbows adjacent to Okanagan River downstream of the McIntyre Dam and upstream of Vaseux Lake are EXEMPT from the Spring Closure Kokanee daily quota = 5 (none over 30cm from July 1 to October 31) Barbless hook July 1-Oct.31 Speed restriction on parts, no vessels or no powered boats in 5 signed swimming areas Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) No Fishing from Hardy Falls to Okanagan Lake No Fishing downstream of Highway 97 Bridge to Okanagan Lake Electric motors only

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REGION 8

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

WATER BODY - MANAGEMENT UNIT ∑Includes Tributaries SITKUM CREEK 8-23 SKAHA LAKE 8-9 SOUTH LAKE 8-10

100

SPUKUNNE LAKE

π

8-6

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π π

8-21 8-5 8-23 8-6 8-6 8-5 8-8 8-8 8-8

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TROUT LAKE TUGULNUIT LAKE TULAMEEN RIVER

8-8 8-1 8-5

TWIN LAKES π UNNAMED LAKES (located immed. north and south of Bluey Lake) VASEUX LAKE (including two lagoons on the west side of Okanagan River upstream of McIntyre Dam) VINSON LAKE π

8-1 8-6

WAP CREEK

8-24

WEST KETTLE RIVER

8-12

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8-12 8-22

YELLOW LAKE

π

8-1 8-6

8-2

EXCEPTIONS TO THE REGIONAL REGULATIONS 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 No Ice Fishing; bait ban Trout daily quota = 2 Bait ban No Ice Fishing; trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban Electric motors only Bull trout/Dolly Varden daily quota = 1 (none under 50 cm); single barbless hook Electric motors only See Friday, Saturday and Sunday Lakes Electric motors only Electric motors only No Fishing from Highway 97C to Okanagan Lake No Fishing from the trestle in Trout Creek Canyon to Okanagan Lake Upstream of the trestle exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only Electric motors only Bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31 Exempt from Spring Closure Electric motors only No Fishing Known by Ministry of Forests designations as Lakes 711, 712, 713, 364 and 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 No Fishing downstream of Frog Falls (excluding Wap Lake) Sept 1-June 30 Exempt from Spring Closure upstream of Frog Falls Rainbow trout release No Fishing July 25-Aug 25 Bait ban Apr 1-Oct 31 Exempt from Spring Closure Bait Ban No Ice Fishing No Fishing for kokanee Sept 1-Mar 31 Kokanee daily quota = 2, Apr 1-Aug 31 Speed restriction (10 km/h) on parts Engine power restriction - 7.5 kW (10 hp) WARNING! Dangerous thin ice due to aeration

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/regulations/.

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British Columbia’s waters are being threatened by invasive fish species. Nonnative 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 waters, 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.

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FLUCTUATING LAKE & RESERVOIR LEVELS 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 96 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.

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 toll-free at 1-800-267-6687, or visit their website at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/ marinesafety/debs-obs-menu-1362.htm. 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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space and time to do so. It’s illegal to harass wildlife. Pack out your garbage. Old fishing line, litter, fuel and oil damage fish habitat, endanger aquatic life and reduce water quality.

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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.

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.

If you catch a tagged fish please record the following information:

$100 Reward Tagging Program. If you are fishing Comox, Chilco, Quesnel, Meziadin, or Okanagan Lake, be aware that there are reward tags that must be cut off from the fish (retained or released). To collect the reward return the tag to the Fish and Wildlife Office in the region where the fish was captured. Even if releasing the fish on these lakes, anglers should clip off ALL tags (an exception to the preferred standard practice).

1. tag colour and number 2. date and location where caught or found 3. species

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

If you catch a fish with a tag, don’t let the tag influence whether you retain or release the fish. If you release the fish do not remove the tag or transmitter, and do so gently so that it can continue it’s journey and contribute additional information to the study. In the Caribou Region please remove all tags, whether the fish is released of retained.

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 and 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.

Practice 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://www.for.gov.bc.ca/ tasb/SLRP/plan91.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”)

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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: 4 Avoid entering the water downstream of another angler who is already fishing, unless invited to do so. 4 Leave adequate room between the downstream angler and yourself but do not remain stationary. 4 After catching a fish, step out of the line and return to the head of the pool, or start of the line. 4 If you are not sure about the local etiquette, avoid any problems by inquiring about the procedures from anglers already on the water.


Family Fishing Weekend Father’s Day Weekend June 16 – 18, 2017 / June 15 - 17, 2018 B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend is an annual celebration of the great sport of fishing. Residents of British Columbia are encouraged to get together with family and friends during the Father's Day weekend and to have fun. During the weekend in June in which Father’s Day occurs, and the Friday immediately preceding that weekend, the B.C. Government waives the requirement to have a basic freshwater licence only for June 16, 17 and 18, 2017, and June 15, 16, and 17, 2018. A basic freshwater licence permits a person to fish on the tens of thousands of unclassified waters in the province, but does not authorize a person to fish on classified waters, or harvest fish that require a conservation surcharge stamp. Fisheries and Oceans Canada also encourages B.C. residents to try their hand at tidal (saltwater) fishing with free tidal water fishing licence. Each year during the Family

Fishing Weekend there are many popular community events around the province that help people, particularly kids, learn about fishing, fish and conservation in a fun and relaxed environment. More information on these popular events is available at http://www.bcfamilyfishing.com/. During B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend B.C. residents can go fishing within the rules in many of B.C.'s lakes, streams and tidal waters. Annually an estimated 25,000 people go fishing during the Family Fishing Weekend around B.C. and approximately 12,500 of those visit community events. The Family Fishing Weekend has developed into a well liked and much anticipated annual event. Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbours about the benefits of angling and the great opportunities available through the Family Fishing Weekend; we hope to see you and yours on the water.

FRESHWATER FISHERIES RELATED WEBSITES

Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. – www.gofishbc.com For the latest stocking reports and angling tips, to find a Learn to Fish event near you, or for more information on where your freshwater fishing licence dollars go to. Fish Stocking Information – http://gofishbc.com/fish-stockingreports.aspx Refer to this website for the latest freshwater fish releases and information on stocking times throughout the province. Freshwater Fishing Regulations www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/ Visit this website to obtain recent regulation changes Freshwater Salmon Regulations – www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/index-eng.htm Freshwater salmon fishing is under the jurisdiction of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Fish Facts – www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/fishhabitats/fishfactsheets.html National Park Fishing Information – www.pc.gc.ca

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For violations related to tidal recreational fisheries and in-river salmon fisheries, contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at 1-800-465-4336

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The BC Wildlife Federation pays rewards up to $2000 for information leading to the charges of persons who have: violated laws related to the protection of fish, wildlife, or the environment; or damaged the property of companies or individuals who provide access to hunters and anglers.

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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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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 30-year 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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WHIRLING DISEASE Whirling disease poses a serious risk to our fisheries with the potential to drastically reduce trout populations. Physical signs may include: • Deformed body or skull (deformations sometimes cause a whirling swimming pattern). • Dark colouration of the tail area. Mitigate the spread of the disease by: • Clean, drain (pull the plug), and dry gear. • Never move fish (dead or alive) between water bodies. • Fish are safe for human consumption but the carcasses can carry the disease so dispose of unwanted fish parts into the solid waste system. Photo Credit: Dr. Sascha Hallett, Oregon State University

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New Funding Model between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Your Licence Dollars at Work Under an agreement signed between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in 2015, 100% of the revenue generated from fishing licences directly benefits recreational fisheries. Every dollar spent by anglers on licences is invested back into B.C.’s recreational fisheries resource to fund research, conservation and education programs, as well as the provincial stocking program. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation receives 100% of the surcharge revenue collected from angling licence sales to provide grants for fish conservation projects. The funding model enables the Freshwater Fisheries Society and provincial fisheries biologists to collaborate on projects that further improve management and angling opportunities on both stocked and wild fisheries. Projects funded since 2015 include: assessments of

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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. fishing ... means fishing for, catching or attempting to catch fish by any method. 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 their 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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