Effective July 27, anglers along the mainstem of the Skeena River will have the opportunity to reel in more than their usual catch. Fisheries and Oceans Canada regulations now permit anglers to catch and keep up to four Sockeye salmon per day, a substantial change from the previous one per day limit enforced from July 22 to 26.
The increased limit is applicable to the Skeena River’s mainstem waters only, running upstream from the CNR Bridge at Terrace to a point above the confluence with the Babine River.
However, this excludes the Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge. The waters within three white triangular fishing boundary signs located at the confluence with the Kispiox River are also excluded from this ruling.
In addition to the increased Sockeye limits, fishers along the mainstem of the Skeena River are also permitted to catch two Pink fish per day between June 16 and December 31. For those fishing upstream of the CNR Bridge at Terrace, they can now catch four Coho between July 15 and October 15, with a caveat that only two of these may exceed 50 cm in length.
However, the news isn’t all positive. Those fishing the Skeena River mainstem waters near the Kitwanga River mouth, from Mill Creek upstream to the Highway 37 Bridge, are reminded of the year-round ban on salmon fishing between April 1 and March 31.
Anglers are urged to verify the rules and regulations.
Viktor Elias joined the Terrace Standard in April 2023.