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Salmon species in the Nanaimo area waters run from early spring to year end. The best months for catching them are April through September.

Identify your catch

Pacific Salmon

Chinook salmon


Chum salmon


Coho salmon


Pink salmon


Sockeye salmon


Features of Pacific salmon

Atlantic salmon alert

Report all captures of Atlantic salmon to: 1-800-811-6010 (toll-free).

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Atlantic salmon


SpeciesIdentifying features
Cutthroat Trout

Trout – Cutthroat

  • Large mouth extends well past eye
  • Teeth in throat, at back of tongue
  • Many spots from front to back
Steelhead Trout

Trout – Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

  • Slender lateral profile
  • Small black spots on back, uniform spots on square tail
  • No teeth in throat, at back of tongue
Dolly Varden Trout

Trout – Dolly Varden

  • Small head
  • Oval, snakelike body
  • White leading edges on low

Salmon Identification

Chinook Salmon





Chum Salmon





Coho Salmon





Pink Salmon





Sockeye Salmon










Atlantic Salmon Alert !






In tidal waters

  • Barbless hooks are required for all salmon and sea-run trout fishing. Treble barbless hooks are acceptable in most areas; however, single barbless hooks are required in many tidal areas of coastal rivers and in areas requiring special management measures.
  • If you pinch a barbed hook, the barb must be crimped flat against the shaft. Partially crimped barbs are not allowed.
  • In tidal waters, there’s no limit to the number of fishing rods you can use. In rivers and streams, including the tidal waters of the Fraser River, there’s a limit of one rod per angler.
  • It is illegal to angle with a fishing line that has more than one hook, artificial lure or artificial fly attached except:
    • in the tidal waters of the Fraser River, where you can attach two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies to a bar rig.
    • in tidal waters, where you can attach any number of hooks to a fishing line if using the hooks in combination to hold a single piece of bait and if they’re not arranged so as to catch more than one fish. This does not apply in areas restricted to the use of only one single barbless hook.
  • It is illegal to fish with a fixed weight (sinker) greater than 1 kg except on a downrigger line, in which case the fishing line must be attached to the downrigger by a release clip.
  • It is illegal to sport fish with nets, including dip nets, minnow nets, gillnets or cast nets.


Watershed Watch Salmon Society

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Source: Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Salmon in B.C. Face Serious Issues For Survival

Are you curious about what is done to protect our Salmon fish species? Find answers and learn what the Watershed Watch Salmon Society are doing. They are a good advocate for the Salmon fish species in trouble. 

Through-out the province of British Columbia, wild Salmon struggle to overcome infection and disease and parasite’s. People and nature are responsible for the management in Salmon stocks.

Over-fishing by commercial vessels, and the growth in recreational fishing, are part of the reasons some salmon runs have declined. 

Watershed watch are doing a good work to bring us the facts. Disasters in our oceans and pollution in our waters, all have damaged and hurt the Salmon runs.

Watershed watch communicate with the officials. They open dialogue to create or find solutions to protecting the existing salmon.  Farm fishing sounds like a potential disaster for all wild salmon stocks. The scientists say farmed fishing is spreading diseases which infects our main food fish species.