Identify your catch
Sourced from DFO Pacific region
Features of Pacific salmon
|Species||Mouth||Tail||Other distinguishing features||Age at maturity||Freshwater markings|
|Chinook||Dark with black gums; large, sharp teeth||V-shaped, silvery; spots on both lobes||Large spots on back||3 to 7 years||Body turns olive brown to black|
|Chum||White, tongue may be black; large teeth||No spots, silver streaks covering about half of tail; narrow tail base||No spots on back or tail; possible faint vertical bars on silver fish; white tip on anal fin||3 to 5 years||Vertical bands on sides, may be reddish purple on male|
|Coho||White, may have black edge, white gums; sharp, medium sized teeth||Square, silver; some spots, usually on upper lobe; wide tail base||Spots on upper part of body||3 years||Greenish black head, red body|
|Pink salmon||White with black gums; in marine areas, almost no teeth||V-shaped, no silver; large oval spots on both lobes||Large spots on back; smallest species||2 years||Pronounced hump on male|
|Sockeye salmon||White with white gum line; small teeth||Moderately forked; no spots||No spots on back or tail; prominent, glassy eyes||4 to 5 years||Greenish head, red body|
Report all captures of Atlantic salmon to: 1-800-811-6010 (toll-free).
Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Trout – Dolly Varden
Big Skate (Raja binoculata)
English Sole (Parophrys vetulus)
Kelp Greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus)
Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)
Northern Anchovy (Engraulis mordax)
Western Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus)
West Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis)
Canadian Pacific Sanddab (Citharichthys sordidus)
Pacific Sardine (Sardinops sagax)
Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei)
Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria)
Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias)
Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Gear 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