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First the Non-tidal Waters were closed and now they have closed the Tidal Waters as well.

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Subject: FN0738-RECREATIONAL - Salmon - Area 29 - Tidal Waters of the Fraser River - Closed times for all Salmon fishing - August 15, 2013

Effective 23:59 hours Thursday, August 15, 2013 until further notice, fishing
for any salmon species is not permitted in the tidal waters of the Fraser River
(Subareas 29-11 through 29-17).

The tidal waters of the Fraser River are those waters downstream of the CPR
bridge at Mission to the Mouth of the Fraser River and are described in further
detail on the inside cover of the 2013-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide or
online at:

Current run size estimates of Fraser River Summer Run sockeye salmon combined
with record water temperatures in the Fraser River have resulted in no
allowable harvest. The Department's priorities are to ensure that there is
sufficient sockeye returning to the spawning grounds. The Department is
continuing to manage fisheries to minimize sockeye impacts and provide priority
access to First Nations' fishing for food, social and ceremonial purposes.

Recreational fishing opportunities for trout, steelhead and sturgeon and other
non-salmon species remain open in these areas.

Recreational fishing opportunities in the Fraser River for pink and chum salmon
will be announced at a later date.

Variation Order: 2013-372

This reflects a change to the BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement. The on-line
version of this guide will be updated within 24 hours of this notice, please


Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal
waters of British Columbia.

Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye. These fish are
hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the
numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye.

The term "hatchery marked" means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the
adipose fin.

Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the Salmon Sport Head Recovery
program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and
coho salmon. Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for
coast-wide stock assessment. Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program
toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information.

Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all
fin fishing. Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing
information, can be found on the Internet at:

Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation? If so, please call
the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line
at (800) 465-4336.

For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at
1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


Contact DFO Lower Fraser at (604)666-8266.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center - FN0738
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Non tidal is closed as well from Mission CPR bridge to Alexandria bridge.

Yea, the first sentence on my post says that.

Now i see that i just already say this on the DFO website today. I just wanted to let everyone know.
Its kinda sad that it came to this with poor ethics of people., and not being able to identify fish as well. I wonder how long they will keep it going. I'm not against it maybe it needs to go all year.

Sad to say it, but you are right, maybe a full ban for this season will teach some people a lesson.

Kinda surprised they closed the lower too as it is pretty tough to hook sockeye in the lower,even using flossing/snagging methods.Gonna double check the boundaries, but I'm pretty sure you can still fish sandheads .
I'd bet its just for a couple weeks until most of the summer stock makes it through and the pinks show up.

your probably right, they will open it in sept i think. i saw a 100ft to 150ft net running across the river the other day. You have to wonder if thats a big factor, as well as warm water, and the vhs virus.

Net may have been a test set

I would be happy to see a five year ban for everyone on ,commercial and native fisheries..try and get the numbers back.

Prunehead it wasn't in the spots that test fisheries are mapped out on their website. and it was being set by FN so i doubt it is a test net.
And i agree i would like to see that happen 5 yeaers would do wonders to fish in the long run. No commercial, sport, or FN taking any i'm sure if everyone had to there would be no outrage and frustrations blaming other groups. And we could narrow the problem down to what the cause actually is.

Hey guys, is this closure purely for sockeye or is this all types of salmon? Just looked into now and the only closure I saw was for socks


The closure states that you can't fish for all species of Salmon, but once the majority of the sockeye have moved on, they will open for the pinks. They are closing for all salmon, so that there is less chance that sockeye get hooked.

I also would support a total ban if it would do any good. This would have to include commercial ( ocean & river), sports, aboriginal and American. Possible? Not a chance.
Aboriginals selling fish from the Fraser is something that needs to be addressed. I have heard of loads of fish being sold illegally. Can't the fisheries do something about this??? or would this be discrimination.

^Yeah for sure. Not sure about retention though.

The closure is for the fraser river salmon fishery. trout sturgeon and steelhead fishing is open on the fraser still. nothing about any other river has been mentioned in the closure.

i think a total ban on native fisheries would be enough to help.

before you make such a statement you should know what you are talking about. let's not get racist, besides the number of fish caught by natives is small. the problem is the big trawlers, etc up north that fish too close to shore catching fish they are not supposed to, ie salmon.

Mouth of Fraser in richmond open? I was art garlic festival today in richmond (westminster hiway). Saw dude fishing on the gravel river paths.

the Pacific salmon commission upgraded the sockeye run slightly from 2.3mil to 2.4(still very low)
they also bumped pinks from 10 to 14 million.
next meeting is friday so it should be interesting if they open it for the long weekend.Still some sox on the way so they may try to save every one they can
Still CLOSED for salmon fishing

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