British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 (SOR/96-137)

Regulations are current to 2016-02-03 and last amended on 2010-05-27. Previous Versions

 No person shall catch and retain in a day a quantity of fish of a species set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, from all non-tidal waters, that exceeds the aggregate daily quota set out in column II of that item.

TABLE

ItemColumn IColumn II
SpeciesAggregate Daily Quota
1Rainbow trout6
2Steelhead1
3Cutthroat trout6
4Brown trout6
5Dolly Varden6
6Lake trout6
7Brook trout6
8Bass4
9Whitefish15
10Arctic grayling3
11Burbot10
12Kokanee25
13Northern pike5
14Walleye8
15White sturgeon1
16Yellow perch20
17Inconnu1
18Black crappie20
19Goldeye10
20Crayfish25

Monthly Quota for Steelhead

 No person shall catch and retain in a month more than two steelhead in any lake or stream.

  • SOR/2002-380, s. 10.

Annual Quotas

 No person shall catch and retain in a year more than

  • (a) 10 steelhead;

  • (b) one white sturgeon;

  • (c) five rainbow trout greater than 50 cm in overall length from the part of Kootenay Lake east of a line between signs posted at Balfour Point and Proctor Lighthouse;

  • (d) five rainbow trout greater than 50 cm in overall length from Shuswap Lake, including Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm and Salmon Arm, Little Shuswap Lake, and the portion of South Thompson River (Little River) between those lakes and Mara Lake; or

  • (e) five Dolly Varden and lake trout greater than 60 cm in overall length, in the aggregate, from Shuswap Lake, including Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm and Salmon Arm, Little Shuswap Lake, and the portion of South Thompson River (Little River) between those lakes and Mara Lake.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 14(F).

Miscellaneous

 No person shall use as bait or possess for that purpose any freshwater invertebrate at a lake.

 Subject to these Regulations, no person shall deposit any substance into the water for the purpose of attracting fish.

Method, Gear and Bait Restrictions

 No person shall fish for any species of fish by a method or with a type of gear or bait set out in column I of an item of the table to this section, in a lake or stream, during the close time set out in column II of that item.

TABLE

CLOSE TIMES FOR FISHING BY METHOD, GEAR AND BAIT

ItemColumn IColumn II
Method, Gear or BaitClose Time
METHOD
1Fly fishingFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
2Angling other than fly fishingFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
3Spear fishingJan. 1 to Dec. 31
4Set lineJan. 1 to Dec. 31
GEAR
5A hook having more than one pointFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
6Barbed hookFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
7A hook having a single point greater than 15 mm from point to shankFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
BAIT
8Natural baitFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31
9Dead fin fish other than roeJan. 1 to Dec. 31
10Live fin fish other than roeJan. 1 to Dec. 31
11A hook or an artificial lureFrom 23:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on Dec. 31

PART VITicketable Offences

Prescribed Offences

 The contravention of a provision of these Regulations set out in column I of an item of Schedule VIII is an offence to which section 79.7 of the Act applies and may be described in tickets in the manner set out in column II of that item.

Fines

 Where proceedings are commenced under section 79.7 of the Act, the amount of the fine for an offence described in column II of an item of Schedule VIII is the amount set out in column III of that item.

 
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