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Barry's Bait and Tackle

14651 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
Hours: 9AM–5PM Phone: (604) 273-5901

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Local Conditions

Updated: August 19, 2019


Saltwater Chinook season opens Aug 1 until Dec 31, Fraser River opens Dec 31

Courtesy of Barry's Bait and Tackle/Handout photo


Maximum catch 2 Chinook per day

Queen Charlotte and Johnstone Straits
August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day.

Strait of Georgia
August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day.

Please note that the annual fin-fish closure near Cape Mudge on Quadra Island and the Chinook non-retention closures near Harwood, Denman, and Hornby Islands are no longer in effect.

Strait of Georgia - South and Juan de Fuca

North of a line from Owen Point to the Port San Juan Light/Whistle Buoy, then to Woods Nose.

August 1 to August 29
1 Chinook per day
August 30 to December 31
2 Chinook per day

Killer Whales

As per Fishery Notices 0507 and 0696, management measures for Southern Resident Killer.

Fraser River mouth, tidal and non-tidal waters
Fraser River upstream from the Highway Bridge at Mission, BC to the Alexandria Bridge:

Jan. 1 to Aug. 23, No fishing for salmon
Aug. 23 to Dec. 31 Chinook non-retention.



Please refer to FN0657 and FN0652 for further measures on fin-fish closures and chinook non-retention areas in WCVI waters here.


Chilliwack/Vedder River

A few Summer red chinook have been reported spread out throughout the river. Sockeye salmon are in the system but are catch and release only.


Fraser River 

Sturgeon are on the bite once again!! The start of the Eulachon typically starts around early April and will last a few weeks. During this time Eulachon will be the best bait option as they will be the primary food source for Sturgeon. 

There are some good trout and Char opportunities throughout the Winter months in the Fraser river. The Upper Fraser back channels between Chilliwack and Hope can be quite good for Cutthroat trout. These backwater sloughs are sanctuaries for Salmon fry, and baby course fish that the trout prey on. Casting spoons or chucking streamer flies imitating baitfish or attractors will be good options. The Lower/ Tidal portion of the Fraser can be quite productive at times for Sea Run Dollies. Bar fishing with Roe or single eggs or chucking spoons depending on visibility are all good bets.


Now can be a great time to break out the trout gear. Cutthroat, Dollies and Whitefish will be available to target throughout the Winter months.



Baitban lifted Effective November 1st, 2018.
Coho fishing is open.


Salmon fishing has slowed down, there will still be the odd fish coming in but for the most part we are waiting for steelhead. Just a reminder that all steelhead in this system are catch and release.


See more photos of the guys and gals here.



Salmon fishing is slowing down. Trout fishing for Bull's and Rainbows has been quite good.


Summer run Steelhead can be found mainly throughout the canyon reaches of the river.


Stave River

Fair to good numbers of Steelhead can be found from now until early Spring. Trout, Char and Whitefish can also be found in the system. 


Local Lakes

Local lake fishing is heating up as the weather is warming up! all of the urban lakes have been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Como, Lafarge, Green Timbers and Rice lakes hav all been very productive.

Hick's and deer lake in Sasquatch Provincial park are also good lakes to hit up through the Spring and Summer months. Hicks produces Cutthroat, Kokanee and Rainbow trout. Deer lake has a very healthy population of Rainbow trout.


Interior Lakes

Interior lake fishing is now in full swing!! We have already had some excellent reports from the Merritt area.


Vancouver Saltwater Report

June 25, 2019

To purchase a saltwater licence please go here.  



Halibut: Management Measures in Effect Starting April 1, 2019


Coast-wide Open time

Effective April 1, 2019 fishing for halibut will be opened coast-wide until further notice.


Limits and sizes

Effective April 1, 2019 until further notice:

The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm (head-on).


The daily limit for halibut is one (1). The possession limit for halibut is either one (1) halibut measuring 90 cm to 126 cm in length (head-on), OR two (2) halibut, each measuring under 90 cm in length (head-on).


The annual limit is six (6) halibut per licence holder, as set out on the 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.


All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2019/2020 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its head-on length shall immediately be recorded on the licence.



Rockfish and Lingcod: Coast-wide Management Measures Daily Limits and Close Times - In effect starting April 1, 2019 (Outside Waters) and May 1, 2019 (Inside Waters)


Effective April 1, 2019 and May 1, 2019, the following recreational daily limits and close times apply to Rockfish and Lingcod in North and South Coast waters as described. These management measures are required to reduce fishing impacts on rockfish in general and identified species of rockfish.


Possession Limits are twice the Daily Limits for Rockfish and Lingcod as described below.



North Coast - Areas 1 to 10, 101 to 110, 130, 142 – AND - South Coast (Outside waters) - Areas 11, 21 to 27, 111, 123 to 127, Subareas 12-14 and 20-1 to 20-4, and Area 121 (excluding that portion outside the 12 nautical mile limit seaward of a line that begins at 48 degrees 34.00' north latitude and 125 degrees 17.386' west longitude and continues southeasterly at a bearing of 116 degrees 

True to a point at 48 degrees 28.327' north latitude and 125 degrees 01.687' west longitude).

Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – 3, only one (1) of which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish. 

Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish 

Daily limits: Lingcod –2

Open time: April 1 to November 15

Close time: November 16 to March 31



South Coast (Inside waters) - Areas 13 to 19 and Subareas 12-1 to 12-13, 12-15 to 12-48, 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5

Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – 1

Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish 

Daily Limits: Lingcod – 1

Open time: May 1 to September 30

Close time: October 1 to April 30

Area 28 and Subareas 29-1 to 29-4 and 29-6 to 29-17 are closed for Rockfish and Lingcod April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (year round).


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Barry's Bait and Tackle

14651 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
Hours: 9AM–5PM Phone: (604) 273-5901

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Click here for retention limits and up to date notices specific to Region 2 rivers.




Chinook Conservation Measures

To address Chinook conservation concerns, DFO is implementing a precautionary 25-35% reduction in exploitation rates for Chinook stocks of concern to support conservation and promote rebuilding. These additional reductions are planned to address conservation concerns for Nass River, Skeena River and many small wild Chinook populations in Northern BC; and, all Fraser River Chinook populations (including Spring 4(2), Spring 5(2), Summer 5(2), Summer 4(1) and Fall 4(1) (populations) in Southern BC.  


Southern BC Inside Waters

Areas 13 to 18, 28 and 29 and Subareas 19-1 to 19-6 (except those portions listed below):


Effective June 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is one (1) per day in in Areas 13 to 17, 28 and 29 with the exception of those four areas listed below under the headings Strait of Georgia, Pender Island, Juan de Fuca and Fraser River mouth. Terminal fishing opportunities 

at full limits for Chinook may be considered in-season if abundance permits.

Effective October 1, 2018 until further notice, the daily limit for Chinook Salmon is two (2) per day in in Areas 13 to 19, 28 and 29.


Exceptions: Strait of Georgia: 

Note: this measure came into effect on May 7, 2018 as previously announced in FN0370 issued May 7, 2018.

Effective immediately until June 28, 2018 the daily limit for Chinook salmon is two (2) per day, of which only one may be greater than 67 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5.

Effective June 29, 2018 to July 31, 2018 the daily limit is two (2) Chinook salmon per day between both of which must be less than 85 cm in Subareas 18-1, 18-3, 18-6, 18-11, and 19-5. 

Chinook salmon retained in these waters must have a fork length of at least 62 cm.


Pender Island:

Effective June 1 to September 30, 2018 there is no fishing for finfish in Subareas 18-2, 18-4, 18-5 and 18-9.


Click the link below for real time water levels  
For information on the Family Fishing Weekend please go to 
For Fresh water Fishing Regulations go to : 
For great fishing information and stocking information go to : 


Stay tuned as we are planning to have another course in the near future!

Watch for future seminars here.

Please give us a call 604 273 5901 or stop by the store to save your spot





Anchovies dyed in chartreuse Brine 'n Bite fished in Full Metal Jackets behind green and purple onion Hot Spot Flashers have been the hot tickets!

Purple haze and green splatter hoochies, Coyote, Kingfisher and the new Hot Pesca spoons in various colours are good bets as well.


Click the Links Below for Real-Time Water Levels   

For information on the Family Fishing Weekend please go to


For Fresh water Fishing Regulations go to :

For great fishing information and stocking information 

go to  


FishingBC App

The FishingBC app, Apple version is available now with the Android version coming soon. It’s free, and is already providing thousands of anglers with real-time access to regulations and other fishing-friendly features.  Anglers can find species and area specific regulations through map tools which identify their current location and species of interest. Because of how DFO has organized information to be delivered to the app, anglers now have access to virtually everything they need to know on their portable electronic devices. In addition to providing current regulatory information, the Fishing BC app has several other important features:

• It holds an electronic copy of your recreational licence and a permanent record of your catch log;

•It allows photos and entries to be shared by social media or e-mail directly from the app

IF you have an Apple iphone get the app today and in preperation for the coming season.  


A link to the app store here or on the icons below 



DFO Sockeye Openings Hotline 1 604 666 8266 Opt 2

A little history…
It all started with a fridge and a handful of worms. Ivan Berry and his wife Marilyn proved to all that know them, that with a little sweat and perseverance, you can accomplish your dream. In the spring of 1972, Ivan and Marilyn began Berry’s Bait & Tackle, by selling dew worms from their basement. Marilyn recalls donning rubber gloves and flashlights and heading into the night out on their property, located in the heart of Richmond’s farming community, to harvest dew worms. “There’s nothing to it – see a worm, pick it up.” Their children, Mike and Michele, would often tag along to help Mom collect worms. “We had a fridge out on the driveway, with a jar for fishermen to leave their payment – it was an honor system” said Marilyn. “Then, guys started asking if we had any weights or hooks for sale, so we started carrying a small supply of tackle. Before we knew it, our little business had to move from our basement into the garage!

Eventually, the Berry’s perfected how to make a variety of roe bait in addition to packing worms. Soon they were supplying many service stations with all of their bait products. Meanwhile, the store continued to grow. Mike began working in the store, then Len Marshall, who would eventually become a partner in this growing family business. (Many of Berry’s regular customers actually mistake Mike and Len for brothers!) Finally, Michele joined the team to make it a true family business.

Fishing Tales… Ivan and the senior staff make their annual pilgrimage to Rivers Inlet, BC each August in search “Walter”, the mythical spring salmon which run through Rivers Inlet. Base camp is Salmon King Lodge, now returned to it's original name Good Hope Cannery Lodge. Ivan and Marilyn were part owners of this lodge, and Ivan helped transform it into one of the foremost fishing resort lodges in the Province.

Mike and Len make their annual trek to the mighty Thompson River each November in search of the ultimate trophy – Steelhead. They are always more than happy to share their wild tales of triumph and champion with our customers.




Looking Ahead ...
Berry’s Bait & Tackle has grown to become the best stocked sport fishing tackle store in British Columbia.  Located on the site of the original garage, the store now boasts a huge inventory of nearly every kind of tackle and bait imaginable.  Ask anyone who fishes, and they will most likely have heard of Berry’s Bait & Tackle, and likely they will have shopped there – whether it was for their first Snoopy tackle box or their latest Sage rod, all have become the valued customers to whom Berry’s strives to serve.

Looking toward the future, as the business continues to expand and grow, Berry’s is busy building on its existing customer base in British Columbia, and with their new website, globally.




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