Fishing Licence

  

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  • EVERYONE needs a licence to fish in BC
  • Licences are different for saltwater (tidal) and freshwater fishing
  • You can buy electronic or paper licences
  • You can have only one licence at a time
  • The cost varies by your age, and by length of time the licence is valid

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No matter who you are, where you fish, when you fish, how you fish or what you’re fishing for, you must be able to show a valid, signed licence when asked by conservation officers or other officials.
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Fishing licences and regulations are different for Tidal/Saltwater (ocean) and Freshwater (lakes, rivers and streams). The difference between saltwater and freshwater may seem obvious, but be sure you know where the boundaries are. Some very popular areas – like big sections of the Fraser and Pitt Rivers – are actually classified as Tidal. You can find maps and more here
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The easiest way to get your licence is online, from the Canadian government. But you will also need to print a paper copy of your “electronic” licence, and keep it with you when you are fishing or transporting your catch. You must sign the licence and record your catch, in ink, on the back of it to prove that you haven’t exceeded the allowable limits for some species like Chinook salmon, Lingcod and Halibut.

NOTE: Only Canadian residents can use an “electronic” licence to fish for Halibut.

You can also purchase pre-printed licences in person, at locations like tackle shops, sporting goods stores and fishing lodges. But keep in mind that BC is a big place, and not every region has a convenient place to buy a licence in person, when you need it. Independent vendors may also charge an additional fee. A list of authorized providers is located at Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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Replacement licences are available for free from the government’s website. Independent vendors can also provide a replacement copy, but may charge a fee. Remember that it’s illegal to have more than one licence, so transfer any catch records from a damaged licence to a replacement one, then destroy the old licence.
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Annual licences valid from the date issued until the following March 31st. The information below may not be current. Please visit <> for current fees and available licences.

TYPE CANADIAN RESIDENTS NON-RESIDENTS
1-Day Licence $5.51 $7.35
3-Day Licence $11.55 $19.95
5-Day Licence $16.80 $32.55
Annual Licence, Adult

(Age 16-64)

$22.05 $106.05
Annual Licence, Senior

(Age 65+)

$11.55 $106.05
Annual Licence, Juvenile*

(Age Under 16)

FREE FREE
Salmon Conservation Stamp** $6.30 $6.30
  • Children under 16 can fish for free in BC’s Tidal waters, but still require a licence.
  • Annual Salmon Conservation Stamp must be affixed to any licence, in order to keep any Pacific Salmon catch.

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Annual licences valid from the date issued until the following March 31st. The information below may not be current. Please visit http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/licences/ for current fees and available licences.

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TYPE BC RESIDENTS CANADIAN RESIDENTS (NON-BC) NON-RESIDENTS
1-Day Angling Licence $10 $20 $20
8-Day Angling Licence $20 $36 $50
Annual Angling Licence $36 $55 $80
Annual Licence for Age 65 Plus $5 ** **
Annual Licence for Disabled* $1 ** **
Children Under 16** FREE FREE FREE
Conservation Surcharges*** Variable Variable Variable
  • All licence fees except Annual Licence for the Disabled includes a surcharge for the habitat Conservation Trust Fund
  • Children under 16 can fish for free in BC’s Non-Tidal waters, but regulations apply. Learn more
  • Freshwater angling in BC carries various, additional surcharges and fees. Learn more

** Fee reduction not available

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