100% of freshwater ﬁshing licence fees go toward making ﬁshing even better.
Under an agreement signed between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in 2015, 100% of the revenue generated from ﬁshing licences directly beneﬁts recreational ﬁsheries. That’s right, every penny goes into research, conservation and education programs, improving angler access and our stocking program. The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation receives 100% of the surcharge revenue collected from angling licence sales to provide grants for ﬁsh conservation projects.
If you are 16 years of age or older you must have a valid basic freshwater ﬁshing licence to sport ﬁsh in non-tidal waters in BC. You must also purchase the appropriate supplementary licences and stamps. If you are under 16 and a resident of BC, you may sport ﬁsh without any licence or stamp but must still abide by the regulations.
You can purchase your non-tidal/freshwater ﬁshing licence online through the government of B.C.’s website or in person from a participating vendor.
For information on angling licences and fees, visit the provincial government’s Fish and Wildlife Branch website.
Please note, if you’re going to ﬁsh in tidal waters, you will need to purchase your tidal waters sport ﬁshing licence through the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.
Be sure to read and understand the Freshwater Fishing Regulations before you go ﬁshing. You can download and print speciﬁc regions from the synopsis or obtain a hard copy from a licence vendor. To download the 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (Complete Edition) click here.
To download the 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis by region please use the links below:
Visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website for more information on salmon regulations.