Fishing Licences & Regulations

Who needs a Fishing Licence?

If you are 16 years of age or older you must have a valid basic licence to sport fish for any species of fish in non-tidal waters in BC, and you must purchase 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.

Buying your Freshwater Fishing Licence

You have two options for purchasing your non-tidal/freshwater fishing licence. You can Buy your Freshwater Fishing Licence Online or obtain a licence in person from any licence vendor who offers the service.

Angling Licences and Fees

For information on angling licences and fees, please review the Provincial Government’s Fish and Wildlife Branch website.


Before you head out on the water, be sure to read and understand the Freshwater Fishing Regulations. You can download and print specific regions from the synopsis or obtain a hard copy from a licence vendor.

To download the 2013-2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis (Complete Edition) click here. [PDF 29MB]

To download the 2013-2015 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis by region please use the links below:

Province-wide regulations, definitions, and licensing information [PDF 1.82MB]

Click here to visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website for additional information on Salmon Regulations.