Quick Start Guide
For Freshwater Fishing in BC
With thousands of lakes and fishable streams, B.C. offers endless opportunities for you and your friends to have an amazing outdoor adventure. What are you waiting for? Scroll down and start planning your #gofishbc experience.
Step 1: Buy your fishing licence
If you are 16 years or older, you are required to have a freshwater fishing licence. Anglers can purchase an annual, eight-day, or one-day licence online or in-person at select locations.BUY YOUR LICENCE
Step 2: Check the freshwater fishing regulations
Step 3: Gather your fishing gear and head to the lake!
Check out the posts below for more information on essential fishing gear, how to set it up, and inspiration for where to go fishing. No gear? No problem! Loan tackle and rods for free from our Rod Loan locations. Want some hands-on instruction? Check out our Learn to Fish programs.
Where to Fish
Find great places to fish all over B.C. using our interactive map or find inspiration in the blog posts below.
How to Fish
Learn fishing techniques for freshwater fishing.
Identify Your Fish
Learn how to identify popular species targeted by recreational anglers. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC stocks trout, char and kokanee into B.C. lakes.
Some basic tips to get you started. Learn what equipment you need, and how to set it up.