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Fishing Regulations


Separate licences are required for saltwater and freshwater fishing in British Columbia.

Saltwater licences are issued by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.To purchase a recreational fishing licence online or find up-to-date recreational fishing information visit the Recreational Fishing Licence System.

        Freshwater licences are issued by the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.To purchase a freshwater fishing e-licence visit http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/.

          Both types of licences can also be purchased at some sporting goods stores and other fishing retailers as well asmost Service Canada offices throughout British Columbia.

          National Parks: A specific license is required to fish in National Parks and can be purchased at the Park Headquarters at each Park Canada location.

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