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Fishing Regulations

This section outlines the Fishing Regulations in British Columbia and provides links to some FAQs. We recommend you refer to this section before fishing in the region.


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 Environment.To purchase a freshwater fishing e-licence visit

Both types of licences can also be purchased at some sporting goods stores and other fishing retailers as well as at most 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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