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British Columbia Fishing Regulations
Depending upon where you intend to fish you will either need a freshwater or a saltwater fising licence.One licence does not entitle you to fish anywhere in BC.
Saltwater licences are issued by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Freshwater licences are issued by the provincial Ministry of the Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch. You can purchase either type of licence at sporting goods stores and other fishing retailers as well as most Government Agents' offices throughout the province.
You will need a specific licence to fish in a National Park which can be purchased at the Park Headquarters at each Park site.
Fishing Licence Requirements in the Province of British Columbia
Recreational Freshwater Fishing
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 (including salmon).
you must purchase appropriate supplementary licences and stamps.
you must carry your licence while sport fishing and, if asked, produce it for inspection by a Conservation Officier, Fishery Officer, RCMP constable, Park RAnger in a park, or an Officer under the Wildlife Act.
basic and supplementary licences and stamps are not valid in National Parks.
For complete information about British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Regualtions and licencing visit their website using this Nanaimo Info LINK.
B.C. Freshwater Fishing E-Licence
You can purchase and pay online for a Freshwater Fishing Licence for recreational purposes.This does not include a licence for fishing in B.C. coastal tidal waters (saltwater) which is under the authority of the Federal government.
In order to buy your Freshwater Fishing licnce online you will need an internet connection, a printer, compatible web browser, turn off pop up blockers, Adobe reader, credit card number and an Angler Number. The last item will be issued to you if this is your first time purchasing online.
To learn more about buying your Freshwater Fishing E-Licence visit their website using this Nanaimo Info LINK.