Basic Licence

A person who is 16 years of age or older must purchase a Basic Licence to fish in the non-tidal waters (freshwater) of British Columbia.


The Freshwater Fishing Licence does not include fishing in British Columbia's tidal waters. Tidal fishing regulations and licences are under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Federal Government.


Children who are under 16 and a resident of British Columbia may sport fish without any licence or stamp but must abide by the regulations. Children who are under 16 and not a resident of BC may sport fish without any licence or stamp provided they are accompanied by a person 16 years or older who holds the appropriate licences and stamps.


Note: If the angler is an Indian as defined in the Indian Act (Canada) AND a resident of British Columbia, they are not required to obtain any type of fishing licence or stamp to sport fish in non-tidal waters.


An angler may purchase an annual Basic Licence for the current licensing year (April 1st to March 31st), one or more 8-day licences, or one or more 1-day licences.  B.C. Residents who are disabled or over 65 years of age may buy a reduced fee licence.


During the month of March, anglers may also purchase licences for the next licensing year which starts on April 1st.


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