Freshwater licences are governed by the province. Youth under the age of 16 do not need to have a licence, although they still need to follow the rules and regulations pertaining to closures, etc. The website for more information on licencing is found at Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management. The other important reference is the Regulations page. This is where you can see what the opening dates for various rivers/bodies of water are, as well as the retention allowances and gear rules.
Saltwater licences are governed by the federal government. Everyone needs to have a licence to fish saltwater, although youth licences are free (however there is a charge for certain tags even on youth licences). Information on saltwater licences can be found at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.
Fishing is a major part of living on the BC Coast and is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family in the great outdoors. Whether in a boat on the ocean, fly fishing in a river or standing on a dock at the lake, being properly prepared for a visit from a local enforcement officer will make the day that much more enjoyable.
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