The Land of Hidden Waters is home to thousands of lakes and the Fishing Highway 24 corridor where you’ll find the highest density of fishing resorts and lodges in British Columbia. We have a lake and a style fit for every budget. Looking to do a guided experience? We have many locals who will show you their secret spots, tips, and tricks for casting and catching! Interested in launching your boat and enjoying the slow pace of finding your own fishing hole? We have that too. With so many lakes and rivers to choose from, there are always freshwater fishing gems casting distance away.
No matter what fishing adventure you choose, make sure that you have a valid provincial freshwater Fishing License with you.
Anyone over the age of 16 must carry a licence and be able to produce a paper or electronic copy of it for inspection by a Conservation Officer, Fishery Officer, RCMP constable, Park Ranger in a park, or an Officer under the Wildlife Act. A valid basic licence allows you to fish for most species found in non-tidal waters, however, supplementary licences and stamps must be purchased to fish for conservation species.
When purchasing, you can select from a single day, 8 day or annual license (valid April 1st to March 31st). Prices and licensing requirements vary depending on term, residency, age, if you are a status Indian and discounts are offered to those with disabilities.
You can buy licenses online from Freshwater Fishing E-Licensing or in-person from Licence Vendors.
See the B.C. recreational freshwater Fishing Licence page for more information and key details.
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