B.C.'s Family Fishing Weekend June 16, 17 and 18, 2017

Get together with family and friends to celebrate the great tradition of sport fishing!

During B.C.’s annual Family Fishing Weekend (June 16, 17 and 18), Canadian residents can go fishing in B.C. at no cost. We're offering British Columbians an opportunity to fish without a licence for Father’s Day weekend (see exceptions below).

All area closures, fishing limits and restrictions apply. See the B.C. Sport Fishing Guide for details. Please learn about when and where you can fish and do your part to conserve and protect B.C. fisheries.

The B.C. Government also offers a complimentary three-day basic freshwater licence valid only for Father’s Day weekend.

Family Fishing Weekend licensing requirements

During Family Fishing Weekend you may fish without a licence except under the following circumstances:

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If you want to keep salmon
If you want to keep halibut caught anywhere in British Columbia
If you want to keep lingcod caught in the Strait of Georgia (Areas 12 to 19 and Subareas 20-5 to 20-7 and 29-5)

If you already have a valid tidal waters fishing licence, you must carry it when you are fishing during Family Fishing Weekend. You must also record your catch for the species specified on your licence conditions.

Family Fishing Weekend FAQ

What fishing areas are open during this licence-free weekend?

Please check the B.C. Sport Fishing Guide for detailed information about fishing opportunities. All area closures, fishing limits and restrictions apply.

What tidal water species can be harvested?

The Family Fishing Weekend allows for the harvest of all species that have a fishery opening and have a daily limit as outlined in the B.C. Sport Fishing Guide. Daily, possession and size limits are in effect during this weekend.

Can I fish for salmon in the Fraser River during Family Fishing Weekend?

No, the Fraser River is closed to recreational salmon fishing at this time.

Will recreational fishing rules and regulations be enforced on Family Fishing Weekend?

Our enforcement staff will be enforcing the Fisheries Act and Regulations. All tidal area closures and recreational fishing limits and restrictions still apply.