BC Sport Fishing Guide

Before you go fishing...

What do you need to know before you head out to fish in BC waters?

Fishing regulations and licence info, species identification, responsible fishing practices and more.

Continue reading: Information you need before you go fishing

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Fishing Licences

A BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required when fishing tidal waters or freshwater salmon in BC. Your licence is available online or through an Independent Access Provider.

Get your licence: Get your fishing licence for BC Tidal Waters

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In-Season Fishing Decisions

Decisions are made to open and close fisheries all year long. These are broadcast via Fishery Notice and include salmon opportunities, red tide updates, and conservation measures. Make sure you have the latest info before you hit the water.

Continue reading: In-Season Fishing Decisions

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Salmon Sport Head Recovery

Is one of your chinook or coho salmon missing its adipose fin?

That fish could be carrying a wealth of information in an implanted coded wire tag. What should you do if you catch a tagged fish?

Find out more: Information about the sport head recovery program

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Unwanted Invaders

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) can be introduced accidentally, intentionally or illegally (unauthorized), and can threaten the environment, economy, and society, including human health.

Continue Reading: Aquatic invasive Species (AIS)

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Want fishing updates by phone?

Call our 24-hour phone line to get red tide and sanitary closure updates, fishery openings and closures, plus other info for your area: 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828.

Subscribe to fishery notices

Set up your account and subscribe to our Fishery Notice System to get updates to your email inbox.

Choose your fishing location

Tidal Water Fishing Areas

Map Icon: Tidal Water Fishing Areas BC

Freshwater Fishing Areas

Map Icon: Freshwater Fishing Regions BC

The BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Guide and Freshwater Salmon Supplement

Download PDF copies of the Guide and the Supplement:

In-season fishing management decisions are not in the pdf version of the guide but can be found on this website by following the maps above.