Before you go fishing: What you need to know
Start with these five questions:
- Can I go fishing now at this location?
- Is the gear I want to use legal and can I use it the way I want to in order to catch fish?
- What can I catch and retain here and in what amount?
- Do I have my licence and salmon stamp, do I need to record my catch on my licence?
- How do I clean, package and possess my catch so I can legally transport it to my ordinary residence?
You must possess a valid fishing licence
Licences are purchased annually and are good from April 1 to March 30.
- Fishing in tidal waters for salmon?
- Fishing in tidal waters for finfish or shellfish?
- Fishing in freshwater for salmon or other species?
Where are you going?
Discover area-specific regulations that affect your fishing spot by consulting our maps of:
Clicking on the maps will take you to the area pages with specific regulation information including no-fishing zones, salmon limits and openings, and other information.
Fishing in a federal or provincial park? Check here for additional information.
What are the fishing regulations?
- Salmon regulations and gear restrictions
- Area-specific salmon limits, openings and closures
- Salmon ID
Finfish other than salmon
- Finfish species and limits table
- Finfish regulations and gear restrictions
- Area-specific finfish openings and closures
- Finfish ID
- Shellfish species and limits table
- Shellfish sanitary and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP/Red Tide) closures
- Shellfish regulations and gear restrictions
- Shellfish ID
How do I fish responsibly?
Familiarize yourself with responsible fishing and boating practices:
Get a boating licence and practice safety on the water
- Catch a tagged fish?
What to do when you catch a fish with a coded wire or other tag
- Species at Risk
Know the Pacific species at risk and best practices to avoid harvesting them
- Invasive Species
How can I help stop the spread of invasive species?
- Marine Mammal Viewing and Reporting
Best practices for marine mammal encounters and reporting procedures
- Report all violations of the law
How to Observe, Record and Report
- Know and practice good sportfishing ethics and techniques
Code of conduct and catch and release advice
Each time, before you go...
Find out up-to-date changes in limits, openings and closures by
- Checking this website
- Phoning the Fishing Information Line 604-666-2828/1-800-431-3474; or
- Contacting the Fisheries and Oceans office in the area you are going fishing
- Date Modified: