It is illegal to:
- fish for salmon, other finfish or shellfish without a valid licence
- catch and keep salmon without a valid Salmon Conservation Stamp attached to your licence
- possess more than your daily limit or possession limit except for what is at your ordinary residence
- wilfully foul hook or attempt to foul hook any fish except herring, mackerel, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance, Pacific sardine and squid
- fish for salmon, cutthroat trout or steelhead with a barbed hook, including within the tidal portions of any stream (such as the Fraser River and Skeena River)
- angle with a fishing line that has more than one hook, artificial lure
or artificial fly attached except:
- in the tidal waters of the Fraser River, where you can attach two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies to a bar rig
- in tidal waters, where you can attach any number of hooks to a fishing line if using the hooks in combination to hold a single piece of bait
- in tidal waters, where you can attach any number of hooks to a fishing line if fishing for herring, mackerel, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance, Pacific sardine or squid
- use spears to fish for salmon, trout, char, sturgeon, octopus or shellfish other than shrimp
- use gaff hooks in angling except as an aid to landing a fish
- use explosives or chemicals to molest, injure or kill fish
- use snares to catch or attempt to catch any fish, including crab
- use torches or artificial lights while sport fishing except when they are submerged and attached to a fishing line, within 1 m of the fishing hook
- fish with a fixed weight (sinker) greater than 1 kg except on a downrigger line, in which case the fishing line must be attached to the downrigger by a release clip
- leave a fishing line unattended in the water
- angle in a Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA)
- kill, harm, harass, capture or take a species listed as extirpated, endangered or threatened under the Species at Risk Act.
- fail to release with the least amount of harm any fish caught that you may not legally retain; when releasing a fish, you must immediately return it to the water you caught it from
- release live fish into any fish habitat except for fish that you immediately return to the water you caught it from
- trap or pen fish on their spawning ground, or in rivers or streams that lead to spawning grounds
- buy, sell or barter or attempt to buy, sell or barter any fish caught by sport fishing
- possess any fish caught while sport fishing that is not dressed or packed as described on the Packaging and Transporting Your Catch page.
- field can any fish outside of a person's ordinary residence, other than at a registered licensed facility.
Penalties for contravention of the British Columbia Sport Fishing
Regulations include voluntary ticket payments up to $1,000 and possible
seizure and forfeiture of fishing gear and catch, or court-imposed fines
up to $100,000 on first offence and possible court-imposed forfeiture of
fishing gear, catch, vessel or other equipment used in the commission of
an offence. Licences may also be suspended or cancelled.
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