Information about the Yukon Salmon Conservation Catch Card

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Who needs a Salmon Conservation Catch Card?

All recreational fishers fishing for salmon in the Yukon, including juveniles (individuals under 16 years of age), are required to hold a valid Yukon Angling Licence and a Salmon Conservation Catch Card.

Is there a difference between a Yukon Angling Licence and a Salmon Conservation Catch Card?

Yes. Yukon Angling Licences are issued by the Yukon Government and are required if you are fishing in the Yukon. An angling licence and can be obtained at http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/hunting-fishing-trapping/fishinglicences.php. Any questions related to Yukon Angling Licences should be directed to Yukon Environment.

Salmon Conservation Catch Cards are issued by the Government of Canada and can be obtained at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/licence-permis/index-eng.html. If you want to fish for salmon, both a valid Yukon Angling Licence and a Salmon Conservation Catch Card are required.

What is the difference between a Salmon Conservation Catch Card and a Salmon Conservation Stamp?

A Salmon Conservation Catch Card is required, along with a Yukon Angling Licence, to fish for salmon in the Yukon. A Salmon Conservation Stamp is required, along with the B.C. Sport Fishing licence, to fish for salmon fishing in British Columbia.

What is the cost of purchasing a Salmon Conservation Catch Card?

Licence cost varies based on the age and residency of the fisher.

Salmon Conservation Catch Card fees (PRICE INCLUDES 5 % GST)
Category Yukon Resident Alaska Resident Canadian Resident Non - Resident
Adult annual (16-64 years of age) $10.50 $10.50 $21.00 $52.50
Senior (65+) FREE $10.50 $21.00 $52.50
Minor (Under 16 years of age) FREE FREE FREE FREE
What is the difference between a Yukon resident, Canadian resident and non-resident?

A Yukon resident is someone who ordinarily resides in Yukon.

A Canadian resident is a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant who has resided in Canada for the immediately preceding 12 months.

A non-resident is a person who normally resides outside of Canada and is not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.

What is the period of validity of a Salmon Conservation Catch Card?

Salmon Conservation Catch Cards are valid for a single salmon fishing season. They are valid from the date of purchase (as early as April 1) to November 30 of the same year.

I’m an Alaskan fisher, do I still need a Yukon Angling licence with my Alaskan sport fishing Licence?

Yes, to fish for salmon in the Yukon at the reduced rate, an Alaskan resident must be able to a produce a current Alaska Resident sport fishing licence, and Yukon Angling Licence with proof of I.D.

Is there a concession fee for persons with disabilities or for First Nations people?

No, there is no licence category or concession fee for persons with disabilities nor First Nations people fishing for salmon in the Yukon.

Will there be a fee to use the National Recreational Licensing System portal?

There is no additional fee involved with purchasing a Salmon Conservation Catch Card via the National Recreational Licensing System. Licence holders may buy a licence, print a licence or reprint a lost licence from home without a fee.

Can I go fishing as soon as I’ve printed my licence?

Once you have a printed copy of your Salmon Conservation Catch Card, you can go fishing. Recreational fishers must carry a copy of the Salmon Conservation Catch Card and their Yukon Angling Licence with them when they are fishing for salmon in the Yukon, and they must record immediately every salmon caught, whether retained or released, in the appropriate section of their Salmon Conservation Catch Card. For more details see the Yukon Territory Fishery Regulations.

Can individuals buy a Salmon Conservation Catch Card by telephone?

No. Telephone sales are not available.

Why do I need to submit my catch data?

Prior to the implementation of the Salmon Conservation Catch Card, little is known about the impact of the sport fishery on Yukon salmon stocks. Submitting the catch data helps to fill that information gap and gives Fishery Managers the data they need to better manage the salmon stocks.

How do I submit my catch data?

How your submit your catch data will depend on where you purchased your salmon Conservation Catch Card.

  • If you purchased your Salmon Conservation Catch Card online.
    1. Submit your catch information via NRLS. Login to your National Recreational Licencing account (NRLS).
    2. OR
    3. Mail or drop off to: Fisheries and Oceans Canada 100-419 Range Road Whitehorse, YT Y1A 3V1
  • If you purchased your Salmon Conservation Catch Card through a vendor, there are four ways to return your salmon catch information:
    1. In person at the Whitehorse Fisheries & Oceans office
    2. Mail to: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 100-419 Range Road, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 3V1
    3. Fax to: 867-393-6738
    4. Submit through our online catch card submission
What happens if I don’t submit my catch data?

Submitting your catch card data is a regulatory requirement under the Yukon Territory Fishery Regulations. Failure to comply with any of these regulations is a ticketable offence. As well, anglers who do not return their completed catch cards to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans by November 30 each year may be subject to a fine of $100.00 and it may delay the purchase of a Salmon Conservation Catch Card for the next fishing season.