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BC's Family Fishing Weekend June 17, 18 and 19

Family Fishing Weekend

Get together with family and friends to celebrate the great tradition of sport fishing! During BC’s Family Fishing Weekend, held each year on Father’s Day weekend, we're offering BC residents and visitors an opportunity to fish for free!

All area closures, fishing limits and restrictions and conditions of a regular license will apply. See the BC Sport Fishing Guide for details. Please learn about when and where you can fish and do your part to conserve and protect BC fisheries.

Family Fishing Weekend licensing requirements

Fishing in fresh waters?

If you're fishing for salmon, you'll need to apply for a free 3 day licence, valid from June 17 to 19 only. In addition, you'll need to purchase a salmon conservation stamp. The BC Government offers a complimentary basic freshwater licence for Family Fishing Weekend.

Fishing in salt waters?

If you're fishing in Canadian Pacific salt waters for any species other than salmon, halibut or lingcod, you don't need a licence to fish on June 17 to 19 only. 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.

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)

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