Tourists visiting Vancouver Island who intend to fish must purchase a fishing license and fish with barbless hooks.

Buy your fishing license online.

1. Every angler who is 16 years of age or older will need to buy a Basic License which allows him or her to fish in BC during a given time period.
A Basic License is required in order to purchase a Conservation Species License and/or a Classified Waters License.

2 Anglers who intend to fish for certain special species must buy a Conservation Species License (also called a Conservation Surcharge) for each species in addition to the Basic License. The special species are Steelhead Trout, Non-Tidal Salmon, Kootenay Lake Rainbow Trout, Shuswap Lake Char, or Shuswap Lake Rainbow Trout. The Conservation Surcharge is valid for the licensing year (April 1st to March 31st)

3 Anglers who intend to fish in one of BCs specially designated trout streams must buy a Classified Waters License in addition to the Basic License. A Classified Waters License allows B.C. Residents to fish on any classified water in the province during the licensing year (April 1st to March 31st). For Non-Residents, the Classified Waters License is sold on a per diem basis and is date and water specific.

4. The fishing license may be purchased from many outlets, shops, kiosks, resorts, but the easiest way to obtain a license is to buy it online HERE.

Tidal Waters Sports Fishing Licence Fees

All annual licences are valid for the current licence year, April 1 – March 31, commencing on date purchased.
Prices subject to change, tax not included
Licence type & duration Fee: resident Fee: non-resident
Annual licence, Adult (16-64 years of age)$22.05$106.05
Annual licence, Senior (65 years of age and over)$11.55$106.05
Annual licence, Juvenile (under 16 years of age)FreeFree
5 day licence$16.80$32.55
3 day licence$11.55$19.95
1 day licence$5.51$7.35
Salmon Conservation Stamp (annual)$6.30$6.30

All licence fees except Annual Licence for the Disabled include a surcharge for the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Prices subject to change, tax not included