British Columbia is home to more than 25,000 lakes and has many thousands of miles of rivers and streams. Also, there is more than 20,000 km of coastline. The abundance of water makes our location the ideal place to fish. Whether you are new to fishing or are an experienced angler, you will enjoy our plentiful fishing options. When you plan to spend time fishing, you will need to purchase a BC fishing license. It is helpful to understand the types of licenses and stamps that you may choose.
What is the Basic BC Fishing License?
The basic BC fishing license is called the Non-Tidal (Freshwater) British Columbia Fishing License. Everyone must obtain a valid license to fish in BC. If you plan to fish in saltwater, you will need to acquire a British Columbia Tidal (Saltwater) Sport Fishing License. You may purchase an annual license, or you may prefer to buy a one day, three days or five day pass. Choose the length of time that you need to cover your entire fishing trip. You must always carry your printed fishing license with you at all times when you are fishing.
Conservation Species License
If you intend to fish for certain species of fish, you must purchase a Conservation Species License in addition to your basic license. This is also referred to as a conservation surcharge. You must buy a conservation species license for each species of fish. You may need a special species license for steelhead trout, non-tidal salmon, Kootenay, lake rainbow trout, Shuswap Lake char, or Shuswap Lake rainbow trout. The conservation surcharge is valid for the entire length of the licensing year, from April 1 through March 31.
Where Can I Purchase a BC Fishing License?
You can purchase your fishing license very easily online. When you buy your BC fishing license online, you will need to print it out and carry it with you. If you prefer, you may purchase your license locally. Wal-Mart, Rona, Canadian Tire, and fishing retailers sell licenses. In Whistler Village, you can buy a license at Whistler Hardware or the Activity Central building. The price is the same, regardless of where you buy the license. There is no charge for a fishing license for anglers who are age 16 or younger. There is a discount for resident senior citizens. The prices are lower for residents than for non-residents. If you are a resident, you must provide proof of residency to obtain the correct pricing.
Guided Fishing Trips
We established Trout Country Fishing Guides in 1977. Today, we offer a wide variety of guided fishing trips with our exceptional anglers. Our team has many years of experience, and we know where to go to get the best fishing experience in BC. We are committed to providing tourists and locals alike with phenomenal fishing. We offer mini-trips, full day trips, group trips, multi-day trips, casting lessons, and classes all year round. Contact Trout Country today to schedule your next fishing experience.