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Rules, Regulations & Licensing for

Fishing in BC


Halibut and salmon fishing in tidal waters requires a tidal (salt) water fishing license distributed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Anglers who wish to retain any salmon must also purchase a salmon conservation stamp, which is affixed to the tidal water license. Both of which must be purchased prior to fishing.

BC fishing licenses can be purchased at a variety of tackle shops, marine fuel docks, or online for your convenience.

Immediately following a landing of Chinook salmon, an angler must record the retention on their license.

Barbless hooks are required for all salmon fishing.

When you find a salmon with a missing adipose fin, return the head of your salmon to a Salmon Sport Head Recovery Depot near you. Depots in Prince Rupert include Trayling’s Tackle Shop and J & E Tackle.

BC Fishing Regulations: Daily and Possession Limits

  • Chinook 2 a day and 4 in possession
  • Coho, Chum, Pink 4 a day and 8 in possession
  • Total salmon 4 a day and 8 in possession, of which only 2 a day and 4 in possession can be Chinook
  • Halibut 1 a day and 2 in possession
  • Lingcod 3 a day and 6 in possession
  • Rockfish 5 a day and 10 in possession of which only 3 can be Yelloweye
  • Dungeness Crab 6 a day and 12 in possession male only

Book your guided charter with Foggy Point today or contact us to learn more about salmon and halibut fishing regulations and licensing in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada.
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Information Source

DFO Pacific Region Recreation Fishing Website. See DFO site for further information.

To purchase an online saltwater BC fishing license go to: https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm
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