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Rules, Regulations & Licensing for Fishing in BC

All anglers must have a licence to fish tidal (salt) waters in British Columbia. You MUST purchase your licence online before you head out.

Licences are purchased annually and are good from April 1 to March 31.

Licence Fees

Licence type & duration Fee: resident Fee: non-resident
Annual licence, Adult (16-64 years of age)
Annual licence, Senior (65 years of age and over)
Annual licence, Juvenile (under 16 years of age)
5 day licence
3 day licence
1 day licence
Salmon Conservation Stamp (annual)

A Canadian resident is an individual who normally lives in Canada; proof of residency may be requested. A non-resident is anyone who does not live in Canada. All posted licence fees include taxes.


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

Barbless hooks are required for all salmon fishing.

BC Fishing Regulations North Coast: Daily and Possession Limits (subject to change by the DFO)

  • Chinook 2 a day and 4 in possession
  • Coho, Chum, Pink 4 a day and 8 in possession
  • Total possession limit of Salmon is EIGHT (8) of which no more than FOUR (4) can be Chinook/King salmon
  • Halibut 1 a day and 2 in possession (size limits apply)

Possession Limits are twice the Daily Limits for Rockfish and Lingcod as described below.

  • Lingcod 2 a day and 4 in possession
  • Daily limits: Rockfish, all species combined – three (3), only one (1) of
    • which may be a Quillback rockfish, a Tiger rockfish, or a China rockfish.
    • Zero (0) retention for Yelloweye rockfish and Bocaccio rockfish
  • Dungeness Crab 6 a day and 12 in possession male only

Download the App

For Up-To-Date BC Tidal Waters Fishing regulations and limits download this free app for your Android or Apple phone or device.

British Columbia’s tidal (saltwater) sport fishing app, created by the Sport Fishing Institute of BC in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and supported by the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

– GPS locator plus pinch-and-zoom Map to select fishing area.

– Up-to-date official Regulations including information about species, boundary maps, conservation areas, closures, contamination alerts and more.

– Catch Log including size, date and area caught, plus the ability to take photos of your catch and share with your social network.

– Easy-to-use visual Species ID Guide featuring Salmon and other species in B.C.’s tidal waters.

– Display your Tidal Water Sports Fishing Licence associated with your permanent catch log.

Fishing in Prince Rupert, BC

Book your West Coast fishing adventure today or contact us to learn more about our exciting salmon or halibut fishing charters in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.

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