BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing Regs & Licence

B.C. Recreational Freshwater Fishing

Click on the image to download a copy of the synopsis. (PDF, 12.2 MB)

Freshwater fishing regulations in B.C.

2021 to 2023 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis: In effect April 1, 2021


Region 1 – Vancouver Island
Region 1 Synopsis Section (PDF, 2.5 MB)

For further information:

Click on image to go to the official website of the Government of British Columbia - Freshwater fishing regulations

All freshwater sport fishing regulations in effect in British Columbia (except for salmon fishing and fishing in National Parks) are published every two years as the Regulations Synopsis. Become familiar with these regulations before going fishing.

In the event that there is a need to change a regulation in-season, the online version of the synopsis will be updated with any changes highlighted in red. You also need to be aware of regional In-Season Regulation Changes.

Go to: 
Regional Synopsis Information and in-season changes

B.C. recreational freshwater Fishing Licence

Before you head out to your favourite fishing spot, make sure that you have your provincial freshwater Fishing Licence.

Licences can be purchased:

Freshwater fishing licences are available in a range of options from single day to annual licences that last all year, from April 1 through March 31st.