–Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
If you’re going fishing this upcoming Canada Day long weekend, plan ahead! For details on obtaining your fishing licence, see below.
Is your area open to fishing?
Before you get your licence – please note that there are salmon and other fishery closures in effect in numerous areas of BC’s tidal waters. For the latest details on openings and closures in your area:
- A) call 1-866-431-FISH or 604-666-2828 (24-hour phone line); Or
- B) visit our web page In-Season Fishing Decisions 2016; Or
- C) visit our web page to find applicable fishery notices; Or
- D) follow our sport fishing Twitter account
Getting your licence:
You may get your electronically issued licence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our National Recreational Licensing System (NRLS). Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet or by using internet search key words “Recfish Licence”. Once you register, you will also be able to replace a lost licence or purchase future licences through NRLS. In addition you are able to voluntarily record your catch in NRLS for chinook salmon, halibut and lingcod. To obtain your licence through NRLS you will to be able to pay by credit card or by Interac (if supported by your bank). To print your licence your computer must have Adobe Reader and be connected to a printer.
Licences can also be purchased at select public access points; a list of current service locations for Independent Access Providers may be found here.
It is recommended that you contact the applicable Independent Access Provider to confirm the availability of licences prior to departure. If you are a non-resident wishing to fish for halibut in Areas 23, 121, or 123, you must acquire a licence through one of these Independent Access Providers in Canada.
To avoid system delays, the best time to access the National Recreational Licensing System is outside of peak periods. Peak periods are every day from 12-3pm; every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and anytime there is a major fishery opening, such as the Fraser Sockeye opening.
Refunds will not be issued for licences purchased online, so please ensure your licence selection – and date of licence, including the fishing year – is correct before you complete your transaction.
After your fishing trip, please retain your licence and catch details, as you may be contacted for a recreational catch survey.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Or, for assistance accessing your NRLS online account – contact us by
Please contact DFO during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm) by email or phone and please indicate that you are a client in the Pacific Region.