Looking for a Canadian fishing license? Want to know about all the different types of fishing license available? Read our guide for more information on choosing the right license for you…
Whether you’re planning to fish for cod, halibut or salmon in Canada, you’ll need a Canadian fishing license to ensure that your prized catch is legal. To indulge in your fishing hobby, you should be aware that a fishing license is mandatory and to prevent indiscriminate fishing of Canadian marine life. Fishing licenses are available on an annual, daily, weekly or monthly basis. Assess your fishing needs before you make a commitment to get a fishing license.
The Canadian fishing license is a tag that is issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the province in which you intend to angle. You won’t be able to use a British Columbian license in Quebec as the provincial licenses are not inter-changeable. The rates for the license changes each year and you can update yourself with the most current rates at the relevant government website.
Canadian Non-Resident Fishing License
If you’re resident outside Canada and you’re intending to fish in the province of Ontario, then you require a Canadian fishing license for non-residents. You are required by law to purchase a fishing license if you’re above 18 years of age. The Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario will issue you with both a fishing license and an Outdoors Card. This card is critical to identify you and also for government administrative purposes. Your fishing license tag and Outdoors Card can be purchased at one of more than 1,800 centers located throughout Ontario. Most bait dealers and sports goods stores will stock these, which are available for a fee for immediate validity.
You can purchase a Canadian fishing license over the phone with a credit card. The cost of a one day sport fishing license is 15 Canadian dollars. A one year sport fishing license is available for 61 Canadian dollars. For 23.50 Canadian dollars you can obtain a seven day conservation fishing license. The license tag is necessary even if you’re fishing for recreation and throwing the fish back into the water. As long as you’re angling in Canada, you’ll need the license to be on the right side of the law.
Ensure that you’re equipped with a Canadian fishing license if you plan to fish for halibut and salmon in Canadian waters. Non-Canadian residents have to get an Outdoors Card in addition to the license.