British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 (SOR/96-137)

Regulations are current to 2019-07-01 and last amended on 2019-03-26. Previous Versions

Application

  •  (1) These Regulations apply in respect of sport fishing in the Canadian fisheries waters of the Pacific Ocean and of the Province.

  • (2) These Regulations do not apply in respect of fishing in waters to which the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations apply.

  • (3) These Regulations do not apply in respect of fishing in the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

  • (4) These Regulations do not apply to fishing and related activities carried out under the authority of a licence issued under the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations.

  • SOR/2002-225, s. 15
  • SOR/2002-380, s. 2

General

 Subject to these Regulations, no person shall molest or injure fish.

Protected Species

 No person shall fish for, or catch and retain, any species of fish set out in the table to this section.

TABLE

ItemSpecies of Fish
1Charlotte unarmored stickleback
2Enos stickleback
3Giant stickleback
4Green sturgeon
5Lake lamprey
6Nooksack dace
7Salish sucker
8Shorthead sculpin
9Speckled dace
10Umatilla dace

Gear Restrictions

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall angle with more than one fishing line

    • (a) in any lake or stream; or

    • (b) for white sturgeon.

  • (2) A person who is alone in a boat may angle with two fishing lines in a lake.

  • SOR/98-545, s. 2
  • SOR/2001-156, s. 2(F)

 No person shall angle with a fishing line to which is attached a weight that is greater than one kilogram.

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4), no person shall angle with a fishing line to which more than one hook, artificial lure or artificial fly is attached.

  • (2) A person may angle in the tidal portion of the Fraser River with two hooks, artificial lures or artificial flies, attached to a fishing line.

  • (3) Subject to subsection (4), a person may angle in tidal waters with any number of hooks attached to a fishing line if the hooks are used in combination to hold a single piece of bait.

  • (4) A person who is angling in tidal waters for herring, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance or squid may use any number of hooks on a fishing line.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 3(F)

 No person shall fish with a dip net unless

  • (a) it is hung on a frame that measures no more than 90 cm in its greatest dimension;

  • (b) the frame is attached to a handle; and

  • (c) the bottom of the dip net is closed to form a bag that is no longer than 1.5 times the greatest dimension of the frame.

Prohibited Methods

  •  (1) No person shall

    • (a) use a light in any manner to attract fish, unless the light is submerged and attached to a fishing line within 1 m of the fish hook;

    • (b) catch or attempt to catch fish with snares; or

    • (c) wilfully foul hook or attempt to foul hook any fish other than herring, northern anchovy, Pacific sand lance and squid.

  • (2) No person who accidentally foul hooks a fish in a lake or stream shall retain the fish.

  • SOR/2001-156, s. 4(F)

Angling from a Vessel

 No person shall angle from a vessel that is equipped with a motor in the waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule II situated in the M.U. set out in column II of that item during the period set out in column III of that item.

 No person shall angle from a vessel in the waters set out in column I of an item of Schedule III situated in the M.U. set out in column II of that item during the period set out in column III of that item.

Possession

  •  (1) No person shall possess more fish of a species, other than halibut, except at the person’s ordinary residence, than twice the daily quota for fish of that species prescribed by these Regulations.

  • (2) No person shall possess more than 3 halibut, except at the person’s ordinary residence.

 No person on board a vessel shall possess any halibut taken by sport fishing if there are any other fish on board the vessel that are destined for sale, trade or barter.

PART IFishing in Tidal Waters

Application

 This Part applies to fishing in tidal waters.

 The definitions in this section apply in this Part.

conservation stamp

conservation stamp means a stamp issued under section 17 that bears the words “salmon conservation/conservation du saumon” and the year for which the conservation stamp is valid. (timbre de conservation)

licence

licence means a tidal waters sport fishing licence issued under section 17. (permis)

Licences and Conservation Stamps

 The Minister may issue a licence or a conservation stamp to a person on request and on payment of the applicable fee set out in the table to this section.

TABLE

Licence and Conservation Stamp Fees

ItemColumn IColumn II
Licence or conservation stampFee ($)
1Licence, resident under 16 years of age, annualNo Charge
2Licence, resident 16 to 64 years of age, annual21.00
3Licence, resident 65 years of age or older, annual11.00
4Licence, resident, five-day16.00
5Licence, resident, three-day11.00
6Licence, resident, one-day5.25
7Licence, non-resident under 16 years of age, annualNo Charge
8Licence, non-resident 16 years of age or older, annual101.00
9Licence, non-resident, five-day31.00
10Licence, non-resident, three-day19.00
11Licence, non-resident, one-day7.00
12Conservation stamp6.00
  • For the purposes of this table, resident means a person who normally resides in Canada.
  • SOR/96-138, s. 1
  • SOR/98-545, s. 3
 
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