Be sure to have your Tidal Water BC Fishing License with a Salmon Stamp for each person fishing – (you can buy them on-line). Be sure to have your license with you when fishing, or leave Canada, as you may be required to produce it by a Canadian Fisheries Officer, or by a Customs Officer at the border.
Children under 16 years of age require a Tidal Fishing License (which is free), however, a Salmon Stamp must be purchased if salmon are to be retained by the child.
- Steps to obtain licence online
- Obtain Saltwater (Tidal) Licence
- Tidal Fishing Regulations, what you need to know
- Tools: Tide Tables
- Tools: BC and Fisheries 2016 Tides Tables
Respect fish and treat them humanely. Keep fish immersed in water until you identify the species and its size. Help Ministry of Environment look after our fisheries by limiting your catch to your needs and never exceeding the legal limit. “Let them go, let them grow,” and practice “catch and release” when appropriate or required. /more info on Angling Ethics
- Obtain Freshwater (Angling) Licence
- Freshwater Fishing Regulations, website
- BC Sportfishing Regulations for Region 6: Skeena, printed version
- Tools: Real Time Data for Kitimat River
You’ve got your fish – now what?
Labelling Your Container or Cooler
When packaging salmon for guests, lodges and charter operations are to clearly provide the following information on the outside of the transport box.
- the name of angler and fishing licence number; only one name per container.
- the number of fish by species and number of packages. For example, the label on the outside of the cooler should state, in the case of two packaged Chinook or two packaged halibut:
“2 Chinook – 2 packages”, or “2 halibut – 8 packages”
When individuals are transporting or shipping fish they must package their fish separately and only have one name per package. However, they may share a container. It is recommended that the contents (number of fish, species, and number of packages) be listed on the outside of the container to facilitate inspection.
It is recommended that you store and transport your catch in containers and packages intended for food.
- more info on Packaging and Transporting your fish