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Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis 2003-2004

All sport fishing regulations in effect in freshwater in British Columbia (except for salmon fishing and fishing in National Parks) are published each spring in the Regulations Synopsis booklet. A copy is also posted on this web site. Anglers should become familiar with these regulations before going fishing. Click on the province-wide regulations first. These are in effect throughout BC.

Province-wide regulations, definitions, and licensing information.pdf
Other Province-wide fisheries information.pdf

Next, turn to the Regional Regulations in effect by clicking on one of the province's eight regions on the map below. Also check the tables presented with each region to see whether any Water-specific Regulations have been adopted for the lake or stream you plan to fish.

Regional Map Region 6Region 7Region 5Region 3Region 4Region 8Region 2Region 1

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During the year, after the synopsis booklet has been published, a small number of important regulation changes may have to be made on specific bodies of water to conserve fish stocks. Please check the list of in-season changes posted here to see whether the lake or stream you plan to fish has been affected. Click on the region of interest. Please also check to see whether any synopsis corrections have been recorded.

In-season regulation changes: those with changes are noted.

Region 1-Vancouver Island - Updated
Region 2-Lower Mainland - Updated
Region 3-Thompson-Nicola - Updated
Region 4-Kootenay - Updated
Region 5-Cariboo- Updated
Region 6-Skeena - Updated
Region 7-Omineca-Peace
Region 8-Okanagan

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Freshwater Salmon Fishing and Regulations

Freshwater Fishing in Parks & Ecological Reserves

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Regulations

Boating Restrictions


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