Going Fishing? It’s Almost Time to Renew Your Licence

by Geoff McLean on March 20, 2013

Anglers who are living in Victoria BC are checking their gear and getting ready for a new season of sport fishing, are you ready to go fishing?  Don’t forget that your freshwater and tidal water sport fishing licences will expire on March 31st!  You really don’t want to get caught fishing without a licence, the penalties are harsh, you could face:

  • A fine of up to $10,000 or 12 months in prison, or both;
  • Seizure of any fish, equipment, vehicle, or vessel if any fish is found to be illegally caught or held, and
  • You may have your licence revoked for up to a 30-year prohibition period.

There are numerous and complicated rules around where and when you may fish, what sort of gear is allowed, what species, size and in some cases sex of fish (or shellfish) you are permitted to harvest and it is your responsibility to learn the rules and follow them.  Fortunately, there is plenty of information out there if you are unsure about any of the requirements.  You could ask at your local purveyor of outdoor and fishing gear, there are usually knowledgeable fishing experts around, or visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s recreational fishing website page(s).  Keep in mind that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) changes the rules regularly in response to changing conditions so make sure your knowledge is current.

The Greater Victoria area offers a number of opportunities for freshwater fishing (several local lakes are stocked with catchable trout) as well as saltwater fishing for salmon, halibut and several other species of fish.  Sport fishing is one of the many outdoor activities that people who are living in Victoria enjoy year round, due to our mild climate.

 

Geoff McLean

Geoff is an established real estate professional whose years of experience have earned him numerous awards and accolades. He has been one of the top Re/Max Realtors in the Victoria (BC) area since 1990, a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award winner for more than a decade, and has won many other awards over the years. What do these awards mean to you? They mean that Geoff works hard and that he produces consistently. He is well connected in the industry and in the community.

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