BC Non Resident License Fees

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Robert Engleheart, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Having a fantasy about getting a cheap place in BC to spend some time in Summer/Fall chasing fish. Other than high cost of about everything, can anyone advise on license fees? I presume I'd need an NR Alien fishing license for trout and then daily fees for Steelhead on Classified Waters like the Bulkley, Morice? Seems like that might add up over a season..........
  2. flyfishmt Active Member

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    I just got back from doing a week in the interior and a week on Vancouver island. My numbers might be , but it was cheaper for me to buy an annual NR-alien license than two eight day NR non-tidal permits $80.00 vs 2 X $50.00). The fresh water license is from BC, but if you want to try the salt then you need to buy a Canadian NR license, but they sale them by the day, which I think was $7.00 plus $6.00 for salmon stamp.

    It is a fantasy and the fishing was well worth the price. I can guarantee you that the licenses will be the cheapest part of the trip. Everything was spendy up there, gas food, beer and lodging. I flew to Seattle and drove around in a US rental car. The ferry to the island was about $100.00 each way. Having said that, I would do it again in a minute given the sites and the fishing. All in all, I spent about $2,000 including airfare and rental car. The fishing was fantastic and the people awesome. I cannot speak to any of the special permit areas you mentioned.
  3. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    That actually seems pretty modest for a two week trip...maybe Canada should get back on my "annual places to fish" list. Especially since I can drive myself.
  4. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Looks like it's $40/day for the Classified waters permit, plus the license, conservation stamp etc. No big deal on the one-time fee but the weekend fishing ban & daily fee, that adds up over a couple months....................
    Mebbe just stay closer to home
  5. Salmo_g Active Member

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    An annual non-resident alien license is $80, $50 for an 8-day.

    Then add $60 for a steelhead conservation license, regardless of term of basic license.

    Then add $20/day for classified waters like the Morice, Bulkley, Skeena, Kispiox, Copper, Thompson, and $40/day for the Dean, Babine, and Sustut. There are some non-classified steelhead rivers, but all the well known ones are classified.

    It could get expensive over the season if you have time to fish a lot. And you cannot fish on weekends on most classified waters.

  6. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Sounds like a bargain to fish legendary waters.

  7. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Like anywhere else, the fishing can be good or bad depending on run size and conditions. However I find the manners and lack of nymphers worth the price to fish even with the daily ticket costs. These 2 things make the camping that much better.

    Go Sox,
  8. Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    camping makes it a lot cheaper, and smuggle as much booze and beer as you can cause you'll shit at the cost of a fifth of whiskey
  9. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Good points about the cost of living in BC. Food, gas, beer, and booze make it seem like Oly is a low rent district.
  10. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Candy bar = 3.50?

    Next year I'm making sure I smuggle more beer up...a lot more beer.

    Go Sox,
  11. Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Trying to make it up there next fall. Anyone be interested in doing a small group trip?
  12. Darthmonkey Active Member

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    Sure, what time?
  13. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    To put it in perspective it costs $86 to fish fresh water of Washington for a year (subsidizing a hatchery program) if you are a non res. Also it cost $38 for three days of non res fishing for steelhead on the clearwater (for mostly hatchery fish) $13/day for hatchery fish in Idaho or $20 for native fish in BC.

    I think the choice is clear.
  14. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    ..or beer.
  15. Drifter Active Member

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    Maybe research southern Oregon for that long of a trip.
  16. matthewrich New Member

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    That's a great ideas you, here lots of member have suggest really great deal and even what can be done in the past time. It can become costly as you need to get all the stuff for fishing and if you don't have a license then you also need to get it done.
  17. mdjm66 Member

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    Here is the site to give you all the information you need about the BC Freshwater Fishing licenses.
    How much time are you wanting to spend up here?
    What type of fishing would you like to do?

    Region 6 regs identifies the class of the rivers. PLus I believe you can only get a classified water license for 8 consecutive days and no fishing by non canadians on the weekends between sept 1 and oct 31.

    It would add up for a non-resident alien (US Citizen who resides in the US not Canada).
    $170 for an annual license with a steelhead and salmon tag.
    $40/day for class 1 classified waters
    $20 /day for class 2 classified waters

    I fish a bit down south of the border and it is definitely cheaper to fish in Wa state, but, Oregon is a different story.

    Camping would be your best bet for accomodations.
    Booze is expensive up here, along with gas, but $3.50 for a candy bar?

    Southern Oregon does have some great rivers to fish that time of year as well.