BC Non Resident License Fees

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..........


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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.

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
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.
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


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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.


Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
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,


The Dude Abides
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


Proud to Be Alaskan
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.