New freshwater fishing guide now available

The 2019-2021 Freshwater Fishing Synopsis is available online.

The province of B.C. has released the new, updated guide to freshwater fishing which is now available to view online.

Hard copies of the new 2019-2021 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis will soon be available at FrontCounter BC, Service BC and stores that sell tackle and licences.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) explained in a press release that the synopsis is a comprehensive guide to the regulations, policies and practices that guide freshwater fishing in B.C.. The province updates the synopsis every two years and regularly posts updates online.

The synopsis also includes important angling-related articles, including information on catch-and-release best practices, preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species and tips on how to help keep aquatic ecosystems intact and healthy.

Kimberley falls into region four, which has its own regional regulations, aside from provincial regulations, such as classified waters and quotas.

There is no fishing in any stream in the region from April 1 to June 14 and there are often additional closed times and exceptions, which can all be found in the synopsis.

All anglers are required to get a fishing licence and in many cases for region four, a classified waters licence as well. All annual licences are valid for the current year, which starts April 1 and ends the following March 31 (commencing on the date purchased).

READ MORE: FLNRORD proposes changes to B.C.’s fishing regulations

Quick facts:

Freshwater fishing generates almost $1 billion annually towards the provincial economy.

The province collects $10 million each year from license fees. Those funds go directly to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., which supports angling-related research, conservation, education, stocking and improving angler access.

Under the Federal Fisheries Act, the province is responsible for non-salmon freshwater fisheries including sea-run steelhead, trout and char. The federal government is responsible for commercial and recreational fisheries in tidal waters and salmon fisheries.

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