For someone who doesn't know the area, purchasing a recreational Alberta fishing license, special walleye licence applications, or undersubscribed special walleye licenses online at albertarelm.com or at one of over 300 private license issuers is an easy way to find out where and when you can fish.
If you are under the age of 16 or a resident of Alberta who is 65 years old or older, you do not need a Sportfishing Licence to use a rod and reel; however, you must follow Alberta's sportfishing laws.
For more information on the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous citizens regarding fishing, please go to Alberta's website at https://www.alberta.ca/indigenous-hunting-and-fishing-in-alberta.aspx
All anglers must first obtain an active Wildlife Identification Number (WiN) before purchasing a recreational fishing license or filling out a draw. A one-time $8.00 charge is required to activate the WiN card (plus tax). When your current WiN card expires, you must pay the one-time fee in order to activate it. Your WiN never expires once it has been activated, and no renewals are necessary!
When sportfishing or transporting fish, a valid licence is required at all times.
The AlbertaRelm APP is the only platform for keeping and retrieving fishing licenses conveniently. Please keep in mind that when an officer asks for a paper or electronic licence during field compliance checks, it is up to you to make one.
If a person is convicted of a provincial fishing or hunting violation and does not pay their fine, they will be banned from purchasing or using a sportfishing license, a hunting license, or entering draws until the outstanding amount has been paid.
The number of Sportfishing licences produced in 2021 was over 270,000. The income from these licenses is approximately $8.5 million annually. For each $1 of revenue earned:
Lost/destroyed Alberta fishing license: If you bought a fishing license and still have it, you can reissue it for $2.00 through the license issuer or at no cost using our website.
Lost/destroyed tags – You may now replace a lost or stolen license at your licensing office for an $11.00 replacement fee.
Alberta has developed a unique technique to maintain sustainable levels of walleye harvesting from lakes that have recovered from large losses. Several fisheries have recuperated enough that certain sizes of walleye may be taken in a limited way.
A restricted harvest option for fisheries where fishing pressure is high has been introduced in order to preserve stocks. Albertans with a walleye license are picked at specific lakes through a draw. These lakes are chosen based on current stock assessment and sport fishery data.
Tagging must be completed as soon as possible once a walleye has been harvested with a Special Harvest Licence.
Do Metis Need a Fishing License in Alberta?
Yes, all persons over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license before they can fish in Alberta. This includes members of the Metis Nation, though there are special regulations that apply to the harvest of fish and other aquatic species by the Metis people. For more information on Metis fishing rights in Alberta, visit the Alberta Fish and Wildlife website.
How Much is a Fishing License in Alberta?
The cost of a fishing license in Alberta depends on what type of license you need. The general angling license, which covers most freshwater fishing activities, costs $29 for an adult resident of Canada and $8 for a senior resident (65+ years). Non-resident rates vary from $30-$50 depending on the length of time the license is valid.
What Age Do You Need a Fishing License in Alberta?
In Alberta, you must be at least 16 years old to obtain a fishing license. If you are between 12 and 15 years old, you may purchase a conservation fishing license for a reduced fee, but must be accompanied by an adult who holds a valid fishing license.
Do You Need a Fishing License in Alberta?
Yes, all persons over the age of 16 are required to purchase a fishing license before they can fish in Alberta. There are also special regulations that apply to certain species, so be sure to check with your local authorities before fishing.
How to Get a Fishing License in Alberta?
You can purchase a fishing license online through the Alberta Fish and Wildlife website or in person at any Alberta government office or an authorized retailer. All you need is a valid credit card or debit card and you will receive your license immediately. Additionally, many retailers also offer fishing licenses that come with additional discounts or perks.
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