View Full Version : Fishing without a license. Rules?

07-19-2016, 02:35 PM
This came up today and I didn't know the exact answer. Rather than look it up I'm posting here because many of you can probably give the correct response even faster than if I research.
I have a license.
My stepson is 9 so he doesn't need a license.
My gf doesn't fish so she doesn't need a license.
If she wants to take him out so HE can fish without me, does she need a license just to supervise?
My first thought was if she's not holding the rod there should be no issue but want to make sure before I tell her to go ahead.

07-19-2016, 03:06 PM
Doesn't fly in BC.

07-19-2016, 04:05 PM
I don't know about Ontario, but in BC anyone under 16 may fish without a license and does not need the accompaniment of a license holder.

Page 6 of the online freshwater synopsis

07-19-2016, 04:38 PM
But if you're in the boat, the CO considers you to be fishing. I suppose if the minor is casting from shore and the accompanying parent doesn't touch the tackle, said parent would not be fishing or even accompanying.

My father used to send his kids out to set crabtraps, but he'd get out of the boat first so as not to be involved.

07-19-2016, 06:25 PM
Non-Canadian residents under 18 years of age may fish without a
licence if accompanied by a person who has a valid Sport Fishing
Licence. Any fish kept are part of the catch and possession limit of
the person who holds the licence. As another option, non-Canadian
residents under 18 years of age may purchase an Outdoors Card
and fishing licence tag to have their own limits.

07-21-2016, 06:17 AM
Grey zone, it will depend on the CO's mood for the day.

Edward Teach
07-21-2016, 09:20 AM
In BC if you are licensed and nobody else on the boat is, you can have one line in the water only.

07-21-2016, 12:13 PM
3 years prison

07-21-2016, 03:22 PM
Rather than have issues, why not just spend the few bucks for the cheapest license she can get?

07-21-2016, 10:17 PM
In BC if you are licensed and nobody else on the boat is, you can have one line in the water only.

Well...they changed that when I wasn't looking...