Fishing Licence FAQs

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Fishing licences in Alberta are sold through private licence issuers thoughout the province. Learn More about costs and locations:

You do not need a licence, but still need to follow sportfishing regulations.

Yes. Seniors from other provinces and countries need a fishing licence to fish in Alberta.

No. You do not need a licence if you are not fishing.

Yes. The limits are the same for kids and seniors.


Fishing licences expire every year on March 31.

You can’t go fishing without your licence.

If you lose your licence, contact a private licence issuer to get a licence reprint for a small fee. Licences must be carried at all times while sportfishing and must be presented immediately to an officer upon request.

No. Alberta sportfishing regulations apply in Alberta Provincial Parks, but not in National Parks.

To fish in a provincial park, you need an Alberta sportfishing licence. To fish in a national park, you need a national park fishing permit, which is valid only within the national park. National park fishing permits are available at most park facilities and some commercial outlets.

For information on sportfishing in the national parks, contact Parks Canada:

Yes. You will still a need licence.

Anyone can fish without a licence during the free fishing weekends, but they still must follow sportfishing regulations.

More information

If you have questions about purchasing recreational fishing licences in Alberta, contact the RELM Help Desk Toll-free in North America.

Learn more about fishing regulations in Alberta:

If you’re planning an overnight fishing trip on public land along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, you may need a Public Lands Camping Pass.

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Updated: Apr 11, 2024