Fishing Regulations For Youth

COVID-19 response: temporary closures

The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

  • You can contact Fish and Wildlife offices using the phone numbers listed on the Fish and Wildlife - Contacts page.
  • For recreational sportfishing or hunting information, please visit AlbertaRELM or call the AlbertaRELM Help Desk at 1-888-944-5494.
  • Vehicle access is now permitted at parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks and public land. Facilities like playgrounds and washrooms remain temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Licence Requirements

Here’s a skill-testing question — do you, or do you not need a fishing licence to fish legally in Alberta? (Here’s a hint: it depends on your age.)

If you are younger than 16 years old, you do not need an Alberta Sportfishing Licence to fish in Alberta

If you are 16 years or older, you do need an Alberta Sportfishing Licence to fish in Alberta

Where can you buy a fishing licence? Find out here:

When in doubt about any matters pertaining to fishing regulations, always refer to the current year’s Alberta Guide to Sportfishing Regulations. Follow the rules and all will be well — and have fun, darn it!

Game Fish Identification

Being able to identify the different game fish of Alberta will allow you to correctly follow fishing regulations. Some types of fish must be released immediately if caught. Brush up on your fish identification skills:

Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.

Learn more about the Pleasure Craft Operators Card and how to obtain it:


Updated: Nov 27, 2014