Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Angling Guide

Eligibility and Steps to Obtaining an Angling Guide and Assistant Angling Guide Licence

Angling Guide – Basic Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met in order to proceed with an application for an Angling Guide Licence:

  • Must be nineteen (19) years of age or older.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (i.e. a landed immigrant).
  • Must satisfy the Regional Fish and Wildlife Manager, within the region you intend to operate, that you have a working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and Regulations. This is done through the successful completion of the Angling Guide exam.
  • Must carry public liability insurance, in an amount of not less than $2,000,000.

To be licenced as an assistant guide (angling) in British Columbia, the following criteria must be met (an exam is not required):

  • Must be nineteen (19) years of age or older.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada (i.e. a landed immigrant).
  • Must have an angling guide willing to employ you to guide anglers in his or her area and under his or her jurisdiction.

Angling Guide Exam

The Angling Guide examination is a screening tool. A mark of eighty percent (80%) is required to pass the exam. However, under Section 50 of the Wildlife Act, the Regional Manager must be satisfied that the applicant has a working knowledge of the Wildlife Act and Regulations. This may require further consultation in addition to the exam.

There is no fee associated with the exam. The exam is one hour in length and is made up of thirty-seven (37) multiple choice questions.

Questions in the exam are intended to test the applicant’s knowledge of the angling portions of the Wildlife Act, the Angling and Scientific Collection Regulation and the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis. This information can be accessed electronically online or in hard copy, per the following:

  • Wildlife Act - study definitions and sections related to angling - sections 12, 13, 14, 15, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54
    • online copy
    • hard copy:public library, or BC Courthouse Library
  • Angling and Scientific Collection Regulation
    • online copy
    • hard copy: public library, or BC Courthouse Library
  • Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis
    • online copy
    • hard copy: Government Agent Office or wherever freshwater angling licences are sold

You may schedule an examination through your local Government Agent’s Office.
Click here to find the Government Agent location nearest you.

Steps to Obtaining a NEW Angling Guide Licence

  1. Review the basic eligibility criteria, to ensure you can meet the requirements.
  2. Write the Angling Guide Exam. If you do not meet the eighty percent (80%) requirement to pass the exam, the exam can be re-written a second and a third time, if necessary.
  3. When you pass the exam, you may submit your application for licence package. The following is required in order to proceed with the licencing process:

New angling guides are required to submit their application and AGOP(s) by January 15th of the calendar year in which they intend to guide. Late applications will be accepted, however, an administrative fee of $50 will be charged in addition to the regular licence fee.

Questions regarding permit requirements that are not addressed within these pages or for contact information visit: FrontCounter BC.

Sample Exam Questions

Under the Wildlife Act a person who is neither a resident nor a non-resident is classified as:

  1. Landed Immigrant
  2. Out-of-Province
  3. Non-resident Alien
  4. Foreign visitor

A person who is an angling guide must:

  1. Be 19 years of age or older
  2. Have public liability insurance that is applicable to his/her angling guide business
  3. Satisfy a regional manager that they have a working knowledge of the legislation and regulations applicable in the region they intend to guide
  4. All of the above

When transporting or exporting sport caught fish, you must:

  1. Transport no more than your legal possession limit
  2. Be able to produce your freshwater angling licence
  3. Ensure that each fish can be identified to species, counted, and measured (if there is a size restriction applicable to that species)
  4. All of the above

Steps to RENEW your Angling Guide Licence

  1. Ensure you have submitted your reports from the previous year.
  2. The following is required in order to proceed with the licencing process:

Returning angling guides without changes to their AGOP(s) are required to submit their applications by May 31st of the calendar year in which they intend to guide. Returning angling guides with changes to their AGOP(s) are required to submit their applications and revised AGOP(s) by January 15th. Late applications will be accepted; however, an administrative fee of $50 will be charged in addition to the regular licence fee.

Questions regarding permit requirements that are not addressed within these pages or for contact information visit: FrontCounter BC.

Steps to Obtaining a Assistant Angling Guide Licence

Basic Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met in order to proceed with an application for an Angling Guide Licence:

  • Must be nineteen (19) years of age or older
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada (i.e. a landed immigrant).
  • Must be employed by a licenced Angling Guide.

Steps to obtain your Assistant Angling Guide Licence

The following is required in order to proceed with the licencing process:

Questions regarding permit requirements that are not addressed within these pages or for contact information visit: FrontCounter BC.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I submit my angling guide reports?
Angling guides must report all guiding activity by March 31, or April 30 where there is guiding activity during March. Reports must be submitted online through the Angling Guide Reporting website.
Where can I obtain a copy of the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis?
An online version of the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis is available here.
A printed version may be obtained at a Government Agent's Office or wherever freshwater angling licences are sold.
Where can I find a list of licenced angling guides for the province
and how can I get on the list?
The list is available here [PDF 46KB].

For information on how to get on the list, click here:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/guide/
Do I require anything different to operate in a provincial park?
Yes, you require a Park Use Permit (P.U.P.) to operate your business. Please contact the Parks department for more information: 1-866-432-7272 – press 3 when you reach the telephone tree.

List of Angling Guides Currently Holding Classified Waters