There are some beautiful lakes throughout North America and one of the best ways to enjoy them for many people is by getting into a boat and fishing. Whether you're the sort that does it just for fun and releases everything that you catch or want to bring your fish back to your home at the end of the day to throw it on the barbecue for dinner you will need to first get a fishing license. There are different licenses available depending on where you are and this guide should help you get the right one.
Why Do I Need A License To Fish?
The first thing that you should do is to visit the Parks and Recreation office in the town or city where you wish to fish. If the area you're in is too small to have this specific office, than you can just ask for more information at the town or city hall. The representative at this location should be able to tell you what type of license you will require to fish there. If you do not want to take the time to travel in to the city hall building than you can likely call or email to get the same information.
Fishing licenses are commonly sold at sports and recreation supply stores where you can get everything from horse fencing supplies to all of your tackle and equipment for your fishing trip. In Ontario, for example, there are 1800 different locations throughout the province where you can obtain a fishing license. These licenses are good for anywhere between one and three years and usually become expired on December 31st no matter when in the year they are purchased. So if you want the most for your money you should think about buying your license at the beginning of the year.
When you're applying for a fishing license you should make sure you're filling out the paperwork for the right kind of license. Sometimes there are different categories for those that live in that particular province or state opposed to people who are coming from outside that area or coming from a different country. If you're from Ontario and are interested in fishing in British Columbia make sure that your license allows you to fish in that province.
If you don't have the time to wait for your fishing license to come in the mail than some places offer a temporary license. This is valid immediately and is usually still good for the rest of the year. Once you have all of your rods and lead weights ready for your fishing trip make sure that you have your license with you. You should also consider getting a copy of the local angler's guide so that you know all of the rules of fishing in that area.
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