Do I need a Fishing Licence in the NWT?
You need a fishing licence if you are:
- between 16 and 65 years of age.
You do not need a fishing licence if you are:
- a Northwest Territories (NWT) and Canadian resident under the age of 16 or 65 years of age and over unless fishing in an area requiring an additional validation.
- a non-resident angler under the age of 16 accompanied by a person holding a valid sport fishing licence or unless you are fishing in an area requiring an additional validation.
You can buy your Sport Fishing Licences at:
What you need to provide
- first and last name
- date of birth
- mailing and residential address including postal code
- email address
- method of payment (Visa, Visa Debit or MasterCard)
|NWT Resident||A resident Canadian who has resided continuously in the NWT for a period of (a) in respect of sport fishing, three months immediately preceding the day on which the person begins to fish.|
|Resident Canadian||A person who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.|
|Non-Resident||A person other than a resident Canadian.|
|F1||Northwest Territories Resident||NWT Resident||Must have a valid NWT address.||$10.00||Season|
|F2||Resident Canadian||Canadian resident||Must have a valid Canadian address.||$20.00||Season|
|F3||Non-resident||Non-resident||Anyone who does not have a valid NWT or Canadian address.||$40.00||Season|
|F4||NWT resident and resident Canadian over 65 years of age||NWT resident OR Canadian resident||Must have a valid NWT address OR Canadian Address Must be 65 Years of Age or older.||Free||Season|
|F5||NWT Resident and Resident Canadian person under 16 years of Age (Special Management Area)||NWT resident OR Canadian resident||Must have a valid NWT address OR Canadian Address Must be 16 Years of Age or younger.||Free||Season|
|F6||3-day Resident Canadian||NWT resident OR Canadian resident||Must have a valid Canadian address.||$15.00||3 days|
|F7||3 day Non-Resident||Non-resident||Anyone who does not have a valid Canadian address.||$30.00||3 days|
Information on fish species, daily catch and possession limits, general regulations and additional validation and special management areas in the NWT are listed in the NWT Sport Fishing Regulations Guide.
Copies are available online, from your local or regional Environment and Natural Resources office as well as Service TNO and other locations that sell fishing licences.
Keep the guide in your tackle box for a quick reference while fishing in the NWT.
Remember these important tips when fishing:
Have your fishing licence with you at all times.
Use barbless hooks; they are mandatory for sport fishing in the NWT.
Stay within daily catch and possession limit.
Stay safe by practicing safe boating, making sure all campfires are completely out before leaving them and being bear aware.
For more information regarding daily catch and possesion limits or any questions about fishing regulations: