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Manitoba Fishing Licenses & Regulations


Fees (includes GST) Conservation / Regular

Resident Senior ................................... Free/See resident
(Manitobans 65 & over)

Resident (Manitobans Age 16-64)....$11.00/$17.00

Canadian Resident (Age 16 & over).$20.00/$40.00

Nonresident .........................................$30.00/$55.00

  • All persons, except those exempted, who engage in angling, dip netting, seining, minnow trapping, spear fishing, and bow fishing, must have a Manitoba Angling Licence on their person.
  • A resident is a person who has lived in Canada for the immediate past six months. Any person who has not lived in Canada for the past six months is a nonresident and, if over 16 years of age, must purchase a nonresident licence.

Conservation License option

A Conservation Licence entitles the holder to the same rights as a Regular Licence holder except for reduced limits for some species: 4 walleye/sauger, 4 pike, 1 lake trout, 1 channel catfish, 2 smallmouth bass/largemouth bass, and 2 stocked trout. Limits for other species remain the same.


The following people may angle without a licence:

  • Any person under the age of 16 who has permanently resided in Canada for at least six months.
  • Any nonresident under the age of 16. This person must fish with a licence holder, or someone exempt from holding a licence, and their catch must be applied to the limit of that person. A nonresident under 16 who wishes to have a separate limit must buy a licence.
  • Except for nonresident youths, people who are exempt from holding a licence have all the rights and privileges of those holding a Regular Licence, including their own regular limit of fish. All other regulations apply. Proof of age is required when checked by an Officer.
  • Status Indians do not require an angling licence. They are exempt from angling regulations including seasons, limits, and gear restrictions when fishing for food. Proof of status is required when checked by a Natural Resource Officer or RCMP Officer.


Licences are sold at most hardware and sporting goods stores, fishing centres and lodges. Not all vendors carry nonresident licences and many do not have licences during winter.
Licences may also be bought by mail. Send a cheque or money order for the appropriate licence fee (payable to Minister of Finance) to:

Cashier, Manitoba Conservation
200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3W3.
" Include first name, surname, and initials; full address; day, month, and year of birth; and sex of licensee.

*Excerpts taken from the 2005 Anglers guide

Rules and Regulations

For updated Provincial rules and regs visit Manitoba Water Stewardship Website

Note:This is for information purposes only. It is neccessary for all anglers to review the provincial angling regulations for more detailed info on limits and regulations.

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