A competitive fishing event is a competition involving 26 or more anglers where prizes are awarded based
on fishing success
— for example, on the size or weight of fish caught. The three categories of competitive fishing event —
small, medium and
large — are defined by their total prize values and number of participants.
Competitive fishing events often raise funds for important causes, and as anyone who has ever participated
in one can tell
you, they're also a lot of fun. But there is some potential downside to competitive fishing events, as the
pressures associated with them can have significant impacts on fish populations.
Licensing for competitive fishing events was introduced in 2006 to help reduce these impacts and safeguard
sustainability of the province's fisheries. You can read more on the background to licensing for competitive
and find answers to your other questions, in our Frequently Asked Questions below.
The following resources are available for organizers of competitive fishing events:
Licence Conditions for Competitive Fishing Events
Competitive Fishing Events (CFEs) Best Management Practices
Frequently Asked Questions
Contacts for Competitive Fishing Event Licensing
Updated: May 20, 2015